Oatmeal works as a natural cleanser for your skin. This means it cleanses skin pores and absorbs excess oil, which in turn helps treat acne. It also exfoliates and calms the inflamed skin area.
A 2012 study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology suggests that oatmeal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and its administration is effective on a variety of dermatologic inflammatory diseases, including acne.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of oatmeal with a small amount of water to form a spreadable paste.
- Dampen the affected skin and massage the paste onto the area in a circular motion.
- Allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
- Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
- Use this remedy 1 or 2 times a week.
Last, but not the least in this list of home remedies, is tomatoes.
Tomatoes contain salicylic acid, which is effective at treating acne. In fact, it helps dry out the acne quickly. Plus, its anti-inflammatory nature aids in reducing the pain and inflammation commonly associated with acne.
Plus, it helps repair skin damage at the cellular level.
- Rub a slice of tomato on the affected areas of your back for a few minutes, wait for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. Repeat twice daily.
- Alternatively, prepare a solution with 1 tablespoon of tomato juice, a few drops of lemon juice and ½ teaspoon of raw honey. Mix thoroughly and dab it on the affected areas with a cotton ball. Wait 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. Use this remedy once daily for a few days.
- Applying over-the-counter zinc lotions and creams may also reduce acne breakouts.
- Limit the use of oil-based skin care products.
- Avoid pressure on your back to speed up the healing process.
- Do not wear tight clothes for a while.
- Take proper care of your skin by regularly washing your body with a gentle cleanser and taking a shower after you exercise.
- Do not make the mistake of squeezing or picking back acne lesions.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure.
- Drink lots of water during the day to help flush toxins out of the body.
- Follow a healthy diet that includes high-fiber whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid junk foods, including heavily spiced fried and foods fatty.
- Avoid smoking and excessive drinking as it may contribute to acne.