2 Natural Acne Solutions

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Acne is a common problem, not just for teens, but for adults as well. It’s said that 85 percent of teenagers and over 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from acne. There are plenty of medicines as well as home remedies for acne out there. Want to know how to clear up acne? Listed below are just two natural solutions for acne for you to consider.

Use Thyme for Acne

If you’re looking for an herbal way to treat acne, try thyme. Researchers from Leeds Metropolitan University in the U.K. conducted initial studies on the effectiveness of herbs to treat acne. The researchers found that thyme was “more effective in killing the acne bacterium than traditional chemical-based creams.” According to their studies, it’s the extracts from the plant compounds that kill the acne bacterium. While further studies need to be done, the initial report does seem promising.

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Treatments (thyme for acne). Looking for a way to use thyme to treat your acne? The Leeds Metropolitan researchers used a thyme tincture (thyme steeped in alcohol) for the study. You can use a similar method to make an acne-fighting thyme toner. Simply steep fresh or dried thyme in a glass jar filled with witch hazel. Let the thyme steep for a day or two until the solution turns amber in color and pour the final, strained liquid into a pump bottle. For further instructions follow these guidelines and acne tips.

Use Coconut Oil for Acne

Coconut oil has become super popular in recent years. People can use coconut oil for practically everything—from sunburns to homemade cough drops—and an initial study from the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering shows that coconut oil can treat common acne. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which can help kill the acne-causing bacteria. While certain chemical treatments for acne can have side effects (such as redness and burning), lauric acid treatments avoid these symptoms.

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Treatments (coconut oil for acne). There are tons of coconut oil facial treatments that you can try to make at home. There’s a DIY deep clean facial treatment that’s made with coconut oil, baking soda, and essential oils. This DIY facial is said to not only fight acne, but also treat sunburn, heal rashes, and soften tough skin. You can find more instructions and acne tips here.