She Knew Tomatoes Were Healthy, But Then She Discovered THIS Trick For Her Skin
Christina Caldwell 5/18/2016
We've long known tomatoes are good for us when ingested, thanks to the fruit's high vitamin C, A, K, E and B6 content. But for acne sufferers, it might be beneficial when applied topically, too.
A Different Kind Of Red Skin
The red, inflamed skin that comes with severe acne can be combated with the red skin of a tomato, thanks the fruit's salicylic acid, an acne-fighting chemical used in some of the most popular acne products.
It should be noted that tomato juice is rather acidic, with a pH ranging from 6.0 to 6.8. The pH in human skin is about 5.5, meaning tomatoes can break down the acid mantle (aka the protective barrier) of your skin if used every day. If used sparingly, tomatoes can dry up active acne and keep breakouts at bay, and there are several ways to get the fruit's benefits into your dermis.
The first way to use tomatoes in your skincare is the simplest. First, cleanse your face so it's free of dirt and makeup, then slice into a beefsteak tomato. Rub the slices on your face for several minutes, then take them off and continue to rub the juice into your skin. Once it's mostly dry, rinse your skin with plain water and follow up with moisturizer.
If rubbing food onto your skin isn't your thing, you can just use the juice of the tomato as a face wash. First, wash your skin with a gentle cleanser as normal. Slice open an squeeze the tomato into a bowl until you have a healthy amount of juice. Dunk a soft washcloth into the juice and gently apply it to your skin. (Don't rub! Scrubbing and rubbing just makes acne irritated and worse!) Let the juice sit for 5 minutes, then rinse with tepid water.
For stubborn acne, slice into a tomato and remove the skin and seeds. Mash it up with a bit of shredded cucumber for a cooling effect, then rub the mask onto your skin and let it work for about 30 minutes. When the time is up, rinse your skin with lukewarm water and follow up with moisturizer. It might not look pretty, but that salicylic acid will work wonders!
Give your skin care routine a one-two punch with a tomato-turmeric mask.
While stubborn hormonal acne can usually only be treated by a dermatologist, occasional breakouts can hugely benefit from natural methods. Tomato-based sheet masks are quickly becoming the trend in skin care, but skip the extra cost and go straight to the source. These tomato skincare ideas might be just what the doctor ordered!