I’d like to begin this article simulating a real-life scenario. Imagine you are getting prepared to an extremely important event, be it a job interview, your boyfriend’s birthday, or simply a night out.
Everything seems perfect – your dress, make-up, and those silver stilettos too… but what the crap?! Is this a breakout?
I bet most of you found yourself panic-stricken in such a situation at least once in life. As for me, it’s more of a routine as my skin is far from flawless. Whiteheads, blackheads and other blemishes have been torturing me for quite a while so far.
If all the above said sounds familiar to you, then this article could come in useful. Here, I will look into the 3 most popular ‘natural’ treatments to fight breakouts. Are they a real panacea? Or is it just a myth?
Tea Tree Oil
Price: $13-15 (pure oil)
Healing properties. Chances are you have already heard about tea tree oil, and some of you do have it in a bathroom cabinet. It is an absolute favorite among producers of cosmetics, especially for treating acne. *Just for the record, I also have a tea tree oil soap bar in my bathroom. What’s the craze about this oil though?
In fact, tea tree oil really is a powerful tool for curing skin conditions. Thanks to its antiseptic properties and anti-inflammatory abilities tea tree oil ameliorates acne (though not advanced) and effectively dries out blemishes if used properly.
What experts say. According to the study, tea tree oil is a good choice for fighting mild to moderate acne, but can’t be used as the only treatment method.
A word of caution. Pure tea tree oil may well be a curse. The thing is that essential oils are strong and make your skin overdried, or may even burn it. It is recommended to use tea tree oil diluted and apply it to affected areas only.
Price: $12-20 (pure oil)
Healing properties. Is there anything better than a scent of coconut oil? Mild, sweet, and discreet. Coconut oil is used in many beauty care products, and there’s a clear reason for such popularity. In addition to having an antibacterial and antifungal effect, coconut oil is an excellent skin nourisher and moisturizer. No wonder, beauticians include it in their cosmetics formula as a primary ingredient. As for me, I am a fan of coconut oil as well. I use it as a base for body scrubs and as a lip balm – softness guaranteed.
What experts say. Some researchers claim that coconut oil can be used to protect your skin from UV radiation.
A word of caution. Active use of coconut oil should be avoided if you have excessively oily skin. In this case, it will serve as a barrier and block your pores, which can in turn lead to more breakouts.
Price: $8-20 (gel)
Healing properties. Aloe vera is an evergreen plant that has been used as an active ingredient in various curative cosmetic products for thousands of years. Some sources even state that both Nefertiti and Cleopatra applied aloe vera juice in their skin care routine. What makes aloe vera so special? Is it the true secret of perpetual youth?
Aloe vera is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients. If you are in search of a natural moisturizer with non-greasy texture that will keep your skin hydrated, aloe vera is just the thing. It softens and soothes skin, without clogging your pores. Moreover, aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties help fighting acne conditions and make skin more elastic.
What experts say. The study shows that aloe vera stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers, thus having an anti-aging effect.
Seems Cleopatra knew a thing or two about aloe vera healing properties, huh?
A word of caution. Like any other product reviewed here, aloe vera does have some side effects. It can cause skin reactions or even allergies if used for a long period of time or applied to sensitive skin.
To Sum It Up
At all times, women have been looking for efficient ways of caring about their skin and making it as flawless as possible. Certainly, all the above mentioned products can significantly improve your skin health and even slow the aging process, but… There is no match-all approach here; your skin is as individual as you are. So, be sure to consult professionals before experimenting with any treatment.