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10 Ways to Treat Acne Naturally

As I get older, I have begun to look more and more for natural ways to care of my body. I have done this for a few reasons. The first is that it’s usually healthier to use natural things rather than manufactured products containing chemicals and God knows what else. The second is it’s almost always if not always cheaper to do things naturally. Lastly, it’s surprisingly easier to mix together a few things from the grocery store rather than finding that one product in the store or ordering it online and waiting for it to arrive. Because of all of these things, we’ve posted about other uses for household itemsnatural beauty recipes using everyday foods, more natural beauty tips and more. Today, I bring you the plight that has plagued me for years and the ways I have discovered to treat acne naturally. Before you buy some more Clearasil, Neutrogena or Proactiv, give one or more of these ideas a try. I have not bought any acne products since discovering these recipes and I don’t think I ever will. Here are some of the best ones I’ve found to give you some natural help!

Apple Cider Vinegar or Rubbing Alcohol as Toner Both of these are highly acidic, meaning they can kill dead skin cells and clean out pores very well, but you should be careful with them as well. They work just as well as any store-bought toner and are much cheaper. Rubbing alcohol is especially potent, though, so be sure to pay attention to your skin when using it. If it begins to dry your skin out, lessen the use of it. You can either use it less often or dilute the liquid with some water.

Honey as a Quick Fix Honey is naturally antibacterial, which is why it’s used in many scrubs and facials. If you have a pimple that you need to be rid of by tomorrow, just put a dab of honey on it, then a band aid to keep it in place overnight. The next morning, the pimple will be gone or significantly smaller. You can also use honey by itself as a facial mask. Leave it on for an hour or longer if you wish to see a clearer complexion by the next day.

Toothpaste as a Quick Fix If you don’t have any honey around the house, you’re sure to have some toothpaste. It must be white paste and not gel, though. Just cover the pimple in toothpaste and then put a bandaid over it before you go to bed. The pimple should be gone or much smaller by the morning.

Lemon Juice as Toner Lemon works as a toner like apple cider vinegar and rubbing alcohol, but because it is so acidic, it can’t be left on your face for very long. Apply lemon juice to your face as a toner, and wash off after 15 minutes. In just 15 minutes, it will dramatically clean off the dirt, oil and dead skin on your face. Don’t use this one too often though.It’s a very strong treatment and because of that, your skin could become very sensitive to it if overused. It’s an extreme treatment for severe acne, so only use when necessary.

Brown Sugar Scrub This is my personal favorite and what turned me onto using natural things rather than buying acne products. In the shower, once your skin is damp (and your pores have been opened up by the heat), scrub the acne problem areas with brown sugar. This will clean out dirt, dead skin cells and oil clogging your pores and soften your skin as well. The next day, you will see a noticeable change in your acne and your skin will be silky smooth. If you really want to get the most out of this scrub, apply a toner after you get out of the shower to truly clean out everything in your pores. Use this scrub only 2-3 times per month though, because it dramatically opens and cleans your pores. If you overuse it, your body may begin to overproduce oil and your acne could get worse.

Egg White to Remove Oil Crack 1-2 eggs in a bowl separating out the yolk from the egg white. Then, beat the eggs whites gently until consistant. Next, simple spread it over your face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. The eggs white remove excess oil from your skin.

Egg Yolk to Stop Pores from Clogging Just as egg whites help acne, egg yolks have benefits as well. Most of the nutrients in eggs are found in the yolk and it’s very true for your skin. Eggs yolks contain lots of Vitamin A, which is comprised of retinoids. Retin-A, which is used in many beauty products (and you’ve probably heard of it on many commercials) is found in Vitamin A. It’s great for battling acne, because it helps regulate the amount of skin cells being produced, therefore preventing your pores from becoming clogged. Also found in Vitamin A is 13-cis-retinol, which helps regulate oil and bacteria production. So, a yolk battles all of your skin problems in one use. Just crack 1-2 eggs and separate the yolk from the egge white. Mix the yolks together then apply to your face. Within a few minutes the yolk will harden. Once hardened, let the yolk sit on your face for 15-20 minutes, then rinse off. Besides the fact that it is a very cheap and useful treatment, this facial mask can be used as often as 1-2 times per week.

Freeze out Pore Problems This may sound odd, but one way to get rid of dirt, oil and dead skin cells is the freeze the pores. When pores get cold, they close up forcing out the dead skin cells, bacteria and oil. Once you’ve forced out the bad stuff from your pores, you can wash it all away to prevent it from spreading to another part of your face. Pack a plastic bag with ice, then wrap it in a hand towel. Place it on the problem area for at least 10 minutes. Once the spot is good and cold, use a face wash (and cold water) and then toner.

Garlic to Prevent Breakouts Smash two peeled garlic cloves into a pulp or until you can squeeze juice out of it. Apply the juice to your face and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. There’s not much science behind this treatment, but it does work. The good thing is that you can use this treatment as often as you want, but don’t leave it on for extended periods of time, because it may eventually burn your skin.

Mint to Soothe Skin Mint contains menthol which is a natural anti-inflammatory. This means it takes away the red that plagues your skin when you have acne. You can use either mint oil or the juice of blended mint leaves. Just apply to the affected areas of your face or your entire face for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off with water. You can use this treatment as often as you’d like, too. Due to the fact that it is an anti-inflammatory, it won’t bother your skin.


Hopefully these tips can save you a few dollars in this economy and you can do things a little more easily and naturally.


chloe4 - February 3, 2015 - 7:55 pm

I don’t normally use a toner, but I wanted to add salicylic acid into my deep cleaning routine. I bought the Citrus Clear Sensitive Wash after reading the reviews. Some folks thought the “fruitty fragrance” was too strong, but I have a very sensitive nose and the smell was awesome – plus its not a fake smell – its actual lime and lemon. I really like how clean my skin feels after using it. I have enlarged pores around my nose and this definitely gets them clean.

Dr. Ritu - July 10, 2014 - 6:02 am

Excellent post!Advanced natural system of medicine has now made it possible to fight against skin problems such as acne. Homeopathy works on a principle of ‘Like Cures Like”. Holistic homeopathic remedies help you to fight against acne naturally. You may try homeopathic remedies along with the home remedies listed in this post to completely get rid of acne.

Olivia Mill - April 10, 2014 - 1:21 am

nice post.. it gives me good information … :),

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Review of Acne treatment - March 16, 2014 - 6:40 am

I have heard that acne will be different for people living on different part of the world and treatment may also be different??

Linsay - February 10, 2014 - 6:10 am

I found a website with natural guide to treat acne, and i think it can help you. Here: http://tinyurl.com/p5ppcxg

Dr. Ritu - February 6, 2014 - 10:02 am

I’m 16, and I’ve had a problem with acne on and off since I turned 13. For two years I mostly tried to make do by washing my face with soap a couple times a day. That usually left my face looking red and kind of puffy. And it didn’t really do much to get rid of the acne and used different acne product that made big claims. Nothing seemed to really help, then I tried homeopathic remedies and they really worked for my condition. I used homeopathic remedies for 3 months and till now I m totally free from my acne.

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Thanks! These are helpful tips for treating acne as well giving awareness to anyone suffering from acne breakouts.

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Rici - November 7, 2013 - 3:21 am

Hi, after trying most popular products out there. The one which really helped me was Acne No More. Really did change my life!

rani - October 31, 2013 - 12:47 am

In case that won’t reduce or even eliminate the pimples breakouts, you will need to check with a physician to use more ambitious treatments. Problems may perhaps assign antibiotics coupled with topical ointment benzoyl peroxide.

jomar apac - October 21, 2013 - 12:41 am

i hope it will help me as i am suffering for ance almost a year from now… please give me some advices as it really disturbes me and lost my self confidence. Thank you a lot.

miranda - September 23, 2013 - 1:28 am

FYI: It’s important when you use honey to use only “raw” honey. Raw honey has all it original nutrients. Processed honey which is all you find in the stores is pasteurized and heated which removes most of the beneficial nutrients and wont work as well. Also I have had amazing success with oatmeal. I blend the oats in my blender until they are a flour like consistency and mix with water to make a paste. I let it sit on my face for a couple minutes and it gives me radiant supple skin. It is the very best thing for sensitive skin and those whom are acne prone like myself.

Michael Wu - September 17, 2013 - 6:08 pm

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albion - September 6, 2013 - 4:56 pm

My advice to people is to always read the labels and use it according to the directions. Also, you should only purchase that do not have harmful chemicals! As these chemicals can lead to more acne! I started getting acne when I was a Junior in High School. I tried all of the well-known product lines but my skin would become somewhat “immuned” to the product after a week a use. I finally tried the Citrus Clear products I found online. After about a month of using Citrus Clear, I was so happy. Citrus Clear cleared, healed, and prevented acne.

Allen G - August 21, 2013 - 2:11 pm

Great article. I’m inspired by the fact that you choose to use a natural approach as opposed to using drugs. Glad I came across this.

Savannah - August 9, 2013 - 8:53 am

Oh my goodness this works so well. Thank you so much. I have used every acne treatment out there. They never work. So I started using these and they work so well.

Anna - August 1, 2013 - 8:10 am

Great list of possible home remedies for acne, I would like to pass on another I spotted, that is turmeric, mixed with plain yogurt and applied as mask. Turmeric seems to be used quite a lot in Asia.
Not forgetting Tea tree oil, although a bit pricey this oil diluted with another as a carrier, can be excellent.

Deepak - July 27, 2013 - 5:15 am

Lemon and toothpaste work good for me.

enigmas - July 17, 2013 - 1:05 am

here is another one, At first hint of a pimple, wrap an ice cube in a piece of plastic wrap and hold it up to the area at last twice a day–every hour if you can, but for no longer than five minutes each time. The cold will reduce the redness and ease the inflammation.
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Michael Wu - July 11, 2013 - 5:34 pm

It starts within inside your body then outside your body! Cleansing your colon and eating a right diet!

Viktor - June 6, 2013 - 2:55 pm

I love that you included lemon juice in your list of treatments. There’s lots to learn about each method and it comes with loads of other benefits, check out a full article about how lemons can cure acne here: http://acne-pimples.net/populartreatments/lemon-juice-for-acne-natural-treatment/

Natural treatments are the best because they usually never come with bad side effects!

katieC - May 29, 2013 - 7:46 pm

I found the Citrus Clear Control Wash to be the acne wash that works the best. Its not perfect, but here is my breakdown and it should help you:

The product has a really nice tingling feel to it when it’s on your face.
The bottle is easy to use.
It doesn’t dry out your face.
The scent is good and not overpowering.

I get the occasional pimple, and this didn’t seem to reduce the frequency at which they occurred.

sam stevenson - May 29, 2013 - 3:32 am

Thank you for this very useful message to cure acne naturally
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Jim2 - May 25, 2013 - 9:09 pm

I tried searching for solutions in curing my bothersome nose pimple, but all I saw were expensive and hard-to-find medications. Thanks for sharing the info. I am particularly interested in the lemon juice and toothpaste solutions you mentioned. I have already tried using rubbing alcohol before and it dried the pimple, but I am not so sure if it was too strong that it left a noticeably dark coloration in the skin which could not go away even after several days.

Beauty Blogger - April 18, 2013 - 12:12 am

The lemon is good for a lot of things! You can actually leave it on for longer than 15 minutes~ Apply it to your skin at night and leave on over night and rinse of with cool water the next morning! Sensitivity comes when you have lemon juice on your skin and your skin is exposed to sunlight! This is why it should only be put on at night! If you are only using it as a toner then 15 minutes is enough but if you to treat acne or remove a scar or blemish you need it on longer at least 4-5 hours! Unless you want to lighten your skin however I don’t recommend using more than twice a week unless you have a dark scar than you can use it 3-4 times a week directly on the scar! Click my name to visit my blog for more info!

Mary Anne - April 14, 2013 - 7:39 am

thank you soooo much for your tips… I can now prevent my pimples not spending money too much… :D

jenna - April 10, 2013 - 9:20 pm

thanks for your great natural ideas :) i’m looking forward for more :) by the way, do you know how to get rid of acne marks? Thank you!

Adeline - March 2, 2013 - 3:20 pm

It is important that you have the best self-esteem and facial presence that others like to look at, however those individuals plagued with acne and poor-looking skin undergo deep pains and issues from being self-conscious of their unhealthy looking skin

Bekah - March 1, 2013 - 12:56 pm

I’ve used nearly all of these remedies. All but one of them I’ve used in one way or another, and I’m in love. I’ve had on-and-off acne prone skin since I was a girl, and I’ve found over time that NOTHING that a dermatologist can offer will help. At least, in my case. These natural remedies work wonders and don’t harm your skin, however, be advised (like trisha says) that acidic juice from lemons, oranges or limes makes your skin more sensitive to UV rays. You should never be tanning or going without sunblock anyway, as it’s so terrible for you, but yeah. Citrus juice will make your skin more sensitive. Also, garlic is antibiotic and full of antioxidants. It can and does BURN when used straight, but my skin is tolerant of almost anything at this point. :) Put a few drops of water in with it if you think you’ll be sensitive, and try in on one spot rather than an entire area to see how you’ll handle. Don’t get any of the garlic near your eyes. It works wonders. I can’t believe how well it works, but it can burn sensitive skin, is all I’m saying. I also firmly believe in eastern medicine (accupuncture, accupressure, energy healing, etc) and recently discovered “The Healing Code” book. I’ve been doing basic things like this for several years, as modern medicine has really failed to help with my skin problems, and really any other problem I’ve ever had. The only thing I go to a modern doctor for is a broken bone. Really.

Helena - February 1, 2013 - 11:56 am

I’m going to try these out starting today. I went to my doctor asking for a solution and she just told me to go on birth control… I was off for a white and don’t have a reason to be on it now, but she told me to go on it for my skin. I was really looking for a solution more like these. Thank you so much. I’m going to try the brown sugar one in about 10 minutes (I currently have coconut oil in my hair as well). I am all for natural solutions.

Emma - February 1, 2013 - 8:46 am

Thank you so much! I’ve had acne for such a long time and i’m getting really annoyed with it right now because it just won’t go away! The store bought products have irritated my skin without really improving my acne so i’ll give these a try!

tongesai - January 8, 2013 - 1:16 am

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Mai - January 1, 2013 - 11:59 am

Thanks so much! My face is just filling up with acne ! I’ll try each one of these out! Thanks so much for helping!

Eva - December 31, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Pansy flowers are also great to clear acne , also chamomile is great natural antiseptic.

Ang - December 28, 2012 - 5:29 pm

Cannot believe this site…………..simply the best. Will be trying them all out. Going through terrible breakouts……Great information. I have had enough of meds, gels and countless appointments. Will need to do my own work.

Ainee - December 25, 2012 - 10:38 pm

There is another remedy that uses Honey and Lemons. Cut up a lemon in half and use one of the half’s and put 3-4 drops of honey on it (any honey is fine). Take that half slice with the drps of honey on it and scrub it all over your face(except your eyes). Make sure that you get some of the lemon’s juice to come out on your skin. This helps to reduce the amount of pores on your face and also helps to reduce the amount of blackheads on your nose. So, make sure you scrub it a lot around your nose! *Hope this helps anyone out there!

Jean - December 10, 2012 - 8:21 pm

thanks for your info , it’s helpful.

grace - December 2, 2012 - 5:47 am

glad i found this site…..i cant wait to try this on….ill tell you the results..

lucygrove4 - November 28, 2012 - 9:54 am

Thank you so much. The tips and advice have really helped me to get lovely clear skin. lucy x

Rebecca - November 17, 2012 - 3:55 pm

These are great tips – thanks! I tried the brown sugar scrub and it was awesome! I’d also recommend adding oatmeal and plain natural yogurt to your list. You can use them together as a mask or just wash your face once a day with oats (add a little warm water, mush it up and cleanse for 1-2 minutes) – both have done wonders for my acne. You can also add ground oatmeal and water to honey and make a mask from that.

Zoe - November 10, 2012 - 4:16 am

Wow! Really informative post! These tips are not just cheap remedies for acne but they are natural as well, great work and really inspiring :)

Quan - October 27, 2012 - 3:38 am

Any suggestions on how I could implement the products above into a daily regimen?

lemon juice - October 23, 2012 - 10:08 pm

I have mild acne and I have tried lemon juice for acne, not just a toner. Lemon juice contains salicylic acid which exfoliates the skin. This penetrates clogged pores that are the root cause of acne.

For me it worked wonders. First, I don’t have sensitive skin. It’s tough. The lemon juice didn’t bother me. Second, I applied it at night and left it on my face until my morning shower. Sometimes it felt sticky on the pillow.

In one case it literally cleared up a zit overnight. The zit had just formed due to stress and was relatively small. I applied the juice directly to it one night and by morning it was gone.

Michael - October 13, 2012 - 4:40 am

Has anyone tried es oregano oil? I’ve heard by using it internally it can work??

John - October 10, 2012 - 12:56 am

I have been bothered by my acne outbreak good thing I saw this article. I’m tired of taking meds and going to the dermatologist. I might try this tips and see if they could prevent future breakouts. LOL.

Thanks for this wonderful post!

fuji - October 10, 2012 - 12:52 am

Thanks…are there any alternatives for Honey??..thanks..

Claire - October 9, 2012 - 1:10 pm

@ Ryan – yes, you can use peppermint. Peppermint is just a type of mint, and all mints contain menthol, which is what reduces the redness.

Ryan - October 9, 2012 - 6:18 am

Is peppermint oil the same as mint oil? I cannot find anything online for mint oil as all the search results return peppermint oil.

Sheryl - September 9, 2012 - 1:00 am

I’d like to try them all.

Kim - September 2, 2012 - 8:43 am

how do you apply the lemon juice toner?

Kristen - July 24, 2012 - 1:44 pm

I found a brightening toner on pinterest that is lemon juice and witch hazel diluted with water its not over bearing for the lemon juice n makes my face tingle but I’m still fighting off my acne:( it’s very discouraging so I’ve been checking pinterest for alot of home remedies and I’m hoping some of these work for me because Ive tried almost every store bought brand to clear up my face

Claire - July 11, 2012 - 9:39 am

@Jen ~ I’m sorry, I don’t have any right now, but if you do a search, you will surely find many natural remedies. I’ll see if I can find something reputable for another post.

Jen - July 10, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Do you have any remedies for dark spots on the face?

Brittni - July 6, 2012 - 10:19 am

nevermind, i just read the other comments…sorrrry (:

Brittni - July 6, 2012 - 10:18 am

On your other post, with the scrubs and masks you can make from food, it says to use a toner after the brown sugar and honey…can I use lemon juice as my toner?

Trisha - July 2, 2012 - 10:18 pm

In regards to your lemon juice as a toner, I advise caution to this. I was in Mexico back in May of this year, and it was a tradition to sip on margaritas and sit outside by the ocean and relax. Well this year we decided instead of buying the nasty premade mixture, we would squeeze our own limes. Anyway, long story short, I got a severe burn – much like an acid or chemical burn on both of my hands from the lime juice soaking into my skin and being exposed to sun, even after I thoroughly washed my hands. (this was the ONLY part of my body that got burnt, I wasn’t just sitting in the sun the entire trip, trust me) they blistered and swelled up pretty bad, it took about a month to heal and the color of my skin still hasn’t recovered yet. I advise anyone to not put any acidic type of juice anywhere on your body especially not your face that can be exposed to the sun. I believe the term is called phytophotodermatitis.

brooke - June 18, 2012 - 10:05 pm

Is the toothepaste treatment suposed to burn a little bit?

Caroline - May 22, 2012 - 3:58 pm

When using the brown sugar/honey and rubbing alcohol treatment when should you put the rubbing alcohol on?

Claire - May 17, 2012 - 11:54 am

@Beth I haven’t tried that, but I’m sure it would work just fine. You just need the garlic juice

Beth - May 15, 2012 - 9:00 pm

I don’t have any whole garlic cloves, but I have minced garlic. Would it be alright to use some juice from that?

Whebe - April 6, 2012 - 6:28 pm

Skin mostly makes an issue over all individuals that’s been regardless of age and gender. It deals with pimples, acne and some skin irregularities. It may sometimes pathetic to hear but then we have to deal and face this reality or else it will be a life time burden.
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Skin Care Tips - February 6, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Another great ingredient that is sadly often overlooked is plain old Sesame Oil. Sesame oil has been used for centuries in the middle east and is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which, even though it’s oily, makes it ideal for dealing with acne. Just apply a very thing layer to your skin after you’ve cleaned your face.

You can even get hold of a jar of Tahini Sauce (which is made with the sesame seeds and garlic) and use some as a face mask! :) Also great for acne!
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Krystal - January 28, 2012 - 6:44 pm

Just tried the brown sugar/honey then rubbing alcohol – feels wonderful!!! Thank you, can’t wait to try the rest!

Katie - January 23, 2012 - 9:18 am

Yeah It just gives me a big red mark, and it’s a little itchy.

claire - January 22, 2012 - 1:08 pm

oh no! are you okay?

Katie - January 22, 2012 - 10:51 am

I tried the honey, it worked okay, but I forgot I am allergic to band-aid adhesive.

Katie - January 18, 2012 - 10:17 pm

Garlic is a natural antibiotic, that may be why it works. Thanks for the good info. I love using natural ingredients. My best friend works at a store called skin foods and its products made from natural ingredients with some mild preservatives. It’s kind of expensive, but It works better than anything I have ever used. I bought the green tea face wash (which also helps with acne) and the fresh juice toner, and they are amazing. They have a brown sugar honey mask like one you mentioned on here, but the black sugar mask is AMAZING. Skinfood.com

ALICIA - November 27, 2011 - 1:02 pm

Thank you, so glad I found this site. Thanks, pinterest!! :)

Jen - August 21, 2011 - 6:19 pm

Thank you!

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