From the orange peel to the honey … the 8 remedies for acne in your kitchen cupboards: The Sun

Most of us throw away the odds of creams and gels that claim to get rid of acne.

But what if the secret to perfect skin was already lurking in your kitchen cupboard?

    Applying a generous layer of honey to your acne could help improve your skin

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Applying a generous layer of honey to your acne could help improve your skin

Experts say that certain everyday ingredients can be turned into DIY treatments, so they help treat outbreaks at home.

From the orange peel to the honey, these are just some of the recipes that you can mix to obtain a clear and stained skin.

1. orange peel

Most people throw their orange peel into the bucket without thinking twice.

But the skin is really full of nutrients that can be really beneficial for the skin and even prevent the formation of spots.

Experts say that it is as simple as rubbing it directly on the skin, but if you feel a little more elegant you can become your own treatment.

Sanela Lazic, from the Saint Iris Adriatica brand for skin care, told Women's Heath: "The peel of an orange is full of antioxidants, which also have antibacterial properties that prevent stains from forming.

"It can also work to reduce the pain and swelling of the pimples.

"Use it fresh and rub it all over the affected area, make sure to use a clean piece for each section of acne to stop the transfer of bacteria."

To turn it into a DIY treatment, it recommends drying the shell and grinding it into powder, before mixing it with warm water to create a paste.

Then apply it on the affected area, leave it for a few minutes before washing with cold water to tighten the pores.

2. honey

For centuries, honey has been used as one of the best medicines of nature, as well as in the kitchen.

However, you may feel like hearing it, because it can treat more than just a sore throat or cough.

In fact, experts have said previously that because of its antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, honey is really good for acne.

It has been shown to help kill bacteria, heal the skin and apparently prevent healing.

The theories suggest that it works because of its high sugar content [honey is 69 percent sugar] and is able to reduce the water content within the pore lining by drying it.

With less water, the main bacteria that cause acne can not thrive on the skin, according to Paula's skin experts' Choice.

Apply the honey directly to the fact and leave it for about 15 to 20 minutes before washing it.

3. the turmeric

You are probably more familiar with the chucking of this one in a curry and, sure, there will be some concern with the staining due to its intense yellow color.

But like honey, turmeric has been touted for its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Recent studies have shown that the main component of turmeric, known as curcumin, can decrease inflammation, which in turn can be effective in acne.

The best way to use it is to create your own facial mask by mixing half a teaspoon with a tablespoon of honey and a little warm water in a bowl.

This should form a paste that can be left on the skin for 15 to 20 minutes.

4. thyme

Another ingredient that may lurk somewhere in your kitchen closet is an old pot of thyme. But do not discard it.

Researchers who tested its effectiveness in the laboratory discovered that it could be one of the most effective ways to treat acne.

The team at the Leeds Metropolitan University said that an extract of the herb can kill the bacteria that cause the pimples and even work better than some prescription lotions.

Sanela recommended grinding or chopping the thyme [it can be used dry but fresh is better] and mix it with pure witch hazel oil.

Let it sit for a while, then put it on your skin before going to bed and let it do its work while you sleep.

    The next time you eat an orange, you'll want to hang it from the skin ... the skin is full of nutrients

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The next time you eat an orange, you'll want to hang it from the skin … the skin is full of nutrients

5. Apple cider vinegar

It is believed that apple cider vinegar has many health benefits, including reduced blood sugar levels, weight loss and has even been said to reduce the risk of cancer.

Some also claim that it could kill the bacteria that causes acne due to the different acids it contains, but there has been little research.

One of the main benefits that have been found is that the organic acids in the vinegar can help with the discoloration of the skin and the scars caused by the spots.

You can also balance the pH levels if you use it as a toner, pouring a splash on a cotton ball and smoothing the skin.

To create a soothing mask, mix half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a tablespoon of honey and aloe vera gel.

Apply on the skin and leave for 15 minutes before washing.

6. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is well known for its ability to soothe and cool the skin when it burns.

When applied to the skin, it has been shown to fight bacteria, reduce inflammation and promote healing.

For that reason, aloe vera is ideal to help repair skin damaged by the painful effects of pimples.

And it's also quite easy to get it: it costs only £ 6 for a tube of street shops like Boots, Holland & Barrett or Superdrug, plus supermarkets.

7. Chamomile tea

Another great natural anti-inflammatory, chamomile tea can help soothe the redness caused by acne and rosacea.

Simply press the chilled tea bags on the beans to reduce swelling when necessary.

Alternatively, you can create your own treatment by popping three tablespoons of dried chamomile in approximately 200 ml of boiling water and letting them start for three minutes.

Strain the mixture and allow it to cool before saturating a clean cloth in the tea, wring it out and then apply it to the affected area for about 15 minutes.

According to Livestrong, you can even try to apply the tea with your fingers and gently rub acne scars.

Just keep it away from your eyes.

8. water

It's something you've heard over and over again, but drinking more water will really help improve acne.

Water not only removes toxins that can cause staining, but also promotes the skin, and all other organs in your body, to function properly.

It is not necessary that you drink two liters a day; The amount does not directly affect your skin, says Dr. Sara Brown, professor of Molecular Dermatology and Genetics at the Wellcome Trust and the University of Dundee.

She said: "Water is supplied to the skin through the blood that flows through the dermis, the inner layer of the skin, the epidermis loses water, especially in a dry environment.


"Water is necessary to maintain hydration of the skin and when you become severely dehydrated, your skin will look dull and less elastic.

"In a healthy person, the internal organs [kidneys, heart and blood vessels] control the amount of water that reaches the skin.

"There is no fixed volume of water that you need to drink, it simply depends on the amounts you are using and losing."

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