Onions have dozens of benefits for your health and beauty in addition to being a delicious addition to nearly any savoury dish. It turns out that onions can also be a powerful solution against acne. Here is how it works and how to use onions to get rid of acne.
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1. How do onions help with acne?
There are so many highly popular store-bought solutions against acne with plenty of advertising and good reviews that the humble onions are probably one of the last things you would add to your beauty routine to help with acne. However, there is a solid reason why you may want to give onions against acne a try.
Onions are well-known for their antibacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties. In many cases, acne is caused by bacteria or fungi that are very hard to get rid off in traditional ways. That way, you are less likely to develop new acne spots. Plus, onions are highly regarded for their anti-inflammatory effect, helping you make new acne breakouts lighter and old acne scars less visible.
2. How to use onions to cure acne?
While you can get a pretty noticeable effect from simply using onion juice as a toner before applying your usual moisturizer, you can expect a much more potent effect from these five ways to use onions to get rid of acne.
1. Onion mask
Even on its own, onion is so powerful against acne that you can start with a solo onion treatment. To give it a try, simply blitz a small onion in a blender or grate it on a fine grater, keeping the juice and the pulp together. Apply the blended onion to your face, avoiding your eye and lip area, and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and moisturize your skin.
2. Onion and honey mask
Both honey and onion have a lot of beautifying properties, so it’s only natural to use them in one anti-acne treatment. This mask requires 1 small onion that you need to blitz in a blender with a small quantity of water to turn it into a smooth paste. Mix the onion paste with 2 tablespoons of honey and generously apply to your face for up to 20 minutes before washing off and proceeding with your usual skin care regimen.
3. Onion and oatmeal mask
Oatmeal is well-known for its exfoliating effect and it can make the onion even more powerful in your fight against acne. For this mask recipe, you will need a couple tablespoons of cooked oatmeal or the same quantity of instant oatmeal soaked in cold water. Mix the cooled-down oatmeal with the paste from one onion and apply to your skin for 20 minutes or until the mixture dries out. Wash off with lukewarm water and apply your regular moisturizer.
4. Onion, egg white, and cucumber mask
If you not only have fresh acne breakouts, but also a lot of acne scars that spoil your complexion, you can get a double effect from an onion and egg white mask: the onion will treat new breakouts while the egg white will make old scars less visible. To prepare this mask, mix one whisked egg white, 2 tablespoons of onion juice, 1 tablespoon of cucumber juice, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil for better consistency. Apply to your face in massaging moves and leave for 15 to 20 minutes before washing off.
5. Onion and olive oil mask
In case your skin is sensitive, onion on its own can cause skin redness and itchiness, which will only make the look and feel of your skin worse. To tone down the irritating effect of onions but still experience their effect against acne, simply mix 1 tablespoon of onion juice and 1 tablespoon of olive oil, which you can substitute with almond oil, jojoba oil, or other carrier oil. Gently rub into your face and leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse it off.
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