Natural remedies for acne, age spots and other skin problems are a great, low cost way to improve the appearance of your skin.
Clear skin is a great confidence booster. Unfortunately, most people have to deal with various bothersome and often unsightly skin issues. From acne to warts to skin tags and age spots, at some point in your life, you’re likely going to need a remedy to improve your overall skin health and appearance.
As with most health therapies, you have choices. First, you can choose the conventional route. There are several medical and cosmetic treatments for skin problems. These include medicated ointments, medication, laser therapy, chemical peels, and dermabrasion. Each has its own side effects and some can be very expensive. For example, dermabrasion can cost thousands of dollars.
Your second choice are natural treatments. It may take longer to see visible results when you’re using natural remedies for acne and other skin problems, but many swear that they are very effective. Myself, I use a wash of castile soap with tea tree oil to get rid of blemishes and acne on my face, and it works wonders. But then, I do not have massive breakouts. Only a pimple here and there, once in a while.
Regardless of the severity of your skin condition, there are several remedies you can try to maintain or improve skin appearance. Below are some of the most common natural treatments.
Tea tree oil treatments
Science suggests that the anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antifungal properties of tea tree oil are responsible for the oil’s potential usefulness in treating skin conditions such as acne, skin tags, boils, and age spots.
Most importantly, research studies have confirmed that tea tree oil is an effective form of treatment for acne. One study showed that tea tree oil is 3.5 times more effective than a placebo in reducing the total lesion count when treating acne. The same study discovered that the oil is 5.75 more effective than the placebo in reducing acne severity index. Further, yet another study showed that tea tree oil can reduce histamine-induced skin inflammation.
An easy way to apply tea tree oil is to dilute it with jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil, and apply into the affected area using a cotton ball. I use tea tree oil directly on my skin, but as with all essential oils, you may be allergic to melaleuca alternifolia. Therefore, always test your essential oils and natural remedies on a small section of your arm before using regularly.
Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is most commonly used as a topical ointment for burns, sun damage and skin abrasions. It is known to contain powerful antioxidants and has strong antibacterial properties. It moisturizes, lightens blemishes, reduces wrinkles, and removes skin tags. In general, it slows the skin’s aging process.
It’s best to use fresh aloe vera gel cut out of a leaf. The video below shows how to harvest the gel. If you don’t have access to a plant, then this bottled gel is a good option. To keep it simple, you can apply aloe vera directly to the affected areas on the skin. Or click here for some easy Aloe vera DIY recipes.
It may take some time to see results when using aloe vera, especially if you are trying to get rid of skin abrasions or skin tags. So, be patient. And store your aloe vera gel in the fridge for longevity, especially if you are harvesting your own.
Make a poultice
A poultice is an effective way to apply herbal and natural remedies on the skin. If you prefer to use herbs instead of essential oils, because they are less concentrated, then a poultice can make application easy. Here’s how to make one:
- 2-3 tablespoons of whatever fresh or dried herbs you are using.
- Some bentonite clay, baking soda or epsom salt.
- Some hot water to help form a thick paste.
- Organic cloth or cheesecloth for covering.
- Plastic wrap or other waterproof covering to keep poultice in place.
Mix your herb with the thickening agent like clay or baking soda, than add water to make a paste. Place between two layer of cloth, and lay the cloth on the affected area. You can also apply the paste directly to skin, and cover with cloth. Whichever method you choose, cover with waterproof cover and leave for about 20 minutes to 2 hours. Repeat as necessary, but typically no more than 3x per day.
Here are some ideas of what types of poultices may help your skin problems:
- Garlic poultice for warts.
- Bentonite clay poultice for boils. (You can add a few drops of tea tree oil or lavender to the clay mixture.)
- Epsom salt poultice for skin infections and abscesses.
- Baking soda poultice for blackheads.
- Lemon poultice for skin tags and age spots. In this case you can just wrap a half a lemon in cloth and apply.
There are tons of other natural remedies for acne, skin tags and every possible skin condition. Horseradish, apple cider vinegar, castor oil and many other natural substances offer power healing properties that may benefit your skin.
Always remember to be cautious and patient is you choose a natural remedy to rejuvenate your skin. These treatments may take some time, but they are often simple, low-cost and painless.
Image source: Pixabay.com
This article (Natural Remedies for Acne, Skin Tags, Age Spots and Other Skin Issues) is copyrighted by Awareness Junkie, 2017. Furthermore, you may not copy, reproduce, publish or distribute any content therein without written permission. You may contact us here.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Moreover, views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Awareness Junkie or its staff.