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Natural Acne Solutions

Updated on October 3, 2009

Acne is a stubborn problem for which numerous creams, chemicals, and treatments exist. The sufferer can begin durations of antibiotics or slather their face with harsh, drying chemicals. These can work to clear skin, but if your acne persists, or if you're looking for a more natural and less harsh treatment, try one of these--probably in your kitchen already and used for years by acne sufferers! One caveat--natural treatments tend to take longer to work than chemical treatments, but they can be just as effective. Keep faith and stick with it, your skin will thank you.


The citric acid and vitamin C in lemon juice can result in helpful effects on acne, though not everyone reports stellar results with this treatment.

  • Coat your face with pure lemon juice on a cotton ball and let dry, then rinse off residue.
  • Mix 1/4 cup lemon juice with 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar and using as a toner.
  • Mix 1/4 cup lemon juice with 2 Tbsp honey or an egg white and leave on the face to dry, then wash off. This pulls impurities out of the skin and help calm inflammation.


Oatmeal works as an astringent, and can absorb oil and impurities from your skin. It is a popular treatment for measles, eczema, and can be effective against acne as well. While there are cleansers and creams that contain oatmeal and can be effective, it is also easy to make your own remedies.

  • Begin with colloidal oatmeal (rolled oats) and grind into a fine powder. Mix this with warm water and apply to skin like a scrub.
  • Cook oatmeal as you would to eat and let cool. When warm, apply to your face and relax as it dries. Wash off after 15 minutes. The oatmeal has sucked the impurities from your pores and you’ve just washed them away!

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is obtained from the leaves of an Australian plant and has excellent antimicrobial activity. The ability of tea tree oil to kill bacteria, protozoans, and fungi is well documented (see the scientific review). In controlled trials, tea tree oil worked better than placebo to ameliorate acne, and in comparison to benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil took longer to work but eventually resulted in similar results and with fewer side effects like itching, redness, and irritation. While these scientific studies are limited in scope, numerous personal testimonies laud the effects of tea tree oil in the treatment of acne, both as an ingredient in face washes and creams, and as a spot treatment. One side effect people complain about is the smell, which is a strong, almost eucalyptus odor. Don’t worry—it will ebb with time and you’ll be left with clear skin!

  • The oil can be applied directly to a pimple with a q-tip; however this may irritate the skin and can dry out the area dramatically, so be careful and don’t go overboard when using this method.
  • Mix the oil with water (up to 10%-15% parts oil per water) in a bottle. Shake (the oil will separate from the water) and apply to the entire face with a cotton ball.


Ever notice how honey never goes bad? That’s because it has antimicrobial activity—which means it can be effective against acne. While not extensively studied scientifically, people have been lauding honey as an acne treatment for years.

  • Apply straight to a pimple and let dry, then wash off with warm water.
  • Add 2 Tbsp to 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar or 1/4 cup lemon juice and coat face with a cotton ball.

Egg whites

Eg whites have a ton of protein, which can help rebuild and reinforce your skin. Results of egg masks are lauded by numerous acne sufferers that claim eggs reduce redness, dries out zits, and clarifies skin.

  • Apply egg white directly to the face and let dry, then wash off. This treatment should be used a couple times a week and in tandem with other treatments.


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      James 6 years ago

      It's great to see other people recommending lemon juice as an excellent acne treatment. It really does work well, and it is cheap. Also, citric acid is less harsh than chemical astringents. I would, however, be cautious with coating my whole face in lemon juice. You would probably be better served in just applying it to individual spots themselves, and not your whole face (so as to avoid the risk of excessive dryness)

      Some other tips your readers might like:

      * If you live near the sea get plenty of saltwater on your skin. It is antibacterial and has natural exfoliation properties.

      * Try to get some sun on your skin from time to time.

      * Increase your Omega 3 fatty acid intake, whilst decreasing your Omega 6 fatty acid intake.


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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Some good alternatives here to try. Good hub!

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      kimbles 6 years ago from The World

      I have a home cure for acne and I have just finished a hub for it ;-) It is a cure that might make you cringe but it is proven to work, it is a cure using your own urine. I know that soulds gross but it is a genuine fact that urine dabbed on the skin works.

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      Acne 6 years ago

      Try Acneace!

      I used it, and after 3 months, my acne was COMPLETELY gone!

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      kmarquize 6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I can't wait to try these out! Thanks for sharing.

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      acne overnight 6 years ago

      Great tips here. Ive been looking for all the different things one can do to get rid of acne and now I found a few more that I didn't know about. Thanks!

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      msms 7 years ago

      So Egg Honey Lime Tea Tree Oat ... we should eat and use as face make-up... Children while they eat put up a lot of food on their faces... May be they know these secrets :-)

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      BYUman 7 years ago from Utah

      Nice tips, liked the pictures as well. Overall a very well done hub.

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      adsensesecrets 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great tips! Here are some to get rid of acne scars...

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      acne on chin 7 years ago

      love this blog on how to cure acne naturally. Some really great tips.

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      InfinityVal 7 years ago from NNY

      Wish I knew about these back in my acne days.

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      Jentle 7 years ago from London

      I also recommend a good skincare regime that involves a gentle fragrance free cleanser twice daily followed by a good moisturiser and a facial scrub once a week.

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      Alison  7 years ago

      has these treatments actually worked for anyone here? If so please gice details.

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      Rhythms 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great Information!

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      haryanto152 7 years ago from pati jawa tengah indonesia

      good information for me thank

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      chin acne 7 years ago

      Really excellent post on how to cure acne naturally!

      I have learnt so very interesting stuff here. I never new lemon could help cure your its a pretty cheap spot treatment! :)

      The honey solution was clever as well. You would think a bit messy though but u an sure very fun to use!

      Thanks for the great hub!

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      hms86 7 years ago

      Try out taking zinc supplements with essential fish oil. It work wonders for my acne. But do take note not to exceed 100 mg of zinc intake as it can be poisonous for the body.



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      Colon Cleansing 7 years ago

      I had no idea there were so many natural remedies for acne! Using eggs that are safe from salmonella (pasteurized) would probably be a good idea, tho!

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      ciidoctor 7 years ago

      u r great

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      aefrancisco 7 years ago from somewhere down the road

      Very Informative!

      Just in time ...

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      izzytellsall 7 years ago

      I had no idea there were so many natural remedies for acne! Using eggs that are safe from salmonella (pasteurized) would probably be a good idea, tho!

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      mzoghori 8 years ago

      One way of dealing with acne is by prevention.It's good to be in sunscreen while in outdoor because the sun's heat leads to prolonged comedones thus damanging the skin leading to acnes.

      You should try as much as possible to avoid being wet or be in wet clothes for a long period of time because it can easily trigger acne.

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      hypnosis4u2 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I know a teenager that spends a fortune trying to keep acne under control - I'll point them to this hub.

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      jonaitis 8 years ago from San Francisco


      It's just a dilution of the oil so it's not so irritating. If you are using it full-strength with a q-tip, limit it to twice a day (that's what I do). If you have sensitive skin, add it to water or some cream to lessen the potency.


      Thanks for stopping by!

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I like natural remedies. Although not sure if I can mix the 10 to 15% oil per water treatment. I also have a hub on laser acne treatment