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Acne Free, Clear Skin and Cheap Acne Home Remedy

Updated on November 20, 2010

Experimentation with Acne Face Products, My Success Story!

I’ve suffered from acne my whole life and experimented with just about all of the acne face products on the market. After many years of trying hundreds of acne products and treatments, I’m finally free from the torment and can look in the mirror without cringing. Although, I’m still battling acne scars from the years of abuse to my face, they are fading with time and other treatments. My biggest problem is, I’m a picker, a pimple picker. I still have this uncontrollable desire to pick at the whole one pimple I get once in a while that no one can even see. Of course, I have to go and pick at it until it’s a big red, scabbed mess. That’s my number one cause of scarring and I’m getting better at breaking this awful habit. I’ve never had complex acne that covered my entire face or parts of my body, but it was enough to make me self-conscious. My acne was probably my biggest obsession leading me to spend tons of money on just about all of the acne face products made and every acne home remedy I could find. I’m happy to report that I finally have acne free skin for the first time since I was a teenager. Maybe I can help narrow the search down and save some money for others suffering with acne problems.

Cheapest Acne Home Remedy

Acne Home Remedy

The best and cheapest home remedy for acne that I found is Salicylic Acid and water. Salicylic acid is found in most of the expensive, top quality acne skin products. I just use a cotton pad and rub it on my skin every morning and at night. This natural remedy is very cheap and easy to make. The things you will need are as follows:

1. A 2 ounce travel size bottle with cap (found at any pharmacy).
2. 1 generic/cheap bottle (any size) of uncoated Aspirin (Aspirin is Salicylic Acid).
3. Hot water.

Fill the bottle up with hot water, preferably purified but tap is fine, and add about 10-15 of the Aspirin tablets. Put the lid on the bottle and shake vigorously for a few seconds. Allow the sediment to settle to the bottom of the bottle and apply the liquid to the face with a cotton pad 2 times per day. That’s it! It really has worked miracles for my acne problem. My 13 year old daughter started using this on her acne and she has been thrilled with the results. All of her friends ask her what she’s been doing for her breakouts and now they are using this super cheap acne home remedy too. The both of us have used it for our breakouts on our backs and chests also with great results. For spot treatment on new pimples, just tip the bottle upside down and get some of the sediment from the bottom of the bottle. Apply the wet Aspirin paste directly to the pimple, let dry, and brush off the powder over a sink. Be careful not to get the dried powder in your eyes or nose. It is also a great way to help keep away unwanted wrinkles for older acne sufferers. Anyone who is allergic or sensitive to Aspirin should not use this method.

Another Excellent Acne Home Remedy

Sulphur is also an excellent home remedy for acne free skin. Where to find sulphur in the home? Well, sulphur is found in many foods and also another ingredient used in top quality acne face products. A very simple and inexpensive way to use sulphur to treat and prevent breakouts, is applying egg yolks to your face. Yes, that simple! Separate the egg white from the yolk, mix it up and apply. Allow this to completely dry and rinse with luke warm water. You can use the whole egg if you want but the sulphur content is found in the yolk. This is also a very simple, nourishing and moisturizing facial mask. This can be done as often as you like but usually 3-4 times a week is sufficient.

Quick Acne Tip

One more quick tip is to steam face over hot water or apply a hot, wet washcloth to your face for a few minutes, wash face with an all natural cleanser (not soap), and rinse with luke warm water. After rinsing, splash face in ice cold water. This opens pores, cleans the pores, and then closes the pores to help keep them clean.

A Great Acne Face Product

Another product that I use a few times a week for acne free, clear skin is not a home remedy, but I did want to mention it. It’s called “The Original Mint Julep Masque” by Queen Helene. This is the only acne product that I actually purchase anymore and it lasts forever. This facial mask only costs a few bucks and I use it 2 times per week to remove oil and dirt from my pores. It contains Bentonite Clay and this clay is well known for it’s wonderful ability to remove toxins from the skin and body. It works wonders for clearing a blemish very quickly and healing old blemishes. The mask definitely reduces the size of pores which helps keep oil, dirt, and bacteria from causing pimples. If you prefer to make an at home facial mask, there is a ton of information on the web.

Proactive Acne Solution

The only one acne product line I used to purchase, that actually lives up to it’s claims, is literally the Proactiv Acne Solution skin care line. You know, the commercials you see on TV all the time with all the great testimonials?! It really does work! This is definitely a product I would suggest for more complex acne problems. Since I didn't suffer from severe or stubborn acne, I chose to find other methods of treatment. If your looking for a simple and effective acne free skin care line, then you should definitely look into this product. The Proactiv is used 2 times per day and I would have to highly recommend that you follow the directions. It doesn’t work as well if you skip treatments. The Proactiv Acne Solution really did work for me and my daughter and left our faces with a really nice, healthy glow.


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      honey bunches 6 years ago

      i tried proactiv but it made my face worse.

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      She-rah 7 years ago from Springfield, IL

      Hi Ashley, Thanks so much for your comment! I just use the mask and aspirin/water solution now, so much cheaper and less irritating. I never had a problem with proactive but I've heard of others that have.

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      Ashley 7 years ago

      Thank you for writing this! I used to use Proactiv too and you're definitely right about following directions because I wasn't seeing any results when I only used it at night. However, it did tend to dry out my skin and make it extra sensitive. Keep up the good work :)

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      She-rah 7 years ago from Springfield, IL

      Hi Adam, Thanks so much for reading my hub and your comment! Yes, the economy is hard on us all right now!!!

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      Adam 7 years ago

      Great article. Especially useful in this economy.

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      She-rah 7 years ago from Springfield, IL

      Hi Emily, thanks so much for your comment! I love the all natural stuff, for everything. We switched from regular soap to an all organic and now we don't even need to use anything for acne. My daughters back has cleared up completely without any treatments at all now. She's so excited!!! And yes, the Accutane and Epiduo are horrible treatments!

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      Emilyfv 7 years ago

      Yes. I like all the comments on here. All natural is the best and relieves acne in about the same time a nasty manmade chemical would give or take a day without the bad side affects from some like Accutane -sheesh!

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      She-rah 8 years ago from Springfield, IL

      Yes, all natural! You know, I don't know but I bet if you just slowly simmered the bark in water for several hours and used it as a toner it would contain the same properties as the aspirin and water toner. Don't know if I'd want to drink the water and see if it gets rid of a headache though, lol!

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Salicylic acid comes from the Willow (Salix) so maybe an infusion of that tree's bark or leaves would work too?

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      She-rah 8 years ago from Springfield, IL

      Thank you for the comment Gracenotes! I hope I'm doing well, I've been working my tail off on this, lol. I love being able to write about anything on here even if it is just acne. You never know who can benefit from our hubs. This is definitely the place for finding a wealth of information. Going to check out your hubs!

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      gracenotes 8 years ago from North Texas


      Welcome to HubPages. From your statements in the forums, I'd say that you are doing quite well for a person who's been here such a short time (certainly a better record than I had at that point).

      I also wrote a hub about acne. I'm in my fifties, and don't have a lot of problems with it now, but I still treat proactively (not the acne product!). I don't spend a lot of money on products these days.

      Keep up the good work.

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      She-rah 8 years ago from Springfield, IL

      Hi Shelly- Thanks for stopping by! I used the Acne Free too, it was horrible to my face. Made it peel and itch. It's definitely not like the Proactiv like they advertise on the box, lol. I love the Aspirin trick and it's so cheap!

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      Shelly 8 years ago

      Can't wait to try the aspirin. I was using Acne Free, similar to Proactiv, but my skin was really sensitive to it.