Home Remedies For Acne

Acne is distressing at any age. And, unfortunately, more and more of us who have long left our teenage years behind have found that pimples are still a problem. This article will provide some excellent and easy natural home remedies for acne using items you probably already have in your kitchen.

Home Remedies for Acne Treatment

One of the best home remedies for curing acne is good old-fashioned - and unflavored - oatmeal. Cook according to directions, let it cool enough so that you don't burn yourself, then apply to affected area. Treat it like a mask and leave on for about 15 minutes, or until it dries. Remove gently with warm water and a washcloth. This will also provide exfoliation. If you can find it, colloidal oatmeal is better as it will also address rosacea and dry skin.

The wonder plant aloe vera can also help your acne. Slice open a leaf and apply the gel over your face. Let dry and rinse off.

Apple cider vinegar benefits acne using it inside and out. (Look for unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with "the mother" - Bragg's brand is readily available in both the supermarket or vitamin stores.) Add a tablespoon to a glass of water and drink daily. Apply apple cider vinegar to your face with a cotton ball, but first dilute with some water because it can burn.

Lemons are another easy home remedy for acne. You can either rub a lemon half over your face, or make a mixture of lemon juice and rose water. (Look for rose water in your local supermarket in the drink mixers section.) Apply the liquid and let dry before rinsing off.

Make a paste with three drops of sesame oil and a teaspoon of turmeric. Be careful when using this home remedy for acne because turmeric will stain anything yellow.

If you're staying in for the weekend, try these aromatic at home remedies for acne. One is to rub fresh garlic cloves, which has an antibiotic effect, over your face or other affected area a few times a day. If that's not possible, limit this home remedy for acne to the evenings because of its strong aroma. The other aromatic remedy is tea tree oil. While many people like its scent, it is strong and medicinal. Apply tea tree oil with a cotton swab directly on the eruptions.

Make a strong tea with several regular tea bags (or loose tea, if you have it) and dried basil leaves. Strain, cool and use the liquid as a toner, applying with a cotton ball daily. Store the tea in a jar and refrigerate as the solution will probably last you a few weeks.

Home Remedies for Acne Scars

These home remedies are purported to help the appearance of acne scars.

Combine sandalwood powder with just enough rose water to make a paste. Using this mix as a mask, apply, leave on for 15-20 minutes and wash off with cool to cold water. Sandalwood powder might be hard to find, but it's inexpensive and can be ordered online. Here are some examples of sandalwood powder.

Rosehip oil can help with the discoloration of acne scars - and as a bonus, rosehip oil has anti-aging properties that can help with wrinkles, too.

Lavender oil also helps reduce discoloration and improve skin texture.

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ConradM 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Lemons and acne - ouch!

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Darren Haynes 6 years ago from Maryland USA

That's funny ComnradM, but it really does help!

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