Acne is a problem that faces almost all teenagers, and is so common that is considered a normal part of puberty. Even so, acne has a great effect on a teen’s body image, self-esteem and self-confidence, and can lead to significant emotional stress if left untreated.
If you have been searching for ways of treating teenage acne naturally, without harsh prescription medications, you have many options. There are a number of over-the-counter and home remedies that are well-known for their ability to address problem acne and leave you with a smoother, clearer complexion.
Home Remedies for Treating Teenage Acne Naturally:
Baking Soda Wash: One of the best, easiest, and cheapest home remedies for treating acne is to cleanse your face using baking soda and water. Simply put approximately four or five tablespoons of baking soda in the palm of your hand, add a few drops of tap water until the baking soda is of such a consistency that you can form a paste, and wash your face. Make sure that you don’t add too much or too little water, which can cause the baking soda to be either too thick or too runny. Apply the baking soda and water mixture to your face in a circular motion for about 60 seconds, and then rinse with warm water. Pat face dry using a clean towel. This is an incredibly effective method of treating teenage acne naturally, but because it has the ability to dry your face out, use this method only a couple of times a week. If you notice your skin is too dry after using this method, apply a moisturizing cream afterwards.
Aspirin Mask: Like the baking soda wash, the aspirin mask is a great way of treating teenage acne naturally. It has been used for many years and is extremely effective at clearing up acne-prone skin. Salicylic acid, the main metabolite of aspirin, is also the main ingredient in most over-the-counter acne treatments. To make the aspirin mask, you need to purchase uncoated aspirin or aspirin powder. Uncoated aspirin is the chalky white aspirin that comes in large bottles, and can be purchased very inexpensively. It is often available in large bottles at dollar stores. Aspirin powder is often sold under the name BC Powders. If you are using uncoated aspirin, you can crush them to make mixing the mask easier. You can do it a few aspirin at a time, using the back of a spoon, or you can do an entire bottle at one time in the blender, on medium speed, until you have a fine powder, and then store the remainder for future masks.
Start with two tablespoons of finely ground uncoated aspirin or two packets of aspirin powder in the palm of your hand. Slowly add water -- and/or honey or moisturizing oils such as coconut or jojoba -- until you have a thick paste. You can add more aspirin and/or water as needed until you get the right consistency. Apply the mask to your face, leaving it on for between three and five minutes. Wash the aspirin mask off with warm water and pat face dry with a clean towel. This mask, while tremendously effective, can also be drying to the skin. Use only a couple of times a week and be sure to apply a good moisturizer afterwards to avoid excessive drying out of the skin.
Antibiotic Ointment/Neosporin: Because acne is essentially bacteria, you can use over-the-counter antibiotic cream to kill the bacteria, reduce inflammation and redness, and help to avoid scarring. Simply apply a small amount of antibiotic cream to your zits prior to going to bed, and by morning you should see a noticeable difference in your skin’s appearance. While this is a great option for occasional use, the bacteria will eventually become resistant to the antibiotic cream and will no longer be as effective. Use this remedy sparingly to ensure it remains effective.
Grapefruit Seed Extract: GSE can be found in most health and vitamin shops and one bottle can literally last years, making it a great tool to have in your arsenal in the fight against acne. GSE is very strong and should never be used undiluted on the skin. To use, simply wet your face thoroughly with warm water. Place three to four drops of GSE in your palm, rub together, and then apply to your face in a circular motion, for about 60 seconds, making sure to cover your entire face, taking care to avoid the eyes. If this does occur, flush the eyes with water for 15 minutes. Rinse your face thoroughly and pat dry with a clean towel. You can also add GSE to your favorite facial cleanser to increase its effectiveness.
In addition to the above remedies for treating teenage acne naturally, there are a number of over-the-counter products that are very effective in clearing up unwanted pimples quickly.
Grandma’s Soaps Acne Control Bar is a natural castor-oil based soap that fights acne by thoroughly cleaning the pores. Most users will see significant results in three to four days. This soap works well on acne that has not responded to some of the natural remedies listed above, and is very effective at clearing up acne-ridden skin quickly. It is more difficult to find than some other over-the-counter treatments, but can be ordered online through Amazon and can also often be found in most hardware stores -- look in their natural products aisle.
Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control Kit: This all-in-one kit contains three acne-fighting products that not only clears up acne that is currently present but also works to help prevent future breakouts. The manufacturer claims that most users will notice clearer skin in just one day. It can be found in most grocery and drug stores, and is also available through Amazon, which also offers an auto-ship option. Reading the reviews at Amazon confirms that this product is very effective in fighting teenage acne.
While teenage acne is one of the more troubling aspects of puberty, you and your teen have many options for treating teenage acne naturally. If after trying the natural and over-the-counter remedies above there is no improvement after several weeks, consult with your pediatrician for additional options.