Ance is a common problem across all skin types. It’s estimated that 85% of the population experience acne at some point in their life.

Acne often causes discomfort, leaves an unsightly appearance, and sometimes becomes a chronic skin condition. That’s why how to get rid of acne is a question many people are dying to find the answer to. 

Although common acne treatments are effective, they also come with side effects such as skin dryness and irritation. In addition, although there are many natural remedies we have been telling each other about, in reality, few are backed by science.

Below are 4 answers to the question of how to get rid of acne as fast as possible.

  1. Treat acne with tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. A study shows that anti-acne gels with 5% of tea tree oil extract are 4 to 6 times more effective in reducing skin damage caused by acne compared to other ingredients.

In other studies, a type of gel with 5% tea tree oil is as effective in decreasing acne as topical creams with 5% benzoyl peroxide - a common anti-acne medication. 

The active ingredients in tea tree oil are quite strong. As a result, skin redness or irritation is likely to happen if you apply it directly to your skin. So, you should dilute tea tree oil with a bit of water before using.

How to use tea tree oil for acne?

  • Dilute tea tree oil in water with a 1:9 dilution ratio.
  • Dip a cotton ball into the solution and put it directly on your pimples.
  • Apply a moisturizer immediately.
  • Repeat this tea tree oil treatment for acne 2-3 times per day.
  1. How to treat acne with other essential oils?

Besides tea tree oil, other essential oils also have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making them work well to remove acne.

A comprehensive study proves that cinnamon oil, rose oil, lavender oil, or the oil extracted from polyscias fruticosa leaves also work against the bacteria causing acne. In addition, rosemary oil and lemongrass oil are believed to be able to inhibit harmful bacterial activities on the skin as well.

Another scientific analysis based on the result of a study on the effectiveness of a topical gel whose ingredients included the essential oils from basil and sweet orange also shows an acne treatment benefit up to 75%. 

Like tea tree oil, the essential oils mentioned above are concentrated and can cause irritation upon direct application. Thus, it’s best to use them just like how you would use tea tree oil for acne.

  • Dilute tea tree oil in water with a 1:9 dilution ratio.
  • Dip a cotton ball into the solution and put it directly on your pimples.
  • Apply a moisturizer immediately.
  • Repeat this tea tree oil treatment for acne 2-3 times per day.
  1. Take care of your skin with green tea

Many people drink green tea daily as it’s healthy. However, did you know that green tea is also great for your skin?

Green tea contains flavonoids and tannins. These are the most diverse and abundant compounds in the natural world. They give your skin the necessary nutrients to fight bacteria and inflammation. Green tea also contains plenty of antioxidants which slow down the production of sebum and inhibit the growth of P.acnes - the bacteria responsible for causing acne. 

In a study conducted on people with active acne, participants who washed their skin with green tea 2-3 times per day experienced a significant decrease in acne after a month.

There are many skincare products containing green tea on the market these days. Or, you can brew green tea and use it for your skin:

  • Boil tea leaves in water for 3-4 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and let your tea cool down
  • Dip a cotton ball in the cool green tea and apply to your face evenly.
  • Let it dry in 10 minutes or overnight, then wash off with clean water.
  • Wash your face with green tea 1-2 times every day. You may also store green tea in bottles. When refrigerated, green tea can stay good for 2 weeks.
  1. Use aloe vera for skin care

Aloe vera thrives in tropical climates. Their leaves produce a clear gel - a skin-friendly ingredient. Aloe vera gel not only has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties but also speeds up healing. As a result, aloe vera is often used to treat many common skin conditions such as psoriasis, rashes, open wounds, or burns. 

The main ingredients in aloe vera include lupeol, salicylic acid, urea nitrogen, cinnamonic acid, phenols and sulfur. All of these work well to inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria.

The result of a study shows that the higher the concentration of aloe vera in a topical cream, the more effective it is in preventing acne.

How to use aloe vera for skin care:

  • Scrap the gel off an aloe vera leaf with a spoon
  • Mix the aloe gel with other skin nourishing ingredients such as honey, yogurt, etc.
  • Apply the mixture to your face, let it dry for 15 minutes, then wash off with clean water
  • Do this 2-3 times per week or whenever necessary.

Hopefully, these 4 anti-acne secrets of THEA can help you find the answer to acne-free skin. We wish you smooth and glowy skin!