How to Cleanse & Exfoliate Your Skin With Homemade Products

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Before you purchase the latest acne treatment products from the pharmacy or from late-night TV, you may want to experiment with the arsenal of cleansing ingredients in your kitchen. Relax with a good book or favorite movie while giving yourself an inexpensive at-home facial that leaves your skin glowing and smooth. Remember, however, that the effectiveness of natural remedies has not been established by clinical research.

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Shake 1 tbsp. of baking soda in the palm of your hand and add warm water to form a paste. Massage the paste over your face in a circular motion with your fingertips, paying special attention to areas with blackheads. If you have sensitive skin, mix in a few drops of honey to moisturize as you exfoliate.

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Slice a tomato into thin pieces and lay them over your face, or scoop out the pulp and apply it like a mask. Tomatoes contain citric acid, which helps draw impurities from the pores. Leave the tomato on your face for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.

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Boil water in a large cooking pot. Add a few drops of tea tree oil, a natural astringent and antiseptic that can help treat acne blemishes. Drape a bath towel over your head and steam your face for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Wash your face with a mild glycerin-based soap and splash with cold water to tighten your pores.

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Slice a lemon in half, squeeze the juice onto a cotton ball and wipe it across your face to dry up excess oil and tighten the pores.