With drug store skin care brands leaving skin feeling dry, oily, and dull? Perhaps a more simpler method, with simpler products can allow the skin to heal, and restore itself. So let’s first examine how acne occurs in order to understand how the six natural skincare products for acne you can find in your kitchen could work for you!
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How Does Acne Occur?
The cause of acne is not fully understood. But there are many believed causes including sugar, caffeine, chocolate, too much oil (sebum) produced by skin, stress, hormonal imbalance, etc.
An article on Dr. Bronner.com explained the causes of acne. They explain that acne is known to primarily result from the blockage and inflammation of pores (also known as hair follicles).
This blockage and inflammation can be caused by keratin plugs, sebum and bacterial overgrowth—and often all three of these are present in a breakout. Now that we know how acne is caused, let’s finally discuss some natural skincare products for acne you can find in your kitchen!
The first of the six natural skincare products for acne is honey. As I spoke of in my post on natural ways to boost your immune system, honey is a very strong antimicrobial. It can prevent acne by killing the bacteria on your skin that can clog your pores.
Good way to reduce acne? Add a tsp of honey to your hands along with your facial cleanser before you wash your face. Or wash your face with honey! Many people have tried this and found success. I used to use honey when I clean my face and it glowed. Adding honey to your skin care routine will leave your skin feeling dewy and soft.
Manuka honey is touted as the best, check out some affordable honey below.
YS Organic Bee Farms Honey $10.49 Amazon.
Manukora MGO 50+ Multifloral Manuka Honey Non-GMO, $14.99 Amazon
The next natural skincare products for acne is coconut oil. Coconut oil is great for your skin. It is an amazing moisturizer, anti-inflammatory which is great for reducing redness and acne, anti-fungal, and even acts as a mild sunscreen (SPF 4-5). Coconut oil also acts as a wound-healer which is great for reducing acne scarring.
Nutiva Organic cold-pressed coconut oil, $6.98 Amazon.
Organic coconut oil, cold-pressed extra-virgin coconut oil, $7.15 Amazon
The following natural skincare products for acne is castile soap. Castile soap is a vegetable oil-based cleanser. It is antimicrobial, and it tends to be a little harsh. But it gets the job done in cleaning your skin and preventing acne. Dr. Bronner’s has great castile soap.
The unscented baby soap is best for sensitive skin. The lavender, and tea tree soaps are good acne-prone skin. Peppermint scent is good for oily skin. But use with caution and dilute starting out (1 cup water and ½ cup soap, you can add more or less). Check them out below!
Dr. Bronner’s Unscented castile soap $8.99, Amazon
Dr. Bronner’s Lavender oil castile soap $7.99, Amazon
Dr. Bronner’s tea tree castile soap, $8.19 Amazon
This next natural skincare products for acne is avocado oil. Avocado oil is a relatively affordable oil great for dry and damaged skin. This oil increases collagen and decreases inflammation which can cause acne and redness.
Chosen Foods 100% Pure Avocado oil, $13.49 Amazon.
La Tourangelle, Avocado oil, All-Natural, $9.98 Amazon.
This next natural skincare products for acne is turmeric. Turmeric has many benefits including skin benefits. This amazing spice regulates sebum production, reduces dark spots on skin, natural exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells.
The final natural skincare product for acne is aloe vera. Aloe vera is a miracle plant with many benefits for the skin including some UV protection, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-tumor (preventing skin cancer), moisturizing, anti-aging, antiseptic (anti-acne chemical salicylic acid).
I personally like to extract aloe vera by buying the huge leaves from the grocery store. However, this process is very long and tedious. So, check out some aloe vera products below!
100% Organic Aloe vera, $9.99 Amazon.
In a previous post, I spoke about the many harmful chemicals in our beauty products. It’s important to consider that using more natural products could be better for our skin health and health overall!
But when using any new product, do a skin test by applying a small amount to your chin or hand and observe the reaction. Be patient with any products you use, it may take many weeks before you notice any difference in your skin.