Acne can pop up at the worst times. Blemishes appear before a first date, a special occasion or right before the holidays. The holidays can bring lots of parties and family get-togethers and the last thing you want is a face full of zits. Here are some natural cures to get rid of acne before your first holiday party.
Your best bet to get rid of acne is by cleaning up your diet and eating the right foods, which can be extremely hard at this time of year. I know it is very hard, but if you have severe acne, you may be eating all of the wrong foods. It is best to stay away from dairy products, fried foods, sugary treats and treats with white flour. If your skin gets red easily or if you suffer from rosacea, you may also want to stay away from hot and spicy foods. Alcohol also makes rosacea much worse. Stick to healthy staples at the holiday parties such as vegetable dishes. If you need something sweet and indulgent, look for dark chocolate which is a great antioxidant and gives you something to enjoy.
While you detox your diet, add lots of healthy tea. You can help your acne by drinking the tea and by actually rubbing it on your skin. There are several teas that have different health benefits and can heal your skin in diverse ways. Choose your favorite tea and go ahead and have 2-3 cups a day. Once a day, also apply topically. A good idea is to have a cup of tea in the evening and make a cup for your face to apply topically. Let the tea steep for about 10 minutes then cool to a lukewarm temperature. Use a washcloth or cotton balls to dip in the tea and apply to your face and acne areas for 10 minutes. Let dry naturally.
You should choose Chamomile tea, green tea or Rooibos tea for acne healing benefits. Chamomile tea reduces redness, acts as an anti-inflammatory, helps rosacea, calms your skin and mind, and reduces stress which is much needed this time of year. Green tea is a great superfood filled with antioxidants, reduces inflammation, reduces oiliness and even decreases the skin’s reactivity to UV light. Rooibos tea is best for winter dry skin because it cleanses the pores and leaves skin with more moisture and healing power. Rooibos is best if you want a non-caffeinated tea.
Another great acne treatment found in your kitchen is turmeric. It can also be taking internally and applied topically for treatment of acne and redness. It has great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Mix one teaspoon a day with food or look for turmeric capsules with the active ingredient curcumin. Avoid internal use if you have a history of gall stones or are on blood-thinning medications. Twice a week, mix turmeric with water to create a cool new face mask. Leave on for 10 minutes then wash off with a gentle cleanser.
Two more great supplements to treat acne naturally are zinc and evening primrose oil. Zinc heals damaged skin, reduces production of sebum which causes oily skin and improves acne. Take a zinc supplement two or three times a day. Evening primrose oil treats many skin conditions such as acne, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis. It reduces inflammation, redness and sebum. It is best when used for hormonal acne.
Do you use any of these natural cures for acne? What is your go-to acne cure for the holiday season when stress is running rapid? Tell us your thoughts!