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by Christine GlasgowMay 11, 2017

Acne, it’s well known as the scourge of the younger generation and a nightmarish part of puberty and adolescence. However, it is also a problem for many older people – male and female – sometimes for their entire lives. Countless millions of dollars are spent every year by acne sufferers on all kinds of pills, potions and liquids, many of them laden with chemicals, to try to combat the problem effectively. However there are a number of natural remedies for acne that work very well, cost a fraction of what the “medicinal” solutions do and are less harmful to the body overall, or so many people believe anyway.

Acne is a very common skin disorder, occurring as a result of inflammations in the sebaceous glands and hair follicles. It manifests itself in many different forms from blackheads to the far more disfiguring cystic acne.

There are a number of different causes of acne as well. These can include

  • Excess oil (sebum) produced by skin glands that then blocks pores
  • Dead skin cells that also block pores
  • Bacterial infection
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Insufficient skin care routine
  • Genetics
  • Bad luck – not very scientific we know, but really how many times have you had a pimple pop up right before a big date or a very important interview. Bad luck has to be factor 😉

Whatever form it takes and whatever really causes it at any given time, acne is a nightmare for many. What natural remedies are there for acne though? Here are some of the best home remedies for acne that are tried, tested and in fact trusted by many.

Vitamins as a Natural Cure for Acne

Vitamin supplements are certainly rather controversial right now. There are those – including some at the FDA – who say we simply don’t need them. Many others however still disagree and there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that vitamin supplements are beneficial.

  • Both Vitamin A and Niacin have been shown to be quite effective in combating acne. An anti-acne regime recommended by a number of naturopaths consists of 100mg of Niacin taken three times day together with a similar dose of Vitamin A and one dose of vitamin E per day.
  • As a powerful anti-oxidant Vitamin C is considered essential for skin health in general and science does not disagree with this. The theory is though that the added Vitamin C should come from food sources such as citrus fruits and juices rather than a pill though.

Garlic as a Natural Remedy for Acne

Garlic has gained itself a reputation as a slightly smelly, but effective way to combat stubborn acne (and vampires)

To use garlic most effectively you need to release its allacin, the chemical believed to be the acne killer. Here’s an effective way to do just that:

  • In a small bowl crush three cloves of fresh garlic
  • Add 1 tablespoon of fresh water and mix well
  • Apply to face with clean hands or a cotton bud
  • Leave in place for 10-15 minutes
  • Wash away with lukewarm water
  • Repeat once or twice a week for the best results

Coriander and Mint Juice Face Wash as a Natural Remedy for Acne

If you tend to suffer most from blackheads and/or whiteheads you know that they can be very hard to get rid of. Coriander and mint juice both have excellent natural astringent properties though, jut what you need for unclogging and deep cleaning pores. Combine them with the bacteria fighting power of turmeric and you can create an effective acne face wash right at home in your own kitchen.

What You’ll Need

  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons mint juice
  • Pinch tumeric

How It’s Done

  • In a bowl combine all ingredients, but add the turmeric last
  • Stir until well combined
  • Wet face
  • Massage mixture all over face in circular motions
  • Leave in place for 1 to 2 minutes
  • Rinse away with lukewarm water

Cucumber as a Natural Cure for Acne

You may be used to hearing that a cucumber slice placed over each eye relieves puffiness but cucumber is also useful in the battle against all forms of acne. In fact you have probably often seen it listed as a ‘natural ingredient’ in many acne fighting products sold in stores as well as in all kinds of moisturizers and cleansers designed for general use. But you can take advantage of its cooling and healing powers at home too and you can do so in a couple of different ways:

Cucumber Juice Acne Rinse

This rinse helps loosen and remove dead skin cells and dissolve excess oil

  • Take a fresh cucumber and remove its peel
  • Slice into one inch slices and blend in a food processor until smooth
  • Transfer juice into a bowl and add 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Mix well until sugar dissolves
  • Apply all over face with a cotton ball
  • Leave in place for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse away with lukewarm water

Soothing Cucumber Toner

Great for reducing the redness and inflammation associated with acne while also adding antioxidant protection as well.

What You’ll Need

  • 1/2 fresh cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 1 teaspoon vodka (optional but adds extra astringent power)
  • Clear lidded bottle

How It’s Done

  • Peel cucumber and slice into 1 inch cubes
  • Pop in the blender and blend until smooth
  • Transfer juice into a bowl and stir in water, witch hazel and vodka
  • Decant mixture into bottle for storage
  • To use, apply to skin with a cotton ball as you would a standard toner
  • For the best results, use once daily
  • Store unused mixture in the fridge between uses for up to two weeks

Apple Cider Vinegar as a Natural Remedy for Acne

Apple Cider Vinegar is a potent natural acne remedy especially since it has quite potent natural antibiotic properties and is also rather good as an astringent cleanser.

Many people feel it works best from the ‘inside out’ especially if you can stomach a “straight shot” of the real thing a couple of times a day. If you want to give that a try it’s not the stuff from the grocery store you need though. What you should be looking for is the ‘raw’ cider vinegar sold in health food stores and online.

If that is not something you can face though – and it is admittedly strong stuff – you can buy apple cider vinegar gel caps that are a lot easier to deal with.

Apple cider vinegar can also be used to fight acne topically as well though. Again make sure, when following these instructions you are, once again, using the ‘raw’ version of this clever little vinegar for the best results.

Apple Cider Vinegar Toning Spray

This spray can be used several times a day and some say it will help keep fine lines and wrinkles at bay as well as fight acne bacteria

  • Mix 2 parts distilled water with 1 part apple cider vinegar
  • Decant into a clean, empty spray bottle.
  • Spray on affected areas and leave to dry.
  • Rinse of with lukewarm water
  • Store apple vinegar spray bottle in fridge between uses

Acne Diets

There is still a lot of controversy over whether or not things like chocolate and soda really do worsen acne but since neither is very good for you avoiding them cannot do anything but good anyway.

One thing most people do agree on in that a diet rich in fruit and veggies helps, as does drinking at least eight glasses of pure water on a daily basis.

These are just a small handful of our particular favorite home remedies for acne, there are many more. Even if you are a little skeptical of alternative medicine and home remedies in general they may very well be worth a try, as they are all relatively harmless and inexpensive to make. And you have nothing to lose by trying, except maybe for some of those pesky pimples.

Now it’s over to you. What home remedies for acne have you tried and which do you find to be the best? Have we missed out your favorite? Let us know, we’d love to hear about your experiences with – and opinions of – the best home remedies for acne.

Christine Glasgow
Canadian girl addicted to beauty and fashion. I'm a Blogger, Entrepreneur and web influencer 👑 I mostly talk about anything related to skin care and beauty. I created this site to share science-based information on skin conditions, treatments and skin care.

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