10 Natural Home Remedies for Acne


Acne is the worst. We’re told that it usually goes away on its own once you leave your teen years (which is when those pesky hormones are on overdrive) behind. But unfortunately, that’s not always the case. You could be battling those unsightly zits until you’re well into your 20s… or worse yet, your 30s–a time when wrinkles come into play as well.

And the worst part? Getting rid of acne can be expensive. You end up splurging on all kinds of pimple products that promise blemish-free skin, and oftentimes none of them work.

However, lucky for all you cash-strapped ladies, there are some inexpensive natural home remedies you can try–and most of the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen.

IMPORTANT: Everyone’s skin is different, so while these remedies may work for other people, it may not work for you. Also, make sure to do a patch test to ensure that you aren’t allergic to the ingredients.

1. Lemons

You’ve probably heard of this one before. Lemons contain astringent properties, which means they can help shrink those pimples in no time. Just use a Q-tip to swab some lemon juice directly on your zit (this can sting a bit, but it’s usually tolerable) and leave on overnight.

2. Honey

Honey is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory powers. Dab some honey on each pimple or slather it all over your face to shrink those pimples, reduce redness, and give your skin a healthy glow.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is often used as a toner for the whole face to control oiliness, but it also has pimple-fighting properties. Dilute it with distilled water (1 part ACV to 2 parts water is the standard) and pour some on a cotton pad. Apply all over the face and leave on for 20 minutes or overnight.

4. Green Tea

When you make a fresh pot of green tea in the morning (drinking it every day is a great habit to get into as it also helps rid you of belly fat) to go with your breakfast, take some and pour into an ice cube tray, then pop into the freezer. Once frozen, take a cube and rub all over your face–paying special attention to your acne-prone areas–about two to three times a day. This will help kill pimple-causing bacteria and reduce skin inflammation.

5. Egg Whites

Once you’ve separated the egg white from the yolk, whip the liquid in a bowl and apply to your face. Leave on overnight and wash off with water. This will help lessen oil and remove blackheads, in addition to drying up your zits.

Extra tip: Use the egg yolk to moisturize your face after!

6. Tomatoes

Squeeze the juice out of a tomato and apply all over the face. Leave on for about 20 minutes, then rinse.

7. Garlic

Crush one clove of garlic and apply to your pimples. After 20 minutes, wash off with a warm washcloth.

8. Aloe Vera 

Take some aloe vera gel and dab on each pimple. It will help reduce swelling, redness, and inflammation.

9. Strawberries

If you can stand to not eat them, strawberries are said to work well on acne as well. Just mush up one or two strawberries and apply to a freshly cleansed face. Leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse.

10. Mint Leaves

Boil some mint leaves in distilled water until the water is nice and green. Pour into a container and let cool. When the water is no longer scalding hot, apply to the face with a cotton pad. You can also crush the leaves with some rose water and leave on overnight for a more potent acne remedy.

Have you tried any of these remedies before? Which one worked best for you?

Photo by Andrew Comings / CC BY 2.0

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