While HappyMe does believe that natural products are always a smarter choice than chemical ones, we still need to be careful about which natural products to use. We’ve researched some popular at home remedies and have the scoop on what works and what to avoid.
Honey. This is actually a great at home acne treatment. Using pure dark honey as a mask once a week can promote healing of inflamed and irritated skin. Plus, honey’s antibacterial properties help cease the root of acne. This is one natural treatment that is okay with us!
Toothpaste. This has been a popular treatment for decades. Many swear by toothpastes as a miracle solution to pimples. However, we’re not so sure it is the best approach to acne, especially for those with sensitive skin. Toothpaste is supposed to treat acne by drying the skin with ingredients like Triclosan and alcohol. Depending on the toothpaste being used, this can be extremely irritating and might actually aggravate blemishes further. Despite its mixed reviews, toothpaste is probably not the best option for happy skin.
Baking soda. An affordable and neutralizing treatment option? Yes, indeed. When diluted into a paste and left on the face for a short amount of time, baking soda acts as a natural exfoliate and also absorbs acne-causing bacteria.
Sunshine. The common belief that a little fun in the sun will clear skin couldn’t be more false. While a sunburn or tan may mask the appearance of pimples temporarily, it is actually causing much more damage than good. Sun exposure can lead to dryness, irritation, scarring, pre-mature aging, and worst of all, skin cancer.
Apple Cider Vinegar. This detoxifying liquid can add great support for all skin types, and even your overall health. Mix it into a tonic to drink and receive skin support from the inside out. Aiding in cleansing and metabolic function, this drink has been said to promote glowing, smooth skin. Additionally, Apple Cider Vinegar can be diluted with water and used as a toner (to be washed off after 10 minutes) which helps balance pH and kill acne-causing bacteria.
Essential Oils. While it is true that many essential oils can do wonders for skin, there are also some oils to remain cautious of. Always research ingredients to know which oils clear skin (lavender, tea tree, rosemary, etc.) and which can cause clogged pores (coconut and mineral oils).
As with any skincare regimen, it is best to seek the help of a professional to be sure you are not using conflicting products. Remember, clear skin is a balancing act. Try one treatment at a time. When in doubt, turn to a 3 step natural acne system, like HappyMe, to be sure you are in proper alignment with your skin.