How to get rid of acne

Acne can really be daunting especially to those of us who cherish having our skin blemish free. Hence when they pop up we resort to finding quick treatments to getting rid of them. 

There are many easy, natural, and inexpensive ways to treat acne. 
To successfully battle acne, you need a consistent and effective skin care routine. Here are some general guidelines for taking care of acne-prone skin naturally:

Cleanse gently
 Wash your face with a nonfoaming or lightly foaming water-soluble cleanser that does not sting or leave the skin feeling dry in the morning, and double-cleanse with a cleansing oil and a foaming cleanser at night. 

Choose a toner that contains witch hazel, tea tree oil, chamomile, aloe, cucumber, calendula, and fruit acids to gently exfoliate the skin. For fast relief, you can apply milk of magnesia for a few minutes before going to bed. Apply it with fingertips or a cotton ball, leave it to dry, and wash off with tepid water.

Wear a daily moisturizer with antioxidants and botanical anti-inflammatory agents such as chamomile, green tea, panthenol, provitamin B5, tocopherol (vitamin E), licorice, calendula, raspberry, rice and oats, seaweed (algae), evening primrose oil, arnica, and echinacea. 

Use topical treatments. Tea tree oil is a traditional acne remedy that can be used directly or diluted with a toner or a mask. Apply a vitamin C powder directly onto blemishes. 

 Make sure you wear sunscreen especially in the summer and anytime you have active breakouts. Mineral sunscreen is perfect for acne-prone skin: you can wear it on top of your acne treatment of choice. Skipping sunscreen can result in dark postacne marks that are hard to get rid of.

Herbs that help treat acne

Some herbs help in controlling acne and they include:
Tea tree
Fruit acids

Other ingredients are suprisingly effective include:

Alum powder-Mix with water to make a paste and apply over night.
Colgate toothpaste(white coloured type)..
Omi Aro(Herbal water)-Mix with your black soap.

For an effective acne treatment, you can try making this treatment recipe:

For problem skin, nothing beats tea tree oil. You can apply it directly on blemishes, dilute it in your favorite toner, and add a few drops to your masks and scrubs.

*Sweet Tea Balm*
1 tablespoon runny honey
1 tablespoon aloe vera juice (bottled or freshly squeezed from the plant) 
10 drops tea tree oil
500 mg vitamin C (to act as a preservative)

Yield: 5 ounces

Combine all the ingredients in a shallow bowl and blend until smooth. Transfer into an empty lip balm jar. This blend can be stored in the fridge for up to six months and used on all sorts of blemishes and minor cuts.

I have used some of the above treatments and they have worked perfectly for me.Have you used any of the above ingredients? Did they work for you?