22 Home Remedies for Acne & Pesky Pimples

22 Home Remedies for Acne & Pesky Pimples - Home remedies for acne are a good way to get rid of it, or at least hold it at bay. They make you step back and really figure out what’s going on with your skin, and how to work with it. Chances are, your skin will repay you in kind for not simply ravaging it with strange chemicals-and your wallet will probably thank you too.
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Your skin is your friend. You like your skin. Your skin likes you. It protects you from the elements and literally keeps you together. You in turn do your best to protect it from any kind of damage.

 

Then, one day, acne rears its ugly head, and you suddenly hate your skin. What do you do then? Turn to harsh chemicals, and expensive scrubs?

 

That’s a fine way to thank a friend who’s been there for you since day one.

 

Your epidermis isn’t at fault here-it can’t help that your hormones are causing all that extra sebum to clog up your pores, or the fact that bacteria is running rampant.

 

If your skin could talk it would say something along the lines of “patience, grasshopper. Treat me right and I shall repay you in kind.”

 

That’s just a guess, anyways. The point is, natural acne remedies are a good way to get rid of it, or at least hold it at bay.

 

They make you step back and really figure out what’s going on with your skin, and how to work with it.

 

Chances are, your skin will repay you in kind for not simply ravaging it with strange chemicals-and your wallet will probably thank you too.

 

Home Remedies for Acne & Pesky Pimples

 

  1. Apply some apple cider vinegar

 

Apple cider vinegar is a powerhouse when it comes to acting as an acne remedy.

 

Why? It kills off the bacteria that may be causing all the trouble in the first place. It also becomes alkaline, and balances the pH of your skin, which in turn makes it harder for bacteria to thrive.

 

To top it off it’s an astringent, like lemon juice, and will help dry up excess oil.

 

Keeping that in mind, don’t overdo and dry out your skin too much. This could cause the sebaceous glands overproduce to compensate, therefore triggering an outbreak.

 

You will need…
-Pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar
-Fresh water

 

Directions
Wash your face with water and pat dry. Using a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, dip a cotton ball into vinegar and apply it directly to the blemish.

 

Leave on for at least 10 minutes, or overnight. Reapply several times a day, washing face thoroughly after each time.

 

Make sure to use a moisturizer afterwards as well if you feel like your skin is getting dry.

 

  1. Make a cinnamon and honey mask

 

Honey is sticky, and cinnamon is spicy, and it seems like they’re both things you’d want to avoid getting near your skin. Surprisingly, while it may sound strange, honey and cinnamon make a (literally) killer combo when it comes to acne.

 

Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties, so it can help stop bacteria from getting out of hand. If it does, the honey is a natural anti-biotic, ready and waiting to wipe the little buggers out.

 

You will need… 
-2 tablespoons of honey
-1 teaspoon of cinnamon
– paper towels

 

Directions
Rinse your face with water and pat dry. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon together until they are thoroughly blended and have formed a sort of paste.

 

Apply the mask to your face (or spot treat) and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off completely, and pat your face dry. This is a sticky mixture, so make sure you have some paper towels at on hand.

 

Click HERE for more acne mask recipes

 

  1. The land of milk and honey (or yogurt)

 

While there is quite a bit of hub bub around dairy products causing acne, applied topically it seems that milk can improve your outbreaks and skin tone.

 

The reason it is suggested that milk would cause acne is because of the extra hormones in it-but unless it’s ingested, this doesn’t really do much.

 

For the most part, it just soothes the irritated skin, and helps tone down the redness. Cleopatra swore on the milk baths she took, and well, she was Cleopatra.

 

You could also use yogurt. The acids in it are antibacterial while the fat provides moisture, making it quite nourishing for skin.

 

You will need…
– 1 tablespoon plain low-fat or full-fat yogurt or milk, anything but skim
– 1 tablespoon of natural, raw, honey

 

Directions
Let yogurt or milk come to room temperature (or close to) so you don’t get a chilly shock when you put it on your skin. Mix 1 tablespoon of milk or yogurt thoroughly with 1 tablespoon of honey.

 

You can apply the mixture with a cotton pad, but scooping it up and patting it on works just fine as well. Let each layer dry before adding a new one, until the mask is the thickness you want.

 

Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Wash your mask off and use a washcloth to gently scrub in a circular motion, getting rid of loosened dead skin. Once you’re finished, moisturize as usual.

 

  1. Whip up some ‘whites

 

Egg whites are an easy and affordable way to help reduce acne and fade scars left by unfortunate blemishes.

 

The reason people have found egg whites to be helpful for their skin is because they’re chock full of proteins and vitamins that both combat acne, and help to rebuild your skin cells.

 

Egg whites also soak up excess oil, which means excess sebum, (exactly what you were thinking right?) which means less stuff for bacteria to feed on.

 

Hooray! Just make sure to use a good moisturizer afterwards, as they can dry your skin out a bit.

 

You will need…
-2 to 3 egg whites, separated from yolks
-Bowl
-Washcloth

 

Directions
Rinse your face with water and pat dry. Separate the whites from the yolks. You can use as many as you like, but normally 2 to 3 is enough. Whisk the whites until they’re frothy, and let them sit for a few minutes.

 

Cover your face with the mixture (applying with fingertips is easy) focusing on problem spots. 3 to 4 layers is usually enough, but make sure to wait the first has dried before applying more.

 

Allow the mask to sit and dry for about 20 minutes before rinsing off completely with warm water and a patting dry with a soft washcloth. Apply moisturizer appropriate for your skin type.

 

  1. Papaya for the pimple prone

 

Papaya is an essential ingredient in a lot of beauty products on the market today, but there is no need to go out of your way to gain its benefits?

 

Plain raw papaya is an all-natural acne remedy that removes dead skin cells and excess lipids from the surface of the skin, leaving it soft and smooth.

 

Lipids are a general term for fats, of which oil is a form of. Papaya also contains an enzyme called papain, which reduces inflammation and helps prevent the pus from forming.

 

You will need…
-1 fresh papaya

 

Directions
Rinse your face with water and pat dry. Mash up the flesh of the papaya well, until it is of a consistency that can be easily applied to your skin. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse off completely with warm water.

 

If your skin has a tendency to get dry after you cleanse it, use a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type afterwards.

 

  1. Make an orange peel paste

 

Ah, oranges. They taste rejuvenating and refreshing, and our skin may find them just as appealing as our taste buds do.

 

Acne that is caused by bacteria and extra oil/dead skin cells clogging up pores may improve with the use of an orange peel face mask of sorts, thanks to the vitamin C, citric acid, and it’s astringent properties.

 

The vitamin C is particularly helpful because it promotes the growth of new healthy cells, keeping your skin in better condition overall.

 

You will need…
-2 Orange peels
-Clean, fresh water

 

Directions
Rinse your face with water and pat dry. Grind/pound up your orange peels (you could use a blender, mortar and pestle, whatever gets the job done) and add a little water to create a paste.

 

Add a little at a time, as too much will make it too thin and runny. Once you have the right consistency, apply it to your face and/or problem areas. Wait for 20-25 minutes.

 

Ideally the mask should be firm, but it can still work if it isn’t. Rinse off completely with water, pat your face dry, and apply a good moisturize.

 

  1. Tap into tea tree oil

 

You’ll read about tea tree oil for a lot of home remedies, but will most likely see it mentioned the most when comes to skin care, specifically, acne.

 

But why, when too much oil is clogging the pores and making you break out, would you want to use more oil?

 

Tea tree oil isn’t like the oil your skin naturally produces, rather it is more like a solvent that cuts through the extra sebum and dead skin cells, and unblocks the pores.

 

Its antibacterial properties also kill off the acne causing bacteria, and prevent further outbreaks.

 

Note: Tea tree oil is ok for topical use, but should never be ingested. It should also always be diluted before use.

 

You will need…
-Tea tree oil (a small bottle will do)
-Clean water
-Q-tips or cotton balls

 

Directions
Wash your face with water and pat dry. Dilute tea tree oil by mixing 1 part oil to 9 parts water. Dip a Q-tip or cotton swab in mixture, and apply to problem areas.

 

If you decide you want a stronger dilution after a while, you can slowly (slowly!) begin to increase the strength, making sure to use each new mixture for at least a week for making it any stronger.

 

Again, it should never be applied undiluted. You can apply a light moisturizer afterwards if you wish.

 

Another option, especially if you have sensitive skin, is to dilute it with aloe vera gel instead of water.

 

  1. Mix strawberries and honey

 

Honey and strawberries make a home remedy for acne that sounds pretty sweet (pun intended) and it combines two things that are used commonly in pricey, often time’s harsh, facial scrubs and cleansers.

 

Strawberries may seem random, but consider the fact that they’re high in salicylic acid.

 

Salicylic acid – a primary ingredient in many commercial acne treatments- encourages the epidermis to shed its cells more readily, opening up clogged pores, and neutralizing bacteria.

 

Salicylic acid also shrinks up the pores a little bit, which prevents them from clogging up as much in the future, and encourages new cell growth.

 

Honey also works against bacteria that may be behind your acne, and is an anti-inflammatory.

 

You will need…
-3 fresh strawberries, washed well
-2 teaspoons of good honey-raw is best

 

Directions
Wash your face with water and pat dry. Rinse 3 strawberries and mash them up well, taking care that they don’t get over-mashed and runny. Add the strawberries to two teaspoons of honey, and thoroughly blend them together.

 

Apply to your face and let the mixture sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off completely with warm water, pat dry, and moisturize if your skin has a tendency to dry out. Use twice a week for at least a month.

 

  1. Utilize a banana peel

 

Bananas are full of all sorts of goodness-even the part we don’t eat. Their peels contain something called lutein, an extremely powerful antioxidant that reduces swelling and inflammation, and encourages healthy cell growth.

 

So…rubbing a banana peel on your face can reduce the redness, obviousness, and discomfort of acne. It’s (debatably) a better use than using it to trip your friend.

 

You will need…
-1 banana peel

 

Directions
Peel your banana and eat it- it’s not cool to waste, and they’re good for you. Take the peel, and rub in a circular motion all over your face.

 

When you feel as though you’ve covered all of your face, let it sit for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off.

 

  1. Aloe for acne

 

Aloe vera gel can be used with other things to fight acne, but it’s a good thing on its own as well. If it’s going to be used on its own, the best is to have a little aloe plant floating around in your house.

 

Otherwise you can get a good gel that’s sold in stores may work as well-just do some research on which ones have the least amount of additives.

 

Not only is the aloe soothing, it works as an anti-inflammatory, decreasing redness and swelling. It also has antibacterial properties.

 

You will need…
-Enough aloe vera gel to spot treat or cover your problem areas

 

Directions
Wash your face with water and pat dry. Using your fingertips or a Q-tip, apply the aloe directly to your problem areas.

 

  1. The wonders of sodium bicarbonate

 

Sodium bicarbonate, glorious sodium bicarbonate, swoops in and makes itself useful in too many ways to count.

 

In the case of acne remedies, this fabulous substance (also known as baking soda) is useful thanks to its mild antiseptic properties,

 

It also has this uncanny ability to fight off fungus and bacteria and dry up excess oil, all while exfoliating your skin via microdermabrasion and making it soft and beautiful.

 

I know-I get star struck too now whenever I see a box of baking soda.

 

You will need…
-a box of baking soda
-fresh water

 

Directions
There are two ways to go about this-making a facial mask, or a straightforward scrub. For a facial mask, mix equal parts baking soda to water to form a thick paste.

 

Massage the paste on in slow circular motions for about 2 minutes. Leave the mask on for around 15-20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water, pat dry, and moisturize.

 

For a scrub, mix a half a cup of baking soda with one eighth a cup of water. Apply the paste to your face, massaging it in well. After 5-6 minutes of this, rinse your face thoroughly with warm water, pat dry, and moisturize.

 

  1. Dab some lemon juice on it

 

Lemon juice can help get rid of breakouts for a number of reasons. It is rich in vitamin C, which is good for all types of skin, and it’s a citric acid, so it helps ‘exfoliate’ the skin as well.

 

Most importantly though, lemon juice is an astringent. An astringent will cause a contraction of body tissues, and will therefore dry out the blemish itself. It is also a natural skin whitener, which helps reduce redness.

 

If you misplace a dab you may get a little white spot, but don’t panic- it will go away on its own accord.

 

Rinse off any lemon juice before going out in the sun, as it may make you more sensitive to it.

 

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (approximately)
-Q-tips or cotton balls (optional)
-Yogurt (optional)

 

Directions
Rinse face gently with water and pat dry. Dab fingers, a cotton ball, or a Q-tip in lemon juice and apply to pimple. If it stings, try mixing it first with a bit of yogurt.

 

  1. Make it steamy

 

Steam can help soothe a number of minor maladies, acne being one of them. It helps reduce acne, and its glaring appearance, by opening up the pores and flushing out impurities lurking deep within your skin.

 

You can choose to only steam, or you can use something afterwards. If you use it with something else, you’ve cleared a sort of path for whatever you’re using to really do its job.

 

You will need…
-1 pot of boiling water
-1 towel
-A large bowl

 

Directions
Boil a pot of water, pour into a large bowl, and let it cool for a few minutes. After its temperature has lowered slightly, place your face above the bowl, and drape the towel over your head to trap the steam.

 

After 10-15 minutes, remove the towel and pat your face dry. Do this once a day or as needed.

 

  1. The wonders of garlic

 

Garlic is thought to be a good natural remedy for acne because of its supposed antibacterial properties. You can either ingest it, or apply it topically to help reduce the severity of your breakouts and prevent them in the future.

 

If you can get the juice from the garlic, great, if you can’t, mashing it up and putting it in some water is fine.

 

Never, ever, ever, apply garlic to your skin without diluting it first.

 

If you’re hesitant about the garlic smell, look at the silver lining-others may be a bit taken aback, but you won’t have to worry about Dracula creeping around either.

 

You will need…
-2-3 cloves of garlic
-water OR aloe vera gel

 

Directions
Either extract the garlic juice and mix it with 1 teaspoons or so of water, or mash up 2-3 cloves and let sit in water for about 10 minutes. Using a cotton pad, soak up the juice or garlic water and cover problem spots.

 

If you don’t have a cotton pad or something similar to apply it with, the mixture can be a bit runny and hard to work with.

 

In this case, substitute aloe vera gel for water. If you choose to ingest garlic, a clove or two a day should be enough. Prepare it however you like.

 

  1. Oatmeal boost

 

Oatmeal can power you up from the inside out-and the outside in. If you soak/cook your oats and use them in mask, they can reduce the inflammation and unsightly redness that accompanies breakouts.

 

Add some honey to your mask and you have a great recipe for a rather tasty sounding acne remedy.

 

Keep in mind that oatmeal on its own will not cure your acne, and should be used as part of a sensible routine acne treatment. However, it may very well reduce the blatant, painful, appearance of the breakouts.

 

You will need…
-One serving of oatmeal-steel cut seems to work well
-Water
-Two tablespoons raw honey

 

Directions
Whip up a batch of oatmeal as usual, or by following the directions on the box. When it is finished and still hot, add two tablespoons of honey. Let mixture cool to room temperature.

 

Keep in mind it retains quite a bit of heat, so really make sure it’s a comfortable temperature before applying it to your skin-the last thing you need is a burn!

 

Leave it on for 20-30 minutes. When it has set, rinse off with warm water and pat your skin dry.

 

  1. Sugar scrub

 

Sugar, white or brown, helps get rid of the excess skin cells clogging up your pores by acting as gentle exfoliator. Mix it up with honey, olive oil, or just plain water, and you have a sweet scrub to help rid you of your acne woes.

 

There are plenty of different recipes out there, but we found this one to be particularly delightful (courtesy of cjanecreate.com-thank you for sharing this!)

 

You will need…
-1 ½ cups of white sugar
-1 ½ cups brown sugar, light or dark
-2-3 tablespoons coarse sea salt
-Roughly 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
-10 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract
-1 whole vanilla bean (totally optional)

 

Directions
Mix 1 ½ cups of brown sugar and 1 ½ cups of brown sugar, adding in a few tablespoons of coarse sea salt for extra exfoliation, and mix.

 

If you’re using the vanilla bean, scrap out the caviar (the inside stuff) and mix it in at this point as well.

 

Put about 2 cups of this sugar/salt/vanilla mixture into a liquid measuring cup and pack it down nice and snug.

 

Pour the extra virgin olive oil over the top, and let it soak through half the mixture, leaving a little layer on top.

 

Mix this up in the measuring cup, and then add it to the rest of the sugar/salt/vanilla mix. Add 4-5 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract and mix it in.

 

Now you can spoon your scrub into whatever containers you wish to store it, making sure to pack it down.

 

If you like, drizzle one tablespoon of vanilla extract on top to ensure that you’ll get the delicious scent when you open it up. This will fill 4 half-pint jars.

 

  1. Avocado & honey mask

 

There are so many rumors surrounding diet and acne, it’s hard to know what’s right and what’s wrong.

 

Amongst these rumors is the claim that avocado (eating it and sometimes applying it topically) will make you breakout, because it’s higher in fat.

 

As far as I am concerned, there’s no concrete evidence to prove this, and far more people seem to have success using it than not. It’s so full of good vitamins and nutrients it seems it can really help tone down the acne.

 

If you have sensitive skin, too, it’s quite mild. There are different combinations you can try, as with most home remedies, but this one blends together avocado and honey.

 

You will need…
-1 avocado
-1 tablespoon of honey

 

Directions
Rinse your face with water and pat it dry. Scrap out the inside of the avocado and mash it up, then stir in the honey. Continuing mashing/stirring until it turns into a paste.

 

Apply it to your skin and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. When you’re done, wash off the mixture with lukewarm water and pat your face dry. Depending on your skin type, apply moisturizer.

 

  1. Wash your pillowcase

 

Technically, a pillowcase should be washed at the very least once a week. While most of us don’t practice this, when it comes to keeping your skin fresh and healthy, it might help to get a little picky about your pillowcase.

 

If you never wash it, all the stuff that gets rubbed onto it then comes in contact with your face for around 6-8 hours every night, and can exacerbate your acne.

 

Keeping a clean, comfy place to rest your weary head is worth the hassle of stuffing your pillow back into its case-the real reason we avoid washing it-if it could prevent future breakouts.

 

  1. Don’t touch your face (more specifically, your breakouts)

 

This doesn’t mean you can rest you chin in your hands or anything-it means don’t itch, scratch, pick, peel, pop, or rub at your skin. I distinctly recall the constant discomfort of acne, especially when treating it with irritating topical stuff.

 

Almost subconsciously I would touch my face-probably every 2-3 minutes on average-and pick at my breakouts. Of course, this just made things go from bad to worse.

 

While touching your face with your hands now and then won’t cause acne, if you suffer from it, resisting the urge to bug it will help the healing process go smoother and more efficiently.

 

You will need…
– self control

 

  1. Freshen up with mint

 

Mint contains menthol, which works as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain killer. It won’t cure your acne per say, but it may help the redness fade and ease up some of the discomfort cause by painful swelling.

 

You will need…
-A decent handful of fresh mint leaves

 

Directions
Rinse your face with water and pat it dry. Crush up the leaves thoroughly, you can use a blender but a mortar and pestle works quite well if you happen to have one lying around.

 

Rub the juice and crushed leaves on your face and leave for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off thoroughly with cold water.

 

  1. Put a potato on it

 

Potato is a wonderful vegetable, to be sure, but one of its benefits may not be something you’ve heard of before. That benefit would be taming acne.

 

Potatoes are full of potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, and chloride – all components that can help reduce bothersome blemishes.

 

They also have antioxidants to nourish your skin and encourage the healthy growth of new skin cells.

 

You will need…
-1 potato

 

Directions
Wash your face with water and pat almost dry, leaving it a bit damp. Grate 1 raw potato and rub the pulp and juice onto your face for a few minutes in a circular motion.

 

Let it dry for 15-30 minutes, and then rinse off completely with warm water.

 

  1. Tea Time

 

There have been some promising studies recently (namely in 2011, 2012, Journal of Investigative Dermatology) in which green tea was shown to have a noticeable impact on acne when used externally. Internally, there is theory it helps as well, but less concrete evidence.

 

To sum up the findings briefly, there is an antioxidant in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG.

 

ECGC was shown to reduce sebum production, inflammation, and bacterial growth in acne-prone skin -basically the main causes behind breakouts. It’s exciting for the future of acne, or rather, a future without acne.

 

Here’s how to use it topically-you can also try drinking a cup or two a day to detoxify.

 

You will need…
-1/2 cup fresh water
-2 teaspoons loose organic tea leaves OR 1 green tea bag

 

Directions
Wash your face with water, and pat dry with a soft clean towel. Place your leaves in a clean bowl and pour boiling water over them.

 

Steep for 4-5 minutes before straining the leaves and letting the liquid cool to a comfortable temperature.

 

You can then pour into a spray bottle and spritz your face lightly.

 

Another way is to soak a cotton pad/soft cloth into the tea solution and apply on your face.

 

Or, you can simply use a teabag steeped for 2-3 minutes, patting it onto your face or problem areas.

 

Some people find more success just leaving the refreshing liquid on, while others rinse it off with cool water.

 

To learn about other home remedies for acne and pimples, watch this Video HERE.

 

Now what?

 

Have patience. The desperate urge to find a speedy solution to acne, preferably something that takes minimal effort, is a strong one.

 

In all reality though, and like so many other aspects in life, one really doesn’t exist.

 

Having a regular skin care routine and adding a good, natural, acne remedy to it may take extra work, but stay committed, do things right, and give your treatment time to have an effect.

 

Remember, you live in your skin and that’s not ever going to change. Taking the effort to really care for it will make all the difference in terms of your comfort, happiness, and confidence.

 

Debunking 5 Myths about Acne

 

Acne is shrouded in misconception, and covered up with conflicting information. Knowing what’s true and what’s not true can help you figure out how best to treat your skin.

 

  1. Acne is caused by dirt/dirty skin– Acne is not caused by dirt, poor hygiene, not washing your face and so on. Too much scrubbing or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals can actually irritate your skin and make the acne worse.

 

If you “over clean” you can end up drying out your skin, which will then try and compensate by making that much more oil. A simple cleansing of the skin to get rid of excess oil and dead skin cells is all that is needed.

 

  1. Greasy food/chocolate makes you breakout-Greasy food and chocolate have been shown to have little to no effect on the development of acne.

 

Diet can still have an impact, as some dairy products or carbs increase blood sugar or have added hormones and trigger acne, but it’s not usually the case.

 

  1. Stress causes acne– In theory, stress can affect hormones, and therefore promote acne.

 

It’s hard to quantify this though, and when you think about the stress most of us deal with in day to day to life, there wouldn’t be an acne free face in sight.

 

An effective acne treatment regime will override a bit of everyday stress anytime.

 

  1. Having acne means you can’t use a moisturizer– Look for a good noncomedogenic (meaning less likely to clog pores) moisturizer to use.

 

After treating your acne, be it with banana peels or over the counter creams, a moisturizer can help balance out your skin, ensuring that it doesn’t create excess oil to compensate for all that you dried up.

 

  1. Sunlight/tanning clears up acne– In the short term getting a tan, or even slight sunburn, will seemingly clear up your acne.

 

Long term, it’s not a solution. It’s just hiding the redness, and while it does dry up your skin, it can make it too dry, and do more harm than good.

 

 

By Claire Goodall (a bee-obsessed natural-convert from Minnesota) who is a holistic health lover. She is the author of Everyday Roots Book.

 

It’s a Book that she creates to help you replace the toxic products and medications in your home with healthier, all-natural alternatives.

 

It contains 215+ effective home remedies and covers everything you will need to protect your family and save money every month.

 

For more details about her book, take a look at the Everyday Roots Book.

How to Choose Shampoo for Scalp Eczema?

How to Choose Shampoo for Scalp Eczema? If you are dealing with scalp eczema, it is very important to understand that there are many natural oils present in shampoos and conditions that can aggravate your condition. To avoid this, you have to choose the right types of shampoo. Read on to find out more.
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Scalp eczema can be easily considered a curse. Not only do you have to deal with extreme itchiness, but embarrassing flakes as well. If you constantly have to go out in public, this condition can wreck havoc to your self-confidence.

 

There are a number of different eczema treatments available in the market today, mostly steroid-based.

 

However, if you have taken the time to really study the causes of eczema then you may have already known that it is brought about by the body’s immune system’s overactive reaction.

 

This means, if you are keen on finding an effective, lasting eczema treatment, then you will need to focus on the root cause and work on promoting healing from within the body and not just application of salves and ointments that are only known to provide temporary relieve.

 

Avoid Natural Oils

 

If you are dealing with scalp eczema, it is very important to understand that there are many natural oils present in shampoos and conditions that can aggravate your condition. This is because the oil feeds the fungus that can cause your scalp eczema to worsen.

 

A specific oil known as oleic oil is commonly found in shea butter, coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil. So whether you are looking for shampoo or lotion ingredients, steer clear from products that contain any of these ingredients.

 

OTC Dandruff Shampoos as Scalp Eczema Treatment

 

Choosing shampoos that are specifically formulated to treat dandruff is a good start when finding scalp eczema treatment. This will help relieve itching and flaking of your scalp.

 

Most anti-dandruff shampoos contain anti-fungal agents like ketoconazole and pyrithione zinc, which are known to be highly effective in reducing skin fungus.

 

Most dandruff shampoos are recommended to be used 3 to 4 times a week in order to ensure effectiveness in reducing anti-fungal activity. Once the itchiness and flaking have abated, then you can slowly ease back to your normal hair washing routine or alternate your regular shampoo with an anti-dandruff variety.

 

Avoid Use of Hair Care Products

 

Are you fond of using gels, mousse or sprays? Then carefully consider eliminating them from your daily grooming as these products can seriously aggravate your scalp eczema.

 

If you are suffering from a severe condition, chances are, there are open wounds due to excessive scratching and you definitely don’t want to expose any open wound to harsh chemicals.

 

Specifically Formulated Shampoos

 

With so many people suffering from eczema today, you have ready access to products that are specifically formulated to help relieve eczema. Take time to choose shampoos that contain tar, salicylic acid or pyrithione zinc, all of which are known to effectively clean the scalp from fungus.

 

When using such products, make sure to focus on applying it on the scalp and not on the entire length of the hair as these formulations are known to cause excessive dryness.

 

You can also watch a Video HERE to learn more about how to choose shampoo for scalp eczema.

 

By Fay Spencer who is the author of 14 Days Eczema Cure which offers many ideas on how to treat eczema within 14 days by using readily accessible natural products and applying them in the right balance.

 

The 14 Days Eczema Cure is a comprehensive and holistic approach to curing eczema. This means that it is safe, natural, effective and 100% drug free. This will help to cure your eczema for good without any side effects which can happen if you use those expensive medications, potions or steroids.

 

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How to Make a Homemade Hair Conditioner for Different Types of Hair?

 

How to Make a Homemade Hair Conditioner for Different Types of Hair?  Are you looking for ways to get naturally beautiful hair? Here are 10 recipes for you to make your own homemade hair conditioner to get healthy and shiny hair at home.
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If you want to keep your hair healthy and shiny, conditioning your hair should be part of your normal hair care. Though you can easily buy hair conditioners to condition your hair, but some of these may contain unknown harmful chemicals that cause damage to your hair.

 

To play safe, you can actually prepare your own homemade hair conditioner using natural ingredients you can get from your kitchen. Following are some recipes for you to make a homemade hair conditioner for different types of hair.

 

Homemade Hair Conditioner to Get Shiny Hair

 

Recipe#1

 

You can use honey to add shine to dull hair. This can be done by mixing 3 tablespoons of raw organic honey (preferably manuka honey) and 1 pint of warm water. Rub the mixture into hair and scalp. Leave it on for 20 minutes.

 

You can cover your hair with a shower cap, if you want to. Rinse hair thoroughly with cool water and blow-dry hair on medium high. Save the remaining honey mixture and use once a week to keep your hair shiny and full of volume.

 

Recipe#2

 

Another option is to use espresso to enhance hair’s natural shine. Brew 1 cup of strong espresso. Let it cool for 30 minutes. Pour the espresso over dry hair and leave it in for 20 minutes. Rinse your hair thoroughly with cool water and blow-dry hair on medium high. Your hair will instantly shine and glow.
Recipe #3

 

Perhaps the easiest option is to beat an egg and then massage it onto your freshly washed hair. This should take at least 5 minutes. After this, you rinse out with cool water. Just be careful not to use hot water unless you want half-boiled egg on your hair.

 

Homemade Hair Conditioner for Oily Hair

 

You can use apple cider vinegar to rid your hair of dirt and oil. This can be done by mixing one quarter of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water. Wash and rinse hair as usual with your favorite shampoo. Next, you will pour the vinegar and water mixture into hair and rub in.

 

Leave it in for 30 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly with cool water and blow-dry on medium high. Save the remaining vinegar mixture to use every two weeks to cleanse residues and oils from your hair.

Homemade Hair Conditioner for Dry Hair

 

Olive oil has been used for centuries as a beauty product as well as for cooking and salads. Olives are rich in vitamins, and the oils that are pressed from them have many benefits.

 

When you don’t have time for a deep conditioning, put a small amount of olive oil in the palm of your hands and rub together. Run your fingers through the ends of your hair, and use it to control frizz on dry and brittle hair.

 

Or you can use it as a hot oil treatment by heating up one quarter cup of olive oil (or more, if you have long hair) and applying it to your hair. Cover your hair with saran wrap, and wrap in a warm towel if desired. Leave on for up to 30 minutes, and shampoo out.

Homemade Hair Conditioner for Blonde Hair

 

Recipe#1

 

Lemon juice is a great brightener for blonde hair.  Mix one tablespoon lemon juice in 1 cup of water. Give your hair a rinse with this lemon solution after your usual shampoo. Make sure to rub the solution along the length of your hair before washing it with cold water. Take care not to leave the solution on your hair for too long as it can affect natural hair color.

 

Recipe #2

 

Another brightener for blonde hair is to use chamomile tea bags. You steep the 2 to 3 chamomile tea bags in the boiling water for 20 minutes. Next you discard the tea bags. You dissolve half a cup of plain yogurt (preferably Greek yogurt) in the chamomile tea solution and finally you add in 5 drops of lavender essential oil. You stir the mixture thoroughly. You can apply this to your hair and wrap your hair with cling wrap for up to 20 minutes before you rinse off.
Homemade Hair Conditioner for All Types of Hair

 

Recipe#1

 

You can create an avocado and egg yolk conditioner, by mashing one avocado until it turns creamy and mixing in one egg yolk. Place this mixture on your hair and let it sit for 15 minutes before you rinse and shampoo. This is a great moisturizing mask for your hair.

 

Recipe #2

 

Egg yolk can also serve as a conditioner when it is mixed with 2 teaspoons of either castor oil or extra virgin olive oil. You massage the mixture into your scalp and hair and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before you rinse and shampoo.

Recipe#3

 

You take one cup of wheat germ oil and one cup of sunflower oil , mix both oils together and gently warm it. You can now massage this oil mixture onto your scalp and hair. It is better if you can leave this mixture on your hair for a night. In the morning, you rinse it off with lukewarm water containing lemon juice.

 

You may want to watch Video 1 and Video 2 on how to prepare your own homemade hair conditioner

 

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Easy Home Remedies for Hair Loss

 

Easy Home Remedies for Hair Loss -  Are you looking for ways to reduce hair loss? Here are some home remedies for hair loss you should definitely try
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A woman may be absolutely devastated if she starts losing hair. Hair is one of her principal assets, in terms of appearance. Women also lose more hair as they age. Many experience a generalized thinning of the hair or a “widened part” in the center of the scalp after menopause. This is called female pattern baldness.

 

Premature hair loss or thinning can also be due to a wide variety of other causes. Most women lose quite a bit of hair in the two to three months after they deliver a baby, and this can continue for up to six months.

 

One and a half to three months after severe stress, operation, infection, or high fever, a person may also lose a lot of hair. Read below if you are losing your hair. Some hair loss remedies may promote hair regrowth.

 

It is better to use home remedies for hair loss and thinning of hair using natural ingredients. The use of natural treatment has been proven to be quite successful in preventing hair loss and giving you hair that is beautiful and healthy

 

Home Remedies for Hair Loss

 

The following are some simple home remedies for hair loss to help you get healthier, shinier hair.

 

Having a proper diet is one of the most effective home remedies for hair loss. You need to have vitamin B7 (Biotin), which is a type of B-complex vitamin that does well to encourage hair growth, strengthen hair and prevent hair loss. You can get Biotin by eating foods such as yeast, kidney, eggs, liver, nuts and soybeans. However, getting Biotin from your diet is insufficient for your hair needs. You still need Biotin supplements. The recommended daily intake (RDI) is 30mcg. But you don’t have to worry about over dosage as there are no side effects.

 

Your hair and your body also need protein to make it stay strong and keep your hair healthy. To promote protein handling for hair you need to feed your scalp a protein rich diet of wheat, vegetable and milk protein products so that your scalp can thwart off the tensions of your life and insure that your hair does not get affected and stays healthy and strong.

 

Remember to eat a well-balanced, protein filled diet to insure that your scalp receives the proper amount of nutrients. Remember that hair is mostly made of protein and a protein nutrient by the name of keratin. If you don’t have enough of this nutrient then you will certainly notice its affects. Research surveys have shown that vitamin B6, zinc and azelaic acid combined in concert slows down the activity of issues that cause hair loss symptoms.

 

Drink 8 to10 glasses of water is an absolute requirement. Drinking water flushes your body of toxins, chemicals, and impurities that stifle your hair growth and disrupt your hormone and enzyme imbalances. Water also transports the important nutrients your body needs throughout your body. Hate drinking water? Add lemon and Splenda to have a healthy, tasty alternative.

 

Try and use only one shampoo or shower gel. If either is repeatedly changed it could cause damage to your hair as many shampoos aren’t natural, you would be adding more and more chemical products in your hair which could damage them and cause them to fall out.

 

Massaging is also one of the most popular home remedies for hair loss. This will help to increase blood circulation, therefore making hair follicles stronger. Massaging your scalp and hair with coconut oil may also help. By doing this, the pollution in the environment won’t stick straight onto your hair and damage it. It will stick to the oil instead which can be washed off when you get home.

 

Instead of applying oils, you may just crush onions to make juice and apply them to your hair, because essential oils can become even more expensive than traditional treatments. A study has also shown that this has benefit, though that study is not as reliable as the one for the essential oils. Besides onion juice, you can also apply henna on your hair and leave it there for an hour before rinsing off.

 

You can massage your scalp with Aloe Vera gel or coconut milk or a mixture consisting of honey and egg yolk for 10 to 15 minutes and leave it on your hair for half an hour before rinsing it off.

 

You may want to watch a Video HERE to find out some other home remedies for hair loss

 

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8 Recipes to Make a Homemade Conditioner for Dry and Damaged Hair

 

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Dry hair is basically rough and thin. It is more prone to damage, tangles, breakage and split ends. It is thicker near the scalp but thin towards outer end. It is common in both men and women. This happens due to the loss of oil and moisture from hair follicles.

 

Dry hair can result from many factors such as exposure to harsh chemicals such as; harsh shampoo, hair dye, chlorine in swimming pool and high mineral content in local water supplies. It can also be caused due to illness, overuse of blow dryers, hair perms, shampooing too often and too much exposure to sun.

 

If your hair is brittle, dry or splitting, you can consider the following recipes for making a homemade conditioner for dry and damaged hair to rehydrate roots and strengthen strands.

 

DIY Recipe #1

 

To prepare this homemade conditioner for dry and damaged hair, you can make a smooth paste by mashing 2 ripe bananas and adding half cup beaten curd to it.

 

This paste is to be applied along the length of the hair from root to tip. The hair may then be piled up to a bun and kept for about 15 minutes. Shampooing is to be done after this. This treatment will definitely make the hair soft.

 

DIY Recipe #2

 

This homemade conditioner for dry and damaged hair will require you to beat up an egg in a cup of milk or yoghurt, squeeze the juice of one lemon in to it, add one teaspoon coconut oil or olive oil to the mixture and apply it to the hair.

 

Then you can wrap a warm, moist towel round the head and keep the hair drenched in the mixture for an hour. After this you can shampoo your hair. This is an effective treatment for dry and damaged hair.

 

DIY Recipe #3

 

Banana has also proven to be good for making a homemade conditioner for dry and damaged hair. What you need to do is to just mash two ripe bananas and add half cup of beaten curd to it. Now apply this paste all over your scalp and coat the ends of the hair with it, leave it for fifteen minutes and shampoo your hair as usual. You will see that the texture of your hair has improved. This is one of the popular home remedies for dry and damaged hair.

 

DIY Recipe #4

 

Egg tonic helps in retaining vitamin for dry hair. To prepare this homemade conditioner for dry and damaged hair, you just take a cup of milk and beat an egg in it, now add juice of one lemon and a teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil.

 

Massage your hair with this mixture and cover with a moist warm towel and leave for almost an hour. Rinse it properly. The final rinse should be with warm water and lime juice. This is one of the effective home remedies for dry hair.

 

DIY Recipe #5

 

To create this homemade conditioner for dry and damaged hair, you can mix together half a cup each of aloe vera juice and curd and then apply it on your scalp. Let it be there for about 30 to 40 minutes and then rinse your hair properly by cold water. It is recommended to use this remedy twice a week for better results.

 

DIY Recipe #6

 

To prepare this homemade conditioner for dry and damaged hair, you take one mashed avocado and mix it with half a cup of plain mayonnaise.  After you have mixed both of the ingredients well to form a smooth paste, you can apply this mixture on your hair evenly.

 

You can put on a shower cap after this and then let the mixture stay on your hair for about half an hour before you rinse off. This hair mask will help you to get soft and shiny hair.

 

DIY Recipe #7

 

This recipe uses avocado and coconut milk, and coats strands with a thick substance that rejuvenates roots and hydrates hair strands. To create this homemade conditioner for dry and damaged hair, you first need to peel one avocado and mash in a bowl. Next, you will add in a quarter of a cup of coconut milk, and then stir until smooth.

 

The mixture should be as thick as shampoo. But if it is too thick, you can add in more coconut milk 1 tablespoon at a time. Once the mixture reaches the right consistency, you comb the mixture through wet hair and allow it to stay on your hair for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash as normal.

 

DIY Recipe #8

 

Yogurt has natural milk proteins, which strengthens your hair. To prepare this homemade conditioner for dry and damaged hair, you need to mix half a cup of plain yogurt with half a cup of mayonnaise and egg white from one egg. You can use vanilla yogurt if desired for a nicer scent.

 

You can now apply the mixture all over your hair with extra attention to your tips. Put on a shower cap and leave it in for 30 minutes. Rinse out with warm water and shampoo to reveal your shiny, soft, healthy hair.

 

You may want to watch a Video HERE on how to prepare your own homemade conditioner for dry and damaged hair.

 

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