Acne can be a very troubling issue, especially for people who have a lot of it. It can be embarrassing and even painful. There are many treatments for it that you can buy which work very well, but they are often very expensive. So is going to the dermatologist. Here are a few recipes I have compiled that can help. Many people report success with these recipes. However, you should remember that everybody’s skin is different, as are the causes for acne and some are very hard to treat. For example, acne caused by hormonal reasons can be very difficult to treat topically.
NOTE: Just like synthetic medications and treatments, natural treatments do not act the same way for everybody. If you have sensitive skin, baking soda will burn your skin and it can burn it quite badly. If the test area starts to burn badly, wash it off immediately.
Baking Soda Mask:
Simply mix equal parts baking soda with water until a paste forms. Massage it onto the face at least 2 minutes. It can be left on up to 7 minutes the first time you use it. After that, it can be left on up to 20 minutes every time you use it. Baking soda has antiseptic and exfoliating properties, making it a very effective acne treatment. It can be irritating to some types of skin though, so it’s a good idea to test it first. You can also add a bit of lemon juice or a few drops essential oil to this paste. Don’t get it in your eyes.
Another really easy one. You simply mix apple cider vinegar with water (3 parts water to 1 part ACV is a good ratio, but if it is still too strong, add more water) and apply to the skin with a clean cotton ball or pad. A few drops of essential oil (tea tree oil, cedarwood oil are great for skin) can be added to the toner as well. You can also infuse the vinegar with herbs or flowers, such as rosemary or roses to give it great healing properties — and it’ll smell a little better, too!
Baking Soda Scrub:
Very simple. Simply mix baking soda and a little less water until a chunky mixture forms. Massage onto face — don’t scrub too hard! Massage at least 5 minutes and then rinse. Pat dry, then moisturize. You can also make a great scrub out of your favorite antiseptic oil (olive oil is a great one) and sea salt or sugar.
There are lots of great natural oils you can use for facial moisturizers. Olive oil is a great one, though I personally find it too heavy. Jojoba, almond, coconut and argan oil are also great. You can use them plain right out of the bottle. Simply moisten the fingertips with the oil and massage into face. For acne, the best oil to use would be coconut oil. It is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and has antibacterial properties as well.
The moisturizer I have been using for years is a personal recipe I came up with. It is a wonderful softening agent and it smells great, too without being too heavy or greasy. It uses coconut oil, shea butter, vitamin e oil and a blend of essential oils. I’m not a big measurer; I eyeball everything so these measurements are mostly by-guess-and-by-gosh but I will give one word of caution: too much unrefined virgin shea butter can make the oil gritty. It also doesn’t smell very good in it’s raw state. It’s great for the skin though.
1/4 to 1/2 cup of extra virgin cold pressed organic coconut oil
1 tsp to 1 tbsp raw, unrefined shea butter
essential oils (I use 5 drops cedarwood oil, 8 drops geranium oil and 3 drops lavender oil)
2-3 vitamin e capsules (open them and pour the vitamin e into the oil)
Heat the coconut oil and shea butter over very low heat until they are melted. Mix together and pour into the container you will keep your moisturizer in (best to be a dark-colored glass container to preserve the oils) and add the essential oils and vitamin e. Shake to combine well. That’s it! Above room temperature, the moisturizer will be more like oil and below room temperature, it will be harder and more solid, like butter.