what are the home remedies for acne?

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what are the home remedies for acne? (which you regularly use)

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on February 22, 2012
at 12:41 PM

Hi Carenlee,

Since acne is basically inflammation, the key is to use anti-inflammatory substances which will decrease redness & swelling; anything with drawing & chemically exfoliating properties will help clear clogged pores; finally, natural antibacterials help eliminate harmful bacteria which cause the inflammation.

Here are some remedies:

Masks and treatments

Aspirin - salicilic acid (actually a component of willow bark) is an anti-inflammatory, which will help decrease redness & swelling. Crush an uncoated aspirin tablet with a little water to form a paste, add some honey (to make it stick) and apply topically to individual pimples. Leave until dry, and remove, rubbing gently for mild exfoliation.

Yoghurt-based mask: the acidity in yoghurt removes dead skin cells, very gently without overstripping the skin; add anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredients such as raw honey (manuka is good because it is a potent antiseptic; do not use store-bought runny honey, its so processed that it preserves none of the benefits you need); turmeric and neem are also very effective; you could mix the herbs with yoghurt & manuka honey for a very effective mask which increased circulation, removes dead skin & gunk that clogs the pores and reduces inflammation.

Egg whites - this is a good remedy to rebalance the skin and tighten the pores, which prevents them getting clogged; however, be careful with this if you tend to have dry or flaky skin, stick to the yoghurt or use whole eggs to get the astrigent benefits without further drying the skin.

Clay (kaolin) - you can usually buy this at a beauty supply store or health shop, and use it as a base for masks; it draws out impurities from the pores and has an anti-inflammatory effect.

Essential oils tea tree and lavender are probably best known as good topical treatments for acne; you can apply these neat to the affected areas (without dilution; however, you should always test this first on the inside of your wrist or elbow, and always dilute in a neutral carrier oil such as jojoba if you have sensitive skin!). Other oils include Roman Chamomile, Frankincensce, Myrrh, Pine Needle, Sandalwood, but these need to be diluted! Essential oil can be used in compresses, added to masks (e.g. to the yoghurt-based or clay - based mask), and used in steaming the face (see 'cleansing' below)

Oils for overnight treatment: a few times a week, apply an oil such as sea buckthorn, nigella, or rosehip; this helps balance, replenish the skin. If your skin is dehydrated, it will overproduce oil which results in clogged pores and blemishes. I would actually recommend Dr. Alkaitis' organic facial treatment oil. I know you asked for home remedies, but this is completely natural and has worked brilliantly for me in clearing breakouts. Cleansing & toning

Oil cleansing: you can find plenty information on the net about the 'oil cleansing method', but the basic way to go about it is to apply a non-comedogenic unsaturated oil (olive, jojoba, sweet almond, avocado, etc) to the skin and then soak a clean face towel in (tolerably!) hot water, and press against the face to steam and open the pores; then gently remove. Please do not use coconut oil. I know people have said its worked for them, but Lauric acid is comedogenic; there is a large number of people who have said it broke them out, badly. Eat your saturates, don't apply them topically.

Facial steam bath: Pour freshly boiled water in a bowl, and add a few drops of essential oils (no need to dilute since you're not applying on the skin); cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam. This is also very beneficial for the respiratory system. Make sure you do this on a clean face.

Toners: rose water, anti-inflammatory infusions (chamomile, calendula/marigold, rose, comfrey, parsley, sage, green/white tea). Rub gently over cleansed skin with a cotton pad. You can also add to a spray bottle and spritz on the face, and then pat dry.

General recommendations

  • clean pillowcases, towels and bedding: change your pillowcase as often as possible, wash your towels as often as possible; if you can, avoid using towels on your face altogether and use paper towels to blot off excess moisture. Never rub your face with a towel.

  • keep your hair out of your face when you sleep.

  • Drink infusions from Burdock, dandelion, clover, nettle, and lemongrass; they help cleanse the system, support liver & digestive health and contribute to clear skin

  • Omega 3 supplementation - fermented Cod liver oil is best, try Green Pasture; also recommended in conjunction with High vitamin butter oil.

Good luck!




on February 22, 2012
at 09:45 AM

Try increasing vitamin A intake as it opposes the shedding of skin cells (which then stops them clogging pours etc).



on February 22, 2012
at 10:16 AM

25mg of zinc a day cleared my partners acne up within 2 weeks, then dropped down to 100g over a week. amazing results



on August 03, 2013
at 11:21 AM

I went from using proactive (with fairly good results) to using coconut oil (with even better results). Was amazed.



on August 03, 2013
at 01:32 AM

A true paleo diet should prevent acne, all by itself. It is a well known disease of civilization, meaning that those who eat a number of ancestral diets never get it. Go for the internal remedy!


on August 02, 2013
at 06:38 PM

I have managed my acne issues with a Paleo diet high in anti-inflammatory foods. I stay away from foods such as coconut milk which is highly inflammatory. I absolutely do not eat dairy products. These were the first indicator for me of acne in relation to my diet and, indirectly, led me to Paleo. I eat lots of veggies, mostly spinach, kale, broccoli, zucchini, sweet potatoes, and lots of baby carrots because they are easy to pack and eat raw and high in vitamin A. I don't particularly love eating carrots so I often eat them while driving. As well, I eat 2 or 3 spoonfuls of coconut oil each day as well as cook with it. I also apply it as a moisturizer, splashing my face with cold water after at least five minutes to let it sink in (preferably longer). The cold water takes the greasy shine off without drying out your skin. Coconut oil has been a big impact for my skin and from what I've read, it is best to consume it orally as well as applying it externally. As well, you cannot underestimate the impact of exercise for your skin. I try to get 20 minutes of jogging in each day which can be hard but not as hard as facing society with red inflammation on my face. All this being said, I still rely on the prescription Retin A micro which I apply each night. This is a far better alternative to me a year ago popping fat antibiotic pills twice a day. Good luck, it may take a while but don't give up!



on February 22, 2012
at 09:56 AM

If you're talking about true home remedies, I use sangre de grado and sometimes aspirin on the skin, and sometimes even some apple cider vinegar and baking soda.

But what helped me the most are fat-soluble vitamins (k2, cod liver oil, vitamin E and vitamin D) + magnesium + niacin and a good diet with no problematic foods.

There's way more to acne than this, though. I've managed to solve all my health problems, but I still don't have perfect skin. Compared to what it used to be it's great, but it could be way better.

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