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Bid Adieu To Acne And Acne Scars With These 8 Incredible Tomato-Based Home Remedies

Acne is a skin issue that has troubled us mortals since generations! No kidding here. Acne, which was thought to be a teen age issue, is common in adults as well. And where there is acne, there are acne scars (mosty because of our own mistakes like popping the zits!) [1] . But wait! We have a amazing solution to your problems of acne and acne scars- tomato.

Acne is caused mainly due to two reasons- bacterial infestation and clogged pores [2] . Of course, you can't overlook the untamed hormones here which is the main reason for teenage acne. And tomato is an all-round solution to the problem of acne as well as acne scars. Lycopene, an antioxidant, present in tomato cleanses the skin to get rid of any harmful acne-causing bacteria [3] . Not only that, it also helps balance the pH of the skin and thus to maintain skin health. Furthermore, tomato is a great bleaching agent for the skin and that helps to diminish the acne scarring.

Now that we know all the benefits of the delicious tomato, let's see how you can actually use it to enrich the skin and tackle the issue of acne.

1. Just A Tomato

Thanks to its amazing properties, just applying something as simple as tomato pulp to your skin can help reduce acne and brighten up your skin.

Ingredients

  • A large ripe tomato

Method of use

  • Deseed the tomato and take it in a bowl.
  • Mash the tomato into pulp using a fork.
  • Apply the mashed paste on your face.
  • Leave it on for an hour.
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  • Apply some moisturiser on your face.

2. Tomato And Yougurt

The lactic acid present in yogurt exfolaites and thus cleanses the skin[4] . Mixed with the antioxidant and skin-bleaching properties of tomato, this makes for a great remedy for acne and acne scars.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tomato
  • 2 tsp yogurt

Method of use

  • Deseed the tomato, take it in a bowl and mash it into pulp.
  • Add the yogurt to this and mix well.
  • Apply the mixture to your face.
  • Leave it on for about an hour.
  • Rinse it off thoroughly later.

3. Tomato And Cucumber

Known for its moisturising properties, cucumber has astringent properties that help unclog skin pores and reduce acne[5] . Besides, cucumber has great anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the inflammation caused by acne.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp tomato juice
  • 1 tbsp cucumber juice

Method of use

  • In a bowl, mix both the ingredients together.
  • Dip a cotton ball in the mixture.
  • Apply the mixture on your face using the cotton ball.
  • Leave it on 20-25 minutes.
  • Rinse it off later.

4. Tomato And Lemon

Due to its acidic nature and antibacterial properties, lemon deep cleanses the skin and ward off any acne-causing bacteria[6] . Besides, the skin-lightening properties of lemon mixed with skin-bleaching properties of tomato is a great way to reduce acne scars.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp tomato juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Method of use

  • In a bowl, mix both the ingredients together.
  • Dip a cotton ball into the mixture.
  • Apply the mixture on your face using the cotton ball.
  • Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  • Rinse it off thoroughly later.

5. Tomato And Orange

Orange is rich in vitamin C that is insturmental in maintaing skin health and tackling skin issues such as acne[7] . This mixture also help diminish the acne scars and improve skin texture.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp tomato juice
  • 2 tbsp orange juice

Method of use

  • Mix both the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture on your face.
  • Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off later.

6. Tomato And Honey

A super food, honey is a great ingredint to fight acne and acne scars thanks to its antibacterial and moisturising properties[3] . Mix it with tomato and you have a winner of a remedy.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ripe tomato
  • 1 tbsp honey

Method of use

  • Deseed the tomato and take it in a bowl.
  • Mash the tomato well into pulp.
  • Add honey to this. Mix well to get a lump-free paste.
  • Apply the paste on your face.
  • Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse it off thoroughly later.

7. Tomato And Papaya

Papaya juice has been proven to bring down inflammed acne and prevent the condition to become works by inhibiting the formation of pus[8] . This mixture also effectively heals the acne scars and give you clear skin.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 2-3 big chunks of ripe papaya

Method of use

  • Deesed the tomato and mash it into a pulp in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, mash the papaya into pulp.
  • Mix both the ingredients together well to get a smooth paste.
  • Alternatively, you can blend both the ingredients together to get a paste.
  • Apply the paste on your face.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off thoroughly later.

8. Tomato And Avocado

The antiseptic and moisturising properties of avocado mixed with the acne-fighting properties of tomato gives you a remarkable remedy for acne.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe tomato
  • 1 ripe avocado

Method of use

  • Deesed the tomato and take it into a bowl.
  • Add the avocado to it and mash both the ingredients together into a smooth paste.
  • Apply the paste on your face.
  • Leave it on for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off thoroughly later and pat dry.
View Article References
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