There are more bacterial cells living on our body than our own body cells. Most of them are beneficial to us but not all. Anti-biotics kill both the good and bad bacteria which only makes it worse! However if we use the natural ways, they only kill the bad ones.
Bad bacteria grows on our skin when it’s natural pH is not balanced.
Our skin should be slightly acidic to keep the bad bacteria from flaring up acne. We all have a protective thin layer of acid on our skin which is called acid mantle. As we grow up using soaps (which increase alkalinity) and harmful chemicals on our skin, it destroys the acid mantle.
Click on the link for more info: Acne Can Be Caused by the Absence of Acid Mantle of Our Skin
So here are some ways to balance the pH of our skin and rebuild the acid mantle.
Fun Fact: Healthy skin always have a pH of approximately 5.5
This explains why alkaline soaps and harsh cosmetics can damage our skin because their pH is always more than 7.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is naturally acidic so it maintains that acid mantle layer on our skin.
This is my favorite way to get rid of the bad ones because its cheap, very effective and very easy.
I recommend the brands: Bragg and Biona
Although you need to mix the ACV with water to dilute it. The ratio is 1:1.
So I take the bottle cap and fill it half way with ACV and the other half with water.
I pour this mixture on a cotton pad and apply/swipe it on my face like a toner.
I did this every night before going to bed.
You can do it every morning before applying moisturizer or makeup but because of its smell I do it at night.
Make sure whatever brand you buy that it is unrefined, organic and contains the mother.
2. Tea Tree Oil
This is equally as good as ACV but this is just more expensive.
It is just as effective in killing the bad ones and keeping your skin clear and flawless!
It is recommended to dilute the oil but I personally don’t because my skin is not sensitive.
However if your skin is sensitive then I definitely recommend you to dilute it. You will find the ratio on the bottle you buy!
So I just take 2-3 drops and pat it on my skin before going to bed.
The smell doesn’t bother me at all. In fact I think it is very calming 🙂
I have tried both methods and I think both are just as effective.
I used ACV for a month and the Tea Tree Oil for a month as well.
The brand of ACV I used was Biona and for the Tea Tree Oil was MiaRoma.
Whenever I get a pimple, both methods are effective to get rid of it within 2 days. That’s how cool they are! haha
3. Aloe Vera
I used Aloe vera gel quite some time ago for 2-3 weeks and it worked great for my skin.
I used it when I was spending my summer in Canada with my family!
It is naturally anti-bacterial, it keeps acne away and it also diminishes scars.
As far as I remember, it did all those things very effectively.
However I think the aloe vera gel is effective when it is used straight from the plant. Not the ones from stores!
And the plant itself is not easily accessible in the western and European countries.
But you can give it a try and buy the ones from the stores. It may work for you 🙂
Fun Fact: Aloe was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries and it remains one of the most commonly used herbs in the United States today.
4. Coconut Oil
This oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral.
I haven’t used this on my skin. I only use it on my hair. So I can’t exactly tell how well it will work against acne and bacteria.
But I have heard really good things from people.
Some YouTube Beauty Gurus put it on before going bed. Basically they use it as their night moisturizer and they say it makes their skin really soft, supple and flawless!
So give it a try. It may work out for you too! It definitely works wonders on my hair.
This is the ultimate oil for skin because I recently have found out about it miraculous properties and infinite benefits.
I dedicated a whole post about it: Miraculous Skin and Health Benefits of Sesame Oil (An Ancient Remedy)
Seriously guys… it’s THAT good.
Because I recently bought it like a week ago, I can’t really give you my opinion yet but I will definitely keep you guys updated on how it works out!
Natural remedies always work the best without any side effects so always try to look for something natural first and then give the drugstores a second thought if you don’t find anything