D.I.Y Spot Treatments For Clear Skin
When it comes to spot treatments most people run right to benzoyl peroxide. But what most people don’t know is that BP produces free radicals. Free radicals are the damaging molecules that cause sun damage and premature aging on the skin. They are also responsible for encouraging changes in skin cells that can lead to skin cancer.
We use antioxidants to fight against free radical damage. Why then, should we add something to the skin that actually encourages the formation of free radicals?
Free radicals can also slow wound healing, which can affect how long your skin takes to heal over acne scars, redness, and other irritations. This is another reason why continued use of benzoyl peroxide can, in the end, make your skin look worse than before.
That is why we opt for a more natural, safer way to target our poor bumps…plus you probably have most of these ingredients right in your own kitchen… so your saving money and your skin!
Keep reading to find out our top 5 D.I.Y Spot Treatments.
Honey has wonderful antibacterial properties that are great for destroying and preventing bacteria from forming on your skin. Since honey is a humectant it naturally moisturizes the skin. To use: apply honey to acne as a spot treatment or as a full-face mask. Leave on for however long you desire, but we wouldn’t recommend falling asleep with this one on…unless you want to stick to your pillow!
2. Bentonite Clay+ Activated Charcoal
Bentonite Clay’s absorbent quality helps wick excess sebum from the skin, and its astringent properties work to shrink and tighten irritated and enlarged pores. Charcoal has the ability to absorb impurities up to 100 to 200 times its weight!!! Combine these two together and you have yourself a serious blemish fighting concoction. To use: mix one activated charcoal capsule with one tsp of bentonite clay. Add in just enough water so that it makes a paste…you don’t want it to be too watery. Let dry then remove with warm water. Make sure to moisturize afterwards.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one the most powerful antibacterial treatments. It destroys the bacteria on your spots while preventing new pimples from forming. Tea tree oil significantly reduces the size of the pimples overnight while keeping redness and dryness at bay. To use: Apply a small amount of tea tree oil to your spots. It is best to use a carrier oil such as jojoba oil to dilute the tea tree oil which may be too harsh for sensitive skin. Leave on overnight.
4. Lavender Essential Oil
If you need a more soothing essential oil for fighting acne, lavender is the oil for you. Lavender essential oil can help calm skin and reduce blemishes at the same time. Lavender oil has profound benefits on your skin because of its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics. It soothes and nourishes the skin — treating acne, healing dry skin, and reducing the appearance of dark spots and scars caused by acne. To use: put a couple drops right onto a q tip and softly dab the oil directly on spots. Leave on overnight.
5. Lemon Juice
The exfoliating properties in lemon juice are great for ridding your skin of dead skin cells while destroying bacteria and healing acne. Lemon juice can also help to dry out acne spots while reducing redness. To use: apply a thin layer to spots using a q tip and leave on overnight.
We hope you try one of these amazing d.i.y spot treatments and let us know which one is your fav!
Resources: ANN MARIE SKIN CARE