Got pimples? You’re not alone. Affecting approximately 50 million Americans each year, acne is the most common skin problem in the United States. Although there are many treatments available from your doctor or the drugstore, many of these medications contain harsh ingredients that are bad for the environment and your skin. Consider these four sustainable alternatives to zap your zits naturally.

Honey Fights Bacteria

Honey is a great way to naturally sweeten any food or drink, but this sticky substance is more than just a sweet treat. Acne is caused by bacteria that feeds on the oils in your skin, and honey has natural antibacterial properties. Mix honey with your regular cleanser or use it alone as a mask. You can also mix honey and cinnamon together for a mask with a fresh scent and less stickiness.

CBD Reduces Inflammation

You may have heard that CBD, the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, is great for painful conditions like migraines and back aches, but did you know that it’s also an effective acne treatment? Applied topically, CBD can reduce inflammation and bacterial growth. Try a CBD moisturizer or apply an antibacterial CBD tincture after cleansing.

Apple Cider Vinegar Dries Oil

Toners are a great way to dry excess oil and keep your skin looking fresh, but the options in drugstores are full of harsh alcohols and harmful preservatives. Head over to the baking aisle and grab a bottle of apple cider vinegar instead. The organic acids in apple cider vinegar not only dry sebum but also help kill the bacteria that causes acne. Mix one part vinegar to three parts water and apply to your face with a cotton ball twice a day.

Green Tea Soothes Skin

If you enjoy a cup of green tea in the morning, consider saving a little for your face. The antioxidants and flavonoids in this healthy tea are great for soothing your skin and preventing the inflammation that causes acne. It’s also very gentle, so you can apply it after other treatments. For an extra cooling effect, save your green tea bags in the refrigerator and apply them to your face while you relax.

Remember, acne can cause severe mental distress and is sometimes a symptom of a more serious underlying cause, so don’t ignore those blemishes. Although sustainable, natural remedies are effective solutions for mild to moderate acne, you should consider seeing a doctor if your case is severe or doesn’t resolve with home treatments.

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