Tea tree oil is an acne treatment classic. We know, it sounds scary—more oil? But tea tree oil is actually really different than skin oils. It cuts down extra sebum and dead skin cells, helping to unclog pores. It’s also got antibacterial properties and is super useful for things like white heads.
Note: Never ingest tea tree oil, and never put the essential oil in its raw form on your skin. It is best mixed and diluted with other carrier oils.
Green tea extract doesn’t just offer great detox benefits internally. When chilled, you can apply it topically for clearer skin. The antioxidants in green tea reduce sebum production and bacteria, decreasing inflammation and breakouts.
Aloe vera is all about moisture, moisture, moisture! It contains two different anti-inflammatory compounds that are known for soothing and decreasing redness and swelling.
Clay masks are an excellent treatment for acne—especially for those with sensitive skin. Clay naturally draws out dirt, toxins and buildup. At the same time, the texture of the clay acts as an exfoliant. It is known for reducing pore size, toning and softening.
Probiotic supplements are an oft-mentioned internal treatment for acne. Studies show a link between acne and gut health—basically when bad bacteria builds in the gut, because of the “gut-brain-skin axis,” skin is directly affected. To combat this, an oral probiotic a day can improve gut health by subbing in good bacteria.
Raw, unfiltered honey is deeply nourishing and includes a lot of antioxidants, preventing future damage. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce swelling and redness, and in its rawest form, honey can reduce breakouts and heal small wounds.
These tips are not intended for medical advice, please be sure to discuss any treatments with your doctor before proceeding.