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10 All-Natural Ways To Deal With Your Acne

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    What won't we try to get a clear complexion, right? And while it’s always best to see your doctor or dermatologist first for a professional recommendation, there are some drug-free, straight-from-the-Earth options out there, too. Natural ingredients aren’t necessarily always better than products created in a lab, but they can have many beneficial properties and fewer irritants so they’re definitely worth checking out — especially if nothing else seems to be working for you.

    Plants and spices have been used in skin care for centuries, and many of them are ideal for calming inflammation, killing bacteria, unclogging pores — all things acne-prone skin needs desperately. As an added bonus, you can find a lot of these in their purest forms in your local health-food store, which makes them more affordable than other top-shelf beauty products. To help get you started, we rounded up 10 of the most common natural acne-eradicators. They may not be miracle cures (we wish it were as easy as dipping our face into a sink full of tea-tree oil), but they can help make your journey to clear skin that much easier.

    Whether you simply keep these ingredients in mind the next time you’re on a Sephora shopping spree, or you decide to head to the local food co-op and get crafty with essential oils, these are the plants, waters, spices, and herbs to turn to when there are zits a-brewing.


    The grown-up guide to dealing with acne. Read more from The Acne Diaries here.

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    Witch Hazel
    Witch hazel is a natural astringent. It cleans gunk out of your pores and kills the bacteria that causes acne. Witch hazel is best for those who have extremely oily skin; if you have dry or normal skin, you may find it too dehydrating. It's easy to find at health-food stores, grocery stores, or online; just be sure to look for a formula that is alcohol-free, since alcohol will contribute to drying out your skin.

    Thayers Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula Cucumber Alcohol-Free Toner, $9.49, available at Drugstore.com.

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    Tea-Tree Oil
    The antibacterial properties in tea-tree oil make it ideal for controlling acne. It can disinfect pores and moderate oil production. You can find tea-tree oil online or in health-food stores, but beware of using it undiluted on your face, especially if you have sensitive skin, as it could cause irritation. You might be better off buying a product that already has the ideal formulation of tea-tree oil in it. If you have your heart set on going the DIY route, you could dilute your TTO by combining it with another beneficial skin-care ingredient, such as jojoba oil or aloe vera.

    The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, $10, available at The Body Shop.

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    Turmeric
    Turmeric can be helpful for soothing acne because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help to control sebum production, in addition to calming redness. This cheapie cream is impressive at completely erasing redness caused by inflammation, rosacea, and irritation.

    Vicco Turmeric Skin Cream, $5.74, available at Amazon.

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    Evening Primrose Oil
    If you’ve noticed that you get a flare-up of hormonal acne before your period, try taking evening primrose oil capsules. It contains gamma-linolenic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with acne. You can also benefit from putting this oil directly on your face, since it’s hydrating and calming.

    Now Solutions Evening Primrose Oil, $12.99, available at iHerb.

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    Vitamins C & E
    If you’re going to stock up on vitamins to fight acne, your best bets would be C and E. Not only does vitamin C have the ability to reduce redness in the skin, but it also regulates the body’s production of collagen, which is necessary for controlling acne. Combine it with vitamin E, an antioxidant, for a powerful skin-clearing duo. Vitamin E can also be effective when absorbed topically, so be sure to look for it as an ingredient in your skin-care products.

    Neal's Yard Remedies Vitamin C Boost With Wild Rosehip, $21.50, available at Neal's Yard Remedies.