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Home Remedies for Acne and Pimples

Updated on October 25, 2007

Persistent acne plagues millions of people each year, adults and adolescents alike. It can cause permanent scarring and low self-esteem if left untreated. Even those with otherwise clear complexions are prone to the occasional zit once in a while, and usually at the most inconvenient times, like the morning of a big interview or the night before the homecoming dance. There are plenty of quick fix solutions on the market, but sometimes a home remedy is all you need--or all you can afford.


People used to think that white toothpaste could be used to dry up a pimple. This may have been true back in the day, when toothpaste contained zinc, which decreased inflammation. Toothpastes today, however do not contain this ingredient, and applying toothpaste to a zit is actually counterproductive.

Crushed aspirin

Salicylic acid, which can be found in most acne medications, is also present in generic aspirin. Crushing up one tablet and combining it with a dab of water to make a paste can ease acne by absorbing the excess oil and decreasing any inflammation. However, because there is such a large amount of salicylic acid in aspirin, people with sensitive skin should avoid this home remedy as it may cause irritation.

Visine eye drops

Visine has an ingredient that functions as an anti-inflammatory and helps remove the redness from a pimple by shrinking blood vessels. Apply a few drops of Visine, followed by a dab of benzoyl peroxide acne medication to get rid of problem zits.

Essential oils

Different combinations of various essential oils can be used to combat acne prone skin. One such method is to combine 1ml witch hazel, 1ml tea-tree and 1ml sweet fennel with 300mls of water. Place a lid on the container and shake well before using. Use a cotton swab to dab the affected area with the mixture 2-3 times daily. The oils will unclog the pores and give extra protection to the skin.

Flour and egg whites

For smoother, clearer skin, mix equal parts corn flour with egg whites until a thick paste is formed. Apply to face and neck, concentrating on areas that are the most acne-prone. Allow paste to dry for at least a half hour, then use your hands to gently massage and wash off the paste with warm water.

Honey and cinnamon

A honey and cinnamon mixture is said to be so effective that pimples will disappear FOREVER. I don't know about all that, but it's worth a shot! Start by mixing 3 tablespoons of honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (powder). Stir until a paste is formed, then apply paste directly to the pimples before going to bed. When you wake up the next morning, wash off the paste with lukewarm water. Continue to repeat the process for two weeks for best results.


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      irene 5 years ago

      I tried a crushed aspirin mixed with benzoil peroxide.and it worked.!

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      cheyenne 6 years ago

      I have used the egg one it works great I love it thank u

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      roro 6 years ago

      i tried honey and cinnamon for 2 weeks nothing change im still having the same acne in my face it looks terrible i just take things easy and forget that i have it ,it does not change ones looks it just makes you a person with a small problem ....i beleave it will go as it came ,so i learntto stress less

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      Under The Lamp 6 years ago

      I've been using Proactiv and I'm nearly pimple free. Thank you, Because I Live, for offering up a hub with alternatives found in many refrigerators and medicine cabinets.

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      Crystal 6 years ago

      tried the flour and egg whites also added crushed up asprin seems to have worked

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      Joe 7 years ago

      I have a cystic acne on my chin. Last night I crushed two asprins, mixed it with honey and cinnamon. I put it on the acne before going to bed. When I woke up, I couldn't believe how much better it looked and felt. Messy pillow case. But well worth it. Then during the day, I took a Q-tip and dabbed a little bit of honey on it, and it did wonders.

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      Homemade Acne Remedies 7 years ago

      Awesome hub! Another great remedy are simple oatmeal masks. They are old-fashioned, but still very effective at clearing up clogged pores and help to exfoliate your skin. I like to put a bit of rosewater into my masks, because it simply smells better and gives it more of a relaxing spa feeling :-)

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      Natural Home Remedies 8 years ago

      There are plenty of quick fix solutions on the market, but sometimes a home remedy is all you need--or all you can afford.

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      katie 8 years ago

      i heard of the asprine one. I don't have horrble acne on a scale of 1-5, i'd even say 1-2 at times. but still they are embarassing, especially in my field of work. *im a stylist. after i've been to dermatologists and doctors and tried various professional products after products, and got temporary-no results at all, and even though acne isss an internal prob, *so those who suffer severly should consider taking oral meds, i did get awesome results with the being true line of purifying treatments. knock on wood its been helping. yall should check it out! but, as far as i know, after being prescribed medications that contains benzoyl peroxide to salicylic acid, i noticed ones that contain the salicylic acid have better results. try lemon juice and asprin for those who what to try an alternitive method.

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      Jim Fowler 8 years ago

      A healthy vegetarian diet is best for skin problems... but a zit can be cleared up rather hastily by washing with Hibiclens (a soap for wounds) and then coating the zit with vitamen E for faster healing...

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      Isabel 8 years ago

      Equal parts of Vinager and water works too. Just use a white cloth and use it to remove all imputies at the end of the day. My sister in law had a lot of pimples and today she has NOTHING...unbelievable!

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      Munyadziwa 8 years ago

      I am busy on the Honey cinnamon mixture, it really messes up the pillow, I had to get an old pillow that I only put when I go to bed

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      Adrianna  9 years ago

      Awesome post. I'm suffering from acne for the last couple of months. I"ll go for the egg white with the flour one as that's the easiest of the whole lot.

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      ursula grump 9 years ago

      good lord my dear adams and eves, sons and daughters of the lord! those "zits" upon the face you have been given are meant to cause you uniqueness! not uglitude! you must show your face to everyone! a face without zits is a night without stars! a icecream cone without sprinkles! a....well you understand.

      however if you REALLY want to get rid of your acne, as i did as a child, none of these things work. you need to mix warm milk, crushed cheezits (or goldfish, your preference), dried coconut whites, and a slice of mushed up mango. this may sound nutty, but complete all of this and blend it together into a light pasty cream, and your acne will be exfoliated! it also makes a tremendous energy drink when your finsihed! so just wipe it off and drink it up!

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      Sash 9 years ago

      Hello Becauseilive -

      I think I will try the egg white with the flour one. The last one (honey and cinnamon) I doubt I will ever try because that would get your pillow all gross. Sleeping with honey on your face!?!?! Ewww. Is there any way for that one to be a set amount of time to keep it on your face then just wash it off? Like maybe an hour?

      I think I'll also try the egg white and flour one on my chest and back. I have just a bit of ance on both and its very annoying and looks bad. Is there any thing better for these areas or is the egg white and flour one fine?

      Thanks for all your help, ~Sash

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      Mike 9 years ago

      Great review!

      Although I have tried most, if not all of these methods. The best one for me was the one written in my review -

      It will change your life!

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      akjhfasjhgf 10 years ago

      that's awesome, i have a a bunch of pimples rightnow, i don't now whY! i use proactive! but yeah.. friggn i hope this shit works