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Ways to Support Skin Health Naturally

Ways to Support Skin Health Naturally
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Whether you’re prone to the occasional pimple or dealing with acne on the daily, you’re certainly not alone. Acne is the most common skin condition, affecting some 50 million Americans each year. 

While most common in teens going through serious hormonal changes, adult acne is also prevalent. The number of adults with acne has spiked dramatically over the past couple decades, especially among women. 

Anyone who’s experienced acne is well aware of the negative impact it can have on their quality of life. Studies show that facial acne can significantly affect self-image, confidence, psychological well being, and the ability to develop relationships with others. Adults that deal with breakouts appear to be even more impacted than teens when it comes the way the skin condition affects their quality of life. 

Whether you’re fifteen or well into your 50s, if you’re prone to experiencing the agonizing effects of acne, it’s safe to say you’re interested in solutions. While it might feel like an impossible fight, there are ways to promote healthy-looking skin naturally. 

Following these tips could just help you see the soft, glowing skin you deserve.

3 Ways To Promote Healthy Skin Naturally

Honey

Honey has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for all types of skin conditions. The ancient Greeks and Egyptians used it for skin wounds and burns by applying it straight to the skin. In Ayurvedic medicine, honey has been used for skin problems. Today, countless cultures and countries worldwide continue to use honey to naturally promote healthy skin.

What makes honey so effective for so many different skin conditions? Honey’s soothing benefits to the skin are credited to its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, as well as its ability to regulate the skin’s immune system and encourage tissue repair. Honey also contains antiseptic properties, meaning that it helps prevent the growth of microorganisms that can lead to stubborn skin issues.

Following is an easy way to use honey to promote healthy skin naturally: 

  • Start by gently washing your face with warm water and a mild facial cleanser. Instead of using a towel, allow your face to dry naturally. 
  • Once your skin has dried completely, gently apply honey to your face or troubled areas on your skin and leave for 20-30 minutes. 
  • Rinse off the honey with warm water and gently pat your face dry. 

Note: If using honey as a way to promote skin health look for raw, natural honey or medicinal-grade Manuka honey. 

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has become a staple in kitchens across the country and has earned a spot as one of the most popular home remedies. It’s shown to kill harmful bacteria and is commonly touted as a natural remedy for weight loss, reducing blood pressure, increasing heart health, and more. 

It’s believed to help because of the organic acids it contains that could help kill the bacteria responsible for causing issues in the first place. They’re known as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and work by exfoliating dead skin cells to uncover a layer of fresh, healthy skin. 

Before you try ACV on your own troubled skin spots, be sure to test a small spot on your skin to assure you don’t have an adverse reaction. Keep in mind that when using ACV on the skin it should always be diluted with water. One part ACV to four parts water is a good rule of thumb to start with. If your skin is sensitive, you may want to dilute it even further. 

You can either use your diluted ACV as a toner by applying gently all over your face with a cotton swab, or use it as a spot treatment on troubled areas. Either way, dermatologists recommend using ACV a few times a week and leaving it on skin for about 15 minutes, rinsing it off with warm water, and following up with a moisturizer. 

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is one of the most popular essential oils. Most health-conscious consumers keep a bottle on hand at all times because of its natural germ-fighting properties. 

Native to Australia where it is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, tea tree oil has been used for centuries by native Aborigines as a powerful component to heal the skin and fight coughs and colds. 

Tea tree oil is a well-known antimicrobial that’s shown to have an extremely powerful effect against certain bacteria and fungi, including certain problem-causing bacteria. 

If you’re interested in using tea tree oil to promote skin health, it’s important to know that it should never be applied directly to the skin. Tea tree oil is strong stuff and can cause serious irritation or redness when applied to the skin without being diluted in water or a carrier oil. 

Be sure to follow these tips to do it correctly: 

  • Dilute one part tea tree oil to nine parts water. For example, if you use one drop of tea tree oil, dilute it in nine equal-sized drops of water or carrier oil. 
  • Use a cotton swab and apply the diluted tea tree mixture directly onto troubled skin areas. 
  • Leave it on skin and allow to dry, repeating the process 2-3 times a day. 

Results aren’t always immediate. If you do choose to use tea tree oil, it could take up to 12 weeks to see the improvements you’re looking for. 

Rather than turning to the plethora of acne-fighting products widely available on the market that can feel impossible to navigate, promote skin health naturally. If you’re pimple-prone, these are but a few ways to zap zits away to reveal healthy, gorgeous, glowing skin.  

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Medically reviewed by
Kimberly Langdon, M.D.

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