Despite what movies and television shows may lead us to believe, acne isn’t just a problem teenagers face during puberty. In reality, acne can be a lifelong problem for many adults and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Fortunately, there are great natural remedies available that can help minimize or even prevent annoying zits. The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) recommends trying the following natural products as part of your daily skincare routine.
Apple cider vinegar toner after cleansing. Many of us rely on just a facial cleanser to wash away the day’s dirt and oil. However, applying toner after cleansing is an important step for those with acne, as it removes excess makeup and sunscreen, restores your skin’s pH balance, and leaves your pores feeling clean and refreshed. Make your own toner at home with organic apple cider vinegar. After cleansing your face, mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water and apply to the face with a cotton ball or pad. Remember to moisturize with an all-natural moisturizer for your skin type once the toner dries.
Turmeric mask to make your skin glow. Did you know turmeric is a potent antioxidant with antibacterial properties? Although it’s been used in cooking for thousands of years, Canadians are discovering the benefits of using turmeric on our skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help with acne and acne scars. Use this turmeric face mask recipe for glowing skin.
Mix 5 ml (1 tsp) coconut flour, 5 ml (1 tsp) turmeric, 5 ml (1 tsp) of honey, and 30 ml (2 tbsp) almond milk to make a paste. Apply a thin layer to your face and let dry for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with water for rejuvenated skin! Note that some people find that turmeric may make their skin slightly yellow after application, so try the mask on another part of your skin before trying it on your face. A little coconut oil can also help remove any excess discolouration.
Vitamin C serum for overall skin health. Vitamin C serum has quickly become a skin care staple, and for good reason. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to reduce dark marks left over from pimples, as well as reduce inflammation and aid in the promotion of collagen production, which results in tighter and more youthful-looking skin.
Remember to sample new products on a small area of your skin to test your reaction before applying liberally. Get everything you need for these remedies at your local CHFA Member health food store by visiting chfa.ca.