8 Effective Homemade Remedies for Acne

Acne is a frustrating skin condition that doesn’t just plague teenagers. Adults can develop acne at any point in their lives due to dietary, lifestyle, or health-related changes. A sudden increase in stress levels, for instance, can cause cortisol levels to shoot through the roof and wreak havoc on your otherwise beautiful skin. Luckily, there are easy ways you can treat acne at home without harsh chemicals that can make matters worse or even cause allergic reactions.

All of the homemade remedies for acne found below use ingredients most will already have in their homes or can easily find at the local grocery store. Every person’s skin is different, so you may want to try a few of these homemade remedies for acne to figure out which one will work best for your skin. The following solutions are listed in order of popularity and ease of use.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

a transparent pitcher of apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the best homemade remedies for acne because it quickly kills bacteria on your skin. It also helps balance your skin’s pH, which over time will make it more difficult for bacteria to make itself at home. Just applying a small amount on your face (avoiding the eye area) will help dry up excess oil, while simultaneously killing acne causing bacteria.

If you want to use apple cider vinegar to reduce acne, start by washing your face with warm water and then pat it dry. Mix one part vinegar with three parts water and apply to your face with a cotton ball. You can leave it on for about ten minutes or even overnight if you wish. Make sure you moisturize afterward to help keep your skin supple.

2. Cinnamon and Honey

cinnamon sticks and cinnamon powder next to a some honey

While this may sound like one of the stickier (and more unpleasant) homemade remedies for acne, its effectiveness is no joke. Cinnamon helps balance a number of bacteria on your skin, while honey kills bacteria when it gets out of control. Mixing the two together creates a strong defense against annoying acne breakouts while moisturizing your skin.

If you want to try this cinnamon and honey remedy, mix one teaspoon of cinnamon with two tablespoons of honey until well blended into a paste. You can spot treat or apply as a full face mask and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse completely with a soft rag and warm water and pat your face dry. The results will be visible in no time.

3. Yogurt

plain yogurt in a jar with a wooden spoon in it

While some claim that yogurt causes acne to worsen, topical application of certain dairy products is believed to help improve skin tone while fighting outbreaks.

When using yogurt on your acne, let it sit out until it is room temperature. Mix one tablespoon of yogurt with one tablespoon of honey. Apply to your face with a cotton pad or with your fingers and let dry for 10-15 minutes. Wash thoroughly using a circular scrubbing motion. Moisturize as usual after your face is clean.

4. Egg Whites

broken eggshell next to a egg white and yolk

One of the more well-known homemade remedies for acne, egg whites help heal acne and fade acne scars. The proteins and vitamins found in eggs eggs prove very beneficial for problem skin – even skin with excessive oil! However, egg whites can cause dryness, so be sure to moisturize immediately after.

After rinsing your face and patting it dry, separate 2-3 egg whites from the yolks. Wisk the whites until they are very frothy, then let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Cover your face with the whites using your fingers. Leave this natural remedy on for 20 minutes and then rinse completely and pat dry.

5. Papaya

a papaya tropical fruit cut in half with a spoon in it

Commonly used in store-bought beauty products, raw papaya is one of the more simple homemade remedies for acne. Papaya fruit contains enzymes which reduce inflammation and prevent pus from building up underneath of the skin.

To use papaya on your skin, mash the flesh of a raw papaya with a mortar and pestle or throw it in a blender. Apply the paste to the face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off, pat dry, and moisturize.

6. Orange Peel

several pieces of dry orange peel

Oranges contain high levels of vitamin C and citric acid, which work together to form a natural astringent and toner. Using the peels to make a paste also helps your skin grow new, healthy cells which can brighten your complexion and improve your skin’s overall health.

Grind or blend the peel from two oranges into a paste. Add a small amount of water to the paste to make it easier to apply. Next, spread the paste onto your face like a mask. Rinse off after 20-25 minutes.

7. Steam

a young woman standing above a steaming bowl of hot water with a towel on her head

This is one of the homemade remedies for acne that may surprise some. Steam is used to reduce acne and redness by opening your pores and helping any trapped bacteria escape. You can steam by itself, or you can do it prior to using another of the home remedies for acne described above.

In order to use the steam in your favor, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Pour the water into a large glass bowl and allow it to cool for a few minutes. When the water has just stopped boiling, put your face over the bowl. At the same time, drape a towel over your head to cover it above the bowl to trap the steam. After ten minutes, remove the towel and dry your face. You can do this once a day if needed.

8. Green Tea

Green Tea

You probably already know that drinking green tea is great for your health, as it is very rich in antioxidants. However, what if we told you that this magic substance can significantly improve acne as well? True, antioxidants themselves don’t do anything to reduce breakouts, but green tea also contains an organic compound called catechins, which is very effective when it comes to reducing skin inflammation.

While it’s convenient to buy creams or lotions based on green tea, you can easily make your own natural mixture. Steep green tea in boiling water for 3–4 minutes, then allow it to cool. Once that’s done, use a cotton pad to apply tea to your skin. Or, pour the tea into a spray bottle to spritz on. Allow the tea to dry, then wash your face with water. Alternatively, you can combine the leaves with honey to create a face mask.

Putting It All Together

When trying any homemade remedies for acne, patience and consistency are key. It is tempting to give up and purchase something stronger available at the store to get some relief. However, if you are committed to using natural remedies, you should be diligent and try a mix of the natural solutions described above to find the one that will work best with your complexion. Trust us: your skin will be grateful in the long run.

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