When deciding on when and how (if at all) to use natural or home remedies to get rid of acne, there are many pros and cons to consider. Only after careful evaluation of these pros and cons should you decide which course of action to take.
Pros of Treating Acne Naturally
There are four primary benefits of using natural treatments over traditional over the counter remedies:
Little to No Risk of Side Effects: The most common reason people seek out natural remedies is because they want to avoid the possible side effects associated with man-made treatments. Natural remedies may be used to avoid some of these risks.
Pregnant women in particular are unable to use traditional over the counter treatments and may turn to natural remedies in response. Be careful though as even natural remedies can present problems and toxicity if used in larger than recommended doses or used in an inappropriate manner.
Many plants recommended as natural remedies are actually toxic to humans and may be especially toxic to the developing fetus. Be sure to ask a doctor about the safety of a given natural remedy before trying it out, particularly if you are pregnant.
Alternative Path of Action: Another advantage of natural remedies for acne is that they may use a different path of action to treat acne. This means that even if all else has failed, the natural acne remedy may work. As an example of this is weight loss. This reduces inflammation in a way different from any over the counter acne treatment.
Natural Remedies Save Money: Most natural acne remedies are very cheap, which will save you money over using acne products. Of course, this depends on the home remedy, as some can be quite expensive. Lemon juice for example is a popular remedy, but fresh lemons can be quite expensive in temperate areas. On the other hand, while not exactly a natural remedy, baking soda is a popular home remedy for acne that can save you a lot of money over using acne treatment products.
Improved Health: Many natural remedies that treat acne do so by improving the health of your entire body. As a result, you get the added bonus of better health as your skin becomes clearer and clearer. For example, losing weight will not only improve your acne but improve your overall health as well.
Cons of Natural Acne Treatment
While you may be ready to rush out and take up a natural skin care program after reading about the advantages, there are 3 prominent downsides to natural treatment you should know about.
Typically Not as Effective: The main problem with natural acne remedies is that they are typically not as effective as over the counter products. While a few studies here and there have shown various natural remedies can improve acne, there is not an overwhelming amount of research that suggest that natural remedies are more effective (or even just as effective) as a typical benzoyl peroxide solution.
Time Consuming: Another big problem people have with natural remedies is that they are time consuming. Many of the ingredients have to be fresh and making preparations to apply to acne out of things like lemons or green tea is a real pain. This causes adherence over the long term to natural acne treatment plans to be quite low.
Convenience Factor: Going along with the last point, using many natural acne remedies is just not all that convenient. Using tea tree oil to combat acne is effective, but rubbing oil on your face, allowing it to sit for 10 minutes, and then rinsing it off is not nearly as convenient as dabbing on some benzoyl peroxide. The tea tree oil process takes 15-20 minutes and can make a huge mess, whereas the benzoyl peroxide takes 5 seconds and makes no mess.
Can’t Make A Decision? Try Both!
The use of over the counter acne and natural acne treatments does not need to be mutually exclusive. You can use both types of treatments together to get the best of both worlds. If you are looking for a convenient way to do this, consider the Exposed Skin Care line. Its traditional OTC products are infused with natural remedies so you can get the benefit of these natural cures without the inconvenience of trying to apply these treatments to your acne.