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Herbal Remedies for Acne - Natural Acne Treatment

Updated on March 5, 2010

Naturally Reduce Acne

There are many prescription and over-the-counter treatments that can be used to help reduce acne outbreaks, but a lot of them contain harsh chemicals that can do damage to your skin, which isn't what you really want.

Many of the commercial products can dry out your skin and irritate it, which in a way will cause you to have more outbreaks, as your body tries to replenish itself of the oils that the acne products are washing away by producing more oil.

If you're looking for a safe and natural way to clear your pimples and keep your face clean, there are other alternative treatments that you can consider.

Some of the less common alternative treatments for acne include acupuncture, mind/body medicine, Ayurveda and Kampo, dietary changes. The easier natural treatments for acne are herbal remedies and homeopathic treatments.

There are many herbs that are known to have anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties, such as Calendula, German chamomile, witch hazel, licorice root, flaxseed, and flaxseed oil, which are ideal for treating pimples.

Herbal remedies are becoming more popular, as they are natural and can safely help your body. Treating acne with herbs and different herbal remedies, will help reduce the inflammation and bacteria that clog your pores, causing pimples. Different herbal treatments will affect different people differently, so make sure that you check out the side effects associated with the differnt treatments before you get started.

Just remember that no matter what you try to use, if you notice any signs of irritation or complication, stop using the product or herb. Let your body eliminate the substance from the body, and after a few days or a week or so, try another herbal remedy or natural treatment. They don't all work the same, and they don't all work for everyone.


Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a powerful blood purifier and detoxifier. The product is commonly used to maintain healthy skin. There are external lotions, creams, and soaps that are beneficial to skin diseases and acne, whereas the Neem supplement has been proven to boost the immune system and energizing the lymphocyte cells and reduce inflammation.

Neem is great to use as an astringent to promote healing or wounds and sores, as well as an anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent to help keep the skin clean.

Neem has been used for other illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, rhuematism, chronic fatigue, cancer, peridontal disease, heart disease, blood disorders, digestive disorders, and nervous system disorders, but it is also great as an alternative treatment for acne and eczema.

You can make the herb into a tea, although it is known to be quite bitter. Other methods of use include the supplement, soap, and lotion.

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel is popular for its healing and soothing properties. It's commonly used for sunburns and abrasions. But, aloe vera gel is a good herbal remedy for acne as well. When you feel a pimple coming on, apply a little gel on the area. The herbal remedy is too% natural and much safer than any commercial product that you'll buy at the store as an acne treatment. The pimple may not disappear completely, but you'll find that the aloe vera gel will help reduce the inflammation and irritation of the pimple, as well as reduce the time that it remains visible.

Burdock Root

If you're a tea drinker, then it won't be as big of a switch. Burdock root can be made into a tea that you should drink. The herb is known for its purifying properties. When drunk as a tea, the herb will clean your skin and body of toxins, which will in turn result in less acne breakouts. It's recommended that you drink about a half a cup 2 to 3 times a day.

You can also take a dab of the tea to soak a cotton ball and gently wipe the affected area with the tea. This will help clean the skin.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is another herbal remedy for acne. It is known for its ability to decrease excess sebum in the skin, which is a common cause of pimples and acne. Sebum is a good oil to have, but when its in excess, you'll find more pimples start to develop. Basically, the jojoba oil mimics sebum in order to trick your skin from producing more; it's also thought that the jojoba oil helps to break down sebum and oil in clogged pores to help clean the skin.

It is recommended that you apply the jojoba oil on your skin to help balance out the excess oils to reduce pimples. The oil will not further clog your pores, as your skin will rapidly absorb the jojoba.

Jojoba oil is a well-known skin remedy to fight wrinkles and age lines.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a great herbal remedy for many different illnesses and health concerns because of its antibacterial and antiviral properties. The herb should be used topically on the skin and right on the pimple. If you feel a pimple coming on, go ahead and put the tea tree oil on the area and see it greatly reduced, as the tea tree oil will kill the bacteria that is involved in causing pimples.

It's suggested to use tea tree oil at night or when you don't plan on having anyone over, as it does have a strong smell.

One study showed that tea tree oil may take a little longer to become effective, but it causes fewer side effects, especially when diluted with water. Undiluted tea tree oil may cause skin irritation, redness, dryness, and itching when applied directly to the skin.


Guggul is a great herbal remedy for skin, dental, ophthalmic conditions, and even the common cold. The herb has purifying and rejuvenating properties that can aid skin conditions like exczema, rashes, acne, and other skin problems.

The herb is also great for weight loss, menstrual pain, lowering cholesterol, relieving arthritis, and improving circulation. Guggul is thought to play a part in lowering blood pressure, as well.

All you have to do is follow the direction and take the Guggul supplement regularly and you will start to see a difference in your acne. The herbal remedy will help clean your body and skin so that you see less acne outbreaks.

Rosemary Extract

Blanch rosemary herb or use a rosemary extract to apply to the affected area. Rosemary will help reduce blackheads and redness of the skin.

Lavender Oil

Apply a diluted lavender oil to the infected area, and the lavender will work to clean the skin and reduce the inflammation. Lavender has also been proven as a good skin toner. Apply the lavender oil on your skin on the rising pimple at night, and in the morning you will see a drastic change.

Haemafine Syrup

The haemafine syrup is an herbal remedy for various skin diseases and illnesses. The herb uses blood purification to keep the skin free of excess oils that cause pimples. The herb will not only help reduce acne breakouts, but it will also improve your complexion and protect yoru skin from viruses and bacteria.

Haemafine syrup has been proven effective against acne, eczema, acute and chronic skin disease, nose bleeds, blood purification, and Psoriasis.

Apple Cider Vinegar

A mix of an organic apple cider vinegar and water will help reduce acne, improve complexion, and help heal your skin. Mix apple 40% cider vinegar and 60% water and pour onto a cotton ball or swab. Gently rub the cotton ball or swab on your skin in a circular motion to help keep your skin clean.


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      HERBCYCLOPEDIA 6 years ago

      Good HUB Whitney.


      As you mentioned Kampo Japanese medicine I'd like to add to your hub that Seijyo-bofu-to, Jumi-haidoku-to and Toki-shakuyaku-san are three of the most effective herbal remedies used in Kampo to treat effectively acne rashes where other herbal solutions failed to suppress it.


      From Ayurveda I'd highlight two herbs, Bhavprakasha Nighantu and Charak Samhita, both with quite good results.

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Great article the natural treatments mentioned in this Hub are great and yes much, much safer than most of the synthetic ingredients found in prescription and over the counter drugs.

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Well-written hub, Whitney.

      I've got to get out more. I had never heard of Neem or Haemafine syrup before.

      And I thought Guggul was something you did with Scope after brushing your teeth.