Acne is an unsightly sign of unhealthy skin. There are various factors that lead to unhealthy skin, but the good news is, there are many remedies. And the even better news is, many remedies can be prepared, frugally, right at home, with things that we already have. Acne care does not have to be expensive. Cutting down on sugary, fatty, or otherwise unhealthy foods is one way to prevent acne. Acne breakouts are often the result of greasy, dirty skin, which clogs the pores on your face. Reducing your consumption of greasy and sugary foods leads to better health and a decreased risk of acne breakouts. If you’re concerned about your acne and want to minimize it and prevent future outbreaks, make sure you watch the amount of caffeine you’re consuming, and cut back if necessary. Caffeine, found in things like chocolate and coffee, can cause stress and so aggravate acne, therefore reducing it is key to good skin care success. Use cucumbers to combat acne. Many people already use cucumber to get rid of dark bags an puffiness beneath their eyes. While they do very little in that department, some people have had moderate success using cucumber slices to ease their acne. Try applying cucumber slices to your face while relaxing. Maintaining an active lifestyle is beneficial in so many ways. Activity causes sweat, however, and sweat that lingers on the skin can cause acne flare ups. Always use a mild cleanser after exercising to keep the skin clean and free of dried sweat. A gentle exfoliant once or twice a week can also help. Egg whites provide a great natural remedy to acne. Simply break an egg or two and separate the whites from the yolks. Lightly beat the whites until bubbles start forming. Apply the egg whites lightly to the skin as a mask or strictly to affected areas and let sit for about an hour, then rinse afterwards. The egg whites tighten skin and dry existing acne. During the course of the day, try to maximize your fruit and vegetable intake to control acne. Vegetables are great for your skin and can supply your body with the nutrients necessary to eliminate free radicals internally. Complement your breakfast, lunch or dinner with an infusion of fruits or vegetables for clear skin. If you have spare eggs lying around the house and are affected with whiteheads or blackheads, form an egg white mask to reduce the bacteria on your face and improve your acne. This mask also acts as an exfoliator, to wipe away dry skin cells and reveal your natural glow. If you are having problems with adult acne, try laundering your pillow cases and towels more frequently. Most dermatologists recommend changing your pillowcase once or twice weekly and using a clean towel every day. This is because bacteria and dead skin cells can quickly accumulate on the surface of these fabrics, which can then clog pores and cause acne. Reducing the amount of stress in your life is very important in dealing with acne. Stress is one of the primary factors governing acne outbreaks. So, learn how to control your stress. Meditation, relaxation and exercise are all good techniques that can help you moderate your stress levels. The less stress you have, the less acne you will see. When you have an outbreak of acne, do not scratch, squeeze or pick at your blemishes. By doing any of these actions, you could push the bacteria deeper into the skin’s surface. Squeezing, scratching or picking at the blemishes will also promote further damage to the area of skin surrounding the blemish which can lead to acne scarring. If you suffer from breakouts, avoid using as much make up as possible. If you are currently having an acne flare-up, take a break from your foundations, powders, and blushes. These types of make-up can clog your pores and exacerbate any current flare-ups. Look into using water-based makeup as it has less of a harmful effect on your skin. Try making a paste-like solution out of ground orange peels mixed with water. This is an effective natural remedy that can be made cheaply out of items that you would have normally thrown in the garbage! Wash the solution off after 15-20 minutes with warm water. Mix baking soda with water to form a paste then apply the paste to areas on your skin affected by acne and leave for 15 minutes. Baking soda is a mild exfoliate and it can remove dead skin cells and unclog pores preventing any more blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or cysts forming on the skin. Many younger adults struggle with seborrhea, a skin condition which causes a thickened or increased production of sebum, or facial oils. Unlike acne, seborrhea is accompanied with thick, scaly patches. Look for topical treatments that contain zinc or coal-tar. These ingredients cut oil production without causing the skin to become thinner over time. For females suffering from acne, it is important that you remove your makeup before bed. Keeping your makeup on all night can cause bacteria to get under your skin, which in turn, causes acne breakouts. Wash your face off before you go to bed and use a reliable makeup remover. If you suffer from acne, take good and gentle care of your skin. Don’t use rough washcloths, loofahs, or harsh soaps. These can irritate the skin. There are mild soaps and non-soap cleansers that are more gentle for skin that is affected by acne. Use pumpkin pulp to help combat troublesome skin. Fresh pulp is best, but canned will also work well. Pumpkin contains a large number of antioxidants and can have wonderful benefits for your acne-prone skin. Add a little pumpkin to your favorite facial mask, and use once a week for the very best results. As you can see, there are many household products that can help with your acne. But, there is no magic pill and if you do not do your part and develop healthy habits, your acne cure may be just a dream. With healthy habits and some at-home remedies, you can have healthy skin again.