How to treat acne the natural way
Acne is a condition that can affect anyone at any stage of life. While more common in teenage skin, adult acne also blights thousands of people.
There are hundreds of skincare products on the market that promise to help acne but often they strip the natural oils and dry out the skin, exacerbating the problem. There are also medications that can help but these often have unpleasant side effects like depression and suicidal thoughts. Surely there’s a better way?
Here are our top three ways of how to treat acne the natural way, with scientific backing to show that chemicals and medication isn’t always the best approach. Used together, they help to reduce bacteria and inflammation to treat skin from the outside, and help to prevent acne from the inside.
Tea tree oil is well known for its antibacterial properties, and has been used for over a hundred years in Australia to treat a whole range of problems, including skin issues. Now it has been scientifically proven that the antibacterial properties of tea tree oil can help to treat acne. One study on 124 patients found that a 5% concentration of tea tree oil had a significant effect on acne pimples with less side effects than medicated cream. (1)
Another study of 60 patients with mild to moderate acne found that tea tree oil was highly effective in treating their acne. (2)
How to treat acne with tea tree oil:
The best way to use tea tree oil to help treat acne is to dilute it with water (approx. one part tea tree oil to nine parts water) and dab it directly onto the head of each pimple with a cotton bud. Leave to dry naturally.
2) Anti-inflammatory treatment
Green tea is drunk for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits in the body, and can also be applied topically to the skin to help treat acne.
Scientific research studies have found that green tea has had substantial effects, reducing not only the total number of pimples but also the overall severity of the acne. (3)
How to treat acne with Green Tea:
Brew green tea leaves in boiled water for 2-3 minutes. Allow the tea to cool and then use a cotton wool pad to gently dab the liquid over the face. Leave on for 10-20 minutes, or overnight, and then rinse with water.
It takes around 4 weeks to make new skin cells, and there is increasing evidence to support the fact that certain nutrients not only contribute to healthy skin but can also help to reduce and prevent acne by feeding skin from within.
Zinc contributes to healing in skin and can help to reduce inflammation. One research study found that people with acne had lower levels of zinc in their blood than those with healthy skin. (4)
In another study, 48 people with acne were given zinc supplements for three months. At the end of the study, 38 of them experienced an 80–100% reduction in pimples. (5)