Since everyone is trying to get a little healthier these days by eating organic, natural, raw foods, going gluten-free, and being environmentally friendly, it is only logical that the next step would be to take a look at what we are putting on our bodies as well. Below we are going to look at 3 natural alternatives to over the counter acne treatments.
Acne is something that plagues many people and the most popular go to items to get rid of it are the over the counter acne treatments benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Yes, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are effective at treating acne but they come with many unwanted side effects which include hormone disrupters and even cancer.
Tea Tree Oil
So what are the best natural acne alternatives to over the counter acne treatments? The first is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It does not work as quickly as benzoyl peroxide, but it does get rid of acne with less negative side effects. Be sure to do a patch test before using. Also diluting it with a carrier oil is highly recommended, otherwise it can actually burn you if your skin is very sensitive. Some people can apply it directly to the skin though.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw apple cider vinegar is another great natural alternative to over the counter acne treatments. The smell is awful and it might sting you, but the acidity of the apple cider vinegar will dry out that zit, minus all the harmful side effects. Again, you can apply it directly to the area or dilute it with water. Be careful not to burn yourself!
Lemon is another natural acne treatment that does wonders at clearing up acne. The acidity in lemon dries it up and the vitamin c helps remove any scarring that may occur. You can even mix the lemon with the apple cider vinegar. Real lemons should be used for this. You may want to dilute this with distilled water as well. This should only be used as a spot treatment as it will dry out your skin. And avoid getting it into your eyes; this will sting like nobody’s business.
What natural alternatives have you heard of using for acne? Let us know what you think in the comments below.