DIY Acne Spot Treatment Recipe #1: Baking Soda & Lemon Juice
This is probably my all time favorite because it’s affordable, easy-to-make and you can actually feel it working unlike most home remedies.
You just need the following:
1 Fresh Lemon
The alpha hydroxy acid found in most citrus-based fruits including lemons, acts as a natural antibacterial. Once the conditions are right for bacteria to breed, they’re extremely hard to remove. Lemon juice is one of the only easy-to-get ingredients that has the ability to naturally destroy acne causing bacteria.
1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
Baking soda is a great ingredient for DIY microdermabrasion, due to its ability to rapidly exfoliate micro-particles from your skin. It’s one of the most affordable ways of exfoliating your skin, something we’re in desperate need of when signs of acne start to surface.
Making The Spot Treatment
Just follow these simple steps for making and applying this spot treatment:
Step One: Take your tablespoon of baking soda and mix it in a bowl with 2-3 drops of lemon juice. Stir using a spoon and you should start to notice it froth a little before calming down into a paste.
Step Two: Apply directly to the problem areas and rub in a circular motion for about a minute. Leave on for about 20 minutes or better yet overnight for maximum results.
DIY Acne Spot Treatment Recipe #2: Coconut Oil & Turmeric
Okay so you probably don’t have any coconut oil or turmeric in your pantry. If you do then great! If not, this will be a one time investment because both of them will last for a long time.
The first spot treatment was more for those with combination skin like myself, whereas this one is better suited for those with drier than normal skin.
Have you ever heard the old saying that “like attracts like”? Well in this case the coconut oil we’re using will help attract the unwanted sebum oil that caused the initial blockage. What we’re actually doing is using one oil to wash away another.
By removing a large amount of the sebum oil naturally produced in our skin, we can help free up any blockages that lead to the initial acne breakout.
This ingredient has a whole host of benefits including being an natural antibacterial, soothing agent and even an anti-inflammatory. Just like the alpha hydroxy acid in the first spot treatment recipe, the turmeric in this one will help to kill any unwanted acne causing bacteria.
Making The Spot Treatment
Again this is a really simple recipe to make, just two steps:
Step One: In a bowl, mix 1/2 tsp of turmeric with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil. Just stir until the mixture looks nice and even.
Step Two: Using your ‘clean’ fingers, apply the treatment directly to your problem areas about 20 minutes before going to bed. Rub in gently in a circular motion.
Step Three: After waking up in the morning, rinse off your face with warm water.
Things To Think About
Although you should notice a major difference after just one treatment of both of these, it will most likely take 2-3 days for your spots to fully heal.
The earlier you apply both of these remedies, the faster the results will be.