Home Remedies for Acne

Home Remedies for Acne

Looking for home remedies for acne? Acne is a common teenage problem but it can be a major social problem for those who are affected by it. It is only a part of your teenage life and heals on its own when you move out of puberty but chronic acne might need help. It occurs when sebaceous glands on your skin produce oil called sebum. When this sebum interacts with dead cells and bacteria on the skin, it causes acne. Because it is easily seen on the skin and can even leave marks, the first step to treating acne is to refrain from rubbing or picking on them.

Even though a lot of over the counter medications are available, the most effective solutions are home remedies for acne.

Keep Your Skin Clean

People who spend a lot of time outdoors attract dirt, grime, and bacteria to their skin. Wash your face twice a day or whenever you come home after spending a couple of hours outdoors. Follow this up with a toner made of Neem leaves or rose water. You can make this by mixing a few drops of Neem oil with water in a sterilized bottle and shaking it for a couple of minutes.

After toning, apply calamine lotion on your face taking care not to rub it in.

Change Your Clothing

One of the most effective home remedies for acne is wearing loose fitting cotton clothes, which allow your skin to breathe, reducing the chance of acne caused by sweat, heat or friction.

Bring Out The Veggies

The vegetables stored in your refrigerator can double up as successful home remedies for acne. Ripe tomatoes, papaya, cucumbers, egg whites, honey and yogurt are all great face masks that reduce the buildup of bacteria and subsequently acne.

Alter Your Diet

Fried, processed foods and chocolates are notorious for increasing sebum production. Start eating foods that are rich in Vitamin A, C, and E to keep the skin clean and reduce the chances of scarring.

Foods rich in Vitamin A and C include carrots, oranges, berries, and mangoes.

Vitamin E capsules are available in the market. You can even pierce a couple of capsules and mix the contents with calamine lotion.


Because of its cooling and drying properties, toothpaste is among the best home remedies for acne. Apply it at bed time and wash off in the morning.

Early Morning Saliva

As gross as it sounds, early morning saliva dries acne quite fast. Just dab saliva on the acne and leave off to dry. Wash your face when you take a shower.

Remember to keep your skin as clean as possible and do not pick on acne. Picking on them increases the chances of scars and enlarged pores.

Enlarged pores are a common side effect of acne, which can be reduced using the same natural remedies for acne as listed above.

You may also see an increase in blackheads which must be removed from time to time to reduce the appearance of acne. The easiest way to do this is steaming your face for ten to fifteen minutes and then removing blackheads with the help of a blackhead remover tool. Make sure you clean the tool with an anti bacterial wash before using it. Clean your face with the anti bacterial wash after you have removed blackheads. To close the pores which have become enlarged after steaming, apply a face mask made of honey and yogurt.

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