Home Remedies for Acne Treatment, Part I

It goes without saying that there are a couple of things that teenagers universally loathe: having to walk anywhere; the advice of their parents; and acne. While I’m sure teens everywhere would love to here a solution for the first two items, I’m actually only going to offer commentary on the third: acne.

As most of us know, acne – in simple terms – occurs when pores on the skin become clogged with dirt, oils, etc., thereby giving rise to pimples (often called blackheads or whiteheads). Although treatment of acne, in severe instances, can sometime be expensive and require consultation with a trained dermatologists, there are also a lot of simple, homemade remedies that can be used to successfully treat this condition. A few of them are as follows:

1) Diet – While technically, not a remedy, it should be understood that diet plays a major role in the development of acne. Too often those suffering from the condition don’t realize that it’s really their poor eating habits that are contributing to their anguish. Lowering the intake of sugars and fatty foods will go a long way towards treating acne.

2) Tomato juice – Believe it or not, there are numerous foodstuffs and food derivatives – particularly fruits and vegetables – that have natural, acne-fighting properties. Tomato juice, which is slight acidic, is one such item and can be used as a skin cleanser. Many advise mixing it with some other component (baking soda, honey, what have you) that will make it easier to apply to your skin, but the truth of the matter is that the tomato juice is the active ingredient and you can use it by itself if you desire.

3) Oatmeal – Yes, ladies and gentleman, that oatmeal. Again, this is a common household food item that can be used as a soldier in the war on acne. Oatmeal is a wonderful exfoliant with oil-reducing properties. Simply prepare it as you normally would and then apply it to the infected area. (Needless to say, you should let it cool first.) You should allow it to remain on the infected area for at least 5-10 minutes, then rinse.

In brief, these are a few steps that can be taken to help treat acne using things that are probably already in your house. It doesn’t take much money to start treating acne, but it does take discipline – particularly when it comes to diet. Good luck!