Longer-term acne remedies
Many other natural treatments for acne have also been proven to work if used consistently over a long period of time.
These remedies may not be able to immediately remove pimples, but they will help you prevent and treat acne over time.
Zinc plays an important role in wound healing, and can reduce inflammation.
It has been investigated as a treatment for pimples.
Research has shown that those with acne have lower levels zinc than those with clear skin.
A zinc supplement may be beneficial. Numerous studies have shown that daily intakes of 30-45mg of elemental zinc can reduce the appearance of pimples. Zinc comes in many forms. Each form contains a different amount.
No matter what form you take, it is best to not exceed the daily recommended limit of 40mg of zinc.
Too much zinc can cause stomach irritation and stomach pain.
Brewer’s yeast is a good choice
Consuming Saccharomyces cerevisiae Hansen CBS, a specific strain of brewer’s yeast, seems to reduce pimples.
Brewer’s yeast is a good source for B vitamins, chromium and copper as well as iron and zinc. Its antibacterial properties are what make it effective in treating pimples.
Take a supplement of fish oil
Fish oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic and eicosapentaenoic acids (EPA).
Studies show that consuming EPA can help manage oil production, prevent pimples, and help the skin maintain adequate hydration.
Studies have shown that high levels of DHA and EPA can reduce inflammation factors, which could ultimately lower the risk of developing pimples. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be found in walnuts, chia seeds and ground flaxseeds.
To treat pimples better, you can take a supplement with concentrated omega-3s.
There are other ways to reduce pimples
While natural remedies have been used for centuries, new research is ongoing.
Although the remedies below might be beneficial for acne-prone skin there are no studies on their effectiveness in treating pimples.
- Witch hazel. Witch hazel can be applied to the skin to reduce inflammation and fight bacteria, which can help to prevent pimples.
- Apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar’s organic acids may be able to kill acne-causing bacteria, and help reduce scarring.
- Make a honey-cinnamon mask. Apply honey and cinnamon to acne-prone skin for their antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Reduce stress. Studies have shown that stress can lead to more severe acne. Talk to your doctor about lifestyle and relaxation tips that can help reduce stress.