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List of treatments to help combat acne

Acne starts when the pores in your skin get clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It is one of the most common skin conditions in the world, affecting an estimated 85% of people at some point in their lives.There are many factors which contribute to the development of acne, including genetics, diet, stress, hormone changes and infections. Here is a list of treatments you can try at home to help combat this skin disease:

Use Apple cider vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar can fight different types of bacteria and viruses. It may help dry up the excess oil that causes acne. To use this solution on affected areas, mix apple cider vinegar with 3 parts of water and apply on to the skin using a cotton ball. Let it sit for at least 20 seconds after which you can wash it off with water. This process must be repeated twice a day for best results. Do not use apple cider vinegar directly on to the face as it may cause irritation because of the organic acids present in the solution.

Take a zinc supplement

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Zinc supplements are important for cell growth, hormone production, metabolism and immune function. Taking zinc supplements can reduce acne to significant amounts as individuals who suffer from this disease may suffer from low levels of zinc.

Apply a honey and cinnamon mask

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Honey and cinnamon also have the ability to fight bacteria and reduce inflammation, which are two factors that trigger acne. To make a honey and cinnamon mask, mix 2 tablespoons honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together to form a paste.First cleanse your face and then apply the mask to your face and leave it on for around 15 minutes. Rinse the mask off completely and pat your face dry.

Use Tea tree oil

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Tea tree oil is well known for its ability to fight bacteria and reduce skin inflammation. To use this solution, mix one part tea tree oil with nine parts water. Apply using cotton on the affected areas. Repeat the process atleast twice for best results.

Apply green tea to skin

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Not just good for health, but green tea can also be used to reduce this disease called acne. Green tea helps in controlling and fighting bacterial infections and reducing inflammation. The cooled down green tea can be applied directly to the affected areas or mixed with honey as well and used as a mask.

Exfoliate regularly

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Exfoliation is believed to improve acne by removing the skin cells that clog up pores. It is the process of removing the top layer of dead skin cells by the use of a scrub. While you can buy scrubs from the market, you can also make your own by mixing equal parts of salt and sugar with coconut oil.

Reduce stress

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Stress can also breakouts in the skin, make you tired and weak. Reduce stress by getting more sleep, Engaging in physical activity, Practicing yoga, meditation, taking deep breaths, etc.

Drink lots of water

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Drinking enough water keeps the skin clear and fresh. Research shows water helps in the circulation of blood and flushes out harmful bacteria from the body which cause such diseases.