We are not giving you the usual how to treat acne list of some home remedies that should help you, we are revealing you only the real treatment methods that have actually cleared skin for thousands of people. There are 9 blocks of different tips and every single of them is important if you really want to get rid of your acne once and for all. In each block, tips are arranged alphabetically and not by the most effective or less effective one.
- Lifestyle tips
- Skin care tips
- Acne treatment tips (masks, etc.)
- Choosing skin care products tips
- Eatings tips – Diets to follow
- Products you can eat
- Drinks you can have
- You should not eat and drink
- Few suggested acne treatment products
1Avoid The Stress
Stress is one of the causes which can make your acne worse as it increases glucocorticoid production and in many cases leads to acne breakouts. You should avoid negative and stressful situations and emotions, or even try a meditation.
2Clean Your Makeup Brushes
You should clean them approximately once in two weeks. In the reality, the most of the women do not clean them at all and by that lots of bacteria is put on the face daily which might result in acne breakouts.
3Get Plenty Of Rest (Sleep)
Sleep will reduce your stress levels and will be beneficial for acne treatment. It is advised to sleep on your back so you would not irritate the skin of your face.
Another method of reducing your stress levels which would result in fewer acne breakouts. Just remember always to shower exactly after your sports activities to remove all sweat from your body.
5Avoid Extreme Exposure To Sunlight
There are two opinions one that the sun helps to treat acne and the second that it actually can cause acne. Simply don’t overdo, get some sun, protect your skin with sunscreen, but do not stay in the sun for too long especially if you have acne prone skin.
6Avoid Lots Of Makeup
Cosmetics by itself can cause acne so whenever possible leave your skin makeup free and in other cases look for non-comedogenic products as they will not clog your pores.
7Do Not Touch Your Face Without A Need
It would keep your skin less irritated. You should touch your skin only when washing it and when applying acne treatment or skin care products. Picking your skin would lead to acne scars.
8Do Not Wash Your Face Too Often
It is not advisable to wash your face more than two times a day as that can lead to the irritation which can cause you more breakouts. Wash your face with bare hands for no more than 10 seconds.
9Wash Your Face The Last When Showering
To keep your face clean from shampoo and other body washes you should wash it the last when showering.
10Use At Least Two Towels After Showering
To keep your body oils separated use one towel to dry your hair and the second one to dry your body. It would prevent you from putting oils from your hands and hair to your face.
11Change Your Pillowcase As Often You Can
There is advice to do it daily but if that is way too often for you then you should start by changing them at least once a week. Even that would help you to notice changes on your skin.
12Do Not Use Fabric Softeners
They actually can be more than irritating to the skin, they even can be a cause of your acne, especially if you have a back acne.
SKIN CARE TIPS:
13Try Solution Of Lemon Juice And Water As A Cleanser
The recommended proportion of lemon juice and water is 50:50. Lemon juice will help to reduce acne and even acne scars.
14Use Organic Coconut Oil As A Facial Cleanser
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and also antibacterial properties which both contribute in reducing acne. Try to choose a high-quality Coconut oil.
15Use Organic Sugar And Fresh Squeezed Lemon
This would work as a great face scrub, reduce breakouts and also help to treat blackheads. After keeping it a few minutes on your face wash it off and moisturize your skin. Use once a week.
16Use Probiotic Cleanser
These products are specially designed for acne prone skin, they can help in reducing acne and breakouts. The range is not huge still you can find few of them on the market.
17Wash And Rinse Face With Lukewarm Water
Avoid using too hot or cold water as the lukewarm water for washing your face will keep your skin hydrated and will not make your skin irritated and dry.
18Wash Face With Raw Honey
Honey has antibacterial properties, in a natural way it cleans your pores from bacteria and oils. It also contains probiotics and enzymes which are beneficial for your skin. Advised use is few times a week.
19Wash Your Face With Mallow Plants
Mallow plants contain Vitamin A and also have anti-inflammatory properties which help in fighting acne and is healing acne affected skin as well.
20Wash Your Face With Pure Castor Oil
Castor oil effectively cleans the skin by removing bacteria, oils and dead skin cells which altogether greatly contribute in fighting acne affected skin.
ACNE TREATMENT TIPS (masks, etc.):
21Aloe Vera Plant
It helps in reducing acne and acne scars as well. You have to rub the Aloe Vera plant over the face and you can leave it on until it will dry out and then wash it off.
22Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties and it effectively fights acne-causing bacteria.
No matter that it sounds too simple to actually work it gave great results for almost everyone who tried it. You have to rub the banana peel on your face then let it dry and wash off with a warm water.
24Castor Oil With Organic Olive Oil
The recommended proportion of these oils for acne treatment is 50:50. As already mentioned Castor oil works well in cleaning skin, including removing acne causing bacteria from the skin.
25Cinnamon And Pure Raw Honey Mask
This method does not work for everyone still for part of the people gave good results, for example in cystic acne cases. This mask will make your skin dry so you will have to moisturize it afterward.
26Coconut Oil (Organic)
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it penetrates into the skin and kills acne causing bacteria. You can use it on your face and back as well.
27Egg Yolk Mask
This mask will help to clean oil out of the skin. You have to put the egg yolk on your face, let it harden and then wash it off. You can do it several times a week.
Grape seeds will help to treat acne as it contains antioxidants and has antihistamine properties. They also contain Vitamin E, which also is good for the skin.
Ginger contains ingredients that reduce pain, and irritation, it also contains antioxidants and kills the bacteria causing acne. It can be used in many forms apart from the mask for acne treatment.
30Honey, Lemon, Nutmeg And Cinnamon Mask
You have to mix together 1 tbsp. raw honey, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 1/3 tbsp. nutmeg, 1/4 tbsp. cinnamon. Apply the mask on your face and leave it for 20 minutes, then wash it off.
Ice will reduce the inflammation, redness, and the swelling after putting it on the pimple. It will also help in cleaning skin from dead skin cells and the dirt.
Jojoba oil helps to clean skin pores, also from acne causing bacteria as it is antibacterial. This oil also has a soothing effect and helps to reduce redness which often comes together with acne.
Lavender oil will give your skin a soothing effect, it also will calm it down and help to reduce blemishes as it has antibacterial properties as well.
One method of applying lemon juice for reducing swelling and clearing acne is by applying it on a cleaned acne affected skin, then leaving it through the night and by washing it off in the morning.
Neem oil is well known for its antibacterial and acne healing properties, it will give your skin a soothing effect as well.
Rosewater is gentle but at the same time effective acne treatment, it would also help to heal acne scars as it has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
37Start With Over-The-Counter Acne Treatment Products
There actually are too much effective over the counter acne treatment products available out there that you would need to go after a prescription for your acne treatment as your first choice.
38Tea Tree Oil
Widely used in acne treatment tea tree oil can be mixed up with plenty of other ingredients to gain the best results for your skin. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties, it also helps to kill acne causing bacteria. It will help to clean your skin deeply and to reduce acne formation.
Turmeric helps in treating acne as it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You can use Turmeric in many ways and different masks, it will also help to kill acne causing bacteria and remove oil from your skin.
40Use Low Concentrations Of Chemicals
This is a pretty general tip as you are suggested to choose a lower concentration acne treatments as they are as much effective as those with higher concentration. It is proven that 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide would work with the same results as 10%, so there actually is no reason to choose acne treatments with so high concentration.
No matter that white vinegar is an effective method of treating acne we would suggest you use it very carefully as vinegar is strong substance and if used in a wrong manner can harm your skin. White vinegar has antiseptic properties and it also helps to balance pH of the skin.
CHOOSING SKIN CARE PRODUCTS TIPS:
42Check The Labels Of Skin Care Products
When looking for skin care products you should find those stating they are gentle, non-comedogenic, paraben-free and fragrance-free.
43Try Switching To Mineral Makeup
Mineral makeup usually does not contain oils, fragrance, and preservatives. Just take a look at the ingredients before buying these as sometimes there also are bad ingredients included.
44Use Clean Skin Care Products
When possible choose skin care products that are organic, natural and nontoxic as your skin will like them much more.
Everyone should use sunscreen but especially if you have acne you have to protect your skin from the sun. You should look for noncomedogenic on the label of the sunscreen as those would not clog your pores.
EATING TIPS – DIETS TO FOLLOW:
46Eat Clean Diet
Mainly organic food allowed, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and nonfat dairy. You have to avoid the food that contains saturated fat, food which is overprocessed, also refined foods. White flour, sugar, also drinks with lots of sugar and alcohol are not in the allowed products list.
47Low GI Diet
To keep glycemic index low in your diet you have to choose the brown version of the food instead of white one (bread, rice, pasta, etc.).
By following Paleo Diet you cannot eat any processed food. Allowed products include fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish.
As the name already says you have to eat food derived from plants, including vegetables and fruits with little or even without animal products included.
50Raw Food Vegan Diet
You have to eat raw vegan food which has not been heated more than 115 °F (46 °C). Diet allows eating all raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds.
PRODUCTS YOU CAN EAT:
51Almonds (Raw & Unbleached)
Almonds are full of vitamin E, which is very beneficial for the skin overall and these nuts also help in the acne healing process.
Avocado contains Omega – 3s which is healthy fats and they can help to reduce acne effect on your skin.
Beans help to detox body, they also are full of fiber and help to increase zinc level in the body. In the result, they can contribute in reducing acne.
You should choose fresh beets as they are rich in anti-inflammatory substances and antioxidants. They would help to keep your skin pores clear as beets help to maintain a good blood flow to the skin.
They are rich in Vitamin C and sulfur and can help to reduce acne as they help to regulate oil production in the skin.
It is full of Vitamin C, fiber, and many other vitamins. It works very well for cleaning the skin cells and to remove skin oils so obviously, it can help in reducing acne.
If you have such option choose organic or free-range eggs. Eggs can help to reduce acne as they contain lots of zinc, sulfur, and lots of vitamins which all together work well for treating acne.
58Fruits & Vegetables
No matter that this is a general tip, they can actually help to clear your acne. They will feed your body from the inside with plenty of vitamins which altogether will make your body stronger in the fight against inflammations that acne sufferers often have.
You might expect significant acne breakouts reduction results just after one week of eating red grapefruits (without sugar).
60Lean Red Meat
Opinions vary still lean red meat contains lots of zinc and protein and there are studies which actually suggest eating this meat if you want to treat acne.
Pomegranate is full of Vitamin C and A and iron, these ingredients together help the skin to become stronger and healthier. Vitamin C would help to control the production of sebum which in many cases affect the formation of acne.
There are researches that prove – eating lean protein can help to reduce acne. Poultry also would increase zinc level.
From seafood, we are pointing out salmon and oysters. They both contain ingredients which are beneficial in fighting inflammation in the body, including acne and pimples. They also help to reduce redness and swelling of the skin and increase zinc level in the body as well.
These are only one of many berries which are very rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants and the same time they will not increase blood sugar. Strawberries can actually help to prevent blocking of your skin pores and are very good if you suffer from acne.
Tomatoes are full of Vitamin C which also helps to fight acne causing bacteria. There is not a reason why you would not eat them more.
Opinions about eating walnuts in acne cases will vary still we are including walnuts in allowed product list as they do contain lots of vitamins and increase zinc level.
Not everyone knows it but watermelon is very beneficial for acne treatment, of course, it contains Vitamin C but it also contains substances that help to heal acne.
There are studies that have found that eating whole grains can actually reduce acne, they also increase zinc level which also is good for your skin.
DRINKS YOU CAN HAVE:
This could be your choice if you are switching away for example, from the cow’s milk or soy milk. You might already know that dairy in many cases is one of the reasons causing acne breakouts to many people. Almond milk will not cure your acne still it will improve your skin’s health as it contains lots of useful vitamins.
Green tea will protect your skin as it contains antioxidants, it also is beneficial in fighting acne breakouts.
You have to be careful with this one as you should know that dairy is not causing your acne and also that your body can actually tolerate them before drinking them. If everything is fine then you can safely choose kefir and yogurt.
72Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
This tea would clean your liver and also help to balance your hormones. Drinking up to 3 cups of tea per day might help in reducing your acne.
Turmeric has detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties which both are beneficial for the ease of acne symptoms.
Everyone knows that drinking water is good for your skin, so in this case, you have to choose a good quality water (filtered, distilled) and drink it a lot.
YOU SHOULD NOT EAT AND DRINK:
75No To Alcohol
No matter that alcohol is not a direct cause of acne it is advised to limit these drinks to few per week as lately it is becoming popular opinion that alcohol influences acne.
76No To Artificial Sweeteners
There are researches which give artificial sweeteners a role in acne breakouts. Everyone knows that they are not good for the health, even more, they can weaken your body. There are even mentioned specific sweeteners which cause acne, for example, Xanthan Gum and High Fructose Corn Syrup.
77No To Beer
There are cases reported when breakouts were caused by using a beer if you can avoid drinking it.
78No To Chocolate
Chocolate cannot be considered as a cause of acne still the consumption of it in many cases does make acne worse, it can lead even to very big acne breakouts. Not everyone would have such reaction still for part of people amount of pimples would increase correlating the chocolate eaten.
79No To Coffee
It is very complex and also highly acidic drink. Coffee will in the most cases influence your stress hormones, and in the result, it will promote the production of your skin’s oil. There are many cases reported when after stopping to drink coffee after several weeks skin has cleared up.
80No To Cookies & Candies
As they contain even several products that influence acne breakouts (like sugar and white flour) obviously you should avoid these sweets.
81No To Dairy
It is proven that cow’s milk can cause acne breakouts on your body. Using milk can increase the inflammation and also insulin levels which stimulate the overproduction of skin oils, there also are growth hormones which again stimulate the production of skin cells which can result in blocking pores.
82No To Fast Food
It sounds pretty scary but fast food actually stimulates the inflammation in the body which results in unwanted pimples on your skin.
83No To Gluten
As there actually is very low percentage of people who are intolerant to gluten (possibly even less than 1%) not everyone would find a solution to acne in gluten-free food. There actually is an opinion that too many people are thinking that they have to eat gluten-free food and are doing that without a need.
84No To Junk Food
The name already says it all. If the food is not good for your body it also is not good for your skin. Junk food would influence your hormone levels, blood sugar levels and it all will help acne to give signs on your skin.
85No To Soy
Soy is affecting hormone levels in the body and by causing its imbalance also can lead to acne breakouts. There are people who have cleared the skin after removing soy products from the diet.
86No To Sugar
This often is considered as a reason for acne breakouts. Of course, it is important how much sugar you consume. If you eat lots of sugar containing products you might break out very soon even in few hours.
87No To Vegetable Oils
These oils cause hormonal imbalance and it results in acne breakouts. You should avoid these as much as you can.
88No To Wheat
These are one of the well-known enemies of acne clear skin. Products containing wheat cause the increase in blood sugar which results in the production of insulin which altogether at the end point stimulates acne inflammation.
FEW SUGGESTED ACNE TREATMENT PRODUCTS:
89Aloe Vera Gelly
Aloe Vera gel gave good results for people with acne affected skin. It helps to sooth the skin, it also calms down skin irritations. The use of this gel is pretty universal and it is not developed specially for acne treatment.
Aztec Clay contains 100% natural calcium bentonite clay and has shown good acne treatment results, it is also well rated by the users.
One of acne treatment kits available, the basic kit contains 3 products. Ingredients include Sandalwood Oil, Salicylic Acid, Kakadu Plum, Zinc– and others. These products do not contain Benzoyl Peroxide.
This supplement actually works in reducing acne and good results were reported by many users.
93DIM + BioPerine
By using this pretty strong supplement you can expect the reduction of your hormonal acne. This supplement has also other effects as it is not solely developed for treating acne.
94Exposed Skin Care
Exposed Skin Care worked good for 80% of people who tried it, so our verdict is that it is effective. For example, Proactiv worked well for less than 60% of users.
95Fermented Cod Liver Oil
There are actual cases when this supplement has helped to clear acne. The main ingredients include Natural Source of Omega 3, 6, 6 & 9 Fatty Acids, Vitamin D, and Vitamin A.
This is an organic acne treatment in a form of face mask which contains a natural clay. It will normalize the oil production and absorb the excessive oil as well.
There actually are lots of Omega-3 Oil supplements available. We are mentioning only one of them and yes they can actually reduce acne.
98SheaMoisture African Black Soap
This soap is specially developed for acne prone and troubled skin. It will not only cleanse the irritated skin but also will moisturize it and absorb excess oil. It will calm acne affected skin. Main ingredients include Black Soap Base, Shea Butter, Oats, Aloe, and Vitamin E.
These are effective and proven to work pads with Salicylic Acid and they do provide good acne treatment results.
There are lots of sulfur soaps out there, we have chosen one (SAL3 Sulfur Soap) with 3% Salicylic Acid and 10% sulfur as active ingredients. It has given good acne reducing results for part of the users.
There are lots of zinc supplements available. We are mentioning one specific as an example (Pure Zinc) which would give good results for those people who might be deficient in zinc which has lead to acne. It will also improve your overall skin condition.
Of course, we are not suggesting you follow all tips mentioned above. Still, we really hope that there was at least one for each of you that you have not thought about before and could easily implement in your daily routine.
The main idea is to understand that in the most cases acne cannot be treated only with some acne treatment kit as you have to change something in your lifestyle, things that you use daily, products that you eat every day. Not always things that we suggest to avoid are direct causes of acne, rather those only are factors that make acne worse.
Try to implement few of tips mentioned and watch if there are any changes on your skin. Of course, do not use those products even if mentioned as allowed if you know that your body is not tolerant to them.