Acne-Prone Skin : Breakouts happen. And when they do, it’s tough to know what to do. Is a natural remedy the way to go or will a store-bought product do the trick? Well it depends on the acne type and your skin type.
Here are your options — from DIY concoctions to drugstore-priced treatments to help calm inflammation, fight bacteria, and unclog pores and Acne-Prone Skin.
1. Mix together 1/2 teaspoon turmeric + 1 tablespoon honey
Leave on for: 10–15 mins
Why it works: “Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and can help reduce inflammation in the skin,” says Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale New Haven Hospital, and co-creator of Pure BioDerm.
Powder or plant, turmeric can be turned into a paste for topical application. Mixing it with honey, an antioxidant-rich product that’s also naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial, may help soothe inflamed skin and prevent future breakouts.
2. Mix 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil into your clay mask
Leave on for: 10–15 mins (no more than 30)
Why it works: “Tea tree oil is a tried and true antibacterial and anti-inflammatory,” Robinson says. While research has found it to be an effective natural acne fighter, it can be potent in high doses and when applied directly on skin. “Be cautious as higher concentrations can be irritating to the skin.”
Due to its potential hormone-disrupting properties, dilute 1 to 2 drops with honey or in your calcium bentonite clay mask, which creates a barrier between the skin and possible irritants.
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