Between natural growth spurts and hormonal spikes, a tween’s skin will take on a mountain of abuse. Problems with acne or other skin blemishes are so common that there’s a billion dollar industry dedicated to treating the symptoms.
With so many products on the market these days, its hard to find a reputable source for reviewing which treatments actually work, and which are just marketing campaigns.
One of the most commonly overlooked resources to fight teen acne actually can already be found in most homes. There are many home remedies that work just as well without the expense found using any of the commercial products advertised on TV.
Now while your grandmother might have her own opinions as to which home remedies you should try, here are a list of proven do-it-yourself acne treatments.
Most can be accomplished for under $3 (and in some cases for free).
1. Wash your skin regularly. This also means using the correct type of soap/product for your particular skin type. Wash your face after you wake up in the morning, after any sports practice or strenuous exercise and then once more before you go to bed at night.
This is the most important step to fighting acne, though you don’t want to over-wash. Your best bet is to just stick to the morning, post-exercise and night washing routine.
If you don’t break a sweat then you should wait to wash your face until bedtime.
2. Learn what type of skin you have. Blot your face with a Kleenex/tissue-paper. If you see oily residue, your skin is oily. No residue, you have dry skin. Little of both? You have combination skin.
3. Use a facial scrub at least once a week to rid your skin of blackheads. Pay attention to the active ingredients, you don’t want to use anything that uses bleach.
4. Aloe Vera has been used all over the globe as a topical ointment for the treatment of burns, rashes and many other skin ‘ailments.’ When applied to the skin, it helps by preventing scaring and stretch marks.
It’s also been proven to help speed along the healing process.
5. Eat a healthy diet complete with daily vitamins and minerals to keep your skin looking good from the inside out. A simple ‘one-a-day’ multi-vitamin can take care of this step.
6. Warm Salt Water. This works best for those of you who have really oily skin. Use warm (not hot) salt water to wash your face. The mixture of warm salt & water works well to remove any excess oil.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money for this one, in fact regular table salt works just fine (but if you happen to have some sea salt in the pantry, that will work even better).
7. Drink plenty of water. Take soda out of your daily diet, you’ll be patting yourself on the back for doing this when you start to notice less skin blemishes.
8. Use a masque on your face once a month. Try these recipes for your skin type:
For Dry Skin: Mash a banana, mix with a tablespoon of honey and apply it directly to your face. Rinse with cool water after five to ten minutes and you should be able to see how soft your skin has become.
For Oily Skin: Mix oatmeal, lemon juice and one egg white until slightly wet. Apply directly to your face and leave on until dry. Rinse with cool water.
For Combination Skin: Grind a potato and collect its juice. Apply the juice directly on your face and leave to dry. Wash it after 10-15 minutes. This method helps removes ugly acne marks from the skin as well.