Skincare

The Only 3 Ingredients You Need to Clear Acne

April 1, 2015

Pesky pimples always seem to show up when you least expect them to, and when you have little time to wait for them to disappear. Many people are unaware of the ingredients in their kitchen that can quickly clear up acne, redness and scars. These 3 remedies are your cheapest solutions to acne, and you probably already have them in your kitchen!

1. Banana Peel

Banana peels contain the antioxidant lutein, which reduces swelling and inflammation. Lutein simultaneously increases the growth of healthy cells. Use a banana peel to clear up the redness of pimples, while also eliminating the discomfort. Simply rub the peel on your face and wait 30 minutes before washing.

2. Egg whites

You may eat egg whites because they are packed with protein and vitamins, but these nutrients are incredibly beneficial to repairing your skin. The proteins and vitamins fight oncoming acne, while helping to erase past scars. Egg whites will also soak up excess oil, lowering the overall bacteria on your face. Rinse your face, whisk 2-3 egg whites, cover your face with 3-4 layers of the mixture, and allow the mask to sit for 20 minutes before washing. Apply a skin moisturizer after, as the egg whites do tend to dry your face.

3. Boiling Water

This remedy costs absolutely nothing. Steam from boiling water opens your pores so deep bacteria can escape. The steam will also reduce the glare of acne, making it less noticeable. Try this trick before other DIY remedies as a way to make sure you really get the job done. After the pot of boiling water has cooled slightly, hold your head over the bowl with a towel over your head to trap the heat. Once 10-15 minutes have gone by, dry your face with the towel.

Kate Wilke is a 200-RYT yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She teaches and works with clients in Nashville, TN. She believes in self-care in the form of colorful, healthy cooking, daily walks with her dog, and a glass of red wine. Follow her on Instagram — @meditatekate

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