Acne is a problem that many people attribute to the teenage years. A zit would poke through the night before a big date. Unfortunately, though, it can happen to adults, too. Whether you’ve got patches of acne that plague your skin or just a few pesky pimples that pop up every now and then, you don’t have to break the bank on store-bought acne face scrubs. Try your hand at a do-it-yourself scrub with natural ingredients to help send the acne back to the halls of your high school.
Nutty and Spice Oatmeal Scrub
Pour 2 cups of rolled oats, ½ cup of almonds, 1 teaspoon of dried lavender and 3 teaspoons each of dried peppermint and calendula leaf into a blender or food processor. Mix up the ingredients so they’re a fine powder.
Transfer the powder to a bowl. Add ½ cup of green clay powder. Stir well with a spoon to combine. You can store the unused portion of the mix in a cool place in an air-tight container for up to 3 months.
Mix 1 teaspoon of the powdered mixture with 1 teaspoon of water when you are ready to scrub your face. Apply the scrub to your skin, then let it dry completely before rinsing it off with warm water.
Sweet Enough to Eat Acne Scrub
Place 2 tablespoon of chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl. You can use dark chocolate, milk chocolate or whatever kind you have on hand. Microwave the chocolate for 20 to 30 seconds or until it’s completely melted.
Add 2 tablespoon of oats, 1/4 cup of heavy cream, 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese. Stir well with a spoon to combine all the ingredients.
Scrub the mixture onto your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes if you want to really pamper your skin, or rinse it off after scrubbing for a minute or two for a quick fix. Discard any unused scrub.
Get Back to the Basics With Baking Soda
Pour 2 tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl.
Add 1 tablespoon of lukewarm filtered water slowly to the soda. Stir with a spoon until a thick paste forms.
Scrub the mixture onto your face for about a minute using circular motions. Rinse your face well with warm water. Discard any unused facial scrub.
Pay attention to your skin when using an acne face scrub. Use the scrub once a day if your skin can tolerate it. If you notice redness, irritation or the acne getting worse, scale back on the frequency of use or discontinue use all together.