Home Remedies for Acne & Blackheads

by Kelly Sundstrom

Acne and blackheads are common skin conditions that are typically treated using products that contain strong chemical ingredients designed to kill off acne-causing bacteria quickly. Unfortunately, these products can irritate and inflame the skin, creating overly dry, red, and peeling skin. Instead of using chemical creams and lotions, you can try some home remedies that will clear the skin without damaging it.

Cleansing

Natural cleansing is important when dealing with acne and blackheads, so that the skin remains as healthy as possible in order to become balanced and resistant to further breakouts. There are many methods for cleansing the skin naturally, all of which will clean the skin without causing irritation. One method for cleansing the skin is to use a combination of an acid substance and an alkaline substance, such as baking soda and lemon juice. Combine 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a large bowl, and wait for them to stop fizzing. Apply the mixture to the skin, then rinse well with water.

Another method for cleansing the skin is to use olive oil. Olive oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog the pores. The oil binds to the oils and impurities in the pores, then lifts them out. Massage 1 tablespoon of olive oil onto the face for 2 minutes, then lay a steaming washcloth over the face until it cools. Wipe off the remaining oil to reveal clean skin.

Exfoliating

Exfoliating the skin will unclog the pores and slough off dead skin cells, keeping the pores clean and acne-free. It is important to use a natural and gentle substance to exfoliate the skin so that it does not irritate the skin or cause damage. Two helpful and effective exfoliators are baking soda and stone-ground oatmeal. Baking soda can be mixed with water until a loose paste is formed, then massaged gently onto the skin for 30 seconds before rinsing it off with water. Oatmeal can be massaged onto wet skin for 1 minute, then rinsed with water. The results will be fresh skin and an acne-free complexion.

Treating

Once the skin is cleansed and exfoliated, it can be treated using strong acne fighters: tea tree oil and calamine lotion. Tea tree oil should always be diluted before use so that it does not cause inflammation to the skin. To do this, dip a cotton swab into tea tree oil and dip it again into water. It can then be applied directly to the acne blemishes and blackheads. Once the tea tree oil has been applied, dip a different cotton swab into Calamine lotion and apply the lotion to the blemishes. Let the Calamine lotion dry and keep it on all night.