This is a guest post by Alicia Lawrence, from MarCom Land
Comedian and actress Mindy Kaling summed up what everyone thinks when asked what she wishes she’d known when she was a teenager.
Basically, acne never stops — you don’t magically become immune once you’re out of high school, or even out of your 20s!
However, it can seem even more embarrassing as an adult because shouldn’t you be over this by now?
There’s a reason there are countless products on the market to treat acne, but they often don’t work or they’re so harsh your skin turns dry, red and flaky, which isn’t any better than acne itself.
The good news is there are natural, gentle and very affordable solutions to treat acne. Whether you battle with acne non-stop or you just have the occasional pimple marring your appearance, it’s about time you regained control.
My sister suffers from severe acne and even tried Accutane, which can cause harmful effects, but her acne never went away. I break out in the occasional zit as well.
When my sister spent a year in China, she went to a Chinese doctor who proscribed an aloe based DocAcne cream and pearl extract pills. After two weeks of the pills and cream her face cleared up and even her scars started to heal!
She was so excited she sent me a bottle, just in time for my wedding, and all my acne cleared up and I now have a beautiful complexion!
Both aloe and pearl extract have an excellent track record of stopping acne in its tracks. Here’s how to use both for the best results.
The Aloe Approach
Aloe vera’s nickname is “the wonder plant,” so it’s no wonder it can work miracles when clearing up your skin. Used as a topical cream, it helps to heal scars, even those left by old acne marks.
As anyone who suffers from acne knows, just because the actual pimple is gone doesn’t mean complexions are clear — acne scars can last for decades, a constant reminder that at one time, your face wasn’t nearly as beautiful as it could be. Not only is it much more affordable than scar treatments like Mederma, it’s also non-drying and easy to find around the world.
Aloe vera is actually a natural bleach, so those acne spots that are dark and draw attention to your flaws can be gone in days. You can make your own aloe gel at home, and it naturally burrows into seven layers of skin, healing acne and scars from deep within the body.
Freshly squeezed aloe vera “juice” can create a healing barrier on the face, applied similarly to how sunscreen is applied. This can help with inflammation and soothe the skin so that the acne can heal. Aloe plants aren’t very expensive either!
Pearl Extract for Gorgeous Skin
The extract of freshwater pearl has been used for hundreds of years in China as a means of getting glowing skin in an instant. It’s rich in calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron and selenium and it’s also teeming over with antioxidants.
Studies show it doesn’t just help balance nutrients in the body, it also addresses acne and can be more powerful than even prescription acne medications. It helps the skin generate new growth, which is a must for acne repair.
Many acupuncturists and naturopathic doctors prescribe pearl extract as a natural way to get great skin. In addition to a clear complexion, the nutrient-rich solution also helps with the appearance of collagen so you can retain that dewy glow of youth.
Surprisingly, extract of pearl is much more affordable than a strand of pearls, so don’t worry about the cost. It’s often more affordable than other prescriptions and a little goes a long way.
Other Natural Approaches
Taking care of your skin on a daily basis is just as important as having the right tools. Most people overwash their skin, and in the morning all you need is a few splashes of cold water and a towel to blot your face dry.
Stick to cleansing at night, followed by a good moisturizer. My sister and I have found CereVe to be a great face wash and moisturizer.
BIO: Alicia is a content coordinator for a tech company that sells animal traps. In her free time, she enjoys writing on her blog MarCom Land about health and communication.