Let’s face it, acne is embarrassing. But like it or not, we must live in the skin we are in. Luckily, there are ways to prevent and treat acne outbreaks by using all natural remedies that will leave you skin glowing—without using pore-clogging chemicals.

Pop quiz? What causes acne? Pimples pop up when oil and dead skin cells build up in hair follicles, which clogs pores. Bacteria from an excess of oil produced allows the pore to become inflamed and infected, and so a pimple emerges. Common places to breakout include the face, chest, neck and back.

Acne can occur at any age, but most commonly occurs in full force during puberty or pregnancy. Blame your hormones for triggering increased sebum production that causes acne. Other factors include: diet, medications and stress.

So what is the best natural acne cures? The first defense is making sure to wash your face twice a day without harmful skincare products. There are many products on the market that contain chemicals that are absorbed into the body that may be dangerous for our health.

One example of added carcinogenic synthetic chemicals found commonly in skincare products include parabens, which prevent bacteria forming in product, but have been linked to breast cancer.

Clean your skin the natural way, free from harmful chemicals, with these acne remedies.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the essential natural products to have in your home. Make sure you buy the real apple cider vinegar that contains the “mother,” which is the cloudy material floating at the bottom of the bottle. The mother contains all the healthy, enzymes and minerals that make this product work so well.

Apple cider vinegar contains malic acid, which gives it its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Curing acne, it contains alpha-hydroxy and acetic acids that minimize pores and get rid of dead skin cells.

Because the vinegar is so strong, combine one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water. Using a cotton ball, drab into the liquid and apply over a clean, dry face. Don’t wash to let the natural acids trigger circulation. It may sting blemish at first, but use ever morning to clean bacteria and balance pH levels due to oily or dry skin.

2. Homemade Honey Facial Mask

Honey has been used for centuries as a acne treatment because of its antimicrobial properties. The antioxidants found in honey will make your skin glow, appearing younger and smooth.

Depending on if you have dry, oil, or sensitive skin, you can combine different ingredients to make a homemade honey facial mask—just make sure you use organic products. Add lemon to your honey mask, which will cleanse the skin or yogurt that will make it soft. Combine 2 tbsp. of milk (optional), 2 tbsp. of honey, 2 tbsp. of yogurt, lemon juice and warm water into a bowl and layer on three to four times a week.

3. Tea Tree Oil

As an alternative to benzoyl peroxide, health experts suggest using tea tree oil to cure acne. The essential oil is extracted from the leaves of an Australian plant, and has antibacterial properties to cleanse skin. Studies found that daily use of tea tree oil was as effective as benzoyl peroxide and had less side effects. It’s important to note that it may take longer to see results. Mix the oil with water to reduce irritation.

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