If you love the idea of antibacterial soaps, but the news about triclosan worries you, then it may be time to give something a little more natural a try. There are many natural substances that can gently help keep the bacteria count down. So to find out what you can use and how, just keep reading.
- Honey is perhaps the easiest antimicrobial to use, and a few drops is a very good thing on acne-prone skin. Try this awesome honey cinnamon mask for something easy and effective you can do at home.
- Get lots of cuts on your lips from chapping and biting? Try putting clove oil on — it's antimicrobial and tastes good, too. If you want a ready-made clove lip treatment, Burt's Bees Medicated Lip Balm ($4) has clove oil as one of its main ingredients.
- Sweet orange blossom oil is known to be antimicrobial and fungicidal. A few drops in your body lotion can help keep down back or chest acne, moisturizes, and smells great.
- Tea tree oil is a great acne fighter that's especially wonderful for oily skin. Use a drop or two in the bath, put a few drops in your face cream, or dot diluted tea tree on spots to fight inflammation and kill acne bacteria.
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