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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.

home remdies for acne


Here are the top 10 home remedies for acne.

(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.

acne home remedy

  • 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.

fuller's earth to get rid of acne
Use Fuller’s Earth Face Mask to Absorb Excess Oil and Reduce Acne

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. You can add more rose water to get a better consistency of the paste.
  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.


toothpaste to treat 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.

tea tree oil to treat acne

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, or overdrying then use tea tree oil diluted in water or mix it with aloe vera gel and then apply.

7. Orange Peel

orange peel

The acidic property and high vitamin C present in an orange makes it a perfect remedy for acne. You can use the juice from the orange as well as its peel, but the peel can be more effective.

  1. Put orange peel in the sun and let it completely dry out.
  2. Grind the dried peel into a powder and add water to make a paste.
  3. Apply the paste to the affected area and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Then wash your face with warm water.

8. Aloe Vera Gel

aloe vera

The soothing and anti-inflammatory properties in aloe vera can treat acne in a matter of a few days. Aloe vera gel is also helpful in healing the scars caused by acne.

You can buy aloe vera gel from the market or get pure aloe vera gel by cutting a leaf off an aloe vera plant and squeezing the gel from the middle. Apply the aloe vera gel to the affected area twice daily.

9. Fenugreek

fenugreek leaves

The herb fenugreek can also be used in the treatment of acne due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties.

  • Mix fresh fenugreek leaves with water to make a smooth paste. Apply the herbal paste on the affected area and leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then wash your face with warm water. Repeat the process for three to four days to allow the acne to heal.
  • Alternatively, grind one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds into a fine powder and add a little warm water to it to make a paste. Apply this paste on the affected area. Leave it on for about 20 minutes or overnight and then rinse it off. Do this two or three times a week.

10. Indian Lilac


Indian lilac, also known as neem, can be used for the treatment of various skin problems. It contains antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that help kill the bacteria that cause acne. Also, it soothes the redness and inflammation of skin breakouts.

  • Make a paste of tender Indian lilac leaves by adding a little water. Add some turmeric powder to the paste and then apply it on the affected area. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off. Do this at least twice a week.
  • You can also apply neem oil a few times a day until you see improvement.

These simple and easy-to-follow natural treatments for acne can solve the problem to some extent. For best results, you must also live a healthy lifestyle. If you cannot successfully treat your acne with these home remedies, you should consult a doctor.

Also Check: Top 3 DIY Face Masks for Acne (Pimples)

Home Remedies for Acne was last modified: August 8th, 2018 by Top10HomeRemedies

151 thoughts on “Home Remedies for Acne”

  1. My face has many pimples and acne,its really embarassing to go out of the house because some of the people use to see my face but when I use Lemon juice for remedies its really effective.

  2. I really need a good cure that will help my acne. mine is medium severe. I’ve had it since second grade, and am the only one my age that has ALLOT of acne. Please list easy remedies.ORANGE PEEL PASTE WORKS, BLEND ORANGE PEELS WITH A LITTLE WATER!

    please list anything that will help, thx

  3. I have been suffering from acne for 4 years now. I would love to know what it feels like to have clear skin. Any home remedy will help!

    Please list anything below. thx! 😀

  4. Mix turmeric, basen, milk, honey well. Apply it on ur face.. Leave the mAsk for 20 mins then rinse off.. You’ll c a noticeable change.. Skin will b glowing and lighter.. This masks is really good for glowing skin. It helped me so m sharing..
    Stay beautiful 🙂

  5. ok so i have mild-severe acne (severe when it comes to dark spots left by the acne) and ive tried everything and nothing seems to work. My skin is also VERY sensitive and VERY dry yet oily at the same time. Nothing the dermotaligists perscibed worked. I started drinking more water, adding some lemon juice. I also did my research and found a couple home remedies that seemed to do the trick for me. A couple times a week before I hop in the shower i use a banana peel and massage it around my face. Sounds weird i know but it works! I leave it on for no more than 5 minutes and wash it off. I also do this mask which consists of sugar, honey, lemon juice, green tea, and apple cidar vinegar. Burns a little, but after a couple minutes wash off and boom. Ice your face after that and within no time you’ll start to see a difference. But remember what works for me might not work for you but hope this helped and good luck!

  6. Apply your saliva on your pimples when you wake up in the morning. It helps a lot in getting rid of acne. This is from my personal experience.

  7. I have seen many comments what to use on the face.. Try the following and see the results within a week. Eliminate all dairy products. Just try it!

  8. Ihad lots of pimples since i was seventeen. tried all kinds of remidies bur didnt work. on discovery of lemon mixd wt sugar n tumeric powder twice daily n apply benzoly peroxide afterwads am a happy angel now

  9. i spent years in acne..n wat i came up with us No medicated products..wat worked wonder for me was.. regular use of sun screen. with SPF 60.. REGULARLY mosturizing my face with pure coconut oil at bed time..drinking Lemon water every morning to detoxify my body.. n icing with lemon water n aloe pulp ice cubes.. believe me..i regret why did i start all this so late.. stay blessed n healthy

  10. Before you go to bed, put some honey on your acne, it will stay there. In the morning, wash it off.
    I have been doing it for a couple days, it really works!!!!

  11. Ohh so much tips…its really useful….i m in my late 20’s..n i have acnes in my upper arms…i found applying toothpaste is very easy…let me start with this..can anyone suggest will colgate be ok?

  12. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND DONT EAT JUNK that’s the basic!!!!! Simple answer for all you candy arses writing big essays to explain basics jeeez candy arses!

  13. awesome home remedies.I, myself am very fond of these home remedies and the best part they really work wonders for skin

  14. I have a very sensitive skin & pro breakout & have a lot of dark spots due to acne scars. One of my concerns, aging skin around my eyes. I used the Citrus Clear Skin Repair Moisturizer and after 2-3 days – the lines that’s been bothering me for quite a while is lessening & the dark spots on my cheeks start to lighten! my friends saw me & said you look blooming! that’s only 2-3 days of using the Citrus clear moisturizer.

  15. I suffer much pimples before and i try i lots of cream and medicine even soap before then I tried tootpaste ..and i can say its really effective

    1. Really toothpaste is good rid of acne .or u saying just like that which one is good for face ..lemon or neem or fullers earth …toothpaste

  16. Use turmeric powder with honey and lemom or lime drops and massage on to your skin and leave for 15 to 30 minutes. It will really a good anti- bacterial for acne skin.

  17. Yes , i traveled to other country then i got acne because there is no cold , then i searched in i found some good ,
    * Very Sleep 9 hours or more that you want ,!!!!
    * Wash your face very in day , !!!
    * Don’t touch your face or acne ,!!!
    * I Used toothpaste and that working , that help for whiteness or stoping oil on your face , !

  18. Once a week, I mix the juice from an orange and some egg yolk and put it on my face for about 10 minutes. It really does work to stop oil from forming on my face. Its not gross at all. My skin cleared up in about 1 week of doing that. I also use the Citrus Clear face wash to wash my face in the morning and at night. No acne for the last year !

  19. I have problems with my acne and i sometimes think that there is nothing i can to do to help it but you guys really helped me…..thanks alot

  20. In fact when someone doesn’t be aware of after that
    its up to other users that they will help,
    so here it occurs.

  21. Try to use also the aloe Vera gel been using it since when I’m a teenager. Just continue using it and the result is really good.

  22. Hi there! I’ve been looking a all these wonderful home remedies and it seems to me that the use of toothpaste is the easiest way to go. With that being said, does anyone know if it has to be a specific brand of toothpaste to apply on the skin? I’m currently using Aquafresh and I want to make sure if that is acceptable. Thank you for your time – have a lovely rest of your day/evening!

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