You can feel it when a big spot is on its way to the surface of the skin, and you dread it making the appearance.
Spots are a regular occurrence for some people, myself included, and here we have some expert tips and an amazing range that helps to treat spots and acne.
Banish break-outs for good with these home-made acne remedies, if you’re looking for a treatment that you can find at home then skin expert Nataliya Robinson has shared her top ten tips.
1. Raw honey. Apply some honey directly to the spot and leave it for 30 minutes, or even longer if possible. Honey is a natural antiseptic and includes strong anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. However, in case of any allergic reaction test a small amount on the back of your hand or arm before using it. Your spots should disappear within 3-5 days of this honey treatment. If your blemishes don't heal or you have severe acne then the European facial treatment, with its powerful germicidal effect is what you need. This needs to be applied by a professional. Contact Nataliya Robinson for details.
2. Egg whites. Egg whites are rich in nutrients such as Lysozyme which destroy bacterial cell walls and eliminate infections. Mix one egg white with one and a half teaspoons of raw honey and add a pinch of cinnamon. Dab this mixture onto the pimples before going to bed and wash off in the morning.
3. Use Apple Cider Vinegar. This is a raw organic 'mother' cure. The vinegar works by regulating the pH balance of your skin. Dab some apple cider vinegar onto your skin. Leave it on overnight to dry out, which will help the spot to shrink and disappear.
4. Toothpaste. Apply toothpaste directly on the spot. Any toothpaste which contains Triclosan could help reduce the inflamed spot. Triclosan is a good anti-bacterial ingredient to look out for.
5. Kefir. Kefir is a fermented dairy food, much like yoghurt. It contains alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which is wonderfully beneficial to the skin. Applying kefir reduces wrinkles, removes dead skin and helps reduce acne spots. Apply some kefir to the inflamed spot directly as a face-mask and remove with a warm cloth after about 15 minutes.
6. Vitamin E capsules. These can help calm the spot. Squeeze the vitamin E capsule directly onto the spot and massage it gently in until it is completely absorbed. This could also be used as an overnight treatment.
7. Clay Masks. The healing property of clay has been used for centuries, its rich minerals effectively removing dead skin cells. These days clay powder can be purchased from any good health shop. Mix a pie-sized amount of pure clay powder with water. Mix until you get a smooth paste and then apply this directly to the spot. Leave it to dry, then wash off and apply a drop of Lavender oil. Lavender has great anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
8. Aloe Vera gel. Using aloe vera on the spots will help reduce the swelling and inflammation as well as the redness. Rub the gel on the affected areas twice a day.
9. Carrot juice. Dab pure carrot juice onto the pimple. The juice will help speed up the healing process and prevent any scars before they form.
10. Fresh tomato juice. Squeeze the tomato juice into a bowl and apply it to the spot using a cotton bud.
Brazilian Dermatologist, Dr Ariel Haus advises that there are different triggers for acne in different places on the body. So you need to be aware of these to help keep them under control.
He explains: acne on the chin, jaw line and cheeks are particularly linked to hormones and this is why women in particular suffer flare up’s in this area around their menstrual cycle. If you are female and happen to be on birth control, or have recently stopped birth control, this is the first place to look for the cause. A high level of progesterone often leads to chin acne breakouts. Back acne (bacne) tends to be more prevalent in men, but is evidenced in both sexes and is commonly caused by irritation of the skin. Anything that repeatedly rubs against the skin, such as backpacks, rough massages, tight fitting clothing, weight lifting machines which press on the shoulder area, or anything else that rubs the back area and irritates the skin can aggravate acne in that area.
When treating spots it’s important that you should remember to avoid certain products that will only aggravate the skin further.
Dr Haus says you should avoid: “mainly creams and lotions that contain oil which will block the pores and aggravate and even increase acne spots. Choose products labeled as being non-comodogenic (doesn’t block pores) or non-acnegenic (should not cause acne). In summer always look for oil-free sun screen and moisturiser if you have a case of acne.
The Aknicare range helps not only to reduce the spots themselves but clears scarring cause by acne too.
After using the range myself my skin has become clearer, with less frequent spots and blemish scarring has significantly improved.
The best thing is my skin doesn’t feel tight or dried out, which I have found with plenty of spot treatments before.
The cleansing gel works well to remove all of my make-up and the special treatment lotion gets to work straight away on spots.
This range has changed by skin for the better and I’ve seen a vast improvement on the texture and look of my skin. The range is available to buy from www.skinmed.co.uk.
Dr Haus that in treating spots you should be looking out for products with the names Salicylic Acid, Adapalene + Benzyl Peroxide & Niacinamide as these really help to treat the root of the problem.