It can be difficult to keep your skin clear. Whether you have a skin condition, work in a polluted city, or just have trouble paying for high-quality skincare, it can seem that your face never fully is free of acne. This is especially true where seasonal acne is concerned. Every year, seasonal acne seems to show up and ruin all of the efforts that you have made toward keeping your skin clear. While certain types of acne are hormonal, others are caused by bacteria, sweat and dirt that clogs your pores. You might see many products on the market, but many chemicals are harsh on your skin. A natural approach is best to gently clear up your seasonal acne. As a bonus, using natural products is often better for the environment as well. So without any further ado, here are 5 natural ways to clear up your seasonal acne.

Avoid Touching Your Face

This is most likely a piece of advice that you have heard before, but it is true. Touching your face is a major mistake where acne is concerned. Your facial skin naturally generates its own oils that attract bacteria and dirt. The last thing you want to do is transfer more germs from your fingers to your skin. If you have hot spots where acne tends to show up, such as around your nose and mouth, then you may need to focus on breaking the habit of touching your face. It may help to wear gloves indoors or to wear a bracelet or string that will help to remind you. Give your hands something to do in situations where you would otherwise be likely to touch your face, like when watching television or in a boring situation.

Use Natural Astringents

Another way to care for your skin is by using natural astringents. Astringents help to remove oil from your skin while helping to close the pores. Look for natural astringents that also provide other benefits for clearing up acne. For instance, Bergamot pure essential oil is citrus-based. This type of oil helps to tone your skin while also having antibacterial properties that further reduce acne. By finding a natural astringent, you can easily boost your current facial care routine without having to change things up too much.

Reduce Inflammation with Witch Hazel

One key natural ingredient for fighting acne is witch hazel. Seasonal acne can make your skin red and puffy, but witch hazel has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce the embarrassing redness that is a hallmark characteristic of acne. Simply use a soft piece of cloth or cotton ball to swipe witch hazel on your skin after you have used your astringent. It will serve to soften and reduce the redness that is so common with acne and will also help sooth the natural irritation of your skin.

Moisturize with Aloe Vera

Using a natural moisturizer like Aloe Vera after you cleanse and spot-treat can do wonders for your skin. Using natural essential oils to clear up your acne helps to reduce dryness. However, you may need to take an extra step to moisturize your skin. Keeping your skin moist helps to reduce the chances of minor scrapes that can allow bacteria to enter the pores. Aloe vera has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help to promote faster healing. Although you should avoid popping pimples, you can apply aloe vera if you accidentally do as well. By providing yourself with a natural, healthy moisturizer, you will give your skin the power it needs to protect you and prevent acne from popping up

Make a Honey and Cinnamon Mask

Once a week, you will also want to try a mask. A facial mask is a great way to boost your natural beauty routine, and can serve to deep clean your face and reduce acne. A popular kind of anti-acne mask is one made from honey and cinnamon. This simple mask involves mixing together a little honey and cinnamon in a bowl. Then, apply it to your skin where acne tends to show up. Leave it on for a few minutes, and then rinse it off. The honey and cinnamon both help to reduce acne-causing bacteria while moisturizing your skin. They also taste good on toast, though we would use a mixture that hasn’t been on your face for that!
A multi-pronged approach is best for reducing seasonal acne. Choosing natural methods for acne control helps you to avoid the potential side effects that you get with chemicals. As you set up your skin care routine, make sure to keep it simple enough that you will use the products every day. Staying vigilant helps to keep your skin clear so that you always put your best face forward.

Author's Bio: 

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan