Home Remedies: Acne
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Home Remedies: Acne

Home remedies have been around before doctors and pharmacies, and being Jamaican, it has been a part of my entire life. These alternative methods have had its good and bad times in our history, since it has been the cause of quite a few poisonings yet it is the hero of many people’s lives; their secret to longevity. In spite of that, it’s having a high point in this generation. I recently discovered that it has even been renamed, and is now called DIY techniques, i.e., Do It Yourself techniques, and is very popular thanks to the fact that companies have a knack for adding a rainbow of chemicals we can’t pronounce, to their products. Not to mention that DIYs are usually cheaper, all natural and they actually work.

Nevertheless, though many people will swear by their DIY, there are those of us who still have our doubts. I was a part of that club, I thought that “If it’s not expensive, it’s not going to work”, I strongly believed that the bigger the price tag, the better the quality. And though that is true in some cases, not in this one. I started my DIY journey from part frustration; I had been trying all the cane products that those people in the commercials SWORE works but for some reason I kept falling into that 2 or 15% that it didn’t work for, and curiosity (why not give it a try). Besides DIY was the new “in thing”.

I started DIY journey on google, found a bunch of DIYs for acne, as expected, but they had ingredients I had never heard of and did not have access to. So I went to Youtube and thus my DIY journey really began. I found that everyone has their different standard for a food home remedy or DIY, but I say if its natural affordable and it works, I’m good to go. And from the vast abundance of methods I chose one and modified it.

Since my main problem was acne scars, I decided to go with the Turmeric Face Mask. I had always heard about the powers of turmeric but had never tried it, so I jumped on that wagon. However, as I did my research I also discovered the importance of exfoliation and moisturizing, yes, these things are indeed important. After doing my research and such, this is my DIY acne system:

Step 1: Exfoliation

I chose the honey and sugar exfoliation. Yep, just pure honey mixed with sugar (any sugar will do, it doesn’t matter), the honey provides lots of vitamins for your skin and the sugar acts as the scrub. Unfortunately, I soon realized that I was allergic to honey and my face was left looking worse than it was before. Luckily, there are alternatives to the alternative. I have been using the pure coconut oil and sugar exfoliation instead, which has been working wonderfully.

Step 2: The Mask

Initially I tried the molasses face mask, which was just slapping some molasses on my face,it seemed to prevent breakouts but not remove dark spots, thus I moved on to the turmeric face mask(or yellow ginger here in Jamaica). I found many methods, the simplest of which was to mix the turmeric powder with milk (some people used fancy milk like almond milk but the regular milk is just as good). However, I had already bought my molasses and though there were no videos of a combo of the two, I decided to do my own thing. I combined the turmeric powder with the molasses, and a dash of lime juice. Did it work? Yes it does! Just not doing what I want. Again, it’s been great for prevention, but not dark spot removal. My next stop will be the turmeric powder with milk, and a dash of flour if it’s too watery (don’t worry that’s a part of one of the methods, none of my modifications included).

Step 3: Moisturize

One word…Coconut Oil. I love it, just be careful not to use too much when you’re going out, even though it does moisturize and gives a glow….. too much glow, is NOT a good thing.

There you have it, my 3 step all natural DIY acne system. Finding a method that works for you might be just as challenging and annoying as with commercial methods, but a least with DIYs, its chemical free. So it might not work but it’s not destroying your skin either. And I think that’s what makes it worth it…..so, “Why not?”


Street Talk

Nice read Jehnelle, and I am looking forward to read more of your work.

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  about 6 years ago

Thank you:)

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  about 6 years ago

Great article Jehnelle, and on a very interesting subject...to me at least. The more I read about what Big Pharma continues to cook up, and all the side effects of the new "wonder drugs," the more interest I have in discovering natural remedies that have been used for thousands of years in many cases.

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you.....I'm am absolutely intrigued by nature's remedies for ALL our ailments

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  about 7 years ago
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