There’s a reason why acne is often regarded as stubborn and annoying.
It can appear without notice, especially on days you least expect it. What’s even more frustrating is it seems to appear on special days of your life.
Say a date or your prom.
This is why we turn to the power of the top acne products to hopefully make it go away. While these products do work, have you considered turning to nature?
No? Well then, let me prove why you should.
Here are 5 fast acne remedies for clear skin you can do right away.
1. Make Potato Slices
Potatoes are often avoided because they are food known to cause acne.
Think of potato chips and French fries.
But when used on their own, potatoes actually benefit the skin. Take oil control, for example.
Potatoes contain Zinc, a nutrient people with acne lack in. Zinc helps reduce inflammation and prevents future acne breakouts.
They are also loaded with antioxidants that help keep your skin in great shape.
Eating them uncooked (ie, unfried and without the grease) or applying them to the skin is key to maintaining your beauty inside out.
Simply get a whole, raw potato and cut it into slices. Place them on your face and leave for about 20 minutes or overnight if you can.
You can keep them in the refrigerator first before applying for a cooling effect.
Tip: When consuming potatoes, don’t peel them or throw away the skin. The skin has quercetin, a type of flavonoid that boasts of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
2. Apply a Honey and Apple Paste
This method is as good for your skin as it is for your taste buds.
Honey has been widely used as a natural remedy for a number of conditions. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and is full of antioxidants.
It also acts as a great moisturizer. So, if you have dry skin, consider making honey your new best friend.
Apples, on the other hand, are rich in Vitamin C. This vitamin supports the overall health of the skin and may even help protect you from sun damage.
Like potatoes, I suggest to not get rid of the skin.
It contains fiber that fights fungus and yeast which cause acne.
Just make sure to wash it thoroughly to avoid contamination.
To make a paste, mix small amounts of honey and ground apple in a bowl. Apply the paste to acne-prone areas (or all over the face) and wait for 20 minutes before washing it off.
3. Make a Castor Oil and Dried Calendula Mask
Applying oil on pimples sounds ironic, but it’s something you should do.
Let me explain.
Castor oil acts as an antibacterial agent to combat those blemishes. It is also anti-inflammatory to help reduce the swelling and redness that come with acne.
It can go deep into the skin to fight the overgrowth of bacteria that can infect your pores. It is also a great moisturizer to heal dry, cracked skin.
When taken internally, it can improve gut function and even solve hormonal imbalances.
Calendula is a great addition to this mask because of its antiviral and antimicrobial properties. It is also rich in linoleic acid which helps fight inflammation.
It is packed with antioxidants to protect the skin from free radicals. It also helps plump the skin, increasing the moisturizing power of this mask.
For this mask, combine 2 tablespoons of dried calendula and 2 tablespoons of castor oil in a small bowl. Mix it well until you end up with a paste.
Apply the mixture all over the face. Allow it to sit for around 30 minutes before washing it off.
Tip: I suggest heating the oil before making the mask. This will help the oil penetrate better and increase its effectiveness.
4. Tape Some Orange Peels
You may look silly with this one, but I guarantee you that it works.
While orange flesh is packed with Vitamin C, the peels also contain some good stuff.
They have anti-inflammatory properties like the ones found in Indomethacin, a drug that can help improve the appearance of acne.
For this remedy, all you’ll need are two things you probably already have in your house: some fresh orange peels and a scotch tape.
Take a piece of orange peel and sprinkle water on the inside part (where the pith is.) Then, with a hammer, pound it until it starts to soften.
Grab some scotch tape and apply it to the back of your hand. Peel it off gently before sticking it to your face with the orange peels.
This step is crucial to reduce the “stickiness” of the scotch tape. The adhesive at the back of the tape may irritate the face and cause some itching.
Allow it to sit for a few minutes before peeling it off. You can just rub the peel directly if you don’t have any sticky tape with you.
5. Use Witch Hazel as an Astringent
Time to replace your chemical-filled astringents with this one.
Witch hazel is a natural cleanser that fights acne. It’s also anti-inflammatory to help tone down swelling and redness.
And you know what else?
It’s great for sensitive skin, too.
Witch hazel can minimize enlarged pores, regulate the production of oil and clear whiteheads and blackheads.
Now, for this trick, you need some witch hazel and a cotton ball. Simply dampen the cotton ball with some witch hazel and apply it over zits for 2 minutes.
Witch hazel does not have a distinct smell so you can go on with your day without rinsing it off.
Tip: You can up the effectiveness of this method by mixing it with another antibacterial agent. You can try coconut oil as it’s effective for acne, too.
Acne can happen to you no matter what your age is, how much care you put into your skin or how strict you watch your diet. Frustrating, isn’t it?
Fortunately, there are a couple of things you can do to limit your skin breakouts as much as possible. This list of fast acne remedies for clear skin can help you get started on the right track.
So, what are you waiting for?
Which of these remedies is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!