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Easy Tips for Treating and Preventing Acne

Updated on June 23, 2019
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Caitlyn has both experience and formal education in many different areas.

Apple Cider Vinegar Solution

A 1:3 solution of water and apple cider vinegar (ACV) can act as a toner for the shin, removing oils and rejuvenating the skin. Plus, the vinegar component of ACV acts as a cleanser and is anti-bacterial, fighting off the bacteria that causes acne. Apple cider vinegar also helps to balance PH because it is acidic. Be sure not to put ACV directly to the skin, especially if there are open cuts as it will burn.

It should be applied to the skin multiple times a day, at least twice.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is often found in cleaning products, such as Pine-Sol, but it is great for acne as it dries out excessively oily skin. It is also an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory product of nature, meaning the swelling of acne can also be treated with tea tree oil. This product tends to be incredibly strong depending on the potency, so exercise caution when applying it as not only will it dry the skin out, the smell can cause someone to become light headed.

If using the essential oil, always be sure to dilute it!


Not many people turn to honey when it comes to health problems, but because it is high in anti-oxidants, it can work wonders for many conditions, including skin. Dabbing honey on blemishes or adding it to a homemade mask can help treat problematic acne and other skin blemishes.

Make a Mask

Making homemade masks can be a fun sleepover activity, but in this case, it is a great acne treatment! There are many different kinds of masks out there, with different skin conditions in mind, so it can be difficult finding the best one for acne specifically. Healthline suggests making one with cinnamon and honey as both of these are great sources of certain antioxidants that clean and heal acne. Other masks, such as honey and sugar, can work as a healing exfoliate, removing unwanted oil and dirt, while also adding those antioxidants.

Other common masks include ingredients such as oatmeal, lemon juice, and even cucumbers! (everyday health) Be sure to let the mask set for ten to twenty minutes, depending on the mask, and then carefully washing it off.

Other Tips

Aside from alternative treatments, there are many ways to prevent acne in the first place. Here are a few lifestyle tips to keep the skin clean and clear.

Drink More Water

Hydrating the skin works wonders in treating acne as it ensures cells regenerate correctly and aids in the cleansing process our skin does naturally. Drinking around 64 fluid ounces of water a day will ensure the body's functions are functioning their best, and this includes the skin.

Keep the Skin Clear

Acne starts with pores clogged with oil, sweat, and dirt, so one of the best ways to prevent and treat acne is to scrub the skin with something rough (like a scratchy towel) and some water. Use caution when scrubbing around the pimples as they can break open and bleed. This is more of a preventative, but combined with the apple cider vinegar solution, it can eventually clear blemishes.

Severe Acne

Sometimes, natural remedies don't make a dent in severe cases, nor does any cleaner found on the shelves. Doctors can prescribe a stronger medication, either cream or pill, that can help cases that can't be solved with something bought at Wal-Mart. Be sure to follow their directions.


  • Medical News Today
  • Healthline
  • Every Day Health

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Caitlyn Booth


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