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Science of Natural Acne Remedies

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Science of Natural Acne Remedies

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There are endless acne fighting ingredients in beauty aisles and stores everywhere and natural acne-fighting ingredients have made their way towards your favorite beauty products. People have been swapping their salicylic acid and other chemicals for home remedies, such as toothpaste as spot treatment and apple cider vinegar. But how effective are these natural remedies? We dig into the science of natural acne fixes that have been shown to work.

1. Sulfur 
Sulfur has widely been used for several skin disorders, including acne, rosacea, dandruff, among others. Several studies have shown that sulfur, in combination with or alone, has shown to be effective in fighting acne and other skin conditions. Why? Sulfur has anti fungal, keratolytic and antibacterial activity. 

2. Probiotics
“While more studies are needed to identify the most beneficial aspects of probiotics and determine whether topical or oral probotics yield the best results, I think we can expect to see some cutting-edge probiotic products for acne and rosacea in the near future,” according to experts at the American Academy of Dermatology.

3. Green Tea
Many scientific studies have shown that a main component of green tea, the polyphenol EGCG, has anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties that can help to prevent certain skin cancers. Anti-inflammatory properties of green tea help reduce acne. It’s a powerful antibacterial agent that functions as an effective ingredient for treating acne and congested pores. The agents in green tea fight against infection, which is why it’s useful for treating bacterial growth that causes comedone.

4. Willow Bark
Willow bark has been used as a traditional medicine for the treatment of fever, pain, and inflammation. A natural, botanical source of salicylic acid, willow bark wipes pore-clogging skin cells which helps clear the way for clearer skin.

5. Clay
Clay helps dislodge pore clogging irritants like oil and dirt without irritating your skin, like salicylic acid and glycolic acid. The minerals found in clay act as magnets that help refine pores by absorbing irritants. 

6. Tea Tree Oil
There are many studies that show tea tree oil as an effective remedy against acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Although natural, tea tree oil is potent and it should not be used alone if you have sensitive skin. 

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