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How to Get Rid of Acne Naturally With Spices, Herbs, and Supplements

Updated on January 18, 2012

Everyone has experienced it at some point or another: the sun rises, the birds sing, you get out of bed, stretch, take a sweeping glance in the mirror, and there it is... a zit. And another. And another. No matter your age, your diet, or even your hygiene routine, acne can strike anyone, and there is one thing that we can all agree on: we want to get rid of it. Although there are numerous pharmaceutical and cosmetic grade options available, there is not a single product that works for everyone, and because of this, prescription medications may not always be effective. If this is the case for you, you may want to get rid of acne naturally. There is an almost endless array of natural remedies, but in this article, we will focus on the use of spices, herbs, and supplements.


Crushed spices are incredibly versatile, and can be taken on food, in capsules, or mingled with tea; however, they are most effective when used in masks. If you want to get rid of acne naturally, and you are something of a mad scientist when it comes to home made beauty products, here are some of the best crushed spices for acne:


Often used in herbal remedies for acne prone skin, this spice, when crushed, can easily be mingled with water or coconut oil in order to create a paste. When the paste is applied to the skin, it is said to help inhibit the growth of bacteria, and reduce inflammation.


Marvelously tangy and beautifully scented, turmeric is a spice that has long been a favorite in Indian medicine. Not only is this spice useful in drying out existing blemishes, it is also said to help clear away blackheads, prevent dry and broken skin, and slow down the signs of aging.


As it is incredibly rich in vitamins A and C, saffron is a spice that is often used to not only clear away pesky blemishes, but also promote healthy, beautiful skin. This spice is especially beneficial when mixed with antibacterial substances like honey or lemon juice.


Like crushed spices, herbs can be mixed into food or placed into empty gelatin capsules, but are most useful when taken as teas. Unlike spices, which are typically used to clear away external impurities, herbs are more often used to cleanse the inside of the body. Some of these herbs include:

Red Clover:

A potent blood purifier, this herb has long been used to aid in the healing process of numerous skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

Dandelion Root:

This powerful herb helps to cure acne in several ways. To start, it is packed with vitamins like A, C, and D, as well as trace elements. Additionally, dandelion root is said to help clean the liver of toxins and excess hormones, which can all aid in the development of acne outbreaks.


This herb has been used for centuries to help heal and cure a number of skin conditions. Thought to increase blood circulation, burdock is said to help get rid of acne naturally by increasing the rate of elimination of toxins in the skin.


The most effective supplements that you can take to get rid of acne naturally are the vitamins C and E, and the mineral zinc. Though they work their best when used together, they are still useful when taken individually, and here is why:

Vitamin C:

A powerful antioxidant, this vitamin is said to both protect the skin from toxins, and help remove existing toxins from the body.

Vitamin E:

Like vitamin C, vitamin E is thought to protect and purge the body of toxins, but is also said to help boost the immune system and promote moist, supple skin.


Both an anti-inflammatory and a potent wound healer, this trace mineral is excellent for healing and preventing the symptoms of acne.


As with any change to your diet or skin care regimen, it is important to discuss any changes with your doctor, and double check that these natural remedies will not interfere with any medications you are already taking. Though most natural remedies are safe, it is important to pay close attention to your body. If you experience any adverse reactions, please stop use immediately.


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      mvaivata 5 years ago

      Thank you, SherryDigital! I'm glad you were able to find some new stuff to try!

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      Sherry Duffy 5 years ago from Here. There. Everywhere. Currently: Portland, OR

      Great stuff! I'm happy to find some herbs on is list that I haven't used yet.

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      mvaivata 5 years ago

      Thank you so much, jeyaramd!

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      jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      A very interesting hub on the benefits of natural remedies for known conditions such as Acne. Thanks for sharing this informative hub. Its obvious that you put a lot of heart in this hub. It shows. Keep up the great work. Would definitely pass on the message. Thanks. Great hub. Voted useful and interesting.

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      mvaivata 5 years ago

      Thank you for your comment, kerlynb. I would definitely agree that getting a well-rounded supplement is really useful. I've also tried black strap molasses and milk, which helped me a lot. :-)

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      kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Thanks for this detailed hub about possible natural remedies for acne. A Japanese friend of mine swears by turmeric! She fought acne for years until she was told by an Indian in Japan that turmeric just might help her... and it did! As for me, I take supplements - vitamin C and sometimes multi-vitamins. I too have to deal with regular breakouts so I need to always make sure that I am getting the nutrients that I need:) Sure this hub will help a lot of people stressing over acne. Voting your hub up and useful as it really is :)