Even More Acne Home Remedies That Really Work
There are certain acne home remedies that just about everyone knows. Make a milk and honey mask. Exfoliate tight skin around blackheads with apple cider vinegar. Run a humidifier or vaporizer to help your skin retain moisture so it can stay flexible.
But there are even more home remedies for acne that you probably never heard about. Here are ten acne home remedies that really work.
Here are even more simple home remedies for acne.
- Clean your cell phone with rubbing alcohol at least once a week.
- Make your favorite Italian dishes with homemade cream sauces rather than tomato sauces.
- Dry your clothes without fabric sheets.
- Release the grease from your hands with shaving cream.
- Use natural toothpaste.
- Use blue and red window treatments.
- Drink decaf coffee for breakfast.
- Take cool or warm showers instead of hot showers.
- Eat fermented foods.
- Make a habit of washing your hands1 when you come home, whether they “need it” or not.
1. Wipe Your Cell Phone With Rubbing Alcohol At Least Once A Week
A 2011 study at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, as well as other more recent studies, have found that cell phones harbor E. coli2, staph, and acne bacteria. Acne bacteria, of course, cause pimples. Staph bacteria can cause impetigo (a blistering infection of the skin) and sinus problems. And E. coli can cause diarrhea and even life-threatening kidney problems.
“Straight” isopropyl alcohol (which always contains at least 11% water due to the manufacturing process) is best for your phone. It only takes a few seconds to kill the bacteria on your phone that could keep reinfecting your skin until you do.
2. Make Your Pizzas And Spaghetti With Alfredo Sauce Instead Of Tomato Sauce
Tomatoes, Dutch scientists have discovered, increase sebum production in the skin. The more sebum your skin makes, the more whiteheads and blackheads will appear. Cutting out tomatoes won’t clear up your acne overnight, but it can make a real difference in the health of your skin.
Is it really a good idea to start making pizzas and spaghetti with cream-based Alfredo sauce? The same Dutch study found that butter, cream, cheese, and animal fat had no effects on acne, although foods fried in soybean oil or corn oil, such as most fast food and most crispy packaged snacks, made acne worse.
3. Dry Your Clothes Without Fabric Sheets (Such As Febreze)
Fabric sheets help clothes dry without static electricity making them cling to each other. Many dryer sheets like Febreze also add fragrance to clothes, linens, and towels. The problem with fabric sheets is that they contain a chemical called polycarbamyl polyglycol ester, which is also found in hair spray. The chemical transfers from the fabric sheets to your clothes and from your clothes to your skin. It forms a fine coating on your skin, locking bacteria and oil inside pores.
If you need a different way to stop static cling, dampen a wash cloth and wring it as dry as you can. Add about 10 minutes before it is time to take out your clothes. Your clothes won’t cling to each other, and they will also look as if they were freshly ironed.
4. Release The Grease
From to time everyone gets grease on their hands that they have trouble getting off. Maybe you are frying food for a community gathering or you are earning a few extra bucks at a fast food place, or you get stubborn grease on your hands while you are working on a car or a bike. You have to get grease off your hands before it is safe to touch your face.
Don’t rinse your hands in acetone or gasoline3. These chemicals not only will harm your skin, they are toxic.
Don’t clean your hands with Lava soap. It will also remove skin. It’s absolutely not a product you should ever use on your face.
Instead, release the grease with shaving cream. Just a single squirt of foaming shaving cream is usually enough to clean hands so you don’t have to be concerned about touching your face and causing new blemishes.
5. Brush Your Teeth With Natural Toothpaste
Most brands of toothpaste include a foaming agent called sodium lauryl sulfate. (In the UK, it’s called sodium dodecyl sulphate.) Especially in women, the suds from toothpaste can cause tiny pimples to break out at the corners of the mouth. One study even found that 80% of adult women with acne who stopped using all products containing sodium lauryl sulfate cleared up all their blemishes in just 30 days. Teens sometimes get equally dramatic results. If you can’t afford natural toothpaste, at least be sure to rinse your face as well as your mouth after you brush to avoid skin irritation4.
6. Use Blue And Red Window Treatments In Your Brightest Window
Blue light kills acne bacteria in the top of pores. Red light reaches deeper into the skin and shrinks the sebaceous glands that release skin oil. You can get additional blue and red light by using red and blue glass or plastic in the sunniest room in your house.
Of course, you can get even better results from blue light or combination blue and red light5 lamps. Just be sure not to sit so close to the lamp that you dry out or burn your skin. Blue light and red and blue light therapy always take about a month to make visible changes in your skin.
7. Drink Decaffeinated Coffee For Breakfast
Several studies find6 that coffee helps your body regulate blood sugar. Indirectly, regulating your blood sugar levels can reduce your body’s production of inflammatory hormones that cause redness and swelling in pimples. You don’t have to consume caffeine, however, to get the benefits of coffee.
8. Take Cool Showers Rather Than Hot Showers
Hot showers feel good, but they dry out your skin7. If you can tolerate warm water, or even better, cool water, in the shower you will have less skin irritation all over your body, not just your face.
9. Eat Yogurt, Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Pickles, Skyr, Crème Fraiche, Natto, Or Fish Sauce On A Regular Basis
Fermented food contain Lactobacillus bacteria that can colonize your small intestine and have health benefits8. Your immune system recognizes them as an infection, but because the flow of food through your lower digestive tract keeps removing them, it “learns” not to produce excessive inflammation. This information is transferred to the immune system in your skin so that you get fewer pimples.
10. Make A Habit Of Washing Your Hands Whenever You Have Been Outside Your Home
Washing your hands when you come home lessens the risk that you will carry E. coli9 and the bacteria that cause colds and flu into your home. It also reduces the oil and cellular debris you transfer to your face when you touch yourself without thinking about it.
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- Kõljalg S., Mändar R., Sõber T., Rööp T., Mändar R. High level bacterial contamination of secondary school students’ mobile phones. Germs. 2017;7(2):73-77.
- Jia X., Xiao P., Jin X., Shen G., Wang X., Jin T., Nordberg G. Adverse effects of gasoline on the skin of exposed worker. Contact Dermatitis. 2002;46(1):44-7.
- Rantanen I., Jutila K., Nicander I., Tenovuo J., Söderling E. The effects of two sodium lauryl sulphate-containing toothpastes with and without betaine on human oral mucosa in vivo. Swedish Dental Journal. 2003;27(1):31-4.
- Pei S., Inamadar A.C., Adya K.A., Tsoukas M.M. Light-based therapies in acne treatment. Indian Dermatology Online Journal. 2015;6(3):145-57.
- Bhaktha G., Nayak B.S., Mayya S., Shantaram M. Relationship of Caffeine with Adiponectin and Blood Sugar Levels in Subjects with and without Diabetes. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2015.
- Dry skin relief. American Academy of Dermatology (Website). Accessed 2019.
- Rezac S., Kok C.R., Heermann M., Hutkins R. Fermented Foods as a Dietary Source of Live Organisms. Frontiers in Microbiology. 2018;9:1785.
- Burton M., Cobb E., Donachie P., Judah G., Curtis V., Schmidt W.P. The Effect of Handwashing with Water or Soap on Bacterial Contamination of Hands. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2011;8(1):97–104.
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