1. Green Tea Scrub

Get a fine green tea and mix it with just a bit of water in a bowl. Make a cup for yourself, too! Use this mixture as a scrub and rub it all over your face. Let it set for 2 to 3 minutes after you scrub. While you wait, sip your own cup of tea and relax. The reason this green tea scrub works is because the tea supplies your face with healthy antioxidants while removing dirt from your pores. When dirt builds up it causes blackheads and breakouts, so eliminating that buildup clears up your skin.  This will leave your face very refreshed. When the time is up, rinse your face with warm water. Do not rub dry, gently pat dry with a clean rag.

2. Yogurt and Oatmeal

This breakfast scrub is the perfect combination mixing the lactic acid in the yogurt and the calming oatmeal qualities. The calming acid duo will fight your breakouts and blackheads for you! Simply mix 3 tablespoons yogurt, 2 tablespoons whole oats, and add a few drops of lemon juice and olive oil. Mix until a paste forms. Apply this mixture to your face by dabbing it on with your fingers. This time let it sit for 10 minutes. Go ahead and sprinkle some of those extra whole oats over a bowl of yogurt and enjoy a nice breakfast while you wait. Rinse off with warm water and, again, be sure to pat dry.

3. Lemon Exfoliant

Lemons have strong purifying and cleaning qualities; why else would it be used in most household cleaners? Make your own lemon cleaner with the juice from half a lemon, 1 tablespoon yogurt, 1 tablespoon of salt, and just a bit of honey. While the lemon purifies your skin, the salt removes deep dirt and grime that cause blackheads. Use this scrub just on your blackhead prone areas and leave for 2-3 minutes. Squeeze the other lemon half into a glass of ice water with a bit of sugar for a refreshing drink while your face dries. Rinse with warm water and carefully pat dry. The salt exfoliation might leave your face pink, so be careful how often you use it.

4. Honey and Cinnamon

Mix 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon into a tablespoon of honey. This will create a scrub. Rub on your face in a circular motion for 3 minutes then wash off with warm water. The reason honey works so well is because it is a natural antibiotic and pulls the dirt from your open pores. The cinnamon is a great exfoliator because it is small and smooth enough to not cause damage while being rubbed against your skin. Have you ever tried baking chicken with a bit of honey and cinnamon on it? I highly suggest it; it tastes great and your home will smell like fall!

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Dr. Timothy Jochen Medical Director, Contour Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center
Dr. Jochen specializes in Mohs Surgery for skin cancer removal, facial rejuvenation including cosmetic laser technology, Botox® and facial fillers, soft tissue augmentation, leg and facial vein treatment, tumescent liposuction and hair restoration/transplants.

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