These two ingredients that are easily available in your pantry will do the trick!
Studies suggest that acne, a prevalent skin condition, affects more than 85% of teenagers across the globe.
While a common notion may be that acne affects your skin only during puberty, let us tell you that acne also makes a major come back for adults between their mid 20s, to early 30s. When it does come back, if it does, it brings with it severe effects (and pain!). Apart from the changes seen on the face, acne also tends to have a psychological impact on individuals. Anxiety, depression, lowered confidence, and much more were found to be side effects of acne. As per research, “acne can be triggered by many factors like genetic factors, stress, androgens, and excess sweating. All of these influence its development and/or severity. Corticosteroids, oral contraceptives, iodides, bromides, lithium, and chemicals such as dioxins are also known to induce acne eruptions, as are endocrine disorders such as Cushing's syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome.”
The most recent kind of acne being talked about across the skincare industry is: Maskne. This usually appears around your jawline due to clogged pores as a result to wearing masks for an extended period of time. While we’d all wish for acne and acne scars to disappear overnight with the treatment that’s right according to us, we all know that the road to acne free skin is a long one.
How do you prevent, or reduce your acne? Patience, stress management, and the right ingredients to treat it.
When looking at acne, it is commonly known that Benzoyl Peroxide is one of the most trusted ingredients used to fight acne. Benzoyl Peroxide, is known to have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, this ingredient is available easily over the counter in the form of gels, spot treatments, cleansers, and so on.
With regular application, Benzoyl peroxide helps shed dead skin cells and reduces scars too. When we speak of its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, we’d like to draw your attention to lemon who like Benzoyl Peroxide, is also an antioxidant, astringent, an antifungal and the like. Hence, showing that lemon has a similar effect on acne thanks to the properties that are in sync with those of benzoyl peroxide.
There’s a trick we swear by at Founders Beauty and it’s something that’s easily available in our kitchens. It’s effortless, easy, and known to give you results in just a few applications. Lemon, apart from its antimicrobial properties, also has Vitamin C which is known to help with acne too. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties in Vitamin C help fight skin damage and gradually improve skin texture. It also boosts collagen production which then helps heal acne scars faster. How do you reduce its strength? Just like Benzoyl Peroxide needs to be formulated with balancing ingredients, Lemon does. How do you do this? Rose Water, which FYI is your one-stop-shop for all things troublesome on your skin, tends to bring balance to this highly drying acidic ingredient. It contains antioxidants, is soothing, hydrating, and heals.
Hence making, Lemon juice mixed with rose water for acne a DIY trick that has been endorsed by moms and grandmas and will continue to be for decades. For some of your last-minute fixes, when you do not have access to benzoyl peroxide, this trick could be your go-to. Having said that, a patch test is important because each skin type is different. Moreover, if your acne persists even after this treatment, we’d urge you to go see a dermatologist.
Here’s what you need for your acne quick fix -
- 1 Tsp lemon juice
- 1 Tsp pure rise water
- 1 cotton pad or a swab
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry.
- Mix both, lemon juice and rose water together, and then dip the swab in.
- Use the swab to apply the mixture to the affected areas.
- Leave the mixture on for 10-15 minutes before you rinse your face with lukewarm water first followed by cool water.
- Lastly, don’t forget to apply your nightly serum and moisturiser.
Use this mixture 2-3 times a week depending on how severe your acne is.