Home Remedies for Acne


Varieties of treatment are available for acne. But conventional acne treatments can be expensive and often have undesirable side effects like dryness, redness and irritation. This is the reason why many people to look into how to cure acne

April 21, 2018

Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition with an increase in sebum secretion that causes pimples and spots,especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms.
When your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells, acne can occur. Extra sebum can plug up pores, causing the growth of a bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes. White blood cells of your body attack P. acnes, leading to skin inflammation and acne. Some cases of acne are more severe than others, but common symptoms include whiteheads, blackheads and pimples.
Varieties of treatment are available for acne. But conventional acne treatments can be expensive and often have undesirable side effects like dryness, redness and irritation. This is the reason why many people to look into how to cure acne naturally at home.
Below are some home remedies for acne that you might want to try.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting apple cider, or the unfiltered juice from pressed apples. Apple cider vinegar contains several organic acids that have been shown to kill P. acnes. Succinic acid found in apple cider vinegar has an ability to suppress inflammation caused by P. acnes, which may prevent scarring.
The vinegar has the ability to fight many types of bacteria and viruses. It may help dry up the excess oil that is the main causes of acne and the lactic acid found in it has been shown to improve the appearance of acne scars.

Procedure to use it:

  • Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar and 3 parts water. More water should be used for sensitive skin.
  • After cleansing, gently apply the mixture to the skin using a cotton ball.
  • Let it dry for 5 to 20 seconds, rinse with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat this process once or twice daily, as needed.
It should always be used in small amounts and diluted with water as applying apple cider vinegar to your skin can cause burns and irritation.

Honey and Cinnamon Mask:

Both honey and cinnamon are excellent sources of antioxidants. As applying antioxidants to the skin is more effective at reducing acne than benzoyl peroxide and retinoids, this mask can help reduce acne. Honey and cinnamon also have the ability to fight bacteria and reduce inflammation, which are two factors that trigger acne. So the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties of honey and cinnamon may benefit acne-prone skin. 

Procedure to use it:

  • Mix 2 portion of honey with 1 portion of cinnamon together to form a paste.
  • After cleansing, apply the mask to your face and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Rinse the mask off completely and pat your face dry.

Tea Tree Oil:

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia which is well known for its ability to fight bacteria and reduce skin inflammation.
A 5 percent solution of tea tree oil is less harsh than a 5 percent benzoyl peroxide solution and can provide same effectiveness against acne. But it may clear up a little less quickly, that could be after three months of use or more. Dryness, irritation and burning are fewer adverse effects, compared to benzoyl peroxide. Always dilute it before applying it to your skin.

Procedure to use it:

  • Mix 1 portion of tea tree oil with 9 portion of water.
  • Dip a cotton swab into the mixture and apply it to affected areas.
  • Apply moisturizer if desired.
  • Repeat this process once or twice daily, as needed.

Green Tea:

Drinking green tea has many health benifits as it is rich in antioxidants. The flavonoids and tannins in green tea are known to help fight bacteria and reduce inflammation, which are two main causes of acne. The antioxidant epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) found in green tea has been shown to reduce sebum production, fight inflammation and inhibit the growth of P. acnes in individuals with acne-prone skin.

Procedure to use it:

  • Steep green tea in boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Allow tea to cool.
  • Using a cotton ball, apply tea to skin or pour into a spray bottle to spritz on.
  • Allow to dry, then rinse with water and pat dry.
You can also add the remaining tea leaves to honey and make a mask.

Witch Hazel:

Witch hazel is extracted from the bark and leaves of Hamamelis virginiana. It contains tannins, which have strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to treat a wide range of skin conditions, including dandruff, eczema, varicose veins, burns, bruises, insect bites and acne.

Procedure to use it:

  • Combine 1 tablespoon witch hazel bark and 1 cup water in a small saucepan.
  • Soak witch hazel for 30 minutes and then bring the mixture to a boil on the stove.
  • Reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat and let sit for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Strain and store the liquid in a sealed container.
  • Apply to clean skin using a cotton ball once or twice daily, as needed.
As tannins are often lost in the distillation process, commercially prepared versions may not contain these.

Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera, known for its burn-relieving properties, can promote healing, fight infection, and even reduce scarring. It is a tropical plant whose leaves produce a clear gel.
The gel is often added to lotions, creams, ointments and soaps. It is commonly used to treat abrasions, rashes, burns and other skin conditions. Aloe vera also contains salicylic acid and sulfur, which are both used extensively in the treatment of acne.

Procedure to use it:

  • Scrape the gel from the aloe plant out with a spoon.
  • Apply gel directly to clean skin as a moisturizer.
  • Repeat once or twice daily, as needed.
While buying aloe vera gel from the store, make sure it is pure aloe without any added ingredients.

Lemons:

Lemons act as an skin lightener, and disinfectant to reduce the appearance of scars and prevent new pimples from forming.

Procedure to use it:

On a clean face, dab acne with a cotton ball or cotton swab dipped in lemon juice, then rinse with cool water.

Chamomile:

Chamomile helps decrease inflammation from acne.

Procedure to use it:

  • Steep two chamomile tea bags with 1 cup boiled water for 15 minutes.
  • Let the tea cool, then use a cotton ball to dab it on your face after cleansing.
You can also combine the contents of a chamomile tea bag with enough water to form a paste in a blender or coffee grinder, and apply that to acne.

Mint:

Mint can help remove pore-clogging oil.

Procedure to use it:

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh mint with two tablespoons each of plain yogurt and oatmeal (use a blender to pulverize the oatmeal to powder).
  • Leave the concoction on your face for 10 minutes, then rinse off with water.