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Home Remedies For Acne: Beautify Your Skin Naturally with Coconut Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar

Updated on July 1, 2014

Home Remedies For Acne: A Personal Success Story

If you are on a search for home remedies for acne, you've come to the right place. Over the counter and prescription medications promise a clear complexion but rarely deliver results; instead they poison your skin and body.

I have personally struggled with acne since the ripe age of 12 and have experimented with a wide array of products ranging from ProActive to medications prescribed by a dermatologist. Not only were these treatments minimally effective, most left me with dull, flaky, still blemish ridden skin that was almost impossible to cover up with makeup. I concluded that I was going to be burdened with acne until it subsided on its own and there was nothing I could do about it.

Just before I lost all hope, I thought I would try a new approach to treating this extremely common condition that plagues so many teenagers and adults; I began researching home remedies for acne and found a permanent solution. Here's the article that kick started the dramatic change to my skin and confidence: Coconut Oil for Skin.

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Yes, coconut oil will clear your acne

Coconut, whaaat?!

My search for home remedies for acne turned up so many results I didn't know where to begin. One remedy in particular really caught my attention--coconut oil. I wondered how putting oil on my face could possibly help clear my acne and needed to get to the bottom of it. I began searching the web for benefits of coconut oil and was amazed by what I found. Not only does it clear up acne and prevent premature aging, it has a wide range of health benefits. Other sources validated the initial claim that coconut oil is one of the best home remedies for acne but I was still a little skeptical.

Coconut Oil is One of the Best Home Remedies For Acne

Deciding to give it a try, I found some organic unrefined coconut oil at my local health food store for around $12 (15 oz jar). I began by applying coconut oil on my face only at night after washing with my normal cleanser (Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk). Upon waking up the following morning I noticed that my pimples had begun to shrink and my skin was nicely moisturized. I washed my face first thing in the morning and again that night, followed by another application of coconut oil. The next morning I began to see a positive trend; I found a home remedy for acne that was actually working!

Once I was confident of its effectiveness I started to use it during the day as well as at night. It does naturally feel oily when its first applied but it will soak in to leave a nicely moisturized canvas that is makeup friendly.

Say "Hello" to your two new best-friends, coconut oil and apple cider vinegar--amazing home remedies for acne

After a couple of weeks had past I was having very minimal breakouts. I noticed that the breakouts occurred typically if I used coconut oil in the morning and forgot to wash my face at night. With persistence I was very happy with the results I achieved, and still glory in today, from coconut oil. Home remedies for acne are close to perfect, however, I do still get an occasional breakout, though are substantially less frequent and severe than my pre-coconut oil days. When I do get a breakout I have found an all natural complimentary product to use with the coconut oil--apple cider vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar Strikes, Stopping Acne in its Tracks

Apple Cider vinegar has proven to be my second favorite of all home remedies for acne. Apple Cider Vinegar is another completely natural product that encompasses so many health benefits, one of my favorite of course being its pH balancing property for the skin. I have discovered that this product is almost equally as successful in treating and preventing acne as coconut oil. In combining the two products my skin has a naturally healthy glow and is free of blemishes.

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What and Where to Buy

Face Wash

In order for any home remedies for acne to work, its essential that you are using the right face wash. This will be key to finding that perfect skin hidden under those consistent breakouts. Never use harsh soaps on your face as they will dry your skin up and actually cause more oil production; additionally they can cause premature aging of the skin. Find something that is pH balanced and composed of natural ingredients (as much as possible).

I myself have had great luck with Juice Beauty and Murad products. Right now I cleanse my skin with Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk. These products can typically be found at Sephora retail stores and other stores online. Be sure to buy through a reputable dealer whenever you purchase beauty and skincare products online. There are a lot of fake products on the market.

Now, these two home remedies for acne can be found easily at your local supermarket or natural food store.

Coconut Oil

The brand of coconut oil I have always used is Nutiva, though most any organic virgin coconut oil will do the trick. If you are a bargain hunter, its safe to say that the internet offers more competitive pricing and size options than local stores. If you are not in a super rush I would recommend this route as I have found trusted websites selling this product for half of what it is sold in my local stores, even after shipping costs. When you find a good deal why not stock up. You will be delighted by all the uses you will find for this product. Natural lip balm, anybody? Or a luxurious overnight hair treatment?

Apple Cider Vinegar

As far as ACV goes, my product of choice has always been Bragg's Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar--so far I haven't found anything quite like it. I usually pick this item up for no more than $4 at the grocery (located in the salad dressing isle) or natural food store.

Dermatologist Verifies the Benefits of ACV on the Skin

My Daily Routine


  1. Wash face with Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk
  2. Pat dry
  3. Put a small amount of diluted apple cider vinegar (1 part ACV: 4 parts water) on a cotton ball and rub all over face, avoiding eye area
  4. Once ACV is dry, apply coconut oil with clean fingertips all over face (even on lips to give them some added moisture)

PM: Repeat above steps.


  • I recommend initially doing a spot check to ensure you do not have a negative reaction to ACV.
  • ACV can be used at full strength to spot treat a blemish should one appear.
  • It can also be diluted to whatever suits your skin whether you are doing a spot treatment or using it all over your face; if you have sensitive skin you may want to dilute it more than advised above.

Remember, coconut oil and apple cider vinegar are from nature and nature cannot be beat!


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    • Adele Elves profile image

      Adele Elves 

      2 years ago from India

      Coconut oil has numerous uses, and one of the most important functions is to prevent acne or cure acne.Coconut Oil for acne is a proved treatment.

      You can also read about benefits of coconut oil

    • profile image


      2 years ago


      Thx so much for yr advice and yr idea.



    • maolaun profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Boston, MA

      I have heard of people having some success with healing scars with coconut oil--I personally don't have experience with this. Please let me know how it goes if you try it!

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Does it help for scars too?

    • YogaKat profile image


      7 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      I love coconut oil. I have been using it on my hair and in salad dressings/cooking. I feel like a new woman-shiny hair and lots of energy.

    • maolaun profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Boston, MA

      Sorry for the late reply! Yes, coconut oil has been gaining in popularity recently for cooking, skincare, health, etc; as a result, you can find it at most grocery stores and definitely at health food stores. Always buy the most unrefined, organic products available!

    • imdad1 profile image


      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      can i buy those products from supermarkets like asda ? eg.

    • maolaun profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Boston, MA

      Bloghead, I hear you! I try not to put it on my face during the day, mostly at night. Especially when I know I'm metting up with friends or family and hugs are going to be involved. ha. You can use it externally on dogs as well to soothe hotspots or irritation caused by fleas. I love having it around the house because it seems like you can use it for everything. : ) Thanks for the feedback!

    • Bloghead profile image


      9 years ago

      I didn't know ACV can be used externally, but there's something about the smell that bothers me. hee Nice hub anyway.

    • maolaun profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Boston, MA

      Thank you. I see you're new to Hubpages, I'm fairly new too. I'll be on the look out for some hubs on beauty and fashion.

    • FashionPro profile image


      9 years ago from New York City

      Did you know that the ACV is a natural astrignet just like Witch Hazel? I stray from using harsh chemicals, especially on my face. I use ACV every single night. Thought I was the only one!

      Haven't tried the coconut oil although I cook with it and know its great for your skin! Will try and report back! Great hub!

    • HELLA profile image


      9 years ago from Boston

      This is great!


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