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5 Natural Ingredients That May Calm Your Blemishes

For many of us, skincare is a vital part of our daily routine. At the end of the day, we reach for our cleansers and moisturizers and wash the day off. Sometimes we’ll opt for a face mask, if we feel like our skin needs a little extra love. But no matter how well we take care of our skin, those pesky blemishes still pop up. Allen A. Flood, MD, a highly respected dermatologist located in Washington, DC,  believes that what you do next can make the difference between bigger breakouts, dry patches, or smooth, soft skin.

Natural skincare products are skyrocketing in popularity with people becoming more aware of what they’re putting on their skin. From DIY recipes to good ready-made scrubs, here are five natural ingredients that may help calm your blemishes.

1. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has been used as an acne treatment for decades. The anti-inflammatory properties of this essential oil work to reduce the redness and swelling of pimples. It may also help with oily skin over time and decrease the size of your pores. Only use tea tree oil topically. 

2. Honey

Having been used to treat a variety of ailments since ancient times, honey is a great ingredient for calming blemishes. It contains several antioxidants and has antibacterial properties as well. However, not all honey can be treated equally when it comes to helping with acne. Manuka honey seems to be the most effective due to its higher concentration of methylglyoxal, which is the ingredient that is likely responsible for the antibacterial properties of honey. Whether your favorite skincare product contains honey already, or you make your own face mask, honey is a great treatment.

3. Green tea

Whether we drink it or use it topically, it’s widely known how good green tea is for us. It’s packed with antioxidants that assist with breaking down waste products and also contains other compounds that reduce inflammation. You can cleanse yourself from the inside out by drinking a cup, or you can get some green tea extract and dab it on your face.

4. Coconut oil

Coconut oil isn’t only a great way to moisturize your skin, but it’s also used as a form of acne treatment. Much like tea tree oil and honey, coconut oil boasts antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It may also reduce healing time for acne sores. Talk about a superfood!

5. Aloe vera

We’ve all used aloe vera at one point or another as a way to soothe sunburn after a fun day at the pool. But what about using it to help treat acne? Using aloe vera in a gel or cream form is best for treating acne, as they both are anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial. For treating existing acne, you can apply the gel or cream and leave it on overnight. Just be sure to wash it off in the morning. Many people use it as a method of preventing acne as well. Aloe vera can also be mixed with other natural ingredients, such as lemon juice, honey, or tea tree oil to make face masks.

Keeping our skin nourished and looking its best is a top priority for many people. And why not? Having healthy skin leaves us feeling confident and ready to face any challenges, and having a skin care routine gives us something to look forward to after a long and stressful day. With all of these natural ingredients in mind, you’re set to seek out your next favorite product or make your own!

If you want to keep your skin in tip-top shape, consider combining these natural skin solutions with the guidance of a dermatologist. Dr. Allen A. Flood is taking new patients and welcomes the opportunity to help you conquer your breakouts and have the best skin possible. Reach out to Dr. Flood by calling our office at 202-235-2431 or scheduling an appointment online.

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