So today I am talking about acne and natural ways to get rid of it! I am not against using products with chemicals, I have plenty in my medicine cabinet, but I definitely prefer doing things natural when I can and honestly I have tried all of these and I think they work better than most products anyways. It also doesn’t hurt that most of these items we have in our homes already so it saves some money! (some of these you cannot do while pregnant so if you are make sure you ask your doctor first.)
1. Pepto-Bismol: Who knew Pepto-Bismal could be used in your beauty routine?? It has salicylate and benzoic acid in it which are both found in a lot of acne treatments out there. These acids are lipid soluble so they can fight through oils and use their anti-fungal properties to get rid of acne! How to use it: So basically you just use it like you do nail polish remover… grab a cotton ball and put it on top of the opening and tip upside down and then just dab on your face. Leave this on for about 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water!
2. Tomatoes: Vitamins A and C are found in acne treatments and also found in tomatoes. The acidity in them can get rid of acne as well as shrink your pores! How to use it: You can apply tomatoes several ways for a facial – you can slice them and lay down with the slices placed on the problem areas for about 15-20 minutes or you can scoop out the insides and apply to your face, which I find to be a bit more messy!
3. Aspirin: Aspirin contains salicylic acid which is the most commonly used ingredient in acne treatments. It will clean out the pores and exfoliate clearing up acne. How to use it: So to use this you will get a small bowl and put in just enough water to dissolve the aspirin pills and make a paste. You can use 5-7 uncoated pills, but most say not to do more than 7. When the pills look soft, you can crush them to speed the process. Then I like to add a little bit of honey which has antibacterial properties and will also help with the acne. I just add about a teaspoon or two. Then you apply to your face for 10-15 minutes. *you can also use this without honey as a spot treatment.
4. Nutmeg and Cinnamon: This is one of my all time favorites. (I talked about it a long time ago, here) Nutmeg has major antifungal and antibacterial properties that will work as an astringent and clean out your pores. The cinnamon will bring the blood to the surface which will plump your skin as well as dry out any problem areas. How to use it: Mix 1 1/2 tsp. honey, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and 1 tsp. nutmeg into a bowl until it becomes a paste. Apply to face and leave on for 20-30 minutes.
*Hope you guys enjoy! Comment if you try any of these and let me know how you like them! But remember like any acne treatment it may need to be used more than once depending on how bad the problem area is when I break out I usually pick one of these and do it 3-4 times in a week and it clears it up. However, if you are needing just one big one cleared up really quick for an event or something the next day, do the Aspirin one without honey as a spot treatment and leave it on a little longer! Xx
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