You can get acne (white heads and blackheads) when dirt and oil plug up your skin’s pores. If the bacteria gets trapped, then the skin gets red and inflammed — and you get pimples. . . .
The following homemade acne treatments may not produce dramatic results overnight. Select one of the acne remedies and stay with it for at least two weeks. If you are seeing no improvement by then, you may try another acne remedy.
Acne Treatment : Olive Oil
This South American acne remedy was given to the Joan and Lydia Wylen (authors of Healing Remedies), by Angela Harris, who has used it to clear up the faces of many.
Direction: Olive Oil Acne Treament
Wash face with mild soap and hot water. Then apply a thin layer of extra-virgin, cold-pressed olive oil. Do not wash it off. Let the skin completely absorb the olive oil. (Angela emphasized importance of using “extra-virgin olive oil.”)
Do this three times a day. Angela’s experience has been that the skin clears up within a week. For maintenance, wash and oil once a day.
A Note from the Wilen sisters: Always wash your face with tepid water. Hot water can cause the breaking of capillaries (small veins), as can cold water.
Homemade Acne Treatment – Uncooked Oats
Once a day, take 1/2 cup uncooked oats and, in a blender, pulverize them into a powder. Then add water — a little less than 1/3 cup — so that it becomes the consistency of paste. Apply the paste to the pimples. Leave this soothing and healing mush on until it dries up and starts crumbling off. Wash it all off with tepid water.
Acne Treatment Juice: Cucumber
Using a juice extractor, juice one cucumber. With a pastry brush, apply the cucumber juice to the trouble spots. Leave it on for at least 15 minutes, then wash of with tepid water.
Creamy Acne Treatment: Buttermilk and Honey
Once a day, boil 1/2 cup of buttermilk. While it’s hot, add enough honey to give it a thick, creamy consistency. With a pastry brush, brush the cooled mixture on the acne. Leave it on for at least 15 minutes. Wash of with tepid water.
Acne Treatment Detox
This is an industrial-strength acne remedy taken internally. Before breakfast — or as you eat breakfast — on the first day, start with 2 teaspoons of brewer’s yeast, 1 tablespoon of lecithin granules and 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed safflower oil, all mixed in one glass of pure apple juice.
On the second day, add another teaspoon of brewer’s yeast and another teaspoon of lecithin granules. Each day, add another teaspoon of brewer’s yeast and lecithin granules until you’re taking 2 tablespoons (6 teaspoons) of brewer’s yeast and almost the same amount of lecithin, along with the 1 tablespoon of safflower oil, all mixed in one glass of apple juice.
As this detoxifies your system and rids you of acne, it should give you added energy and shiny hair.
NOTE: It is advisable to do this process only with medical supervision — and if you can stay near a bathroom.
Acne Treatment Mixture: Garlic Cloves and Vinegar
Mix the juice of two garlic cloves with an equal amount of vinegar and dab it on the pimples every evening. The condition may clear up in a couple of weeks.
Acne Treatment Paste: Onion and Honey
Simmer one sliced medium onion in 1/2 cup of honey until the onion is soft. Then mash the mixture into a smooth paste. Make sure it’s cool before applying it to blemishes. Leave it on at least one hour, then rinse off with warm water. Repeat the procedure every evening until you can say, “Look Ma, no pimples.”
Skin and Acne Blemishes Treatment
Eat brown rice regularly. It contains amino acids that are good for skin blemishes.
About four hours before bedtime, steep 1 cup of of mashed strawberries in 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Let it steep until you’re ready for bed. Then strain the pulp and seeds. Massage the remaining liquid on your face and have a good night sleep.
It’s not as messy as it sounds. The liquid dries on your face, before you touch the pillow. In the morning, wash off the mix with cool water. This is an excellent cleanser and astringent for blemished skin.
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Source: Healing Remedies (Boardroom Inc., 2006) by Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen, pp. 154-155