Since I started my journey with clearing my acne and working on making my skin look young and clear, I’ve tried tons of home remedies. For me, home remedies are the ultimate solution when it comes to seeing long term benefits for the skin. Not only are they cheap and easy to find, these home remedies tend to be natural products that have no side effects. They are fantastic not only for your skin, but also for your overall health. Over time, I’ve tried many home remedies, and I have narrowed down my favorite 10 natural home remedies for acne that have brought me the best results!
Avocado oil is amazing for your skin. It is rich in many vitamins including A, C, D, and E. It also contains plenty of minerals, beta carotene, fatty acids, and linoleic and oleic acid, all of which are building blocks for the skin. All of these help protect your skin from UV rays and increase collagen metabolism. It can also be used to fight off free radicals. This can help your skin rejuvenate and heal from acne scars. I like to take the inside of an avocado peel and massage it into my face and leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
Egg whites are perfect for deep cleansing treatments and to really clear out pores. The proteins in the egg whites can help tighten your skin as well as absorb excess oil from the skin. Egg whites also contain plenty of vitamins and minerals to help nourish the skin. I like to mix egg whites with lemon into a thin mask and apply onto my face. I tend to leave it on for about 10 minutes and then rinse off.
Honey has been used for thousands of years for its antibacterial properties. It was traditionally used on wounds to help with healing. Honey works great to nourish damaged skin to help fade scars. It is also extremely moisturizing and will hydrate even the driest of skin. There are a few different kinds of honey. I like to use Manuka honey which is a medical grade honey. These tend to have less bacteria which allow the antibacterial properties to be greater. I like to mix honey with cinnamon to create a very potent face mask. Mix 3 parts honey with 1 part cinnamon and apply to your face. Leave on your skin for 8-10 minutes and then rinse off completely with warm water.
This is a strange addition to this list, but quinoa can be amazing as an exfoliator and gentle scrub! It also contains vitamin B3 which helps repair the skin barrier and minimizes irritation and dryness. Finally, it contains copious amounts of vitamin E which helps neutralize free radicals rejuvenating your skin and leaving it young and healthy. To make a simple DIY exfoliator, mix cooked quinoa with olive or argan oil until you get a desired consistency. Massage into your skin and rinse with warm water.
Colloidal oatmeal isn’t a product that is talked about often, but it is basically oat kernals that have been ground into a fine powder. They supply antioxidants as well as cellulose and fiber that provide relief for dry irritated skin. Making your own is very simple. Just add uncooked oatmeal into a blender or food processor and pulse until it resembles a fine white powder. Sprinkle one cup into lukewarm water and soak in it for 10-15 minutes.
Aloe is one of my favorite skin products. It contains tons of antioxidants, enzymes, and vitamins A and C. There are tons of anti-inflammatory properties that help heal your skin. The best way to use Aloe Vera is to cut open a plant’s leaf, scoop out the gel, and apply to the face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is used for so many different treatments that it should come as no surprise that it has positive effects on the skin as well. ACV can help increase blood flow to the skin as well as minimize pores. It can also be used to absorb excess oils. However, you should be careful when using ACV since vinegar is an acid and can burn your skin. Gently introduce your skin to this when first starting out, and spot test on an area of the skin to make sure there isn’t an adverse reaction. I prefer to dilute apple cider vinegar in some water: one part vinegar to four parts water.
Tea Tree Oil
Another simple but powerful addition to your skin care routine is the very popular tea tree oil. It is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory which makes it ideal for killing P. acnes, the bacteria responsible for acne. This also means it can reduce the swelling and redness of pimples. You do not want to apply tea tree oil directly to the skin as it is very strong and can damage your skin. Instead, mix it with a carrier oil like coconut oil first. For every 1-2 drops of tea tree oil, mix 12 drops of a carrier oil. Apply to your skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off.
Green tea is fantastic for its antioxidant content. Specifically, green tea contains high concentrations of certain antioxidants called catechins. This helps break down oxidants and waste products that damage skin cells. It also contains compounds that help decrease sebum production and kill P. acnes. Green tea can either be used as a drink or the extract can be applied to the skin. The extract can be a little difficult to find, so I recommend just drinking a cup of green tea 3-4 times per week.
Purified Bee Venom
Purified bee venom has been shown to contain antibacterial properties. Multiple studies have shown that purified bee venom is highly effective at targeting P. acnes. Patients treated for 2 weeks saw improvements in their acne lesions. There are many products that can be found online containing bee venom. This can definitely be a strong addition to your arsenal at home.
These are my top 10 recommendations for natural home remedies for acne. While there are many many more out there, these are the ones that have shown me great improvement with my acne and skin. Everybody’s body is different, so it is all about experimentation. However, I hope that this article gives you a starting point to try different things to combat your acne and rejuvenate your skin!