Natural Remedies to Clear Skin

By Mary Kate Cobb

To me, nothing is worse than having a breakout, using a facemask and waking up with a million more breakouts. Recently, I’ve loved finding things in my kitchen that will naturally help any breakouts, and are free of harsh chemicals. Below are my top three solutions for fighting acne the natural way, which include a scrub, a spot treatment and a toner. All of these help to give you smooth and glowing skin.

1. Tomato Scrub 

Tomatoes are good for the skin because they contain Lycopene, which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants help fight free radicals, which build up on the skin, and aging skin. For the tomato scrub, you just take a tomato and cut it in half. Take half of the tomato and dip it in fine granulated sugar. The sugar will help exfoliate the skin and clear out clogged pores. Rub the sugar covered tomato on your face. Once the skin is evenly coated, leave the scrub on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off and your skin will be soft and smooth.

2. Garlic

Garlic not only helps reduce the redness and size of a breakout, but it can also reduce the appearance of acne scars. Garlic is best used as a spot treatment, but doesn’t have the harsh chemicals most spot treatments have. To start the spot treatment, take a clove of garlic and peel it. Cut a tiny piece off the garlic to get the juices flowing. I suggest using this as a night treatment because it can cause some redness. Rub the garlic on your problem area and go to sleep. The next morning once you’ve woke up the zit should be gone showing that the the garlic worked it’s magic!

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar helps restore the skin’s PH levels. It helps fight acne as well as reduce the appearance of acne scars. I use apple cider vinegar as a toner after I wash my face. This natural toner does not strip the skin from natural moisture, and it helps remove the excess dirt and makeup that your facewash might have left behind. To make the toner, make sure your vinegar is organic and still has the ‘mother’ in it. You can find this at any grocery store if you don’t already have it in your cabinet. Put a 1 to 1 ratio of the vinegar and filtered water into a plastic container. I use the travel sized containers from Target that will squeeze out the product. From there, use a cotton pad to put the toner on and then simply rub the toner all over your face. Afterwards just moisturize and you’re good to go.

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