How to Treat Hormonal Acne Naturally
Acne is one of those things that most of us have had to deal with on and off since puberty. Fortunately, as more research is done, there does seem to be lots of different natural help for acne. In this blog post, we’ll share with you how to treat acne naturally.
What is Acne?
As you enter puberty, whether you’re male or female, you will start to produce a much larger amount of androgen hormones. Research has shown that androgen hormones increase the size of your oil glands and stimulate the sebaceous glands. This makes your skin produce more oil which ends up clogging your pores along with nay dead skin. Unfortunately, this is perfect food for acne-causing bacteria that live on your skin’s surface. This bacteria gets trapped which causes your white blood cells to attack it. The leftovers from this battlefield is skin inflammation which yep, you’ve guessed it, leads to acne.
Ok so now you know what acne is, how to cure acne at home? Well read below to see some of the best natural ways to cure those pimples.
Tea Tree Oil
We’ve written a really extensive blog post on the how and why to use tea tree oil. Most importantly for acne is that it’s anti-inflammatory so can help soothe the inflammation acne causes. However, it is really important to note here that although it can promote healing, if you’re suffering from moderate to severe acne, tea tree oil isn’t going to help you much.
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A clinical trial indicated that jojoba oil has soothing anti-inflammatory agents as well as healing properties. It is also naturally moisturizing and antimicrobial. This trial amongst others suggested that jojoba oil and products that contain it could help you avoid breakouts and help you heal mild acne.
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Aloe Vera is also anti-inflammatory (are you starting to see a trend?!) and is also well known for its burn relieving properties (we’ve all used it after too much sun) and a study found that it can even help reduce swelling. Although Aloe Vera has been found to fight infection, it has also been seen to be more of a healing ingredient rather than one that can prevent acne.
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Honey has long been used to treat wounds as it has antibacterial properties. These same antibacterial properties may help to improve acne.
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Coconut oil is one of nature's best gifts to us and has multiple uses. Almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil are medium chain lauric acid. Yes we know, it’s an extremely fancy phrase but stick with us. Lauric acid helps to kill harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses and on its own has been found to kill acne. In one other study, lauric acid was found to be more effective at killing bacteria-causing acne than benzoyl peroxide - a popular over-the-counter acne treatment. It’s worth remembering though, that when applied directly to very oily skin, coconut oil can clog pores and make acne worse. You need to be the judge of id this will be the right natural ingredient when you’re considering how to cure acne naturally.
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Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has long been in the discussion about how to treat hormonal acne naturally at home. Apple cider vinegar contains malic and lactic acids that may help exfoliate your skin and dry out acne. It has also been said that you don’t want to put something too acidic directly on your skin as this just leads to further irritation. Some people swear by this though so we’ll let you be the judge!
This is another fantastic natural gift from Mother Nature. You can find activated charcoal in numerous natural products now. Its antibacterial properties may help to lift bacteria from your pores and this can help reduce acne and improve your overall skin complexion.
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Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, green tea has long been regarded as being beneficial for your skin.
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A study found that chamomile can help to decrease skin inflammation and this can help with acne. Its antiseptic properties may also help rid you of pimples as well as acne scars.
Other Essential Oils
A large scientific review also found that numerous essential oils can fight acne causing bacteria. Unless you’re an expert in essential oils and have used them regularly, it is recommended that you use products that contain organic essential oils as essential oils can be harmful if not mixed with the right quantity and type of carrier oil. Essential oils found to have acne fighting properties were:
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Some More General Acne Fighting Tips
Here are some more general acne-fighting tips for How to treat hormonal acne naturally at home.
Never touch pimples
As easy as that you ask? We’ve all been there, walking past the mirror and a pimple seems to be asking us to squeeze its juicy head. Touching and squeezing acne can further irritate your skin, introduce more bacteria into the area or push bacteria further into the skin. Squeezing can also help spread pimples to other areas. So yeh, probably not the best idea.
Choose the right cleanser
The key rule of thumb here is to avoid an acidic face wash or cleanser as high acidity tends to make things worse for your acne. Choose natural cleansers that are specially formulated with a good balance of acne reducing ingredients such as the ones mentioned above. This will help reduce the risk of flare-ups and helps you avoid putting any chemical acne cleaner near your precious pores.
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Use oil-free skincare
Avoid oily or greasy moisturizers that can block your pores and increase your risk of further pimple breakouts. Look for natural products that have been specially formulated with ingredients that will help further fight and prevent acne while not blocking your pores.
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Staying hydrated ensures that new skin cells develop correctly as your pimples heal. Being well hydrated can also prevent further breakouts. It’s obviously extremely important to stay hydrated for numerous reasons and as we all know, there is no recommended amount as it differs per person depending on your individual needs and situation.
Unfortunately, your diet alone won’t be the cause or prevention of your acne. It’s not rocket science that you should be eating well and avoiding too much of any bad thing. If you notice that some foods make you breakout more than others, it may be worth addressing this issue by starting to phase them out and replace them with something equally or more nutritious to help avoid major breakouts.
Forget the myths about sunscreen
Yep it’s a myth people! Sunscreen (especially if it’s all-natural) doesn’t cause acne. The sun inflames your skin and this increases the chances of your skin becoming inflamed. USe sunscreen when you're in the sun to avoid further acne breakouts.
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Reduce your stress
The American Academy of Dermatology includes stress as a possible cause of acne. Stress can increase your levels of acne-causing androgen hormones which increases the risk of acne.
Things to consider about how to treat acne naturally
As you will have now seen, there are a lot of factors that contribute to acne. The good news is that there are a lot of natural ingredients and natural products that help fight acne. The key here is to find out for yourself which acne-fighting ingredients work best for you and your acne situation. Remember to be patient with any acne treatment as almost all of them (even prescription treatments) won’t work overnight. Another key thing to remember is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to most skin conditions and acne isn’t any different. Be prepared to experiment and trial different solutions. If you have severe acne, consider talking to your doctor about the best solution for you.