Arguably one of the hardest parts of adolescence, acne breakouts seem to occur at the most inopportune of times. According to an article published by KidsHealth.org, there are three main causes of acne -- bacteria buildup, overproduction of sebum, and dead skin cells clogging pores. Having an arsenal of home remedies to get rid of acne and learning proper skin care regimens help teenagers gain greater control of blemishes.
Mix two tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together in a small bowl. Use fingertips to apply mixture to the face. Let honey-cinnamon mixture sit on the skin for 15 minutes. Wash face, gently pat dry and apply a facial toner.
Mash a ripe tomato in a small bowl to crush the pulp, forming a chunky paste. Using your fingers, apply tomato flesh thickly onto the skin. Keep tomato pack on for up to an hour or until it becomes uncomfortable. Wash and lightly pat skin dry before following with a moisturizer of your choice.
Mix two tablespoons milk, two tablespoons honey, one tablespoon yogurt and the juice of one lemon in a small bowl. Add a little water to make a paste. Using a cotton ball, apply a generous amount yogurt mixture to the face and neck. If time permits, you can apply mask in thin layers, letting the mixture dry in between applications, until all is used. Leave on skin for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. Continue with skincare routine.
Add 3/4 cup oatmeal to 1 cup water. Bring oats to a boil as if preparing oatmeal for eating. Once oats are cooked, cool before adding 1/4 cup of honey. Apply honey-oatmeal mask to face and neck. Let mixture sit for 15 minutes. Wipe excess mask from face and neck before rinsing with warm water.
Crush a clove of garlic and mix with 2 tablespoons of water. Using a cotton ball lightly apply garlic water to affected areas. Leave on for 15 minutes to overnight if you experience no irritation. Wash off and moisturize skin as normal.
Start each remedy on clean, freshly washed skin.
Manuka honey contains an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide, making it beneficial for acne treatments. Substitute with regular honey if not available.
Excessive washing or scrubbing irritates and dries acne-prone skin.
Do a patch test prior to trying any new home remedy to avoid further irritating the skin.
Only use garlic on the skin in a diluted form. Raw garlic applied directly to the skin can cause severe irritation.