Acne can be a big issue not only for the girls and ladies but also for boys and men. The skin of men is not usually as sensitive as that of the women, but they also suffer from skin problems like acne that needs proper in-time treatment to be cured. Acne is painful and moreover it can actually hide your good looks under its unsightly appearance. Men/boys with acne often feel less confident about their personality which is sure to affect their professional as well as personal life. So, getting rid of acne is important for men/boys as well.
Acne not only looks awful on the skin, it also leaves marks that take ages to go. In fact, often these marks become permanent scar on the face. Hence, it is really important to take the right care to cure acne as early as possible. To get rid of acne you do not necessarily need to shell out lots of money on visiting the most expensive parlors. All you need to do is to follow some home remedies religiously for a long period of time and you can see the results for yourself.
Before we start with the best home remedies to cure acne in men/boys, first let us take a quick look at the common reasons of acne in men/boys.
Hormones can be certainly blamed for acne in boys. During puberty a number of hormonal changes occur in the body and these hormonal changes often work as a trigger for acne breakouts. Acne caused during puberty might not be cured completely until the stage is over naturally, but with the right care one can ensure that the acne does not become excessive or it does not leave any permanent scar on the skin.
Excessive oil secretion on skin
The problem of acne is more common amongst the men with oily skin. Oily skin easily attracts dust and pollutants from the environment which clogs the skin pores and subsequent infection in these clogged pores gives rise to acne.
Not cleaning the skin properly is another common reason of acne in men and boys. Dead skin cells need to be removed from the skin surface periodically to enjoy a problem free skin. When these dead skin cells are not cleared through scrubbing, they often clog the skin pores giving rise to pimples and acne.
Moreover, using towel or pillow that is not cleaned properly or is shared by someone else who has acne problems can also work as a trigger for acne in men/boys. Touching your face with uncleaned hands, using dirty handkerchief are some of the other hygiene related reasons that can be a source of acne infection.
Dandruff is another common reason of acne in men/boys. If you have dandruff in your hairs, it is sure to fall on your face and block the skin pores which will ultimately result into chronic acne and will not be cured unless you get rid of the dandruff first.
So, now as you know the basic reasons of acne in men/boys, let us get to the remedies. If you are suffering from acne, it is important to try to point out the underlying reason. When acne is caused due to hormonal changes during puberty, you might not have a lot of options at hand to cure the cause, but taking care of the symptom properly can be highly helpful in itself. If you have got acne during adulthood, it is most expectedly one or more than one of the above reasons causing the acne. So, first eliminate the reason.
Tips to get rid of acne in men/boys
- Wash your face with a proper, non-drying cleanser at least twice a day. Make it a point to wash off your face at least with water whenever your face feels oily or sticky.
- It is important to scrub your skin at least 3 times a week. Shaving removes a good part of dead skin cells from the cheek and chin areas, so while scrubbing you need to concentrate more on your forehead, T-zone and other parts of the face that is not covered by shaving.
- Use a moisturizer that suits your skin type and is completely non-sticky.
- Make sure that you use only clean towel, pillow covers, and handkerchiefs on a daily basis. Do not share your things with anyone else.
- Also make sure to not to touch your face with dirty hands.
- If you have dandruff, get rid of it first.
Home remedies to get rid of acne in men/boys
Tea tree oil and aloe vera for acne
Tea tree oil has excellent anti-bacterial properties and Aloe Vera helps in soothing the skin through its anti-inflammatory properties. A mixture of these two herbal ingredients can be highly effective to cure acne. It will also help in getting rid of the acne scar as the Vitamin E present in Aloe Vera will trigger the natural cell repairing process of the skin.
Collect 2 spoons of fresh Aloe Vera pulp from Aloe Vera leaves. Smash and strain it to collect the juice. Now add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil with 2 spoons of Aloe Vera juice and apply the resulting mixture onto the acne affected area of the skin. Leave on for 5-8 minutes and then wash off with plenty of water.
Garlic for treating acne in men/boys
Garlic has high allicin content which is responsible for the characteristic smell of garlic. Allicin is a sulfur compound and this sulfur gives garlic its anti-microbial property which can be most effective to fight acne.
Take 4-5 cloves of garlic. Smash them to make a paste and let it stand for 10 minutes before applying the paste onto the acne affected area of the skin. It is believed that letting the smashed garlic stand for few minutes make it even more effective in treating pimples and acne. After application, let the garlic paste stand on your skin for 10-15 minutes and then wash off with plenty of water.
Neem and tulsi paste for acne
Neem is known for its natural antibacterial properties. Tulsi also has anti-microbial properties and it also soothes the skin and reduces skin inflammation as well as redness of the skin caused due to acne.
Take 10-12 green and fresh neem leaves along with 5-8 tulsi leaves. Wash all the leaves clean with water and then smash them together to make a paste. Apply this paste directly onto the acne and leave on. Wash off only after 10-15 minutes. Repeat this treatment at least twice a day to get quick results.
Sandalwood and turmeric for treating acne
Sandalwood and turmeric has been used for treating different types of skin complications since centuries. This mixture can be used for treating acne as well.
Prepare a sandalwood paste by rubbing the sandalwood stick on sandstone with some water. Prepare turmeric paste by smashing 2 inch fresh turmeric root. Mix 2 spoons of the sandalwood paste with 1 spoon of the turmeric paste. Apply the resulting mixture onto the acne affected skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with water. Repeat twice in a day.
Fuller’s earth and lemon juice for acne cure
Fuller’s earth is a natural clay that comes with a number of minerals which can be helpful to remove excess oil and impurities from the skin. Fuller’s earth is also soothing for the skin and can reduce the inflammation and redness of the skin caused due to acne. Lemon juice on the other hand also helps in curing the acne.
Soak 2 spoons of fuller’s earth in clean water for 10-15 minutes. Once the clay is soft add 5-6 drops of lemon juice to it and mix well. Apply the resulting pack onto the acne affected area of the skin and let it get 80% dry. Wash off with plenty of water. You can use this pack once every day for the best results.
Honey and cinnamon for acne treatment
This acne remedy is ideal for spot treatment. It is highly effective in reducing pimples and acne but might not be very appropriate for application on a wide area of facial skin, particularly when you are planning to keep it on overnight. Honey has natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties; cinnamon is also strongly anti-bacterial in nature.
Add 1 spoon of honey with 1/2 spoon of cinnamon powder to make a sticky paste. Apply the resulting mixture onto the acne affected area or directly onto the zits. Leave on for at least 15-20 minutes and then wash off with plenty of water.
Aspirin for treating acne
One of the popular quick fixes for treating acne is Aspirin. If you are suffering from acne and you want to cure it quickly, take two aspirin tablets, smash them to powder and add sufficient water to make a smooth paste.
Apply the resulting paste directly onto the acne affected skin and leave on. Once the pack gets dried the aspirin will fall off automatically. You can use this treatment before going to the bed at night and wash off your face with water in the morning.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar can work efficiently in reducing acne due to its slightly acidic nature which helps in restoring the lost pH of the skin. ACV also kills the infection causing bacteria present in acne, thus offering relief.
Take 1 spoon ACV and mix it with 1 spoon plain water. Use the resulting mixture directly onto the acne affected skin and leave on for 5-8 minutes. Wash off with plenty of water. Do not rub the skin with the ACV.