I am 40 years old, and I still get acne. It is so annoying. To those people who said “you will grow out of it”, no, actually, I haven’t. My husband tells me that it is because I have active skin and that is the key to looking younger. He thinks I should be grateful. Ummm. No. Not really.
So I was looking for some remedies for clear skin. Here are some of the ideas I came upon during my research.
Cucumber is great apparently. It prevents pimples, blackheads, wrinkles and dry skin. Sounds perfect! Apparently, the skin and cucumber share the same level of hydrogen and so it makes it easier for cucumber to mask all the problem areas. It helps to soothe and soften the skin.
Apparently, Papaya is also useful for the skin. It aids in removing dead and damaged skin cells.. Topical application of the juice of the papaya fruit can help reduce freckles or brown spots, although I have to say I like freckles. Freckles are cute. Its the pimples I am not keen on. Apparently, papaya is so good for the skin because it contains the enzyme papain which helps to break down inactive proteins in the skin, and that is what makes it so great.
Then there is the miracle ingredient around all over the place at the moment. Coconut. We already know that the oil is awesome for pretty much anything you can think of, but apparently using the water from the coconut will keep it blemish free. I have a slight problem with coconuts. Where I live, in the middle of the midlands of England, coconuts are not available. And I can’t justify the miles entailed in ordering it. Onward to another potential remedy then.
Olive oil. Apparently, using olive oil and warm wash cloths is a really excellent way of cleaning your face. The heat draws out all the dirt and stuff from the skin, without stripping away the oil in the skin. So those days of annoying dry spots on the skin will be over. How would it help the acne? Acne is caused by glands in the skin producing excessive amounts of a substance called sebum. The excess amount is produced when the skin is stripped of all the oils in it by really caustic cleansers, and the body makes up for the loss and makes more besides. This sebum blocks the pores giving you whiteheads or blackheads, and if those get infected, it causes those tell tale cysts and spots. Using olive oil as the cleanser should stop the skin producing those excess oils. I quite like this idea. I might try it. Let’s face it, Olive oil is cheaper than anti-acne cleansers!
Mint. Now this I have a HUGE amount of. It bolted in the garden and it is popping up all over the place. Apparently mint is useful in treating eczema, insect stings, scabies and other skin infections. Apparently the active ingredients are Vitamin A and salicylic acid which is the newest “boutique” ingredient in all those really expensive drug store creams advertised on TV and in magazines. Apparently this acid loosens up the skin cells allowing them to shed easily so the skin looks all glowy and healthy. Mint is also astringent, so that can help tighten up those pores too.
- Finally, Lemon. Lemon removes the skin of dead cells via citric acid. It is a traditional method of removal of freckles, but we know my opinion of freckles. Luckily I have a stock of lemons in because I love cooking with lemon in place of salt, so this might be useful to me too.
Will you be using any of these remedies? Let me know if you do, and we can see if they actually work!