Acne affects in the region of 80% of us at some time or another. It seems so unfair – your body just suddenly seems to attack itself and you are looking at a very different face in the mirror. Darker-skinned people have to deal with melasma – dark pigmentation marks left behind when the acne has healed. Here are some tips from homemade treatments that can fight melasma.
Start off by doing spot treatments – the faster the spot clears up, the less likely it is leave a mark – or use on marks after they have formed. Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda and add 2-3 drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Mix till a fine paste is formed. Wait until the froth clears and then apply to the spots directly. Leave it on for around 15 minutes and then rinse off. This works because lemon is a natural anti-bacterial and bleaching agent. Baking soda acts an exfoliant removing the dead layers of skin and bringing the mark to the surface a lot more quickly.
The next tip is to blend in a half tablespoon of turmeric powder and a half teaspoon of coconut oil. Blend well and apply where needed. Leave overnight if possible or for at least 30 minutes. Tumeric is a humectant and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Just do a spot test first to make sure that the turmeric doesn’t stain your skin. If leaving on overnight, use an old pillowcase – turmeric will stain. The coconut oil has a high Vitamin E content. Vitamin E is one of the most important nutrients when it comes to skin health, anti-oxidation and healing scars.
Mix 1 tablespoon of milk with 1 tablespoon of ground nutmeg. Apply to acne scars and lesions and leave in place for about 30 minutes or overnight. If you do this nightly for 2-3 weeks, you’ll see a much clearer skin. The lactose in milk is an excellent moisturizer and it can help to soothe red skin. The nutmeg provides the anti-bacterial punch and helps to soothe the inflammation.
Mix a tablespoon of ground cinnamon and half a teaspoon of honey. Resist the urge to eat it and apply to your face – when done, you can lick your fingers if you want to! Leave on for about 20 minutes before rinsing off. Honey helps draw moisture to the skin and has great antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Cinnamon is a great antiseptic and helps to remove dirt and grime.