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Home Remedies for Treating Acne

Updated on December 30, 2010

Home Remedies for Treating Acne

There is no need to spend a lot of money on fancy face care products. These home remedies are less expensive and work just as good, if not better. For example, a dab of toothpaste on a pimple can clear it up overnight. This lens explores home remedies for treating acne.

Home Remedies for Treating Acne

All home acne remedies should include a healthy diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and drink a lot of water, daily.

Use tea tree oil from melaleuca alternifolia, an Australian tree. It has antibacterial activity. A 5 percent solution is as effective as a 5 percent solution of benzoyl peroxide with fewer side effects. Tea tree oil is also known to stop cold sores dead in their tracks too.

Use a cotton ball to apply liquid vitamin E on affected areas daily. Vitamin E is an antioxidant, and is beneficial for the skin.

For skin blemishes, apply honey. Honey is known to kill bacteria.

For acne lesions, apply Aloe Vera juice twice a day to speed up the healing process. Aloe Vera is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Use rose water to wash your face 2-3 times daily.

To get pimples to disappear quickly, use ground nutmeg with milk and apply on the affect area.

Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice with 1 teaspoon finely ground cinnamon powder and apply on affected areas frequently.

Lavender is known for its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. Wash your face daily with 1 part lavender essential oil to 10 parts water. Use Lavender oil added to chamomile to treat eczema on the skin.

Another method is to massage your face with the skin of lemon before washing your face with warm water.

To strengthen the skin's resistance to acne, take vitamin B5 and zinc supplements daily.

Treat large pours on your face with a paste of sandalwood powder with masoor dal.

To reduce a swollen pimple, apply toothpaste on it and leave over night. Use paste toothpaste, not the gel type.

Cucumber is refreshing for your skin and can prevent acne. Apply on your face and leave on for about 20 minutes before washing with warm water.

Essential oils should be diluted with water or used with other oils or lotions. Never apply an essential oil straight from the bottle onto your skin.

Do not use any of these remedies without consulting your doctor first, especially if you are pregnant.

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Cucumber

Cucumber is refreshing for your skin. Cucumber helps to reduce that geasy feeling, soothes itchiness, tighten pores, reduce eye puffiness, and leaves the skin feeling frsh and cool.

To Reduce Oily Shine:

Coarsely chop 1/2 a peeled cucumber.

Place in a blender and blend until smooth.

Apply liberally to face and allow to stay on for 15 minutes.

Rinse with cool water and pat face dry.

For Blemishes:

Place the following in a blender and blend until smooth:

1/2 cucumber, peeled

1 tablespoon instant nonfat dry milk

1 teaspoon plain yogurt

Apply to face and leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. For acne lesions, apply Aloe Vera juice twice a day to speed up the healing process. You can purchase aloe vera juice but there is no need for that if you already have an aloe vera plant in your garden. Just break off one of the leaves and gently rub the juice on your face.

Vitamin E Skin Oil 12,000 I.U. help moisturize and soften dry, rough skin and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E is known for its healing and moisturizing powers.

Lavender

Lavender is known for its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. Wash your face daily with 1 part lavender essential oil to 10 parts water. Use Lavender oil added to chamomile to treat eczema on the skin.

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Facial Steam Treatment for Acne

Ingredients:

4-6 cups hot water

1 drop Bergamot essential oil

2 drops Lemon essential oil

Directions:

Pour the hot water into a bowl.

Add the essential oils.

Drape a towel over your head, bending over the bowl at least 8 inches from the water level, to form a tent.

Keep your eyes closed during the steam treatment, for 15-20 minutes or until the water has cooled.

Gently pat your face with the towel to dry.

Tea Tree Oil

Use tea tree oil from melaleuca alternifolia, an Australian tree. It has antibacterial activity. A 5 percent solution is as effective as a 5 percent solution of benzoyl peroxide with fewer side effects. Tea tree oil is also known to stop cold sores dead in their tracks too.

Honey

It is well known that honey has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and it has been used as a treatment for wounds and other skin problems for thousands of years. An alternative to using pure honey is to buy an acne product that contains honey. These can be bought over the internet and come in the form of skin creams and soaps.

Zinc and Vitamin B5

To strengthen the skin's resistance to acne, take vitamin B5 and zinc supplements daily.

Antiseptic Toner for Acne

Ingredients:

4 ounces distilled water

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Witch hazel lotion

1 teaspoon Honey

2 drops Tea Tree essential oil

2 drops Bergamot essential oil

2 drops Juniper essential oil.

Directions:

Add the distilled water to a small spray bottle.

Add the vinegar and witch hazel.

Add the essential oils to the honey and mix well.

Add the honey mixture to the bottle and shake very well until completely mixed.

Mist over the face after cleansing or moisten a cotton pad and smooth over face to remove oils and dirt.

Toothpaste

Toothpaste clears up a swollen pimple overnight! To reduce a swollen pimple, apply a small dap of toothpaste on the pimple and leave it on overnight. Use paste toothpaste, not the gel type.

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      Ako 3 years ago

      I read somewhere that acne is kind of easy to cure of nowadays. I never had them myelf, but I heard this method is pretty cool, check it out.

      http://recommendedstuff.info/acne

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      This is a great lens. It has a lot of wonderful information. Thanks for sharing.

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      oiloflife 5 years ago

      Try olive oil based soaps!!!

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      Merlo 5 years ago

      The food you eat really plays a big part in the health of your skin, and reduces acne when done right. But sometime you just have toget rid of pimples fast

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Jekon 6 years ago

      Some of these home acne remedies coming with a balanced and healthy diet really work well for mild acne.I have succesfully get rid of acne by using them.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great info and layout. 5 stars for you.Good LuckLens master of Skin Care Tips and Best Acne Treatment

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      modz 7 years ago

      This is very informative lens you made here because i got acne I'm cleaning with "Salicis" acid, srry i don't know how to translate Salicis from Lithuanian to English :/

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I like 'home remedies' and you have some interesting ones here. I never had acne as a teen, but have some small areas on my chin now in my 'old age' :-). Think I'll try that 'toothpaste' one.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      some really interesting ideas for treating acne. I am not sure that I could try honey (too sticky) but I would image tea tree oil to be very effective.