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Five Home Remedies for Acne

Updated on June 2, 2010
Home remedies for acne
Home remedies for acne

Every day when you wake up and look in the mirror, you see something you don't want to see: acne.

Those whiteheads and blackheads and pustules are so noticeable and they're marring what would otherwise be an attractive face. You want to find some way to get rid of this dreaded curse and go back to having beautiful, glowing and -- most of all -- clear skin.

But maybe you have some reservations about taking some of the scary or harsh medications that are out there for acne, so you don't want to go that route. Instead, you're looking for a natural cure for acne. 

If that's the case, here are five home remedies for acne:

Home remedy for acne #1: a steam bath for your face

In order to treat your acne at home, you need to open up your pores. One way to do this is to give your face a steam bath.

Put a kettle of water to boil on the stove, and put some peppermint and chamomile tea bags (about two of each should do the trick) into a large bowl. When the water gets hot, but not boiling, pour it over the tea bags.

Drape a towel over your head and lean over the bowl for about five minutes, being very, very careful not to burn yourself with the steam. (And of course not to tip over the water on yourself.)

This gentle steam bath prepares your face for other treatments, which you'll want to do right away, while your pores are open. So move quickly to the next natural remedy for acne.

Home remedy for acne #2: a gentle oatmeal cleanser

Once you have cleared up your acne, you will want to move to a more aggressive scrub, such as one that contains salt or sugar, or perhaps an apricot scrub.

But if you scrub your face with anything too abrasive while you have acne, it will just make things worse and cause an even bigger acne flare-up.

So, to make this gentle cleanser scrub, just take some old-fashioned whole grain oats, put them in a bowl and add enough water to make a paste. Lean over your kitchen sink (oat paste will fall into the sink, so it's good to use a sink that has a garbage disposal) and gently cleanse your face, in a circular motion, using the paste. 

When you're done, rinse your face and gently pat it dry. Then move on to the next step.

Home remedy for acne #3: a healing honey masque

Honey has wonderful antibacterial properties, and it will be used as the main ingredient in our healing face masque, which is a great natural remedy for acne.

To make the healing honey masque, get the best quality honey you can find -- preferably local honey from a quality supplier. Good honey often can be found at your local farmer's market.

Take this honey, put it into a bowl and sprinkle in enough old-fashioned oats to create a gooey paste.

Lie down, placing a towel under your head to catch the sticky pieces of oats and honey that will fall down, and smear the masque all over your face. Lie down that way for 20 to 30 minutes, practicing deep breathing and relaxation techniques (since stress can contribute to breakouts.)

After that time has passed, get up and gently wash the masque off (over that same sink that has the garbage disposal -- you don't want to clog up your bathroom sink) using warm, but not hot, water.

Natural remedy for acne #4: fresh aloe vera

When you're done with your honey masque, soothe your skin by breaking off a piece of aloe vera plant and gently squeezing out the aloe vera.

With clean fingertips, gently massage the aloe vera onto your face to soothe your skin, and leave it on for about five minutes.

Then, gently rinse it off with lukewarm water, then some cool water.

Natural remedy for acne #5: natural, oil-free moisturizer

If you have oily skin, you might think you don't need to moisturize your skin, but this isn't true. In fact, you do need to moisturize to keep your skin from producing even more excess oil.

Go to a natural foods store and choose a good brand of natural, oil-free moisturizer and finish your skin care routine off by massaging the recommended amount onto your face. Your moisturizer is your friend.

Making home remedies for acne a part of your life

It's important to consistently use natural acne remedies in order to see results. Of course, if you have a problem so severe that you feel it can't be treated at home, see your doctor. But for many mild cases, home remedies for acne might well do the trick. Good luck!

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      Teverde 7 years ago

      Thank you! These are the remedies I used on myself when I was a teen and would have acne flare-ups, and they worked really well. I found them in a little homemade skin care book that my mom had gotten from a friend. The honey masque is the best.

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      Crazdwriter 7 years ago

      These are great remedies. I knew about most of them but I didn't know about the healing honey masque. I'll have to try that, not for acne but just to keep my face clean and moist. :-) Great hub!