Acne can be a real curse for some people. Fortunately, most people don’t have many problems after puberty, but there are others who deal with it their entire lives.
There are countless products that promise to counteract this unsightly and somewhat painful skin condition. But these are often very expensive and some contain harsh chemicals. So you’ll be glad to hear that there’s a great natural remedy that you can grow in your own garden: fresh tomatoes!
It’s true: freshly sliced tomatoes can help sooth acne and even reduce old acne scars. The secret is in its composition. Tomatoes have high concentrations of vitamins A, C, E and B6, which open up your pores and let your skin take in a lot of important nutrients.
The acidity of the tomatoes helps to neutralize the pH value of the skin and reduces the probability of an acne outbreak. When you don’t have much time, the quick application is the best option. Simply take a fresh tomato and cut it through the middle. Now rub both halves gently over the affected areas. Massage the juice in and wash the area with warm water afterward. This method is great if you notice an outbreak coming on and need to deal with it quickly.
If you have more time, you can make yourself an effective tomato mask. To make this, take a fresh tomato and cut an “X” in the upper part. Now run some warm water over the tomato for about a minute before you slice it. The next step is to remove the seeds and puree the pulp until you have an evenly textured paste. You put the whole thing on your face and leave the mask on for one hour. If you use this mask regularly, you’ll soon notice considerable improvement.
Who knew that tomatoes could be so useful outside the kitchen too! And the great thing is that it’s all natural unlike the expensive treatments full of chemicals that you’ll find at the pharmacy. More and more people are discovering the power of the tomato – try it out for yourself!