Home Remedies for Acne

how acne occursAcne is a common skin problem that affects people of all ages. Teenagers suffer the most from acne because of the increased hormone levels in their body.

Sleep deprivation, too much stress, unhealthy eating habits and a hectic lifestyles can also cause acne. Acne can appear on the face, chest, back and scalp. Although there is no definitive cure, there are many simple and easy natural cures using common ingredients found in your pantry and refrigerator to prevent or minimize the problem.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for acne.
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(Out of the 10, we have covered 3 highly effective home remedies in this video as well.)

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate works as a gentle exfoliant for your skin. Thus, it unplugs the pores and removes dead skin. It also helps regulate the pH balance of the skin and has mild anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. All these characteristics make it an excellent home remedy for clearing acne.

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  • Apply a paste of one or two teaspoons of baking soda and a little water. Rinse it off after a few minutes.
  • You can also mix together two tablespoons baking soda, one teaspoon cinnamon powder, the juice of half a lemon, and five tablespoons honey. Apply it on your face and wash after five minutes.

Use baking soda on your skin once or twice a week.

2. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is beneficial in reducing acne because it cleanses your skin pores and absorbs excess oil. Plus, it exfoliates your skin.

  1. Mix one teaspoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon in a cup of cooked oatmeal.
  2. Rub this mixture over your skin.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
  4. Do this once or twice a week.

3. Fuller’s Earth

Fuller’s earth also known as multani mitti is good for greasy and acne-prone skin as it absorbs excess oil (without over-drying your skin) and unclogs the pores. It helps improve your complexion too. You can find it at Indian grocery stores.

  1. Mix equal proportions of Fuller’s earth (multani mitti), rose water, and sandalwood powder.
  2. Apply this mud pack to your face.
  3. Wash after it dries up.
  4. Repeat the process once a week.

4. Lemon Juice

The acidic property of lemons can be very useful in treating acne. Lemon will clean out dirt that has accumulated in the pores and will harden the sebum. You can use it on your skin daily but if it is too drying then use it every two or three days.

  • Rub a slice of lemon on the affected area and leave it for a few hours before rinsing your face with water.
  • You can also mix lemon juice with rose water in equal amounts and use the solution to wash the affected area thoroughly.

5. Toothpaste

The toothpaste that you use regularly to clean your teeth can also help clear up an acne problem. This is in fact one of the easiest home remedies for acne.

Apply a small amount of white toothpaste on the affected area before going to bed. The toothpaste will reduce the swelling and dry out the acne. Within a day or two, you should see significant improvement.

6. Tea Tree Oil

Another popular natural treatment for acne is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil acts like an antiseptic and disinfects the pores. In addition, it helps kill the bacteria that cause acne.  Just apply one drop of tree tea oil to the affected area three times a day.

If the application of undiluted tea tree oil causes skin irritation, redness, and overdrying then use a 5 percent solution of tea tree oil.

 

 

 

  1. i have really bad acne and im juss trying to get off of proactiv it doesnt help it gets my face addicted to proactive and when i don’t use it, it breaks out bad i need helpp
    PLEASE HELP MEEEE!!!! i ant tips would help

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    • proactive is the worst skin product to ever use, i also tried it and it destroyed my skin worse then any other product has. if i didn’t use it one day my entire face would break out. acne is one of the worst battles to go threw, in all honesty stop spending money on proactive, dont spend money on store products like oxy, clean and clear, or spectro, etc, google acne clinics where you live and see a professional about your skin.

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    • My skin was horrible. I have sensitive skin and i strongly recommend clearasil’s rapid vanishing treatment cream. It is the best acne cream i ever tried. I usually cover the troubled areas with this product overnight. But wash face thoroughly prior. Please let me know if it worked For you

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    • Keep usin proactive

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    • I use honey and lemon, as a mixture, and it has helped so much. I use Aveeno face lotion as a moisturizer alone with a few drops of Vitamin oil and it works wonders. Good luck!

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    • I would use tooth paste it has nutrients in it like mint that causes the acne to suficate and disappear use at night before u go to sleep PS it also makes u smell good

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      • If you have sensitive be careful of toothpaste as it might burn the skin. I’ve also used toothpaste successfully to dry out pimples.

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    • ugh i know right :/ i have really bad acne right now because of proactiv….i actually watch this girl called, Bubzbeauty, on youtube…and she has tons of home-remedies for acne. The one i think is the most affective and it’s made my skin SOOOO much better, is by using oatmeal. You basically take plain, dry oatmeal (about one spoon is enough) You make the oatmeal wet by using water, then you have to apply the oatmeal to your face, kind of rubbing it in and you can leave some traces of the actual oatmeal on your face. (Warning..it’s kind of messy ;D) But, just let it dry and watch some TV, while waiting. Afterwards, just wash it off, and keep doing it everyday! Hope this helps :)

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    • Do not use anything like proactiv, neutrogena, face cleansers, or X out. Those are all scams. Instead, what i do is get an ice cube and wrap it in paper towel, and apply it on my acne for thirty seconds each. Try this as much as possible each day and you will see differences immediately! Also, get very little baking soda and mix it with a few drops of water until it is creamy. Apply it to your face and let it stay on for half an hour, then wash it off thoroughly. Do this only twice a week or else your face will just breakout more. Stay away from dairy, sugar, excessive carbs, and junk foods. Avoid any non-organic foods because they contain fake hormones that cause extra breakouts. Drink eight cups of water a day, too. I hope this helps, because this has helped me :)

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    • Don’t Use Proactive .__. Use Lemon Juice It Worked Great For Me Also you Can You Egg Whites And Put Them On Your Skin For 30 Mins And It Will Look Better .

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      • I have! Recently started using it, about three weeks ago. It is aswmoee, I feel comfortable going without make-up and that is a big deal for me because I have always been self conscious of my scars and blemishes. My friends and family always comment on how much my face is clearing up, and I feel great! After only three weeks of using it to, I can’t wait to see what a few months will do! Just make sure you use it on a regular basis, get on a schedule and it works wonders. I also find that drinking water with 1/4 of fresh lemon squeezed in it helps too. Gross, but it works. And if you’re like me, you’d do anything to have clear skin.

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    • I seriously recommened you create a rub of honey and cinnamon. If you think you need it I would add in some lemon juice. It moisterizes your skin while getting rid of blackheads and zits!

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    • I have tried everything from proactive to every possible otc acne cream you get and even multiple glycolic peels – my advice is to honestly stay of chemicals and synthetic products, they do more harm than good. And there are so many natural treatments that work even faster. First, check if your acne is cause by hormone imbalance because mine was. And also, the best remedy that I found after everything was a baking soda face mask twice a week. And always using pure tea tree essential oil if im breaking out – also add a few drops of the oil to your sunscreen in the morning and your night cream so the antibacterial properties are constantly at work. I promise you’ll see a reduction, and don’t forget to watch your diet – drink plenty of water etc. Try not to get too impatient with the scars – deal with the acne first and then with the scars once you have your acne under control, its pointless otherwise. Good luck!!

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    • I used proactive FOREVER, and it didn’t work it just irritated my skin and was VERYYY harsh. I used neotrogena and it was good but didn’t clean my acne. I just tried the apple cider vinager from another website. wonder if it works!

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    • mine age 19years

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    • Just try some coconut oil on your face it really works

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    • DO NOT use Proactive. I used it before and it went worst. I got pimples all over my face. And finally I had to visit a skin doctor. Now I just apply Aloe Vera gel on my face before going to bed and rinse it off with a warm water in the morning. I hardly have 2-3 pimples on my face now :)

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    • I have 2 teenage boys that were starting to get a ton of zits because of all of the oil that their bodies were producing. I bought a small bottle of mild dish washing liquid that was under a dollar and had them wash their faces each night, before bedtime with it… (I am a broke single mom & was not able to afford too much.) This eliminated the excess oils & got their faces clean & both are clear skinned now, though they do occasionally have a small out break, when they forget to wash with the dish detergent for a week or two…

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      • It was lemon dish washing liquid & that may have been why it helped so much. I am not sure. I just know that it helped my 2 boys a lot. Good luck guys…

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    • if you use proactive it is like a poison it can make your face dry out my brother’s face dried up and his acne got worse use baking soda and peroxide it gets worse it bubbles out all acne then after all the the pimples are gone there are none under your skin that can form so try it (it should look like a paste after mixed)

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  2. Thanks, will try all of these methods.

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  3. i have an acne prone skin and oily skin,i’ve tried this home remedies and it worked for me.not that fast but my face looks smoother and brighter as well as my pores and acne doesn’t trigger anymore.Ive mixed the lemon juice,1-2 table spoon of pure honey,4-5 table spoon of sugar as a scrub as wells as removing dead skin and 1-2 table spoon of green tea as anti oxidant massage this into your face and leave it for 15-30 min and you will notice the difference.Put it on the glass bottle so that you have your own home made mask.Store it in fridge for about 2 weeks.you can use this remedies twice a week or every other week.Im using this for about 2 weeks now and i assure you you won’t regret this for trying it out..:)

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  4. ive also tried rubbing halved lemon on my face nd it wz very good though u get a slight tingling, its also very good for oily skin

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  5. lemon worked very well for me…but what i must do for the scars on my face..??

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  6. these will be great for my facebook page thanxs plus i got problems and these recipes are probably the most natural ones yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Try rubbing hydrogen poroxide on the affected area. Wait for about an hour and you can already see the difference! Do this twice every day. It makes acne less red, and with time it gets rid of it completely. Also try apple cider vinegar.

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    • I’ve done the peroxide times I broke out bad but when it’s bad acne I wouldn’t use it because it makes ur pimples and bumps on ur face turn white where it’s killing the germs and working. I have yet to figure out how to use it without my acne turning white from it. But I do know it does work!! It’s just dealing with the bumps all over ur face being white :(

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  8. hello Jenniah
    Thanks alot for the remedy, however I am confused. Do you have to mix all of the ingredients together ?

    lemon
    honey
    sugar
    green tea

    and if yes how did you add green tea? did you put the tea bag in warm water and added 2 to 3 spoons of that?

    Thank you

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  9. Shahbaz Naveed May 21, 2013, 8:11 pm

    Hello There, I was Trying Turmeric And Curd For My Acne Face…. It’s Working Step By Step…..

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  10. Best is apple cider vinegar dilute it put it on our skin for acne put in hair for no dandruff and epic softness and drink to clean your body of every thing its nasty but dilute and put meo water flavor and its not bad and put it on cuts and poison ivy….. Its aswome and pretty cheap but hast to be Braggs apple cider vinegar

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  11. Thanks for the remedies:they are really working.

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  12. To the person that said apple cider vinegar,
    DO NOT use just plain apple cider vinegar!
    It must be diluted with water!
    A 1/2 cup of each mixed will do fine.

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  13. Clearasil is the best acne product to ever use!
    It works so good! I have never heard of the things
    Above but I will try them. My acne isn’t that bad so
    I can go a day or two without using a cream and just
    Washing my face but I will definitely try the ones above. Thanks!

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  14. lumka gwayise sokoyi June 19, 2013, 3:23 pm

    yes: aloe Vera juice did play the role in the face that have got too much pimples

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  15. Hydrocortizone also helps lessen the redness of pimples. I have used Proactiv, as well as every other treatment under the sun, and I really believe it’s terrible for your skin. It WILL bleach your skin. It has bleach in it. A good toner- Witch Hazel. It’s about $2.00 in stores. Don’t bother paying SO MUCH MONEY on products. Otherwise, you may do much more damage than help. Don’t risk it, and don’t be manipulated. Take the natural approach. Also, the choice of makeup is vital. I know MAC is incredible. However, organic makeup does wonders for the skin. And it’s cheaper. Neutrogena works very well, but try organic.

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  16. Use Garnier pure neem activ facewash this not only clear the pimples but also the scars too…

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  17. All these remedies i’ve read all sound good…i’m gonna start today to stop my acne and get rid of my scars…i’ve had acne for years (on my face, chest and back) and could never get rid of it, i’m really fed up with it and am really ready for it to go

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  18. p.s. DON’T USE TOOTHPASTE… i just used toothpaste and now my whole face and everywhere that i applied it has a large red resh and itt does not look pretty…im not happy >:( help i need other tips plz

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    • I used toothpaste too. I don’t know what kind you’re using, but crest works the best. Also, I stopped because my skin got too used to it. It does work though.

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  19. never mind toothpaste works AMAISINGLY it burns when u use it but its amaising

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  20. Raw honey and lemon works great mix it together and leave on face 20 min or so and rinse off i also use MSM soap witch hazel toner and MSM moisturizer which has been helping. gooogle msm soap oh and dairy usually makes me break out i drink coconut milk or almond I notice too much dairy.

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  21. Honey nd lemon very best

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  22. I have some acne mainly on my chin …coconut oil is really good for preventing acne clearing acne and the scars left behind from the acne …good luck everyone!

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  23. tooth paste works amaisingly

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    • What kind of toothepaste? Any kind? I’ve got kids crest original kind and sensodyne too ?? Will that work?? I need help bad!! My face looks horrible and I’m so desperate right now. I’m embarSsed to even go out in public. I normally use peroxide it really helps but I don’t like the fact it turns every bump and pimple on my face white where it’s working and killing germs. PLEASE HELP lol. Sooooooo desperate!!!

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  24. I prefer to use a mix of egg whites, Greek yogurt, and dry oatmeal, it makes your skin so soft and really tightens your pores. I Usually leave it on for 15 minutes. Aldo, since I don’t have very easy access to tea tree oil and other oils, this is very simple to use. and the biggest pointer is DO NOT USE PROACTIV. Yes, it works, but if you don’t use it your skin basically goes through withdrawal, and breaks out like crazy. Not worth it if you ask me..O_O

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  25. At the moment there’s honey on my face lol I’m trying it for the first time.
    I have acne on my face, back and chest and it’s been here for years and I’m so fed up I try so many things.. Important is that you give yourself a break you shouldn’t try everything at once, keep a day in between at least. I have green tea every day and also lots of water. I use tea tree face wash (Yves Rocher) and also Neem face wash. I’m gonna try the ice cubes thing and the egg whites thing.

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  26. IMPORTANT:

    A note regarding the toothpaste remedy: Make absolutely sure you’ve checked the ingredient list on the tube. Some brands contain sodium hydroxide, a highly basic substance which denatures skin. What is it doing in your mouth? It balances the pH of your toothpaste. This is why we don’t swallow toothpaste. So if you’re not sure, just don’t use it on your face.

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  27. Im using toothpaste . Dont use proactiv,X out,Or any other.It does not work at all but toothpaste is amazing!!!!!LOL.It might burn but it works!! I have mager problems with acne but toothpaste is helping alot! :p <3 ty toothpaste .

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  28. I use neutrogena naturals so wonderful and coconut oil and tea tree oil apple cider vinegar abs good ole toothpaste is on my face now before bed woo it tingles

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  29. I have bad acne on my legs and arms!! I’m going to try out the Tea Tree Oil, Aloe Vera Plant & Neem! HOPE IT WORKS!! :D

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  30. Great Article! I love these! I’ll be doing this later. Thanks for the home remedies.

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  31. Fabulous list thanks….I’m the Author of The Complete Acne Book.

    These ingredients are great. Tea tree is perfect for acne, so are antimicrobial and soothing essential oils like lavender, neem and and UMF honey to calm redness and beef them up (or spices like Turmeric for its healing and antibacterial properties). You can use other oils to prevent acne scars too in easy to make skin serums Really enjoyed reading your post thank you!

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  32. I have read through all the remedies, but i apply tomatoe juice on my face, and it works the magic. Just apply the blended juice on your face or slice tomatoe preferably and place on the affected areas atleast twice daily and leave for 30minutes,then rinse with warm water. It works well.

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  33. Hi guys. I need help. I’m twelve years old and my mom won’t let me use any product from store. I need a homemade moisturizer & face mask. I have oily skin. I don’t have acne but I have some scars on my face cuz of pimples. Someone pls help me. I also need something for glowing skin. Soo can rose water and lemon work??

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  34. my daughter has a an open force acne due to stress and she also pimples what is the best remedy for her? she’s 19 years old now thank you god bless u all-:)

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  35. Please give me more tips…I have sooooo many acne and I dont know what to do… before I have a flawless face but when I work abroad and my menstration period is not regular all the acne came out… sooo much stress for me….

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  36. green tea leaves or the drinking form of tea? plz answer

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  37. i tried like a million ways but not these ones….let’s see what they have got!

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  38. crushing up some paracetomol and some hot water to make a paste helps alot! for face acne use freederm facewash it helped me alot. Also when washing your face use hot water but splash on cold last to close your pores back up to stop getting dirt into them (causing spots). Using a brown sugar and honey scrub -gently- works too. directly dab on tea tree oil to spots will also help

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  39. Ashley Burkart May 27, 2014, 5:34 am

    Thank you for sharing such great tips! Ive experienced moderate acne breakouts since I was 11. Now in my late 20s I had tried everything from chemical to natural remedies, food diets, allergy elimination, you name it. By chance, due to a tummy bug, I discovered GRAPEFRUIT. After eating ORGANIC ruby red grapefruits (a whole one, no sugar, skins peeled) or natural grapefruit seed extract (12-14 drops in 8oz of water) once a day, everyday for 7 days or so, my skin stopped breaking out. Once every few months, one or two will pop up right before my period, but I hardly notice. That was a year ago. Now, I must admit that Ive missed a few days here and there and when I do my skin reacts and breaks out a bit again. Since doing some research on grapefruit seed extract Ive chosen to just eat organic grapefruits. My favorite are larger ruby red ones. They are sweeter and super awesome (: Eating grapefruits has become a daily healing ritual for me. I am SO GRATEFUL to have found this amazing fruit has seriously changed my life, given me permission, so to speak, to feel more confident and radiate my light from within (: I just wanted to share with everyone, maybe it can help you too! (:

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  40. I used, cinnamon, honey, sugar, mayonaise, and olive oil for my acne and black + whiteheads. It worked really good! you mix them together then. Rinse your face with warm water. After that apply to your face, leave on for 10-14mins and it will help breakouts. Do it about 2 times a week for good results!

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  41. Best nd easy way to get rid of acne is to first clean ur face with rose water then take a cotton and put cool lemon juice all over your face leave your face to dry it up then massage your face with baking soda diluted with water leave it for 2-3 minutes then wash your face with a mild facewash and dry your face with a clean towel then put oil free moisturizer . Try this 3 days a week and you will get acne free skin and a natural glow

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  42. I put some toothpaste that has baking soda I used.it as a face.mask at night it worked.so well use it for about (1-3) days.

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  43. My 13 year old daughter just recently had one little patch of irritated dry skin that was originally a bad zit above her lip and it has peeled of but a brown spot has been left behind it now, and now another one is forming on her chin. If anyone knows a good solution please let me know!!! thanks ;)

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  44. I used honey,washed it off, then put toothpaste on my acne then fell asleep. when I woke up I had the biggest burn mark right inbetween my eyebrows and it was picture day.

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  45. hello frnds i want to store aloe vera gel so plz tel me that how many vitamin e tablet are neccesary to require for four aloe vera leafs?

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  46. people DO NOT USE TOOTHPASTE ON ACNE IT WILL BURN YOU!!!!! THIS IS FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!!

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  47. hay guys u can try raw honey two to three times daily it really works

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  48. I really like the baking soda paste, but is it supposed to burn? Lol that alarmed me when I first put the paste on, but it stops burning (for me) after about 15 minutes :)

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  49. I am washing with dove bar soap. I moisurize with a home mixture of Aloe vera and tea tree oil mixed together. Together it is a great combination for combination skin. Takes care of the oil and the dryness. Also helps deal with any previous scarring and repairs damged skin, minimizes wrinkles while combating acne. I feel the time of putting harsh chemicals on the largest organ of the body which is then ingested into the cirrculatory system is over. I also suffer from eczema and use a coconut oil/aloe vera homemade body lotion which seems to keep my skin in check. All in all…it is much cheaper then buying percription anything.

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  50. i will try the pimple treatment that ive read..i hope it will help me further…

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