In this article we’re gonna cover natural remedies for facial acne. These are simple solutions that are all natural and that you can start doing today.
So many people suffer from acne, whether you’re a teenager or even if you’re an adult. I know people who are in their 40s and they have issues with adult acne.
We’re gonna go over natural remedies and these are quite simple.
There’s nothing worse than having plans for an evening and the morning that you wake up for that evening party, having a big pimple in your forehead or on the tip of your nose-
You think that once you’re through adolescence that acne should go away. But unfortunately it doesn’t.
Let’s go over some of natural remedies for facial acne.
7 Natural Remedies For Facial Acne
7. The first thing is you want to avoid are harsh astringents and you want to try oil cleansing. What’s happening here? Many of us think “okay I’ve got a greasy face, it creates pimples, what I need to do is get rid of that grease.”
That’s why people use harsh alcohol-based astringents to strip all the oil off your face, all the sebum. That’s actually a big mistake.
You need to keep in mind a couple of things.
The first thing is that if you get rid of all the oil of your face, your skin takes that as a sign that it needs to create more oil. You get into this type of a pattern where you remove the oil and your skin creates even more.
The second thing is your microbiome. You’ve got a microbiome on your skin. There are trillions of bacteria that live on your skin that help to create the health of your skin. If you’re using harsh alcohol-based astringent, you’re killing that bacteria and you are making room for bacteria that can create inflammation and acne.
Get rid of those start harsh astringents even though you may think that they’re removing the oil and that’s good, it isn’t necessarily the case.
If you’ve been trying everything and nothing seems to work, you may want to try oil cleansing. It is a fairly new way to wash your face, where you actually use oil. I would recommend not to use your own oil that you buy at a grocery store.
There are oil based cleansers out there that are specially formulated for your skin. Make sure you have one that matches a pH of your skin, which is slightly acidic and you may find that your skin feels cleaner and your acne can improve when you oil cleanse.
6. Avoid dairy. One of the big reasons why we develop acne when we’re adults is because of inflammation. You’re gonna see we talk a lot about inflammation in this article.
Dairy is inflammatory to your body. It doesn’t matter whether it’s organic or non-organic. It is inflammatory because it’s not necessarily good for your body anyway. I joke that milk does a body good if you are a growing calf.
You may find that reducing dairy will actually help to improve your acne because it will reduce inflammation.
5. Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Your mom and dad always tell you eat your fruits and vegetables because they’re good for you and it is true.
How these improve your acne is because they can reduce inflammation. Fruits and vegetables are filled with antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory and if you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables you’re gonna flood your body with these anti-inflammatory antioxidants and you can help reduce that inflammation and improve your acne.
4. Salicylic acid washes are something that if you’ve got acne I’m assuming you’re probably already using.
Most of the over-the-counter drug store type brand, acne washes or acne treatments have salicylic acid in them. I would recommend that you definitely use them.
The reason why salicylic acid is better than some of the other acids, like glycolic acid, is because salicylic acid is oil permeable, meaning that it’s oil soluble, meaning that it can actually go through the skin oil to clean out your pores, unlike ones that are water soluble that cannot.
3. Have you tried a zinc supplement. There are studies that show that adults who take a zinc supplement can reduce their acne. I usually recommend 15 to 30 milligrams a day for adults. Definitely don’t take 40 milligrams or more because then it can be potentially bad for you. But usually 15 to 30 milligrams is a reasonable option.
Take a zinc supplement just once a day and you may find that after a week or two your acne starts to improve.
2. Stop drinking soda pop. We’re getting back to that inflammation. Soda pop or basically drinks or foods that are filled with sugar or even worse, high fructose corn syrup, can increase your acne by increasing inflammation.
When you drink soda pop or eat foods that are filled with sugar you get insulin spikes and insulin spikes can create inflammation. Stop drinking soda pop reduce the amount of sugar that you eat and you may definitely find that your acne is better.
1. This is something you may have heard me talk about – retinoid creams and to apply them for their anti-aging effects. But did you know that retinoid creams can also improve your acne?
A lot of teenagers are prescribed retin-a by their dermatologists and that is something that you can ask your doctor for, but if you don’t have access to a physician, then you can get a retinoid cream and that can help. Retinol is over-the-counter that you can buy. Most skincare companies make a retinol type of the cream.
Apply it every night. What that’s gonna do is it’s gonna help to turn your skin over, it’s going to help to exfoliate your skin and helps to clear out your pores. Plus it will help to reduce inflammation. That’s one of the big things that retinoid creams do. You may get a little bit of inflammation initially and then a really long term reduces inflammation. So not only is it anti-aging but it can also help your acne.
We’re talking all about natural solutions here but I should also mention that there is a unnatural solution that can help if you’ve got a lot of issues. I don’t recommend this for everybody. But if you’ve got issues with acne, you’re trying these things, they’re not working great yet for you, stick with it and you may want to talk to your doctor about a short course of Minocycline.
Minocycline if used at very, very low levels can help to reduce inflammation. The thought is that it can kill off bad bacteria on the surface of your skin that can be contributing to acne, but on top of that, if you use it at a very low dose (talk with your dermatologist about this) you can use it as an anti-inflammatory dose that can help to reduce inflammation and reduce that acne.
You may say that antibiotics are terrible for the microbiome of your gut. That is true. There was a study that looked at the microbiome and how do different antibiotics affect the microbiome. There are certain antibiotics that can affect the microbiome and their effects last many months, even a year or longer.
Minocycline is one of those where the studies show that within a month of stopping the Minocycline, those subjects who took it, their microbiome returned back to normal.
Once again, I don’t recommend this as a first type of thing. Definitely follow those other seven natural remedies for facial acne that I gave you, but if you are still having issues with adult acne, minocycline may be a good option for you.
Rebecca is a licensed aesthetician and certified laser technician with almost 15 years experience in the dermatology. Her life-long passion is making people look good and happy.