As children, I’m sure we were all taught to keep our food in our mouths and off our faces, and (while I may still struggle when it comes to chocolate fudge cake) it’s probably safe to say that we’ve all mastered this little life skill.
So why is it that whenever you go online to seek cheap and easy life hacks for keeping your skin clear, everyone seems to be telling you to just grab the contents of your kitchen cupboard, and smear it all over your face?
This #TopTipTuesday we’ve decided that enough is enough. We’ve compiled a list of the weirdest home remedies we’ve seen this week on the net, as well as why you need to keep them out of the bathroom, and back in the kitchen cupboard where they belong.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar; apparently if you cover your face with vinegar, the acids will eat away at your acne spots. Honestly? I’d rather save it for my fish and chips!
2. Smearing your face with Honey and Cinnamon; this is supposedly because of their anti-oxidant properties. While anti-oxidants are good for the treatment of acne, what these remedy websites fail to mention is that honey and cinnamon contain the wrong anti-oxidants to do the job.
3. Tea-tree oil; this is something we see a lot, and often something you’ll find in cosmetic brands’ face washes and spot treatments. This is because tea-tree oil does have anti-inflammatory properties, meaning that using it will result in temporary, short-term relief from angry spots, but for a long-term solution, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
4. Green Tea; again, this is due to it’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking green tea is very good for you, and makes a healthy alternative to caffeine-rich drinks, which can affect stress and hydration levels, however, it’s still just tea, not a miraculous magic potion, and won’t get rid of acne all by itself.
5. Witch Hazel; when used correctly, witch hazel can work wonders for your skin, calming acne, as well as other skin conditions like rosacea. However, many of the sources we’ve looked at seem to be suggesting you literally just need to rub some shrubbery on your face to achieve spectacular results, whereas in reality, you’re going to need somethig more refined to see results.
6. Fish Oil; this usually is recommended to be taken orally, in the form of a supplement, and thankfully not a smearing-it-on-your-face job. This is for the omega-3 fatty acids that oily fish contains, which have a variety of benefits, helping to improve your complexion, however, as yet the jury is still out on what dosage of fatty acids you will need to positively affect your skin. In short, it’s a great thing to have in your diet, but not a cure-all by itself.
7. Exfoliating regularly; okay, so this one isn’t food related, but I wanted to include this one because it’s so commonly believed. Check out our previous #TopTipTuesday article, Does having acne mean you don’t wash enough? (LINK) to find out exactly how exfoliating can affect your skin, and how often you should really do it.
So, these home remedies may not sound all that bizarre, but these were the ones we could actually find some sort of reasoning behind – even if that reasoning is mostly misinformed. Lots of the resources we found seemed to have been written by people who have just looked through their kitchen cupboards and thought, ‘yeah, that sounds plausible…’
These included, but were not exclusive to, lemon juice, lavender, potatoes, tomatoes, apples, aspirin, castor oil, orange peels, banana peels, basil, strawberries, garlic, nutmeg, cloves, egg whites, mint, salt and even mushed up cabbage! All of them seemed to involve squishing together one or more of these seemingly random foods and then leaving them on your face, sometimes for hours at a time – not quite how I envision spending my weekend.
At the end of the day, many of the beneficial chemicals used in acne treatments that actually work do originally come from natural ingredients, just like anaesthesia uses chemicals that originally came from willow bark. But if you had to choose between the refined chemicals in an anaesthetic injection, or chewing on a hunk of bark before going into surgery, chances are you’d go for the less rustic option. It’s exactly the same with your skin.
So leave the food where it belongs, in the kitchen and off your face, and opt instead for a medically licenced acne treatment, clinically proven to actually deliver results and clear your acne, such as SkinMed®’s Acne TripleLock® range.
Our products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK) endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.
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