You may always be tempted to try out a home remedy for acne because it would be chemical free and gentle compared to over the counter acne creams. While some home remedies work well to treat acne, a few of them can aggravate the skin condition. Do not try out these acne treatments says dermatologist Dr Shruti Gupta.
Coconut oil: Some also use coconut oil to get rid of the pesky pimples. Coconut oil has the potential to clog your skin pores and cause acne. The oil is a common ingredient in moisturisers. Also, ensure that you always use water based moisturisers for oily skin to prevent acne.
Cocoa butter: If you are using cocoa butter to get rid of the acne scars it is guaranteed to clog your pores and cause inflammation. While it can lock in the moisture on the skin, it may also traps debris within the pores. Use shea butter instead if you have acne-prone skin.
Salt: While you may use salt as a quick exfoliating remedy to get rid of the breakouts dead, it can hurt your skin. While the salt won’t clog your skin pores directly, it will dry out your skin, which in turn will produce more sebum and lead to acne.
Apple cider vinegar: Using apple cider vinegar topically as a toner may not help clear your skin. Apple cider vinegar may not do any harm to your skin but it doesn’t work to treat acne.
Toothpaste: Many believe that applying toothpaste on a pimple will dry it out. But the topical application of toothpaste on acne just does not work. Toothpaste contains fluoride and other inflammatory chemicals which can make your acne worse.
Alcohol: A lot of people with oily skin rub alcohol on their skin to get rid of the oily shine. While it may help remove the surface oils, it is too dry and extremely harsh and can irritate your skin. It can also lead to inflammation and more redness. So keep that alcohol far away from your face.