Home Remedies for Dry Skin & Acne

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A fresh face is only a few household items away
A fresh face is only a few household items away (Image: skin care image by anna karwowska from Fotolia.com)

Beauty is not necessarily skin deep, yet the value of healthy skin is apparent. Skin problems such as acne and dry skin are common. Don't fret, however; these conditions are treatable. Using simple at-home products, including those found on your grocery list, can help you look and feel fresh.

Dry Skin Treatments

Treating you skin to a luxurious at-home milk bath is beneficial and relaxing. Milk contains lactic acid, which helps improve the skin's moisture content. Using milk to combat dry skin is as easy as soaking a washcloth in the liquid and laying the cloth over the affected area for five minutes. Follow with a light rinse.

Other home remedies include everyday kitchen items such as vegetable oil, peanut oil and petroleum jelly. Apply any of these products to affected areas for a moisture boost. Only use small amounts of these products to avoid feeling greasy and to avoid further skin irritations such as acne, which results from the clogging of pores.

Acne Remedies

Acne can also be treated using items you already have in your home. Toothpaste for example, dries out pimples if a small amount is placed directly on the affected area. White paste is best for this purpose. Do not leave the toothpaste on the area for too long because it can leave unsightly scars similar to the ones you are trying to remove. Because lavender oil helps reduce the formation of scar tissue, it can treat acne and helps in healing the inflammation of pimples. Simply apply a small drop of lavender oil to the pimple to begin reaping the benefits of this essential oil.

Preventative Care

After you've cleared up your dry skin or acne, continue with follow-up care to avoid further problems. To prevent skin conditions, especially those of the face, make sure that face washing--including cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturizing--is part of a regular routine. Be sure to not overwash though, as this can dry out skin or further irritate acne. Also, use makeup that is nonacnegenic or noncomedogenic to avoid clogging of pores.

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