Skin acne is one of the most common skin problems which are affecting people from all ages. It is known fact that teenagers suffer the most from acne because they have increased hormone levels in their bodies. There are many causes which can lead to skin acne such as hectic lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits, too much stress and sleep deprivation. Acne can appear on the scalp, back, chest and face. There is not definitive cure but there are many simple and easy natural cures which you can find in your home.
Home remedies for skin acne
Tea tree oil: This is one of the most popular natural cures which you can use for skin acne [1,2]. This natural cure acts as an antiseptic and also it disinfects the pores. Also it kills the bacteria which cause acne. You should apply one drop of tea tree oil to the affected area. Do it 3 times per day. If you apply undiluted tea tree oil and it causes you over drying, redness or skin irritation, then you should dilute it in water or you can mix it with Aloe Vera gel and then apply it.
Fenugreek: This herb can be also used as natural cure for skin acne because it has antiseptic, antioxidant and anti – inflammatory properties . You should mix fresh fenugreek leaves with water to make a smooth paste. You should apply this paste on the affected area and let it stay there for about ten to fifteen minutes. Then, you should wash your face with warm water. You should repeat this process for 3 to 4 days to allow your skin acne to heal. Also you can grind one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds into a fine powder and you should add a small amount of warm water to it to make a paste. You should apply this paste on the affected areas. You should let it stay there for twenty minutes or overnight and then you should rinse it off. You should do this skin acne natural treatment 2 or 3 times per week.
Aloe Vera gel: Aloe Vera has anti – inflammatory and soothing properties which can help you to treat acne in a matter of few days . Also this skin acne natural cure can help you to heal scars which are caused by acne. You can buy Aloe Vera gel from the markets but also you can get this gel from pure Aloe Vera leaf. Cut this leaf and squeeze the gel from the middle. You should apply the Aloe Vera gel on the affected areas two times per day.
Toothpaste: The toothpaste that you use at regular basis also you can use it as your natural treatment for acne . This is one of the easiest home remedies for skin acne. You should apply a small amount of white toothpaste on the affected areas before you go to bed. This natural cure will reduce the swelling and also it will dry out the acne. In a period of one day or two, you will notice improvements in your condition.
Orange peel: Orange has acidic property and Vitamin C which is making it a perfect natural cure for acne . You can use the peel and juice from orange but the peel is more effective home remedy for your skin acne. You should put the orange peel in the sun and you should let it completely dry out. You should grind the dried peel into a powder and you should add water to make a paste. You should apply this paste on the affected areas and you should let it stay there for ten to fifteen minutes. Then, you should wash your face with warm water.
natural treatments for skin acne
Indian lilac: This is one of the herbs which you can use as your natural treatment for skin acne. It has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties which can kill the bacteria which is causing acne . Also it can soothe the inflammation and redness of skin breakouts. You should make a paste of tender neem leaves by adding a small amount of water. You should add some turmeric powder to this paste and then you should apply it on the affected areas. You should let it stay there for twenty minutes and then you should wash it off. You should do this natural treatment at least two times per week. Also you can apply neem oil a few times per day until you see improvements in your condition.
Lemon juice: Lemons have acidic properties which can be useful natural treatment for skin acne . This natural cure will clean out the dirt which has accumulated in the pores and also it will harden the sebum. You can use this natural cure on your skin at daily basis but if you have noticed that it is too drying, then you should use it every 2 or 3 hours. You should rub a slice of lemon on the affected area and you should leave it for a few hours before you rinse your face with water. Also you can mix lemon juice with rose water in equal amounts and you should use this natural cure to wash the affected area thoroughly.
Fuller’s Earth: This natural cure is also known as multani mitti and this is a great natural cure for greasy and acne – prone skin because it absorbs excess oil (it is not over drying your skin) and unclog the pores. Also it can help you to improve your complexion too. You can find this natural cure at Indian grocery stores. You should mix equal amounts of sandalwood powder, rose water and Fuller’s earth. Also you can add more rose water to get a better consistency of the paste. You should apply this mud pack to your face and you should wash it after it dries up. You should repeat this skin acne natural treatment once per week.
Oatmeal: This is also a very effective home remedy for reducing acne because it cleanses the skin pores and also it absorbs excess oil . Also this natural cure exfoliates your skin. You should mix the juice of half a lemon and one teaspoon of honey in a cup of cooked oatmeal. You should rub this natural cure over your skin. You should let it stay there for thirty minutes and then you should rinse it with lukewarm water. You should do this natural treatment once or twice per week.
Baking soda: This natural cure works as a gentle exfoliant for your skin. Also it unplugs the pores and it removes the dead skin. It can help you to regulate the pH balance of your skin and it has antiseptic and anti – inflammatory properties. All of the mentioned properties of the baking soda are making it one of the best home remedies for acne. You should apply a paste of one or two teaspoons of baking soda and a small amount of water. You should rinse it off after a few minutes. Also you can mix together 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 5 tablespoons of honey, the juice of ½ lemon and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder. You should apply this natural cure on your face and you should wash it after 5 minutes. You should use this natural cure on your skin once or twice per day.
Papaya: This is one of the essential ingredients in many beauty products which are found on the markets. The plain raw papaya is an all – natural acne remedy which can remove the dead skin cells and excess lipids from the surface of your skin and it is leaving your skin smooth and soft. Papaya has enzyme called papain which can reduce the inflammation and also it prevents the pus from forming. To do this natural treatment you will need one fresh papaya. You should rinse your face with water and pat dry. You should mash up the flesh of the papaya well until it is of a consistency which can be easily applied to your skin. You should leave it on for fifteen to twenty minutes and then you should rinse it off completely with warm water. If you have noticed that your skin get dry after you cleanse it, then you should use a moisturizer for your skin. 
Yogurt and honey: You should mix one tablespoon of yogurt with one tablespoon of raw honey. You should apply this mask to your face. When you are applying it, then you should give attention to jawline, hairline and other acne prone areas. You should relax for ten minutes and then you should gently wipe off with a damp cloth.
Apple cider vinegar: You should use pure apple cider vinegar as your evening and morning toner. Using a cotton ball, you should smooth over skin paying particular attention to activate breakouts and acne prone areas. 
Cinnamon and honey: You should mix 1/52 teaspoon of cinnamon, one teaspoon of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of raw honey. You should smooth this mask over your face. You should keep it away from your eyes because the cinnamon can be an irritant. You should relax for five to ten minutes and then you should gently remove with damp cloth. When these natural cures are used together, then they help to fight skin acne because they have antibacterial, antioxidant and anti – inflammatory properties. 
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