How to Get Rid Of Acne and Blackheads Naturally

According to the NHS, about 95% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne to some extent. More often than not, it presents itself in the form of blackheads/whiteheads or pus-filled spots on the face, back, neck and chest. For some, acne can lead to pain, dryness, irritation, scarring and low self-esteem. There are, however, steps that you can take to get rid of acne and blackheads naturally:

  1. Invest in natural and organic skincare.

  2. Establish a skincare routine.

  3. Drink lots of water.

  4. Eat well.

  5. Reduce stress.

  6. Keep your face masks fresh.

Invest in Natural and Organic Skincare

Unfortunately, many of the high-street brands that we know and love sell anti-acne products that contain comedogenic elements that are worse for your skin in the long run. These elements include sulphates, perfume, propylene glycol and parabens - all the nasties you don't want near your skin. While you might recognize short term results, these ingredients encourage acne and other skin problems with prolonged use.

These brands are also often not earth-conscious or sustainable, and most use plastic packaging that pollutes our air and disrupts marine life. This is a problem for our planet and for us, the conscious consumer, who are seeking eco-friendly skincare alternatives and sustainable living products.

For these reasons, it is best to invest in natural and organic skincare that is transparent about what it includes. For us, this means just one organic essential oil per product, alongside a selected range of natural ingredients - no nasties in sight.

At New Dawn, we stock natural acne and blackhead remedies tailored to your skin type and particular concern, whether it be general acne or its associated symptoms: blackheads, scars, pimples, scalpne, redness, dry skin, and so on. These gentle and rejuvenating products encourage smooth, blemish-free skin, making them effective and safe eco-conscious alternatives - even if you're prone to sore skin or a sore scalp.

The best part is that you can get your acne and blackhead remedies as whatever style of product best suits you, and the area you want to target. The peppermint wash, for example, is an all-purpose face and body wash, designed to prevent acne. This can be followed with the peppermint rich or peppermint light cream that closes your pores and moisturises and balances the skin after it has been cleaned. In the same way that if you just struggle with "scalpne" (acne of the scalp), you can use our refreshing peppermint shampoo and conditioner as part of your hair care routine.

If you are keen to be extra sustainable, we sell these in larger refillable bottles too.

Establish a Skincare Routine

Once you've picked your natural and organic skincare, establishing a skincare routine is a must. This will get you in the habit of taking great care of your skin which, in turn, helps you to see quicker results and maintain them for a long time.

Skincare is also a great self-care tool: it allows you to take time out of your hectic schedule to soothe and unwind. It can also combat low self-esteem as you begin to see the results of your efforts.

Make sure you don't overdo it though; touching/scrubbing/washing your skin too much can encourage bacteria that causes acne.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking water is thought to help prevent acne by promoting proper skin hydration. Studies have shown that higher water inputs can improve your skin, in particular in those individuals with an otherwise lower daily water consumption.

Water also helps to promote natural detoxification, which can prevent your pores from becoming clogged.

Eat Well

Just like water, what you eat can have an effect on your skin. Although it is undecided if your diet can lead to a definite increase in acne, there is a growing relationship between acne development and food that has a high glycaemic index. That being said, there is no 'good' or 'bad' food - those labels are too restrictive. Likewise, there is no need to make drastic cuts to your diet or fear and shame certain foods - unless advised by a doctor. Instead, it is about sustained eating patterns over time and mindful consumption that lead to an overall healthier lifestyle.

Reduce Stress

Although stress is not a direct cause of acne, it can contribute to breakouts - often in the oilier parts of our skin. Research shows that stress 'interferes with proper skin barrier function, impairs wound healing, and causes skin conditions [to] worsen.'

It is easier said than done to reduce stress at the drop of a hat, but maintaining good habits, regular exercise and getting a good nights sleep helps. You know you best though, so this step is about finding out what helps to alleviate your stress and improve your mental wellbeing.

Clean Face Masks

There has been an increase in 'maskne' this year: acne that appears where a mask has been worn to prevent the spread of COVID-19. More often than not, this is a result of occlusion: a blockage of the pores, caused in this instance by mask use. To combat this, we recommend changing your mask twice a day and washing it between uses, on top of our other top tips to naturally get rid of blackheads and acne.

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Written by Holly Charman, for New Dawn: Organic Skin and Hair Care.