Best Back to School Acne Remedies
Back to school time brings its own unique set of stress and worries for young people. What to wear, which clique of friends to join, what classes to take… But let’s be honest: appearance is at the top of the list of back to school concerns for teenagers. And no young person wants to begin the new school year with an acne-scarred face.
Of course, it is not only young people who are forced to combat acne and its ravages. Did you know acne is the most common skin disease? Virtually no one is immune to it. True, over 70 percent of all teenagers will deal with combating acne at one point or another. But acne doesn’t stop once we emerge from puberty. (If only!) Here’s an eye-popping statistic: according to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, 54 percent of women older than age 25 have some facial acne.
The causes of acne are myriad: clogged pores, excess oil production, bacteria and a pile up of dead skin cells are frequent culprits. But the list doesn’t stop there. Poor diet, stress, hormones and even certain common medications, like birth control pills and corticosteroids, can trigger breakouts or make pre-existing acne worse. And did we mention sleep deprivation?
We’ve assembled a quick overview of the best acne remedies for when you head-back-school. And while the fall makes this list a must-read for teenagers, anyone suffering from occasional to severe adult acne should benefit from these basic, easily available remedies.
Acne-Fighting Tip #1: Tea Tree Oil
Acne responds well to melalecua, which is more commonly known as tea tree oil. With excellent bacteria and fungi-fighting properties, tea tree oil has been used as an antiseptic by people all over the world for ages. According to medical research, tea tree oil gels containing five percent tea tree oil may be as effective as medications containing five percent benzoyl peroxide. Even better, tea tree oil is less harsh on your skin than a benzoyl peroxide solution.
Here are two of the best all-natural tea tree oil acne remedies you can make right at home!
- Tea Tree Oil and Coconut Oil: Mix four to eight drops of tea tree oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil. Dab onto the infected area. Try this up to twice a day.
- Tea Tree Oil and Witch Hazel: Mix four to six drops of tea tree oil with 20 to 40 drops of witch hazel. Dampen a cotton swab or cotton ball in the mixture and apply to the infected area. Do this up to twice a day (but no more than that – you don’t want to dry out your skin too much).
- Please note: do not apply tea tree oil directly to your skin on its own; it’s too harsh. That’s why it’s mixed with the coconut oil or witch hazel.
Acne-Fighting Tip #2: Green Tea
It may be hard to believe, but green tea is among the best acne remedies. You see, it has antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds that go a long way to treating breakouts. Brew yourself a cup of strong green tea using two teabags. Then try one of these two remedies:
- Use the Green Tea as a Face Wash: Let the hot tea cool. Using a gentle cleanser, wash your face. Then pour some of the cooled tea into your hands. Splash it all over your face repeatedly until there's no more tea. Rinse your face with cool water.
- Use the Tea Bag as Spot Treatment: Take the hot (but not too-hot) green teabag from the cup. Squeeze out most but not all of the water. Apply it directly onto a pimple as a spot treatment. Or rub it all over your face as a toner. No need to rinse your face after.
Acne-Fighting Tip #3: Lemons
Lemons are another terrific, all-natural acne-fighting tool. Lemons act as an exfoliant and disinfectant. These two properties can reduce the appearance of acne scars and help prevent new pimples from starting.
- Rinse your face with a gentle cleanser. Squeeze some lemons until you have about a ¼ cup of lemon juice. Moisten a cotton ball or cotton swab with the lemon juice, then dab onto the affected area. Rinse your face with cool water.
Acne-Fighting Tip #4: Exfoliate with a Microdermabrasion Scrub
As discussed earlier, clogged pores and dead skin cells are a major trigger for acne. That makes exfoliating gently but properly a necessity. Try NeedCrystals’ microdermabrasion with salicylic acid. As the microderm crystals gently exfoliate, they smooth away rough patches of uneven skin cells and deep clean your pores. The anti-inflammatory properties in the specialty formula instantly soothe breakouts and calm irritated pores.
Also consider our microdermabrasion crystals with vitamin C. With exfoliating properties that brighten your skin, improve clarity and restore radiance, this scrub can clean and revitalize your skin while combating your acne.
Acne-Fighting Tip #5: Visit the Dermatologist
For long-term and severe acne breakouts that may not respond to all-natural treatments, a visit to the dermatologist should help. Among just a few of the many proven treatments in a dermatologist’s arsenal are chemical peels, which work by removing the outermost layer of the skin; laser treatments, which can dramatically reduce the appearance of acne scars and leave the skin looking smoother and more even-toned; and light therapy, which uses blue light to kill the P-acnes bacteria that causes acne.
The above are just a few of the best acne remedies, from the all-natural to the chemical. See which works best for you!