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Easy Home Remedies for Acne Breakouts

Updated on November 15, 2016
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Sakina is in her final year of an English Literature BA and has tutored Arab students too. She writes on pets, health, food, and life.

Top 10 Home Remedies for Acne

Natural acne remedies are a good way to get rid of acne, or at least hold it at bay. They make you step back and really figure out what’s going on with your skin, and how to work with it. Stop harming your skin with strange chemicals which can cause side effects in the long run. Switch to using natural ingredients, which are not only beneficial, but also side-effects free. Read on to find out the top ten home remedies for acne.

1. Apply Apple Cider Vinegar

When it comes to acting as an acne remedy, apple cider vinegar acts as a powerhouse, killing all the bacteria present. It balances the pH of your skin, by becoming alkaline, making it harder for bacteria to thrive.

Caution: Don’t overdo and dry out your skin too much. This could cause the sebaceous glands overproduce to compensate, therefore triggering an outbreak.

Things you will need…

  • Pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar (For best results, I personally recommend you to use Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar).
  • Fresh water

Directions

  1. Wash your face with water and pat dry.
  2. Using a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, dip a cotton ball into vinegar and apply it directly to the blemish.
  3. Leave on for at least 10 minutes, or overnight.
  4. Reapply several times a day, washing face thoroughly after each time.
  5. Make sure to use a moisturizer afterwards as well, if you feel your skin is getting dry.

Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is made from delicious, healthy, organically grown apples.

It is full of zesty Apple Cider Vinegar natural goodness. Non-G.M.O Certified. It’s a wholesome way to add delicious flavor to salads, veggies, most foods, and even sprinkle over popcorn.

In 400 B.C. the great Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, used apple cider vinegar for it's amazing health qualities.

2. Using Tea Tree Oil

You’ll read about tea tree oil for a lot of home remedies. You will see it mentioned the most when it comes to skin care, specifically, acne. Why? Wouldn't using oil on top of oily skin result in more acne breakouts? The answer is no. This is because it is more like a solvent that cuts through the extra sebum and dead skin cells, unblocking the pores. It's antibacterial properties also kill off the acne causing bacteria, and prevent further outbreaks.

Caution: Tea tree oil is okay for topical use, but should never be ingested. It should always be diluted before use.

Things you will need…


  • Tea tree oil (a bottle of 100% PURE, NATURAL & AUTHENTIC Tea Tree Oil recommended)
  • Clean water
  • Cotton balls

Directions

  1. Wash your face with water and pat dry.
  2. Dilute tea tree oil by mixing 1 part oil to 9 parts water.
  3. Dip a cotton ball in mixture, and apply to affected areas.
  4. If you want a stronger dilution, after a while, you can slowly (slowly!) begin to increase the strength, making sure to use each new mixture for at least a week before making it any stronger.
  5. Again, it should never be applied undiluted.
  6. If you wish, you can apply a light moisturizer afterwards.

Tip: If you have sensitive skin, dilute it with Aloe Vera gel instead of water.

The solution can be found in 100% PURE, NATURAL & AUTHENTIC Tea Tree Oil in which 45% terpinen-4-ol steam is distilled without any fillers or additives. This is the best and natural way to use tea tree oil for acne. With no side effects, you do not have to worry about the health of your skin. Tea tree oil contains antibacterial properties, it's healing characteristics make it a natural remedy for soothing and combating an array of skin problems.

3. Aloe Vera Gel

Have a little aloe plant floating around in your house, otherwise a good gel that’s sold in stores may work as well. Do some research on which ones have the least amount of additives. Not only is the aloe soothing, it works as an anti-inflammatory, decreasing redness and swelling. It also has antibacterial properties.

Things you will need…

  • Enough aloe gel to spot treat or cover the affected areas
  • Q-tips

Directions

  1. Wash your face with water and pat dry.
  2. Using your fingertips or a Q-tip, apply the aloe directly to the affected areas.

Pretty Easy eh?

Apply aloe vera gel on the affected areas to sooth your skin.
Apply aloe vera gel on the affected areas to sooth your skin. | Source

4. Dab on Some Lemon Juice

Lemon juice can help get rid of breakouts for a number of reasons. It is rich in vitamin C, which is good for all types of skin. It is a citric acid, so it helps ‘exfoliate’ the skin as well. Most importantly, it is an astringent (causes a contraction of body tissues, and will therefore dry out the blemish itself). It helps reduce redness as it is a natural skin whitener.

Tip: If you misplace a dab you may get a little white spot, but don’t panic- it will go away on its own accord.

Rinse off any lemon juice before going out in the sun, as it may make you more sensitive to it.

Things you will need…

  • 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (approximately)
  • Cotton balls
  • Yogurt (optional)

Directions

  1. Rinse face gently with water and pat dry.
  2. Dab a cotton ball in lemon juice and apply to pimple.
  3. Try mixing it with a bit of yogurt, if it stings.

Soak in the Tangy Goodness

Applying lemon juice helps in reducing blemishes and pimple marks.
Applying lemon juice helps in reducing blemishes and pimple marks. | Source

5. Garlic

Garlic contains the natural chemical called Allicin, which has antibacterial properties. You can either eat garlic (if you cannot, it is available in capsule form also) or apply it topically to help reduce acne breakouts. Either get the juice from garlic or mash it and put it in some water. Both are fine.

Caution: Never apply garlic directly on your face without diluting it first.


Things you will need...

  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • Water or Aloe Vera gel
  • Cotton balls

Directions

  1. Either extract garlic juice and mix it with 1 teaspoon of water or mash 2-3 cloves of garlic and let them sit in water for about 10 minutes.
  2. Dab a cotton ball with garlic juice and apply on affected areas.
  3. If you don't have cotton balls, mix garlic juice with aloe gel.
  4. If you choose to eat garlic, a clove or two should be enough.

Allicin in garlic helps to prevent bacterial growth, thus reducing acne.
Allicin in garlic helps to prevent bacterial growth, thus reducing acne. | Source

6. Strawberry and Honey Mask

Honey and strawberries make a good home remedy for acne. They are used commonly in pricey, often harsh, facial scrubs and cleansers. Strawberries may seem random, but consider the fact that they’re high in Salicylic acid. Salicylic acid-a primary ingredient which encourages the epidermis to shed its cells more readily, opening up clogged pores, and neutralizing bacteria. It also shrinks up the pores a little bit, which prevents them from clogging up as much in the future, and encourages new cell growth. Honey also works against bacteria that may be behind your acne, and is an anti-inflammatory.

Things you will need...

  • 3 fresh, well washed strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons of raw honey (I personally recommend you to use Y.S. Eco Bees Farm Raw Honey-22 oz)

Directions

  1. Wash your face with water and pat dry.
  2. Rinse 3 strawberries and mash them up well, taking care that they don’t get over-mashed and runny.
  3. Add two teaspoons of honey and few lemon drops( works well) and thoroughly blend the mixture together.
  4. Apply to your face and let the mixture sit for 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse off completely with warm water, pat dry.
  6. Moisturize if your skin has a tendency to dry out.
  7. Use twice a week for at least a month.


The Wonderful Y.S. Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey

Raw, unfiltered, unprocessed and completely organic.

Delicious flavor that keeps you for asking more.

Its color is a woody brown which is different from processed honey.

It is neither runny, nor too hard either.

It is a health boosting powerhouse.

It boosts your immune system.

Strawberry and Honey Mask for Acne Reduction

7. Oatmeal Goodness

Oatmeal can power you up from the inside out. It can reduce the inflammation and unsightly redness that accompanies breakouts. It washes away toxins and impurities, encouraging new skin cell growth.It contains magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, selenium, and zinc, which help regulate oil production and restore hormonal balance.Add some honey to your mask.

Tip:Remember oatmeal on its own will not cure your acne, and should be used as part of a sensible routine acne treatment.

Things you will need...

  • One serving of oatmeal
  • Water
  • 2 teaspoons of raw honey

Directions

  1. Whip up a batch of oatmeal as usual, or by following the directions on the box.
  2. When it is finished and still hot, add two tablespoons of raw honey.
  3. Let mixture cool to room temperature.
  4. Keep in mind it retains quite a bit of heat, so make sure it’s at a comfortable temperature.
  5. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
  6. When it has set, rinse off with warm water and pat your skin dry.


Using oatmeal helps in treating acne, reducing swelling and pimple marks.
Using oatmeal helps in treating acne, reducing swelling and pimple marks. | Source

8. Sodium Bicarbonate/ Baking Soda

You might be thinking, "how can baking soda reduce acne?" Well, it isn't just for baking cakes. Baking soda is found to be very effective in acne reduction. How? It has mild antiseptic properties, as well as an uncanny ability to fight off fungus and bacteria. It helps dry up excess oil while exfoliating your skin, making it soft and beautiful. What are you thinking? Get a box right away!

Tip: You can mix a pinch of baking soda with your face-wash daily. Perfectly useful for oil reduction. It is not a hoax, it literally works.

Things you will need...

  • A box/can of baking soda
  • Fresh water

Directions

There are two ways to go about this-making a facial mask, or a straightforward scrub.

For a facial mask

  1. Mix equal parts baking soda to water to form a thick paste.
  2. Massage the paste on your face in slow circular motions for about 2 minutes.
  3. Leave the mask on for around 15-20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water, pat dry, and moisturize.

For a scrub

  1. Mix a half a cup of baking soda with one eighth cup of water.
  2. Apply the paste to your face, massaging it in well.
  3. After 5-6 minutes of this, rinse your face thoroughly with warm water, pat dry, and moisturize.


Baking soda is an effective product for acne reduction. It helps diminish pimples and also helps in reducing pimple marks.
Baking soda is an effective product for acne reduction. It helps diminish pimples and also helps in reducing pimple marks. | Source

9. Papaya

Papaya is an essential ingredient in a lot of beauty products in the market today, but there is no need to go out of your way to gain it's benefits. Plain raw papaya is an all-natural acne remedy that removes dead skin cells and excess lipids from the surface of the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Lipids are a general term for fats, of which oil is a form. Containing an enzyme called papain, it also helps in reducing inflammation and preventing pus formation.

Things you will need...

  • 1 fresh papaya

Directions

  1. Rinse your face with water and pat dry.
  2. Mash up the flesh of the papaya well, until it is of a consistency that can be easily applied to your skin.
  3. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse off completely with warm water.
  4. Use a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type afterwards, if needed.

Papaya Power

Papaya has been used in treating acne since a long period of time.
Papaya has been used in treating acne since a long period of time. | Source

The Beneficial Papayas

The use of papaya products for medicinal purposes dates back hundreds of years, with the first recorded account of the distribution and cultivation of its seeds occurring in the mid-14th century.

Found primarily in South America and Central America, it was then taken to Asia and Europe before ending up on the tropical peninsula of Florida.

Using papaya for acne treatment is a popular alternative to costly and chemically derived over-the-counter and prescription remedies.

10. Aspirin Tablets

Aspirin is another anti-inflammatory, meaning it will help the skin fight against inflammation, making the pimples less visible.You need it to be fully crushed for this to work well. You can use 1 to 3 aspirins, but do not use much more than that. Remember, just as you wouldn't swallow a bunch of aspirin without asking a doctor, you don't want to put a bunch of aspirin on your face without talking to a doctor.

Caution: Using more than a couple aspirins, especially within a short period of time (like 5 or 10 aspirins per day), can lead to blood-thinning issues as it is absorbed into your bloodstream.

Things you will need...

  • 1-3 aspirin tablets
  • Fresh water

Directions

  1. Crush up an aspirin tablet and add just enough water to make it into a paste.
  2. With a Q-tip, add the aspirin paste to the pimple(s) lightly, covering entirely. Let dry.
  3. Let the aspirin paste fight the pimples overnight.



Crush aspirin tablets and make a paste of it. Apply on affected areas to reduce acne formation.
Crush aspirin tablets and make a paste of it. Apply on affected areas to reduce acne formation. | Source

Warnings of Using Aspirin ⚠

Do not use this method if you have Reye's syndrome, have consumed large amounts of alcohol, are pregnant or breast-feeding, or take other medications.

If you are under 18 years of age and are experiencing the cold or flu-like symptoms, avoid all aspirin products.

Do not try this with other pain relievers. Only use 100% aspirin. This method will not work with acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), or most other common pain relievers. Do not use combination pain relievers such as Excedrin.

Important Tips to Remember

  • Don't pop your pimples
  • Try not to touch your face
  • Drink enough water
  • Drink less milk
  • Cut sweet, sugary drinks like sodas, juices, and smoothies out of your diet
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Try zinc citrate tablets
  • Try probiotics
  • Don't try to wash your face more than twice a day
  • Do not use outdated makeup
  • Moisturize after each time you wash your face
  • Always wear sunscreen if exercising outdoors
  • Apply ice cubes if necessary
  • Exfoliate every four days with a scrub to get rid of dead skin cells
  • Be patient, natural remedies take time to work

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      Sakina Nasir 6 months ago from Kuwait

      @Beachhopper

      Thanks for stopping by to read my article and for the wonderful comment. Haha! Actually, this isn't my video. I just included it from YouTube. :)

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      Beachhopper 6 months ago from Vancouver Island, British Columbia

      Excellent article! Where was the internet when I was a teenager?! Lol! There's just so much knowledge, readily available at our fingertips these days. Love the video! You have great camera presence. :)

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      Sakina Nasir 9 months ago from Kuwait

      Thank you so much for your kind comments Anita! ☺ Great to hear that, I use sodium bicarbonate/baking soda while brushing my teeth and also while washing my face. It is really beneficial. My acne got reduced a lot by it and it leaves teeth clean and plaque less.

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      Anita Hasch 9 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Lovely hub Sakina. I use aloe vera for any blemishes on my skin. Really is an amazing plant. Interesting read about papaja as well.

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      Sakina Nasir 9 months ago from Kuwait

      Yeah, you are right Jodah! Thanks for your appreciation and time. ☺

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      John Hansen 9 months ago from Queensland Australia

      An excellent hub Sakina. I used to suffer from acne but not badly, however we have most of those products you mention in our home and many have a multiple of uses. Apple cider vinegar, lemon, and aloe vera especially are helpful for so many things. Every acne sufferer should read this.

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      Sakina Nasir 9 months ago from Kuwait

      Hey Kenneth! How do you do?

      Nice to meet you. ☺

      Thank you for your kind comments and appreciation. I would love to follow you and be your friend. Thanks for being my friend.

      God bless you!☺

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      Kenneth Avery 9 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Greetings, Sakina,

      Where were you when I was 14? LOL!

      Very informative and helpful hub. Great work! What a great job of research and compiling the info and images for this hub.

      I shared this with my followers and if you want, I would love to have you as one of my followers.

      Keep up the great work.

      Your Friend for Life, Kenneth

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      Sakina Nasir 10 months ago from Kuwait

      Thanks ☺

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      Ashish Dadgaa 10 months ago

      My pleasure :)

      Yeah, I saw that. Sure, I will participate in that :)

      that's a good topic. I liked it :)

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      Sakina Nasir 10 months ago from Kuwait

      Haha, I will have to think about it.

      But I have started creating different forums recently... you can answer them if you want to. ☺

      One of them is about OCDs and phobias.

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      Ashish Dadgaa 10 months ago

      You are welcome Doctor ;)

      What remedies are under pipeline now? :p

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      Sakina Nasir 10 months ago from Kuwait

      Yes, I agree with you. ☺

      Thanks again!

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      Ashish Dadgaa 10 months ago

      Ohh really? That's so sweet of you to share your secret success with the whole world. No one can do this easily. It is always better to share what was good and bad for you so that other person can utilise our experience in a most effective way.

      Haha....Very well done Dr. Sakina :)

      My pleasure :)

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      Sakina Nasir 10 months ago from Kuwait

      Thank you so much Ashish! I have suffered from acne in the past. It is very frustrating and embarrassing too. There are many people out there who might be suffering. Haha, you are not the only one calling me a doctor; I have heard that a lot. I am glad you liked my hub. God bless you. ☺

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      Ashish Dadgaa 10 months ago

      Dear Sakina,

      You are such a sharp writer I must say that. You are hitting on a bull eye. Your writing is exclusive no doubt but your selection of your topic is outstanding.

      Nowadays people need such kind of economical and fast remedies and you are proving the same.

      You are assisting our community through your home remedy which is the best work I would say.

      Your tips and secrets are marvelous, with a nice combination of photos and product suggestions.

      After reading this article I would better call you as a Dr. Sakina :)

      Hats off to you and your exceptional writing skills.

      Blessings.

      Regards,

      Ashish

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      Sakina Nasir 11 months ago from Kuwait

      Thank you vespawoolf for sharing your experience. ☺

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      vespawoolf 11 months ago from Peru, South America

      Acne is such a frustrating disorder. I've tried all of these remedies at one time or another (except the aspirin since I'm allergic to it). I think age is the best cure! I hope this information can help those suffering from acne.

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      Sakina Nasir 11 months ago from Kuwait

      Thank you Shabbir

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      shabbir gakher 11 months ago

      Nice article...keep writing..

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      Sakina Nasir 11 months ago from Kuwait

      Thank u so much!

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      petlawad 11 months ago

      Well done!! It is very much useful for me.Keep on writing this type of article.

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      Sakina Nasir 11 months ago from Kuwait

      Thank you so much Hatim :)

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      Hatim 11 months ago

      Really great article..

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      Hamza 11 months ago

      Love the way you write.. Very useful and seems effective.. Keep writing. It will b really helpful.

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      Yanisha 11 months ago

      Again... very informative! Keep writing...