Acne is never a fun thing and when you have it, you probably feel like you’d be willing to do anything to get rid of it. If you’ve exhausted all of the usual routes – medication and zit cream – perhaps it’s time to try something new. Sometimes the trick to getting rid of your breakouts is simply trying new things until you find the one that works for you. Here are some things you might not have tried yet. Check them out and see if they give you the results you want.
It might sound weird, but honey has powerful anti-acne benefits. This is likely due to the huge amount of antioxidants that honey contains. I’ve tried this and it really does help. All you have to do is smear a bit of honey over the zits, cover them with a bandage and go to bed. When you get up in the morning, you should notice a huge difference in how your pimples look.
If the zit cream isn’t really doing it for you, mix it with some hydrocortisone cream. Use whatever pimple cream you’ve always used, but once it soaks in, cover it with a dab of 1% hydrocortisone cream. The cream should help with the swelling and redness, making your breakouts look better in just a few minutes. This is so easy and I guarantee it helps because I’ve tried it.
You’ve probably heard of probiotics for treating your digestive issues. Yes, it’s great or that, but probiotics also have skin benefits. They help regulate the bacteria levels within your body, so it makes sense that they can help clear up acne. Experts suggest taking one probiotic before each meal for the best benefits. Yogurt, sauerkraut and kimchi are great food sources of probiotics.
There are hundreds of facial masks on store shelves these days, but they aren’t all good for acne. Look for one that contains bentonite clay because this ingredient helps draw impurities from your skin, clearing your pores and helping your skin stay clear and beautiful.
The Paleo diet is based on the way our “cavemen” ancestors used to eat. That means an emphasis on meat and fruits and veggies. It also means seriously limiting grains, dairy and processed foods. Skincare experts say that eating the Paleo way can really help your skin. That’s because some research shows that our bodies aren’t able to properly digest the newer versions of grains and dairy, which can lead to skin issues. Talk to your doctor before making a major dietary change.
Studies show that an improperly working thyroid can lead to acne. Having yours checked requires a simple blood check at the doctor’s office. If you have thyroid issues going on, treating them is often all it takes to help clear up your acne at the same time. You should never do this without the care of a doctor though.
It might seem like putting oil in your face is the worst thing you can do when you have acne. The opposite is true for many people. Sometimes acne happens because you are over washing and your skin is over compensating by producing more sebum. By using face oils, you help balance that production, which can dramatically reduce the risk of acne.
Mix 4-8 drops tea tree oil with 1 teaspoon coconut oil and dab lightly onto acne spots (a slight tingle is normal to feel). Don't put the tea tree oil directly on your skin. Tea tree oil works great because it has anti-fungal properties that help fight acne causing bacteria.
Small studies done have shown Guggul supplements have outperformed leading acne treatment tetracycline when it comes to treating cystic acne.
Studies done have shown low zinc levels have a correlation with the severity of acne, so try upping your zinc rich foods intake such as kefir, yogurt, pumpkin seeds, and chicken are great choices.
Do you suffer from acne? What do you do about it?
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