We all love a bit of beauty DIY, but when experimenting with new things, it’s important to understand what works and what doesn’t – especially when it comes to skincare and acne treatments. Google is a great tool, but remember, the internet can be deceiving at times and not all you read about skin-care recipes and acne remedies is good advice. So to be on the safe side, keep the below in mind when treating acne at home.

Beauty starts from within

When considering acne treatments, it’s crucial that you consider diet and remember that what you put in your body has a massive influence on the condition of your skin. One of the biggest most positive things you can do for your skin is to drink lots of lemon water as it helps cut the amount of acid that foods with sugar and dairy can produce. Also, try taking vitamin D3 supplements as they will help with regulating the skin’s antimicrobial peptides, which helps in fighting acne and wound healing.

The power of honey

Honey, (Manuka honey in particular), has a high concentration of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties making it a very popular ingredient in the treatment of acne. You can use honey on its own to soothe and calm the skin, or if you find it too sticky, try mixing it into a mask with other acne-fighting ingredients such as tea tree oil.

Be careful with lemons

Lemons are very popular when it comes to DIY skincare because it is widely known that citric acid kills bacteria. But, you should approach lemons with caution when using on the skin because they are one of the most common irritation-causing ingredients due to the fact that with sun exposure it makes your skin photosensitive and the oil can react with the sun giving you blisters, or it can also just be irritating on its own.

Essential oils are legit

These three oils are amazing for helping to shrink pimples – just add a few drops of jojoba oil, calendula oil or rose oil into your cleanser and let their anti-inflammatory benefits get to work.

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