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Home acne remedies - from one who knows

Updated on August 11, 2013

I've often asked: "At what age, exactly, should I be acne free?!"

True story - I've had acne all my life (that's 53 yars...) so I'm the queen of acne home remedies. I've tried them all and some work, some don't. I'm going to attempt to tell you what acne home remedies work for me but, then again, that's just me. Every person's skin is different so the home remedies for acne need to be tried and tested on your own personal case of acne.

But, never fear; there are a lot of acne treatments you can do from home. Something is bound to work. Isn't it?

My mom, at the ripe old age of 95, has exquisite skin and always has. Why, oh why, didn't I get those genes?!

Eating fresh vegetable, fruit and drinking water is the first step in the prevention of acne

Eating fresh vegetable, fruit and drinking water is the first step in the prevention of acne
Eating fresh vegetable, fruit and drinking water is the first step in the prevention of acne

The best home acne treatment is prevention - Short and simple

There are ways to prevent acne breakouts which is your first line of defense in treating acne. The below are some of the things you can do to help guard against acne.

  1. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. I know, I know; everyone tells you that but water plumps up the skin and helps prevent oils from forming. It's the oil that generally congregates around the watercooler in your pores and gives you whitehead, blackheads, or those nasty under-the-skin acne bumps.
  2. Prevent acne by changing your sleeping pattern if you're a stomach sleeper. This one was particularly tough for me as I naturally am most comfortable on my stomach. But, sleeping on your side or your back will allow more air to flow around your face as you sleep. This may help prevent acne breakouts.
  3. Wash your face just twice a day. You might think that you can prevent acne by washing the oils away more often but this is a fallacy - in fact, washing your face more often can make your skin product more oil. If your face is feeling oily during the day, blot your face with tissues specifically meant to soak up oil.
  4. Avoid touching your face during the day. Your fingertips are oily in their own right and touching your face will deposit even more oil on your skin.
  5. Acne free skin will be easier to obtain if you change your bedding, and particularly your pillowcase, frequently. Aim to change your bedding once a week and your pillowcase at least twice a week.
  6. The old adage of eating healthy and getting exercise will also work to keep your skin acne free. And, remember to drink your water!

Try one of the oldest home acne remedies - Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a liquid that you can find in any pharmacy and is a pretty good home acne remedy. But, it's not for everyone. It worked for me - for a while but then the effect of using witch hazel on my acne sort of fell off.

Witch hazel contains tanin acid which is rumored to be a powerful anti-bacterial agent against acne. In the medical community, the use of witch hazel is divided - some doctors think it works, some don't. The only way you'll know if it works for you is to try it.

Just dampen a cotton ball with a bit of witch hazel and moisten your acne spot. I'd try it on an inconspicuous area first (such as your back if you have a pimple there) as witch hazel is sort of harsh and might cause a reaction. If you don't react adversely to it, go for it.

As a warning, do not apply witch hazel to acne more than twice a day as it can be very drying to your skin.

Witch hazel on

Witch hazel comes in many forms and, before you laugh me out of the park, Tucks Hemorrhoid Pads are a perfect way to apply witch hazel to acne spots as they're pre-moistened cotton pads with 100% witch hazel. Just hide the jar from your roommates...

Blast acne with a hot spot device

I bought one of these Zeno Hot Spot devices and love it. If you have acne that starts out as small cysts (hard spots under you skin), just apply this heat device to it twice and day. The heat kills the underlying bacteria and will prevent breakouts - in my experience, it works around 90% of the time.

acne treatment
acne treatment

Treat acne scars with honey masks

Yes, that's true

There is something in honey that actually will help clear acne scars although I have no idea what it is! But, after years of use, I can tell you that it works. You won't see instant results but, if your use honey masks twice a week, you will see a reduction in acne scars within a few months.

Using a honey mask couldn't be any easier - just apply the fresh honey to your face and let it remain on your skin for 20 minutes before washing off with cool water. You skin will be incredibly soft and your acne scars will fade.

Read more from actual users about using honey for a treatment for acne by clicking this link: Using honey as a home acne treatment.

Another great home acne remedy is apple cider vinegar -

Yes, really

It's been a long held conviction that apple cider is just plain old good for you. It's gaining strength right now in the weight loss area as a catalyst to dropping the pounds.

Apple cider vinegar actually contains alpha-hyrdroxy acids which help dissolve the oil which sits on your skin. But, apple cider vinegar is very strong so do not apply it directly to your skin! Instead, make a mixture of 1 part apple cider vinegar to 10 parts water. Crush an aspirin (do not use tylenol or motrin...) into the solutions and stir well to dissolve the aspiring. Salicylic acid (aspirin) will actually dry up acne.

Apply the solution to your skin twice a day and you should see results fairly quickly - within 2 or 3 days. I use this home acne remedy for the times when I have a pimple brewing. Sometimes, it will keep the pimple from developing and quickly shrink the offending spot.

The best acne treatment ever - Proactiv on eBay

I depend on this stuff to keep my skin mostly clear. These days, I only get a mild breakout if I put on a heavy sunscreen - whew. I recommend and stand by this product.

home remedy for acne
home remedy for acne

Baking soda as a home acne remedy?


Baking soda, that age old remedy for about everything from clogged drains to bee stings, is also great to reduce acne flares. Baking soda works by changing the pH of your skin and, hopefully, preventing bacteria from grabbing hold and creating acne. Baking soda is also a bit harsh though so use it just once a day.

There's a few ways to use baking soda as an acne treatment. Read on!

1. Put about a tablespoon of baking soda in the palm of your hand and add just a bit of water to make a paste. Wash your face with the solution. Not only will the slight abrasive action of the baking soda help scrub away dead skin cells, but, using this once a day will give you decent results in preventing additional acne breakouts.

2. Create a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the acne spot. Let dry for 5 minutes or so and wash off. Repeat just twice a day. You might see some peeling of the skin (it's drying) so make sure to use a decent moisturizer afterward.

3. Use baking soda as a toner after washing the skin with an acne preparation soap. Using an 8 ounce spray bottle, add water to the top and shake vigorously to dissolve. Spray your face lightly with the solution after washing and allow to dry. Do not rinse off.

Read more about using baking soda for a home acne remedy by actual users by clicking this link: Baking Soda reviews.

acne treatment
acne treatment

Toothpaste as a home acne remedy?

Now you're pulling my leg...

Nope, not pulling your leg at all - Toothpaste will, indeed, work as a spot treatment for pimples or individual acne spots. Beware though - toothpaste may burn your skin so try a bit on a spot for just a few hours. For the best results, apply a dab of toothpaste to the acne pimple and leave on overnight. In the morning, the redness and swelling should be relieved, if not gone.

Note: This home acne treatment will not work if you try to use gel toothpaste - it must be the original paste type of toothpaste to reduce your acne pimple.

Read more about using toothpaste as an acne home remedy from actual users by clicking this link: Toothpaste as a home acne remedy.

pimple treatment
pimple treatment

Prevent acne breakout with a toner of lemon juice and water

Just as apple cider vinegar changes the pH of the skin, so will a spritz of a homemade acne prevention toner of lemon juice and water. Make sure to dilute the lemon juice though or it can burn your skin. Juice a lemon and add 1 tablespoon to an 8 ounce spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Spritz your face twice a day. Not only will you feel refreshed but you'll smell good too.

Get reviews from actual users of lemon juice for acne by clicking this link: Lemon juice for acne.

If you'd prefer to get your lemon toner on line...

Here's some good buys. I particularly love the lemon and witch hazel preparation - perfect!

Do you have any home acne remedies? Shout em out! Leave me comments please.

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      4 years ago

      Ive been looking for some great home remedies in addition to the products I am already using - great information!!!

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      4 years ago

      I'm going to have to try the apple cider thing, lol its going to be hard for me to get past the smell, but I guess I'll deal with it if it works! Thanks for the info.. great article.

    • mariacarbonara profile image


      5 years ago

      A good diet is soo important for the skin. Exactly what you say drink enough water, and get plenty of fresh fruit and veg. Tomatoes are particularly good for the skin

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      6 years ago

      i have been using raw milk and coconut oil for my severely acne prone skin. dab a cotton ball in milk. then swipe all over your face. you'll see a lot of dirt coming off. press a little harder on your face. after cleaning it like this leave the rubbed milk on your face like this for 5/10mins. then wash with tap water. then pat dry your skin. take coconut oil on your palms. massage your face with that oil. i know it sounds pretty crazy when i tell you to use oil on oily face. but it really softens your skin and brings out more dirt from your pores. it also moisturizes your skin deeply. take a cotton ball and clean that from your face. take a mug of medium heated water. then take a washcloth and dip it into that water and swipe all over your face to take off that extra oil and also opens up the pores to clean up the blackheads and whiteheads. if you can use an antibacterial liquid into that water it would be great for killing the bacteria's in your skin. after doing this bit you'll need to pat dry your skin and then rub ice for 10/15mins. pat dry your skin again. i do all these things every day 2 times. before going out and after coming home at evening. but if your low on time then do this at least 1 time everyday. i am not using any kind of face wash right now for 2 weeks and i don't need one either. i don't even need a moisturizer also. try this. its really gonna help. :D

      I'm sure this will certainly help you to help fight the building up of oil in your skin and big pimples. :) xOxO take care all..

    • CCGAL profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm going to try the baking soda ... that's a new one on me. I've brushed my teeth with it, but never tried washing my face. I generally wash with baby shampoo, and when I've got flares and don't have my antibiotics or rosacea medication, I dab a bit of scalpicin on the bumps. Scalpicin is actually for dandruff, but it's got the same active ingredient (hydrocortisone) that is in the anti itch ointments, and it works well for reducing the redness.

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      6 years ago

      I'm going into seventh grade next school year, and these tips and remedies are very useful!! I have combination skin that is VERY prone to acne, and both the scars from previous breakouts and the acne itself have brought my confidence down a lot, and it's really embarrassing. I have always been insecure about my acne and I've had quite a few people make comments about it, and it really hurt, way more than anyone could ever know. I've tried a ton of different cleansers/treatments/masks and they have certainly helped calm the acne down so I don't get breakouts as frequently, but nothing has made the acne actually go away. Although I recently started using Proactiv and the baking soda remedy, (before I found this article) and it looks like my skin is starting to get better, so I'll be sure to keep using those! I've asked my parents about seeing a dermatologist but I want to see if I can find a good remedy on my own first so I've been doing a lot of research. I am SO glad I found this article. Thank you so much, you are amazing :)

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      6 years ago

      Thank you, good lens. Lemon juice is also used for the treatment of acne: Is Lemon Juice Good for Acne

    • gottaloveit2 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @kathysart: Thank you SO much for the kind compliment. Gertie is becoming more of a handful - she fell 11/11/11 and I finally got her home 12/16/11 after a long time in the hospital and rehab. She's still tickin' though and is a wonderful woman.

    • kathysart profile image


      6 years ago

      All I can say is that I ADORE YOU for taking CARE of your mom.

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      7 years ago

      Nice ideas.Home remedies is best way for removing acne.It is also best to drink more water on daily bases to improve your beauty.I also prefer natural ways to improve my appearance.Thanks for sharing nice post.It's really useful


    • Joan Haines profile image

      Joan Haines 

      7 years ago

      I still get occasional breakouts, and I'm in my fifties. I've always found it's best not to overdo it with cleaning and scrubbing. Be gentle, and it actually helps more.

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      7 years ago

      @Scarlettohairy: Wish I were you!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Very interesting ideas. I don't have too much trouble with acne any more. Some but not much. Living in a dry climate helps, I think.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm pretty lucky on this, as my skin tends more to dryness. I know I should drink more water, so thanks for that reminder. You've explained it all very well.


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