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Acne Home Remedies: Natural, Cheap, Convenient and Effective

Updated on November 12, 2011

The ingredients for acne home remedies are abundant. They can be found in your fridge, medicine cabinet, pantry and even your garden. With so many different options, there is no doubt you can find one that works for you. Many of the most commonly used acne home remedies are probably already available in your home, making them easily accessible in a pinch. In addition to being convenient, most of the best acne home remedies are extremely inexpensive.


Mother Nature has heavily armed us with plenty of blemish-busting power. In fact, there's very little that our skin needs that is not grown from the earth. There are natural skin-correctors, moisturizers, toners, scar diminishers and acne fighters. Listed below are some well-proven all-natural acne home remedies.


It may sound a little absurd to smear something sweet and sticky all over an acne prone face. However, honey is one of the best natural ingredients for a clear complexion. This go-to treatment works by fighting acne causing bacteria. The antibacterial power of honey makes this natural ingredient one of the best solutions for breakouts. In addition to antibacterial properties, honey also offers anti-inflammatory benefits that work to lessen the size and redness of pimples.

  • To use honey for acne, simply apply directly to the infected area. Leave the honey on for 15-20 minutes and remove with warm water. If water alone does not leave your skin feeling clean after this super-sticky treatment, simply use a pinch of dry oatmeal to give the water a little extra lift – not to mention a bonus all-natural exfoliation treatment for your skin!

  • IMPORTANT: Where many people go wrong in this treatment is the type of honey that they use. Most commercial brand honey has unfortunately had the majority of its complexion benefits cooked out of it. The process of most commercial honey uses too-high heat and over dilution to make it effective against acne. The best honey to use is medical grade honey, however this is sometimes hard to find or a little too expensive. All-natural honey will do the trick, as long as you are careful to check the label against the claim. The more pure the honey, the better the benefits to your skin.


Egg Whites

Many of the home remedies that a lot of our great grandmothers used to use are still the most popular today. Eggs are one of the oldest natural beauty-boosters and are still a favored choice. This is because they offer incredible skin benefits, and prove to work against acne and scar prevention. This vitamin-rich acne-buster works by 'feeding' your skin extra doses of much needed zinc. Zinc is a natural healer that helps wounds and blemishes by boosting the working power of the immune system. Eggs also help clear the skin by reducing pores and drying excess oil.

  • To use egg whites simply separate the whites from the yolk and whisk. While a well-whisked egg white will have a firmer, easier-to-apply consistency, it is not necessary if you're in a time pinch. Simply rub the egg white into your skin and let dry. When it's dry, it should have a glazed appearance. The longer the dried egg is left on your skin, the more beneficial. After at least 15 minutes, remove with lukewarm water.

  • There are many different ways to use oatmeal as an acne remedy. One of the most common ways to use oatmeal for a better complexion is to make a mask out of it. Simply cook, let cool and then apply to the entire face. Let the mask dry and keep it on for 20-30 minutes. Remove with lukewarm water. This same process can be used as a spot treatment as well. Another favored oatmeal trick is to use it as an exfoliator by either adding a pinch to your cleanser, or simply using with warm water.


Oatmeal is an incredibly efficient complexion corrector. This all-natural ingredient is a workhorse for our skin. Not only can oatmeal be used to clear pimples but it also works great at moisturizing, exfoliating and toning. Further still, this multitasking ingredient can be used as a mask, spot treatment or cleanser. Oatmeal works by drying oil-pumping pores, exfoliating dead skin and fighting bacteria.

Not all acne home remedies come directly from Mother Nature.

There are plenty of other options that are effective and affordable – and most likely already stocked in your cabinets. Listed below are some not-so-natural but super-convenient remedies that literally cost pennies per treatment.



The stress of big fat pimples on your face can surely cause a headache, so you might as well grab some aspirin. Instead of taking the aspirin however, you can use it to decrease the size and redness of your breakouts. Aspirin is another one of the most commonly used acne home remedies. Many people swear by this method, reporting considerable success. The anti-inflammatory power in an aspirin works wonders against a swollen pimple. Not only does this method quickly reduce the size of the breakout, but it also works to clear pores by sloughing away dead skin.

  • This method is best used as a spot treatment. Create a paste by crushing an aspirin and adding a small amount of water. Once the consistency of a paste is achieved, simply apply it directly to the breakout. The longer the treatment is left on the more reduction in size and redness you can expect. For this reason, this remedy is a great one for bedtime. Depending on how much tossing and turning you do while you sleep, you can decide what is best to keep the treatment in place. You can either cover with little bits of tissue (the method used for a shaving nick) or you can cover with small circular bandages. Remove the treatment with lukewarm water.



Toothpaste is important for a healthy smile, and if it happens to blast away your blemishes too, then that smile will be a little bigger! This tried and true trick is one of the most popular acne home remedies. It is a commonly used solution because it proves to work fairly quickly on many different skin types. Additionally, toothpaste is a convenient option since we always have it on hand. It works against pimples by drying the oil and pulling impurities from the pores.

  • This solution is a simple spot treatment that can be left on from anywhere to 20 minutes to overnight. Tingling is a normal sensation with this method, however if it causes discomfort immediately remove – and consider another home remedy. To keep in place during sleep, use the same methods mentioned above for the aspirin treatment.

  • Do not use gel toothpaste. For best results use a white, gel-free toothpaste.

  • To use baking soda against acne, simply add a small amount of water to make a paste. Apply this directly to the pimple and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Unlike the other options mentioned above, baking soda should not be left on the skin for an extended period of time. It does not take long for this treatment to do its job, and to leave on too long will only irritate the skin.

Baking Soda

Sometimes you may find yourself wondering what doesn't baking soda do? This do-it-all ingredient seems to make it on quite a few home remedy lists. While baking soda has been proven effective for cooking, cleaning, odor-fighting and many other things, it has also earned its place in many of our beauty routines. From whitening our teeth to blasting our pimples, this handy ingredient is a great one to always keep in stock. Baking soda is one of the best acne home remedies because it has tremendous cleaning power. Baking soda works by removing excess grime from clogged pores and drying excessively oily skin.

Acne Home Remedies - The Bottom Line

These acne home remedies have been around for a long time because they work. However, because our skin types vary considerably, so do the best solutions. Our skin has its own personality, and we must understand it in order to find cooperation. Pay attention to how your complexion responds to your lifestyle and adjust things accordingly. While the above mentioned acne home remedies all prove to work for a lot of people, no remedy will work better than living healthy and being conscious of the needs of your skin.


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      Mia Gordon 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting thanks for your comment :-)

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      Mariel 3 years ago


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      dandi 3 years ago

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      Mia Gordon 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Honey is marvellous especially UMF honey and yogurt with tea tree, lavender and need oils added (antibacterial and soothing).

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      leann2800 6 years ago

      When I was younger, I would have tried anything to get rid of acne. I wouldn't have much but even one pimple is enough to scaar a 16 yr old. This is really useful.

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      Marvin Parke 6 years ago from Jamaica

      This is very useful information. There is this old saying, only put on your skin what you could eat.