The arrival of summer may be welcomed by most, but for those who suffer from acne-prone skin, the hotter weather can only mean one thing: oily skin.
Most acne-sufferers complain of having oily skin and suffer with frequent breakouts, especially during the change in seasons. With hotter temperatures and exposure to the sun, many people can experience an increase in spots. However, there are many old wives tales that can help with suffering skin.
Try these five natural remedies to settle acne-prone skin and discover that help doesn't always come in the topical form...
Often affectionately nicknamed 'the skin vitamin', Vitamin D can be a great way to naturally treat your acne.
Although many people are cautious of sitting in the sun without protection, experts recommend that you sit in the sun without suncream for short periods each day to get your full daily dose of Vitamin D.
Suncream prevents your skin from soaking in Vitamin D, which in the UK can prove difficult anyway. Here, from October to March, the sunlight does not produce a sufficient amount of UVB radiation for people to naturally make Vitamin D. New advice issued last year by Public Health England advised that both adults and children should take a 10mcg Vitamin D supplement each day.
In 2016, a Korean study showed that taking a Vitamin D supplement improved the inflammation of spots.
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Aloe Vera has long been used to soothe skin, whether it's for sunburn, cuts or grazes, the smooth texture provides a welcomed relief to sore skin.
The plant contains many anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to calm the cystic-like spots. Many acne sufferers also say that it is good for helping with acne scarring.
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Curcumin, a bright-yellow compound, is one of turmeric's most active components and is known to have many beneficial medicinal properties.
As an anti-inflammatory, turmeric is great for helping acne-sufferers with treating the sore red spots. However, help doesn't always have to come from topical treatments, you can also help aid acne through diet and this delicious turmeric latte is the perfect liquid antidote.
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The Mediterranean diet is one of the most culturally revered diets in the world. The intake of oily fish result in many health benefits for those living on the med.
Oily fish is create for fighting inflammatory diseases and conditions, from acne to even depression. However, unlike those living with a view of the Mediterranean in their back gardens, us Brits have a much lower intake of fish in our diets.
Try increasing the amount of oily fish you consume and enjoy the benefits of soaking up the amazingly powerful Omega-3.
MANUKA HONEY & TURMERIC FACE MASK
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Manuka honey has long been known for its amazing health benefits, with two of the most well-known being its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Although long used by ancient cultures, it is only in recent years that the Western world has been introduced to its wonderful ways.
Acne can be caused by many different factors, from lifestyle to your family history but it's the bacteria within the skin that can cause spots to swell.
Using this natural face mask is a way to naturally treat the inflamed skin.
Simply take one teaspoon of turmeric and add to a bowl, then add in two tablespoons of manuka honey and mix until it forms a thick mixture, add some more honey if necessary.
Leave on skin for around twenty minutes, then wash with luke warm water. Be aware, this mask can leave skin looking a little yellow so if you have pale skin, you may want to wash it off a little sooner.
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