Top Home Remedies for Acne

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Acne vulgaris (or acne) is a real problem in society, cosmetically.  And that is why brands like Proactiv make almost a billion dollars each year from people with acne.  If you are someone with acne, you do not need to resort to over-the-counter topical ointment to treat your acne.  There are actually many home remedies for acne that will be able to treat your skin condition just as well.  In this article, we will go over the various home remedies to treat acne and how effective they are.

Home Remedies For Acne

Acne overwhelmingly affects those who are young – 85% of young adults and adolescents have the condition.  However, acne is not just a problem for those who are going or who are young – acne also affects many people who are long past their childhood.  While acne can be a serious condition that can affect your self confidence as well as your psychological well-being, it is best to avoid topical treatment as they contain chemicals that can adversely affect your skin.   That is where home remedies come in.  Home remedies are a safe and cheap solution to your acne troubles.  Let’s go into further detail about the different options you have when it comes to home remedies for acne.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil for acneCoconut oil is an extremely effective form of treatment for acne vulgaris.  Coconut oil contains the two extremely powerful antimicrobial agents – Capric acid (or decanoic acid) and Lauric acid.  Lauric acid is also  found in breast milk and is used to keep the babies protected from infections.  When these acids are applied to the skin, the skin transforms these acids into Monocarpin and Monolaurin, replacing the epidermis and thereby protecting you from microbes.  Coconut oil contains a fair a bit of Vitamin E, which helps the sebum glands in your skin operate properly by waterproofing the skin.  Coconut oil also does a great job of moisturizing the skin and reducing inflammation.   Some people think it is a little weird applying oil to the skin, especially their face.  If you are one of those people, you might be happy to know that you can also consume it orally.  One of the most popular ways to consume it orally is in your food – by cooking with coconut oil.  You can use coconut oil to cook instead of corn oil, or olive oil.

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Manuka Honey

Manuka Honeyfor AcneManuka honey is also another popular alternative treatment for acne.  This type of honey comes from New Zealand, the origin of the manuka bush.  Manuka honey has significant antibacterial and wound-healing capabilities and therefore is a great candidate for treating acne.  Another reason why Manuka honey is great, it’s because of its ability to cleanse your pores.  Blocked pores are one of the primary reasons for acne.

Manuka honey is a little more expensive than regular honey but they are probably the best type of honey to treat acne.  To use honey to treat acne, just apply it to your face like you would a cucumber mask.  But unlike regular masks, honey will not dry up.  It will kind of slide all over your face so make sure you are lying down on an even surface.  And yes, it is extremely sticky.  Remember to dampen you skin a little bit before applying the honey as honey is rather thick.  Also, it is important to first test the manuka honey in a small area of your skin to see if you have an allergic reaction to it.  If you do not get a reaction to it, apply to the rest of your skin.

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Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil for AcneTea tree oil has been used historically as an antiseptic to prevent infections.  However recent studies have found that tea tree oil is also extremely effective against mild to moderate acne.   A study published by the British Journal  of Dermatology found that tea tree oil did just as well to treat mild to moderate acne as over-the-counter topical medication did.  Unlike coconut oil, this oil should not be ingested. Rather, it should be applied topically.  Like many other home remedies, you may be allergic to this type of oil.  So be sure to apply a small amount to a small area of your skin first (not the face) and see if you have an adverse reaction to it.  People with skin conditions (other than acne) in particularly should heed this advice as their skin is particularly sensitive.  Also, try not to apply it too close to the eyes as it has a burning sensation similar to that of onions.

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Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil for AcneJojoba oil is an extract of the seed from the Jojoba tree.  Although it is called an “oil”, it is in fact not really an oil at all.  It is a wax-like substance.  Out of all substances used to treat acne, jojoba is the substance that is most like the oil the skin produces.  Because of this, it helps trick your body into thinking it has enough sebum so it does not overproduce to cause acne.  Jojoba is a good cleanser that clears your pores and does a great job of moisturizing your skin.  Jojoba is a bit more on the expensive side.  For an 8 oz bottle, it can cost upwards of $14 to $20 depending on where you purchase. Be careful not to use too much though – as it tends to shine your skin when you use anything over 6 drops at a time.

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Oatmeal Mask

Oatmeal Face Mask for AcneThis is probably the most easily found and accessible home acne remedy on the list.  Oatmeal does a great job of treating acne because it absorbs and removes extra oil on your skin, removes bacteria, and gets rid of any dead skin cells – all in one application of the mask.  Since this is a mask, it is a little more involved than just taking the ingredients and applying it topically to the skin.  To make the mask, you will need to blend the oatmeal in the blender.  Then you will need to mix the blended oatmeal with hot water already boiling in a pot.  After mixing it in with hot water, you continue to cook it for a minute or two.  After that, you will need to let it cool.  Before applying the mask, you will need to clean your face and dry it.  Then, apply the mask to your face and let it sit for up to twenty minutes.  Then remove the mask and wash your face.  Also, if you have redness or any inflammation of the skin, an oatmeal mask is also a great way to get rid of it.

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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera for AcneAloe vera has long been used for a variety of purposes.  Historically it has been used as a herbal medicine, dating back to the centuries BC.  Recently, it has most prominently been marketed as a dietary supplement , helping with people with digestive issues.  A lot of research has also gone into it being used in conventional medicine to treat wounds, diabetes, skin cancer, and other medical conditions.  But what Aloe vera is most widely known for is its use in helping the skin.  A lot of cosmetic products include Aloe vera to moisturize the skin.  If you have acne problems, Aloe vera is actually great for acne scarring as it has been empirically used to treat scars.  It is also great for acne treatment because it hydrates dry skin and strengthens the outer layer of the skin to protect it from toxins.  Aloe vera comes in many forms.  You can use it as a topical ointment.  You can also use it as a lotion or a soap.  You can ingest it by drinking Aloe vera juice.  You can even cut off a leaf from an Aloe vera tree and apply it topically onto the affected area.

Aloe vera is readily available at your nearest grocery or drug store and can be found almost anywhere online.  It is also pretty cheap as you can get a 24 oz bottle for around $10.  Aloe Vera has been known to cause diarrhea and dermatitis.  However rare, it is still something to consider when you are using it.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda for AcneBaking soda, like Aloe vera, serves many purposes other than what it was first discovered to do.  It is a chemical compound of sodium bicarbonate which was historically known to be used as a cleaning agent.  However, as time passed we learned of more and more uses for it, so now we can find it everywhere.  With its chemical reaction to acidic goods, it can be used to make certain baked goods rise quickly.  Taking it in orally can have great affects medically (as it can be used to rid your body of certain diseases), or physically (as it has been proven to enhance performance in professional athletes).  You can even find it in your toothpaste to act as a whitening tool to help make your teeth shine.  So with all of these different uses, it would be more surprising if it WASN’T able to help out with your acne.  That being said, you can apply a paste of baking soda mixed with a little bit of water to your face in order to help rid yourself of acne.  The science behind it is actually really simple – since acne is caused when the oily substances on your face clog up your pores with all the dead skin cells they carry, the obvious answer would be to get rid of all the excess oil on your face.  So if you apply a baking soda paste on the areas of your face suffering from acne, you can dehydrate that area and soak up all the oil.  After that is done, you must wash your face (to get rid of all the dead skin and excess baking soda) and then apply lotion to the dry parts of your face so that your body doesn’t feel the need to produce more oils.  After following those steps, you will be able to see your acne healing much faster, as well as notice a dramatic decrease in the amount of acne you get (if any).

You can get baking soda at any grocery store for anywhere from $2-4.  And if your family likes to keep your food and pantry fresh, you probably already have a box in either of those locations, so you can just grab a tablespoon full of it, mix it with water, and get to clearing your pores.  Baking soda may be one of the cheapest and easiest solutions you can find, and is definitely worth checking out if you are experiencing an acne outburst. Check baking soda and honey face mask recipe here.

Grape Wine

Red GrapesGrape wine contains a chemical compound called alpha hydroxy acid which is used in many cosmetics for clearer skin.  It is used often because of its natural ability to exfoliate the skin, leaving your pores clear so they can breathe properly.  The reason acne comes to be in the first place is because of the clogging of pores, due to the follicles getting suffocated by the dead skin carried in your body’s natural oil.  By using alpha hydroxy acid you can take preemptive steps toward clearing your face by releasing all the dead skin before it becomes a problem, and also helping the already infected areas to heal faster by providing them a boost to getting rid of all the garbage clogging the pores.  You can find a bottle of grape vine is most grocery stores for about $7-12, or you may even already have one at home.  Just applying some to your infected areas will help tremendously, and your skin will be able to breathe like never before.



So not everyone with an acne condition has to spend $20 a month on topical ointment to stop the outbursts.  There are many home remedies that anyone can use to help their condition, but no matter how good these home remedies are, they will need your help to keep the acne from coming back.  So after using these solutions, make sure you wash your face daily, keep your hair from touching your forehead (mostly if you have oily hair), and use lotion on your face when it is dry so your body doesn’t naturally try to produce more oil.  If you follow those steps while using these home remedies, your acne will no longer be a problem.


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