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8 Natural Acne Treatments You Didn’t Know About

8 Natural Acne Treatments You Didn’t Know About

In a world full of pills and chemicals for quick fixes, what place does holistic medicine have for skin care? You might be surprised to find out that holistic medicine can be just as effective as chemicals, and, in addition, heals the body as a whole unit long-term, as opposed to acting like a band-aid that only works to cover up the problem.

When using natural treatments, it is important to use high quality products that are raw and organic, since these produce the best results. Here are seven natural acne treatments you can substitute for your chemical-based products:

Raw Honey

Raw honey has natural healing and anti-bacterial properties, making it perfect to use as a mild cleanser. In addition, it is moisturizing, and can help your body naturally retain moisture. To use raw honey as a cleanser, simply take 1 or 2 teaspoons of raw honey with moistened fingers and spread onto fingertips. Then apply onto a dry face. Note: raw honey alone will not cure severe acne; it is best paired with other natural treatments.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) first became popular when both Scarlett Johansson and Hilary Duff admitted to using it as acne medication. ACV’s wonders are many:

  • It naturally balances your skin’s PH
  • It has strong anti-bacterial properties
  • It will gradually decrease zits, cysts and pimples
  • It cleanses and closes pores, allowing your skin to breathe properly

To use ACV to treat your acne, either apply it as a toner (1/2 ACV and 1/2 water), a spot treatment on trouble areas, or as a cleansing wash that you leave on for 10-20 minutes. You can also drink ACV; drinking ACV balances your stomach’s PH and improves digestion.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a natural plant with a gel-like consistency inside the plant. It has powerful healing properties, and is best used to reduce the swelling and redness from acne. Aloe vera can also help relieve the pain of irritated cysts. To use aloe vera on the skin, either use it as moisturizer, spot treatment or face mask.

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Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has natural anti-bacterial properties, and is known for absorbing excess oil when applied onto the skin. It has also been shown to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide for mild to moderate acne but with fewer side effects. In addition, it will not strip the skin of essential oils. To use tea tree oil, simply apply to problem areas 1-3 times a day.

Lemon

Lemons are natural disinfectants, making lemons a good solution for acne. Lemons also work well to help fade acne scars naturally. To use lemon for acne or scars, simply apply to problem areas for 10-20 minutes; then rinse off.

Natural Oils

It’s a common misconception that acne-prone skin should avoid moisture. The wonderful thing about applying natural oils onto the skin is they include no irritating ingredients, will not strip the skin of natural oils, and works to nourish the skin in addition to moisturizing it. Some good choices for acne-prone skin include:

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  • Jojoba oil
  • Castor oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Grape seed oil

Jojoba oil is particularly for acne-prone skin, since it seems to mimic sebum production, resulting in the body producing less sebum. Whichever oil you choose, make sure the oil is organic, cold-pressed, and unrefined.

Herbal Supplements and Super-foods

Acne is often the result of inner chaos within the body, whether brought on by hormonal changes, digestive problems, or toxicity in the body. Herbal supplements and super-foods are a wonderful way to help your body restore itself. If you suffer from hormonal acne, consider trying maca root. If you struggle with digestive problems, consider wheatgrass or spirulina, both which have been shown to help with digestion and cleansing toxicity.

Healthy Living

It should be a given that healthy living produces good skin, but it is an added element that is often not discussed by dermatologists. Regular exercise, fruits and vegetables, and low-processed food intake will do wonders for both your health and your skin.

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Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, all information in this article is for informational purposes only and should be discussed with your doctor before making any drastic changes.

Featured photo credit: Viktor Hancek via Picjumbo via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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