Health & Beauty | 31 January 20174 Natural Acne Treatments & Why They Work Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Dr. Linda B. White has dedicated her career to helping people live their most healthful lives. She’s discovered that one of the secrets to healthful living is getting back to the basics. She wrote The Little Book of Home Remedies, Beauty and Health: Natural Recipes for a More Beautiful You to help readers from quick, money-saving and all natural ways to improve their beauty routine. From kitchen ingredients to common sense actions such as getting enough sleep, Dr. White’s guide will give you beautiful results without the added ingredients. Here are four simple, natural ways to tackle acne from her book. Photo excerpted from: 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty RECIPES TO TREAT ACNE Essential Oil Lotion 2 drops pure tea tree or lavender essential oil 1 teaspoon (5 g) Aloe vera gel PREPARATION AND USE: Blend the tea tree essential oil with the aloe gel. Dot the mixture on blemishes using a cotton swab or clean finger. YIELD: 1 application How it works: Tea tree and lavender are both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. Lavender smells nicer and can be applied without dilution. Aloe vera is also anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. In addition, it reduces discomfort and speeds healing. Topical applications of 5 percent tea tree oil gel have been proven as effective as benzoyl peroxide (Oxy-5) and other commercially available products. Apple Cider Vinegar Wash Some people apply vinegar undiluted, but we recommend cutting it with water. You can always build back up to full strength. ½ cup (120 ml) water 2 tablespoons (28 ml) apple cider vinegar PREPARATION AND USE: Pour the water and vinegar into a small, clean bowl. Stir to combine. With a cotton swab or cotton ball, dab the diluted vinegar on each blemish. (Use one swab or ball per blemish to keep infection from spreading.) The application may briefly sting, but that should soon stop. Apply nightly for best results. YIELD: 1 application How it works: Vinegar contains acetic acid, which is an antiseptic and helps regulate skin acidity. Warning: Because undiluted vinegar may irritate the skin, always start with a 1:8 dilution of vinegar to water (e.g., 2 tablespoons [28 ml] of vinegar to 1 cup [235 ml] of water) and build up to 1:4 and, if possible, to vinegar only. Yogurt Honey Mask ¼ cup (60 g) plain yogurt 1 tablespoon (20 g) honey 2 strawberries PREPARATION AND USE: In a small bowl, blend the yogurt and honey. Mash the strawberries and fold into the yogurt mixture. Pull back your hair and wash your face with warm water. Use a cotton ball to spread the mask onto your face. Recline for 10 minutes while the fruit and milk acids do their work. Wash with cool water and pat dry with a clean towel. YIELD: 1 application How it works: Yogurt contains lactic acid and strawberries contain several fruit acids, primarily citric acid. These acids help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. Honey is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. Note: Alternatively, dab on straight honey, allow it to dry, and then rinse. Bitter Greens Salad Be creative with this natural cleanser by trying greens you’ve never used before. ½ cup (28 g) fresh dandelion greens ½ cup (10 g) arugula ½ cup (20 g) radicchio ½ cup (25 g) endive ½ cup (150 g) fresh or canned artichoke hearts PREPARATION AND USE: Tear the greens into bite-size pieces. Slice the artichoke hearts. Mix all the ingredients together in a salad. Add other favorite vegetables but avoid adding ingredients with sugars, which may cause skin flare-ups. YIELD: 2 servings How it works: Bitter foods stimulate the liver, the organ that breaks down hormones and many other chemicals so they can more easily be cleared from the body. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: In this giftable mini booklet of The Little Book of Home Remedies, Beauty and Health, Barbara H. Seeber and Barbara Brownell Grogan join Dr. Linda White to draw on years of training in the area of natural healing to help you treat aches and pains and manageable ailments naturally. This handy guide provides remedies and advice for dry skin, acne, dandruff and more. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.