Home Remedies for Acne that really Work

Updated on 20 May 2009,
Published on 14 Nov 2007

Acne is the most common skin problem found mostly among the teenagers and lesser in children and adults. But we cannot ignore acne problem as everyone wants to have a clear skin. So, for this we need some sort of acne treatment, whether it is medical treatment with medicines, or some beauty products to hide acne or some acne natural treatment or going for home remedies. This is the reason that we are discussing the most tested and effective remedies for acne.

To get rid of acne, blackheads, blemishes and greasiness on your face, you should start with a gentle, foaming facial wash. This will remove dirt and oil without stripping away the needed moisture from your skin.

So, here are the most effective home remedies for acne:

1. Tomatoes - Make a puree of fresh tomatoes, apply to the skin

2. Yogurt - Mix one tablespoon yogurt with fuller's earth and apply. Yogurt itself can be applied o the face. It helps to soften the skin and restores the natural acid mantle.

3. Aloe vera - This wonder plant of the household is the best at absorbing skin oils. Slice open a leaf and smear the gel on your face 3 times a day. Let it dry. Or you can also keep a small amount of gel in the refrigerator during the summers for a refreshing face-lift.

4. Honey - Mix half teaspoon honey with egg white and one teaspoon lemon juice. Add fuller's earth or brewer's yeast powder. Mix into a paste and apply. Remove after 20 minutes with water.

5. Limes and Cucumbers - Citrus fruits and vegetables refresh our skin thereby reducing the oils. To get these benefits, mix 1/2 teaspoon lime juice with an equal amount of cucumber juice. Apply to your face a few minutes before showering.

6. Egg Yolk - A quick remedy to remove oil shine asks for one of the simplest foods: the egg. This egg yolk mask removes the excessive oils from your skin. Now apply the egg yolk with a cotton ball to oily spots and leave this on your face for 15 minutes. Then rinse with cold water.

7. Almonds and Honey - Make a paste of a small amount of ground almonds with honey and apply as a facial scrub for removing oils and dead skin cells. Now gently massage this paste on your face with a hot washcloth. Finally, rinse with cold water.

8. Papaya - Make a pulp of raw papaya and apply. Papaya has a cleansing action, softening dead skin cells and aiding their removal.

9. Apples - For a homemade oil-ridding facial, mix 1/2 cup mashed apple, 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, 1 slightly beaten egg white and 1 tablespoon lemon juice into a smooth paste and apply to your face for at least 15 minutes. Then rinse with cold water.

10. Salt - This is the best gift the sea could give to those with oily skin. Place tepid water into a small spray bottle and add 1 teaspoon salt to it. Now close your eyes and imagine yourself at the seashore. Squirt some of this salt spray on your face at least once a day and blot dry.

11. Vinegar - The best way to exfoliate your oily skin is to apply white or apple cedar vinegar using a cotton ball before bedtime. Leave it on your face for 5-10 minutes and then rinse off with cold water. Use this remedy for 3 weeks to observe positive changes in your skin.

WARNING: If you have a super-sensitive skin, then dilute vinegar with 4 parts water. For a summertime treat, chill the vinegar or freeze it into ice cubes and apply as a cooling facial.

12. Cornstarch - Mix 1 to 3 tablespoons cornstarch with warm water to make a smooth paste. Now rub the paste on your face and let it dry. Then shower or rinse off with lukewarm water in the sink. For best results, try this once a day.

13. Baking Soda - Add 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda to your liquid soap and rub very gently onto oily areas such as nose or chin. This will help you to get rid of blackheads as well as oil. Now rinse with cold water.

14. Lemons - Take equal parts of lemon juice and water and mix them well. Pat the dilute on your face and let it dry. First, rinse with warm water and then with cold water for a refreshing treat.

15. Eau de cologne - If your skin is excessively oily, mix in a few drops of eau de cologne. This not only helps keep oiliness away but also helps in refining the pores of the skin by acting as astringent, thereby preventing acne.

16. Cucumber - To prevent the problem of your makeup becoming patchy either on the forehead, chin or nose due to excessive oiliness in these areas, apply a little cucumber juice on the excessively oily parts of your face, dry thoroughly and then apply your makeup.

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7 Response(s)
Jeff
Lime juice indeed is one of the best treatments of acne
bolino
How often should we exfoliate? What I mean is should we exfoliate once every week or fortnightly?
cathy
Cleansing the face with a mild cleanser every morning is also helpful. ACV can also be used instead of mild vinegar.
Roland
Thanks dude! Being a man I was too shy to approach anyone to help me with my acne probs. I am all set to try out with these remedies right away.
dannie
I have read somewhere that rosemary and oatmeal can also be used for the treatment of acne. is that true friends? plz reply
LAN
Lemon Juice instanly smoothes the face it is garanteed to clear ance it worked for me and it can work for you.
Michelle
I've had acne for a while. I'm 22 so it started around 17 yo...I used EVERY face wash from neutrogena, noxema, cetaphil, differen gel, antibiotics, pro active you name it I've tried it! Though neutrogena worked at first my acne came back worse. The other products I used didn't work at all. My sister has a PERFECT skin complexion and I asked her what she was doing. She suggested that I soak a rag with EXTREMELY hot water and wipe my face morning and night. I though she was nuts but her face proved it. She told me to get rid of all of the facial products, even though I was a little hesitant, I did it. IT WORKED! For the past year I never used another facial product. My skin is perfect now. The steps below are what I did and I told other people including my close friends with ance and blemish breakouts and they thank me all of the time! Overall this is for people with sensitive skin. I've learned the less stuff you put on your face the better. Also try not to touch your face during the day! Dirt spreads! I wish I can post some REAL before and after pics! lol REPEAT these steps twice a day. Except for exfoliation. Step #1 Take a clean rag and turn on the hot water NO COLD! Soak the rag in the water and let it cool for a few seconds. Step #2 Wipe your face. Soak the rag in the hot water again and repeat as much as you want. This allows the steam from the water to clean out your pores and the rag wipe it away. Make sure you replace the rag every third day with a new one. Step #3 For acne scars. After you are finished let your face dry. Next, add a skin lightner/cocoa butter in one. This will lighten the acne scars and add moisture to your face. Only use a dab or two and wipe your entire face. DONT over due it! Remember less is better. Step #4 Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate. ONCE A WEEK! This allows you to rid your face of all the dead skin cells that accumulate on you face during the week, which is another reason for pimples and breakouts (dirty pores). Too much exfoliation is not good for your face. Remember once a week. Use the same hot water and rag method to wipe it off. Do not let the exfoliator sit on your face as a mask. Products: Water (lol), St Ives Apricot scrub ( or any exfoliator with natural ingriedients) and Black and Beautiful cocoa butter fade cream ( or any fade/lightner mixed with cocoa butter)
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