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Spa-At-Home: Recipes for Home Made Acne Facials & Treatments

Updated on February 9, 2012

Acne is well known as the bane of a teenager's existence. But whether it's stress or genetics, some of us still get breakouts long past adolescence, and even into middle age! Here are some basic, yet effective acne-fighting recipes. No outlandish ingredients, no chemicals, no infomercials needed! Incorporate these easy-to-make recipes into your regular facials, and see the results!

Depending on your skin, you may find that some work better than others for your individual needs, so try them all at least once. Rotate the most effective remedies to ensure you do not over-expose your skin to certain ingredients, which may be too strong for daily use.

Masks and Packs

For use 1-2 times a week.

Baking Soda-Bran Pack

  1. Mix 1/4 cup bran or oatmeal with 2 tsp baking soda.
  2. Add enough water to make a thick paste.
  3. Apply liberally all over face, avoiding eyes.
  4. Leave on 15-20 minutes.
  5. Rinse gently with warm water.

Garlic Mask

  1. Peel and crush eight cloves of fresh garlic.
  2. Apply to face, avoiding eye area.
  3. Leave on 10-15 minutes.
  4. Wash off with a warm cloth.

Tomato-Honey Mask

  1. Mix 1/2 tsp camphor lotion, 1/2 tsp tomato juice, and 1/2 tsp honey.
  2. Apply paste to face, avoiding eye area.
  3. Leave on 15 minutes.
  4. Wash with luke-warm water, then rinse with cold.

Milk-Lime Peel

  1. Boil 1/4 cup whole milk.
  2. Mix in juice of one fresh lime, and 1 tsp glycerin.
  3. Apply to face, avoiding eye area.
  4. When dry, peel or wash off with warm water.

Toners and Tonics

Apply after mask for best results.

Basil Tonic

  1. Boil 1 cup water.
  2. Steep 2-3 tsp basil leaves for 15 minutes.
  3. Strain, let cool.
  4. Apply to face and neck with cotton ball or pad.

Vinger-Honey Toner

  1. Mix 3 Tbsp honey into 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar.
  2. Stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Store in refrigerator 3 days, stirring daily.
  4. Apply to face and neck with cotton ball or pad.

Peppermint Face Tea

  1. Boil 1 cup water.
  2. Steep peppermint tea bag for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bag and let cool.
  4. Apply to face and neck with cotton ball or pad.

Aloe-Thyme Tonic

  1. Stir 2 tsp thyme into 1 cup aloe vera juice.
  2. Store in airtight container.
  3. Let sit in refrigerator overnight.
  4. Shake mixture, strain thyme out, leaving liquid.
  5. Apply to face and neck with cotton ball or pad.

Spot Treatments

For those last-minute emergencies, try these on-the-spot remedies. (No pun intended!)

  • Apply a paste of ground radish seeds and distilled water to dry up blackheads.
  • Put a dab of toothpaste on pimples for overnight relief.
  • For breakouts, mix 1 Tbsp corn flour with 1 egg white and apply to area.


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      sneha 23 months ago

      Hii.. i hv an pimples its marks also small pores nd black circle arround eye.. so wich facepack i use to reduce all these.....gv me suggetion plzz

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      Mia Gordon 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Great page so much information thanks! I also use neem and lavender oils in all my acne home remedies because they're soothing antibacterial and great for scarring too (these and the tree oil).

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      Foyjur Razzak 4 years ago from Dhaka

      Spot treatment might be the best option for small breakouts. This can make sure that just the afflicted areas. Try to find treatments containing salicylic acid, salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.There are many remedies that you could find online too.

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      One good tip for us shiny-faced folks is to make sure you moisturize daily. I know it seems counterintuitive, but giving your skin some moisture will prevent it from over-producing oil.

      Also, check out my other Hubs with natural skin treatments. I have laid out what each treatment is best for.

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      taylor 6 years ago

      Hi. Me and my cousin are trying this stuff for the first time and i hope these work. Anyone have sugjestions for a less shiny complection? I have it bad. I cant wear a hairtie without people calling me shiny head.

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      nscareproducts 6 years ago

      Hi Maddie, Thanks you for these face treatment :-)

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      jenniferg78 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      A friend of mine came across a cleanser for your face, all you need is an egg!!

      Crack open the egg and separate the yolk.

      Smear the white of the egg over your face and leave to dry. Rinse.

      Smear the yolk of the egg over your face and leave to dry. Rinse.

      Simple and it made her skin really soft! (I was skeptical but it worked!!)

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      Samantha 6 years ago

      Thank you for the tips . ? (needed them badly lol)

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      Zeina 6 years ago

      Hi Maddie, thank you for your Recipes, can these be used daily?

      Also, what are recipes for marks, ive had them for years..

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      Stormie 6 years ago

      Hi! I am an adult who has suffered from extreme acne all of my life. I have bought every product you could imagine... I stumbled on this site out of desperation. I tried the bran.baking soda recipe. Actually I changed it by warming it a tiny bit... I must say.. it really improved my skin overnight. I will continue to use this. Also, I have learned this.. even those with oily skin should moisturize! I use a very light and breathable facial moiusturizer meant for sensitive skin!

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      toni 6 years ago

      Sorry posted twice... thanks for the remedy.

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      toni 6 years ago

      you only have home remedy for face..

      do you have home remedy for hair?

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Hi Toni,

      Try these hair remedies:

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      toni 6 years ago

      you only have home remedy for face..

      do you have home remedy for hair?

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA


      Radish seeds should be available at your local garden store. You can also buy them in bulk online.


      Try the Sugar & Spice scrub, followed by the Sweet & Sour cleanser on this page:

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      sarina 6 years ago

      Hi maddie

      what remedy would be best for Face to be smooth and soft n will make face glow?

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      Tara 6 years ago

      Where can I get that?

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Lemon juice will help lighten spots, as well as help prevent future breakouts, but it can be a harsh irritant. Dilute it with some honey or warm water before applying to your face.

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      rubi 6 years ago

      What is the best remedy for dark spots on face?

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Hi Tara,

      Try making a paste from radish seeds and applying it to the affected area. That often helps.

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      Tara 6 years ago

      Hi I have black spot on my face n I used lemon juice, honey but its not helping me that much...I need some good home remedy that will really help for those black spot to be gone...please help..

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Hi Me2,

      Everyone's skin is different, and unfortunately during puberty some pimples are inevitable.

      I'd try the baking soda/bran pack first, once or twice a week, followed by the basil toner and then a good moisturizer. You should also check out my other Hubs on facial mask and scrub recipes to see if any of them work for you.

      Good luck!

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      Me2 6 years ago

      Hi I'm 13. I REALLY need help!! My pimples r really bad and I need to have a nice face before I go to highschool. Please help me!! Can u tell me which 1 works the most effectively ? And which 1 is the fastest?? PLEASE HELP ME ASAP!! thanks. Btw I NEED HELP ASAP!!

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      Jessa Cruz 6 years ago

      Keep up the good work. Looking forward to learning even more through your memos.

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Hi Van,

      Try the citrus and/or thyme scrubs on this page:

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      van 6 years ago

      what can i do about those stubborn blackheads on my nose?

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      pooja karwa 6 years ago

      hai Maddie Ruud..!!!

      This s pooja ..!! i have spects spot on my noise ..!!can u help me instant solution to get rid off within in 2 days ..!!

      thank u

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      carlyfor 6 years ago

      forr the baking soda and bran/oatmeal mask, does the oatmeal need to be cooked?

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      Courtney 6 years ago

      Ok, I had this huge zit on my forehead kinda in between my eyebrows and I was a little stupid and popped it now it's really red with yellow scabs. Will the toothpaste help at all with this? Or do I need to do something different because I wash my face everyday and have prescribed pills for my acne too, but nothing really helps at all. Please help!!

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      lollies 6 years ago

      so many or you people just comment "what can i use for this?" but there acctually an awful lot of stuff for everything on this web page

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      hamza 6 years ago

      i have so many pimples on my face till two years.plz tell me that what can i do for these pimples.tell me the best way to get out this pimples age.

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      juliet 6 years ago

      i am 23years old and am light in complexion.there is constant pimple like boil on my face and blackspot.i have use so many facial product and it doesn't work rather it get worsen.i have use the paste and natural method yet not thing just so fade up.what do i do please help me

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      britt1234 6 years ago

      hi i was wondering if you have any solutions for white heads please help thank you

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      Meagin 6 years ago

      Where is everyone finding Lady Soma products? I have never heard of the brand before, but really want to give it a try! I just Googled it, and cannot find anything...

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      Maddy Padge 6 years ago

      Previously, I used soap and I would get breakouts occasionally. Then I tried Neutrogena which made me break out badly and I stopped using it after a week and went back to soap. Then I did some research online and decided to try Lady Soma's Antioxidant Berry mask and what a great purchase.

      Once per day, I have been using Lady Soma's Antioxidant Berry mask and it has been great to me. It has not only prevented breakouts, but it is also clearing out the little white heads that were on my forehead (I have oily skin) and blemishes. It's not a harsh product either and feels rather mild. I can see why everyone loves this mask!

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      Kellie 6 years ago

      I would reccomind lemon juice and water! It works magic for me. I have suffered from bad acne for awhile now and I just recently started using a product called dermalogica clean start. My face looks amazing. Its natural gental. Kinda pricey but soo worth it. Hope I can help!!

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      homemadeacnecure 6 years ago

      Great recipes.

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      dee dee 6 years ago

      hey! some of these recipes r realli cool just dat i don't really have all the ingredients and so what else can u recommend cause i have serious pimples and i have a mask but after the pimples are gone they become dark spots and they look so freaky.

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      ashley 6 years ago

      how do you take away redness?? Plaz help me??

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      bu 6 years ago

      cool i hope this works!

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      Bekah 6 years ago

      Hello, what would be the best effective home remedy to get rid of blackheads, acne, and pimples overnight? Thank you; I appreciate your help!

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      Bella 6 years ago

      Hi, can drinking green tea really clear ALL of your pimples (blackheads, whiteheads, etc.) in just two days? I'm going to a party this Friday, and I really need to get RID of ALL of my pimples! My friends have beautiful, perfect, clear skin, and they always brag about it... PLEASE HELP.

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      Kristin 6 years ago

      Hello, I'm Just wondering what I Can use for my face that will help with acne scars??

      Thank u

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      Raina 6 years ago

      Hi, I also want to use the baking soda-bran pack with oatmeal... Will it really clear all my breakouts? My friends have perfect clear skin, and they always brag about it. I want to have skin like them in just one day too.

      Thank you.

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      Ashley 6 years ago

      Would the baking soda-bran pack get rid of my acne in just one day? I really need to get rid of all my blackheads and pimples...

      Thank you for your feedback(:

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Peaches won't help you, Ashley, but you can make the baking soda-bran pack with oatmeal. I'm sure you have baking soda in the house; just ask one of your parents where it is.

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      Ashley 6 years ago

      Hi, I am in the same situation as Tyler, but I only have peaches and oatmeal at my house. Would the Peach mask get rid of my acne? (I am also thirteen years old)


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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Hi Tyler,

      I would crush some garlic and apply it to the affected areas (as in the garlic mask described above). It stings, but it really works to clear up breakouts. Then, before you go to bed, you can apply a spot treatment on any particularly big pimples or blackheads. I recommend a dab of toothpaste (if you have a non-whitening toothpaste), or a paste of baking soda and water, to draw out the moisture. Good luck!

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      Tyler 6 years ago

      Hi, I am thirteen years old.

      Do you have any easy-to-make home remedies that will get RID of blackheads on noses and pimples on foreheads?

      THANK YOU.

      I'm going to the dance tomorrow, and I really want to get rid of my acne. Please HELP!

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      lovex 6 years ago

      i hate acne it makes me look sooooo ugly i've had it for so long i cant remember what i look like without spots and even worse i got a prom coming up in 3 weeks the spots have got to go i need a quick solution please help !!!!!

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      Annie 6 years ago

      I don't really have ance...

      ...I have these black marks..

      ..near the nose area.

      I think its caused by wearing glasses.

      i tried changing glasses..

      ...but it hasn't worked.

      Please help.

      its really noticeable!

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      Adele 6 years ago

      my skin is all types w all different types of acne. the toothpaste actually works- have done it b4 but 4got about it till now. i start high school in a couple of days... hope something works. am using the baking soda and oatmeal first and will post again about if it worked. oh, and dont 4get about diet and exercise. it really does matter in the long run.

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      Candy 6 years ago

      I think that most clensers will work for me I just can't get into a good routine any ideas to remind me to wash my face

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      koya 6 years ago

      Omg i just used it and my face us so smooth and like all my scares went away and it wash bruning when i used i. So i know it work i have try every thing nothing work and this die thank for every

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      Krista 6 years ago

      I have a ton of blackheads and pimples. Actually... I think I have every kind of pimple on my face. I have super oily skin. I have tried a million different products. And I definitely do not have coconut oil or glycerin. What are some really effective recipes for my skin type?

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      Herbert Mcgee 6 years ago

      Thanks for the article, I was always interested in anything related to the subject of acne, especially adult acne!

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      pink6 6 years ago

      I had the worst acne i had tried everything i even tried mixing all diferent kindes of face scrubs,masks,and gels and it was so annoying that i couldn't find anything to work then i tried sugar and water and a little of my favorit soap and most of my acne was gone in a week or two another thing that works is a little mint toothpast now my acne is not so bad but i still have just a little acne and i hope its all gone before i go into middle school!!! :)

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      Erin 6 years ago

      My favorite homemade acne toner contains lemon and rosewater... Mix the juice of a fresh lemon with equal amount of rosewater. Apply it on your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes before washing. It helps kill acne bacteria and fade blemishes. Really works for me at least!

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      meemae 6 years ago

      i have terrible black heads on my nose i need something quick and easy that i can use right away and something i don't have to go out and buy to get rid of them also i have to hug zits and i need something for them .. please help

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      Lena 7 years ago

      What can I use for spots (dark sun spots ) that I left after my pimples are gone!? Is the any natural methods, scrubs? I use gentle scrub and 60sunblock everyday , but the spots are still there. Please help. Also I don't have a lot of breakouts now, but which mask should I use to keep my face pimple free ? Thx ps I'm female 35yo

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      mae 7 years ago

      All this sounds great i,m looking for a cure to stop or slow down facial hair growth, i shave as or pluck hair at least twice a wk if not it would be hard to tell me from my husband.

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      Kalysa  7 years ago

      I have a pimple and it is big. I put non-whitening tootthpaste on it and my skin got dry a peely.

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      Victoriablue 7 years ago

      What's a good treatment for blackheads? And another treatment for combination skin. Plz thanks. :)

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      Ruchira 7 years ago from United States

      An interesting hub :) Am sure to be making a face pack for myself from the above in the near future.

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      madi 7 years ago

      I have recently been using a mask of baking soda mixed with the liquid left in a used tea bag(ive been using green tea and tea with camomile) make a paste out of this and leave it on until it changes colors it takes about 15 minutes..i use it once everynight and my acne has gotten so much better! i stopped breaking out and all my pores are smaller

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      keri finnegan 7 years ago

      I just made a acene treatment gel tonight. 2 tablespoon of aloe vera gel and about 5 to 10 drops of tea tree oil the oil kills bacteria in skin in facial products thats why I used it.also if want firm up your facial skin use white school glue let dry then peel off or wash face with warm water and a washcloth.Sounds crazy but it really does work great.SO JUST TRY IT OKAY!!!!!!!

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      laur laur 7 years ago

      i tried doing this

      i chopped up tomato

      1 mashed banana

      1 mashed apple

      4 squeezed purple grapes

      2 clemintine oranges squeezed mixed with honey and olive oil

      it works well

      also i added a few ripped up fresh lettuce leaves

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      Ricky 7 years ago

      I have tried a lot of things for my bad cystic acne. Im willing to try anything to help. I have just book marked this page to try some of these remedies

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      Ricky 7 years ago

      I have tried a lot of things for my bad cystic acne. Im willing to try anything to help. I have just book marked this page to try some of these remedies

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      SexyBeastess 7 years ago

      As I type, I am holding an ice pack to my face to reduce the redness/swelling of my acne. Some other suggestions to fast healers: Apply/rub in some lemon juice to the affected areas. The vitamins will help reduce the swelling and the size. Good luck! I'm about to try the oatmeal mask (:

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      Bumblebee 7 years ago

      I have back acne and chest acne which sucks! Because im in high school, i need a quick and simple way to get rid of it and actually works!!!

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      Morgan F 7 years ago from USA

      Great info I'm definitely bookmarking this hub!

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      Gilly 7 years ago

      I'm going to try your masks as they sound really good for the skin.

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      just me :) 7 years ago

      um its me again i think im gonna try the toothpaste thing it looks kool and has a lot of feed back a lot of it good but a couple not so good im keeping my fingers crossed ill see how it looks in the morning peace love always just me :)

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      just me :) 7 years ago

      i think im gonna make a account this seems like a really cool website that everyone is able to do and i think my mom will like this to lol

      ps:im always thinking about my mom :)

      also do u have any daily stuff??? thx plz write back to this comment i would really like so help with that peace love just me :)

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      Sarah:) 7 years ago

      Any remedies for acne scars ?

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      Sipeeka Singh 7 years ago

      Please tell me garlic is really good for skin because I am quit confuse.if some body use it please feel free to share your experience with me.

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      kazeemjames01 7 years ago

      Well detailed.

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      Cure Pimples 7 years ago

      Awesome recipes! Although I wonder... the garlic mask - won't it smell terribly???

      One thing that worked really well for me is sandalwood paste, but you have to use it every day. The nice thing is that it doesn't dry out or irritate the skin (quite the opposite).

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      siarra 7 years ago

      here is a great mask that works really really great!

      1third cup flour

      1 fourth cup water

      2 tablespoon tooth paste

      1 avacodoe

      2 teaspoons cocoa powder

      mix all ingriedients only add water if u want facial scrub,if u don't it's a good mask.leave on for an hour than wash of with VERY COLD WATER.apply daily.(it works really well if leave overnight)

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      Jessica 7 years ago

      Thanks! Great collection of acne remedies. I like to use lemon with rosewater. Has a wonderful smell, although the citric acid can make your skin feel a bit of a "zing" at first :-)

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      immab 7 years ago from Long Island, NY!

      awesome -- which do you prefer for a quick fix?

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      Forehead acne 7 years ago

      hi Maddie,

      my name is Stewart T.

      i suffer of acne on forehead and i tried many treatments, but it didn't help.

      i think i will try and your solution.

      good luck!

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      maiary 7 years ago

      does the milk-lime peel really works with oily skin?

      it contains glycerin ...which i think is a kind of moisturizer ..or what?

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      Chin acne sufferer 7 years ago

      Hi, great blog!!!! I deffinitely off to go give some of these ago, any chance to have a pamper day. i had really bad chin acne so hopefully it will help to get rid of it. :)

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      riya 7 years ago

      i've had acne since 5th gr it started out with black heads and it wasn't that bad but as i got older my acne got worse and i've tried everything from persricptions to proactive and nothin works it jus dries out my skin and irritates it, and i have very sensitive skin i'll be 18 pretty soon and i cant even remember the last time i've had a clear face,PLEASE HELP ME!

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      bushraismail 7 years ago from ASIA

      alinafair try reading the hub on beautiful face.

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      alinafair 7 years ago

      I have acne marks any body help me please?

      skin care

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      kidsklamotten 7 years ago

      I think getting acne or not is a lot about your diet. Stop eating burger junk food and you have butter chance to get rid of it.

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      chin acne ahhhh 8 years ago

      excellent blog on effective acne remedies! I love that you can make then at home. i bet it would be so satisfying to make up a recipie that cures your acne, you know because you would have made it yourself.

      Plus i bet the cost of the ingredients is sooooo much cheaper that buying a acne cream or gel from the shops.

      Great hub! very well written and i really enjoyed reading it.

      Some really excellent tips and advice here on how to cure those nasty spots. :)

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      acne help 8 years ago

      wow really informative blog on acne with quality information! Glad i came across it! Thanks :)

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      BODYLEVIVE 8 years ago from Alabama, USA

      I seldom use purchased treatments any more. I'm leaning more to home remedies because I've tried just about everything on the market and nothing worked well enough to keep spending money on it. So I now use what I have and find they work very well. Nice page, I enjoyed my stay here.

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      hms86 8 years ago

      I seldom do mask now. But I place my emphasis on the food I eat. I also take supplements like zinc and fish oil and right now my acne condition improve drastically.



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      Terry Chestnutt 8 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Excellent. Thanks.

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      Haydee Anderson 8 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      I never heard about garlic mask before but i want to try it, thanks

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      Makayla 8 years ago

      can you use these daily? i know at the top it says use 1-2 times a week but i need something to wash my face daily otherwise my skin will break out maaaaaajorlyyyy

      ~thanks ^^

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      hannah 8 years ago

      i have never tried any home made or natural stuff. ive only bought like every kind of product in the stores and nothing works for me. should i try the home made natural stuff? if not do you guys have any other opinion on what else i should try. im saving monney to buy proactiv but i don't want to spend all that monney and it not work. help me im 14 and every body calls me zit face girl!!!!!!!!!

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      wow  8 years ago

      these work wonders

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      Carlyy 8 years ago

      I want to have a fun day at the spa today but I don't have half the ingredients necessary to make a treatment. I am looking for a very basic facial that doesn't require products most people don't keep in their pantry.

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      Lisa 8 years ago

      the toothpaste thing really does work. the thing is you just have to do it in the pimple area... if you spread it around like a mask it tends to dry out the rest of the skin and make you look red all over