These 5 Natural Ingredients May Help Calm Your Acne

Considered the most common skin disease, acne marks the faces (and shoulders and backs) of 50 million Americans every year, and 85% of them are between the ages of 12 and 24. If you’re one of them, you’ve likely tried every product on the shelf to rid your skin of the unsightly, painful eruptions. Sometimes, it’s best to go natural.

At Chappell Rosso Dermatology and Laser & Aesthetic Center in Odessa, Texas, our experienced team of dermatologists and medical professionals deal with acneic skin daily. When you need prescription-strength medication to calm your acne, antibiotics to fight infection, professional extractions to clear your pores, or laser skin resurfacing to reduce the appearance of scarring, we’ve got your back — and face. 

But we always believe that the best course of action is the simplest one, which is why we recommend trying some natural ingredients to help calm your acne. If these don’t give you the results you’re seeking, you can count on us to customize a medical skincare treatment just for you. Here are five things to try at home first.

1. Witch hazel

Derived from the bark of a shrub found here in North America, witch hazel contains tannins, the enemy of bacteria and inflammation. 

If you want to try this remedy, we recommend getting your hands on the bark (you can find it in health food stores or online) rather than the prepared solution that comes in a bottle, as this premixed product contains very few, if any, tannins.

Soak about a tablespoon of the bark in a cup of water, then boil it for 30 minutes. Keep it in a jar, and apply with a cotton ball two to three times a day.

2. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is touted as the cure for many things, from lowering blood sugar to helping you lose weight. Though the jury’s still out on what really works, when it comes to your acne, it’s worth giving this a try.

Vinegar is known to fight viruses and bacteria, and apple cider in particular has special compounds that may kill p. acnes, the type of bacteria that cause acne. 

Make sure you dilute your apple cider vinegar with about three times as much water to prevent irritating or burning your skin. Apply two to three times a day.

3. Tea tree oil

Another fantastic bacteria fighter and inflammation inhibitor, tea tree oil is effective at calming acne breakouts when applied topically.

It’s an essential oil taken from the leaves of a small tree in Australia and has been shown to work well in controlling mild-to-moderate acne. It may not work as quickly as benzoyl peroxide, but tea tree oil can not only be as effective over time, but it’s also less drying. 

4. Honey and cinnamon

Because free radicals lead to acne and antioxidants fight free radicals, it makes sense to get as many antioxidants as possible into your body and your skin. You can get plenty through your diet if you eat certain berries, nuts, and veggies. But you can also apply antioxidants straight to your skin if you make a mask of cinnamon and honey.

There are many types of antioxidants, and although the types found in cinnamon and honey haven’t yet been specifically researched in relation to acne, these two foods also have strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties as well. So do your own research.

5. Take zinc

One of the things many people with acne have in common (besides their zits) is low zinc levels in their blood. 

Taking about 40 mg of a zinc supplement orally every day may reduce your acne, but don’t think that it’ll work faster if you directly apply it to your skin. You won’t absorb it that way, and you’ll just waste it.

More help for acne

Of course, many factors affect your skin health, and hormones, genetics, medications, diet, and lifestyle all play a part. Don’t be discouraged, though, if a simple natural remedy doesn’t clear away your acne immediately or completely. 

If and when you need some more help, give us a call, request an appointment online, or set up a telehealth visit. We’re here to help you fight acne for good. 

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