Every serious dermatologist will tell you that the first line of treatment for acne should be based on proven medical grade, anti-acne ingredients, but nevertheless, some natural acne treatments have been proven to have beneficial effects. Here are five.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the redness of your pimples. One of the advantages of tea tree oil is that it controls oil production without drying the skin. You can use it as a spot treatment for single, big pimples or for a full face acne treatment. For spot treatment, drip a couple drops of tea tree oil to a cotton swab and apply it to a pimple. There are also some good tea tree oil creams that you can apply to your face overnight as a full-face treatment.
Zinc was proven to enhance healing of the skin, hair and nails. It’s also anti-inflammatory and so it may reduce the size and redness of acne pimples. Zinc can be taken as a tablet (Zinc sulfate) or by eating more cashews, yogurt and kidney beans.
Fruit Acid Peels
Fruit acid peels contain alpha hydroxy acids derived from fruits like grapes, lemons or sugar cane. The most commonly used is the glycolic acid produced from sugar cane. Glycolic acid can be found in anti-acne creams that you apply to your face at night. It is used in higher concentrations for superficial peels performed in dermatologist offices. Glycolic acid creams can sometimes cause some mild tingling, but are otherwise very safe.
Salicylic acid is actually produced from a tree bark. Thus, salicylic acid is both a natural anti-acne remedy and an FDA-cleared over-the-counter anti treatment. Salicylic acid 2% produces a very mild peel effect to help unclog skin pores. If used long enough, it can reduce the number of blackheads and whiteheads and provide a nice glow to the skin.
Blue Light Acne Therapy
What’s more natural that light? Blue light is part of the visible light spectrum and absolutely safe to the skin. The blue light was found to target a special compound produced naturally by the acne bacteria. (Porphyrins). Once the light gets to the bacteria, a chemical reaction is triggered killing the bacteria. Blue light therapy is safe, does not damage the skin and, in contrast to sun exposure, does not cause hyperpigmentation.