Acne Home Remedy

The following are some of the acne home remedy tried, and, at times, found useful. Beware, though, none of them have undergone clinical trials and hence the effectiveness remains unproven. Also note that home, herbal, natural or alternative remedies (as they are known) are not always innocuous or safe. Any one of them can cause severe allergic reactions so you can try them at your own risk! If any untoward effects are noticed, immediately stop the applications and consult your dermatologist.

Remember the dictum:

Anything under the Sun, including the Sun, can cause Allergy!

If someone claims that a particular medication/treatment is completely safe and without any adverse effects, it shows their ignorance and lack of knowledge about allergic hypersensitivity!

Well, here we go!

  1. Crush strawberry leaves and place on the acne lesions overnight- the alkalinity helps to reduce the swelling and inflammation.

  2. Mix juice of one lemon with equal quantity of rose water. Apply this mixture on the face and let it stay for about half an hour. Wash the face with fresh water. 2-3 weeks' application helps relieve acne, and reduces blemishes and scars. Also see Alpha hydroxy Acids in Acne. Dermatologist recommended acne home remedy.

  3. Massage the acne lesions with lemon skin and wash with luke warm water after 1 hour or overnight.

  4. Apply fresh mint juice over the face every night on the acne lesions.

  5. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. At least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables should be included in your diet. A healthy, balanced diet is essential in keeping your acne under control.

    Follow the acne diet recommendations. Dermatologist recommended acne home remedy.

  6. Crush garlic cloves and apply on the acne lesions. Useful in comedones.

  7. Home face wash for acne: Mix together 1 or 2ml each of the following: witch hazel, tea-tree and sweet fennel essential oils, adding essential oil of geranium for women and essential oil of rosewood for men. Mix with 300ml of water. Shake before use, as the oils will float on top of the water during storage. Dab affected areas with cotton wool two or three times a day. The oils will clean and unclog the comedones. Caution: For some people, the oiliness, may actually exacerbate acne lesions!

  8. Crush 2-3 teaspoons dried basil leaves and keep immersed in boiled water for 15-20 minutes. Cool, and apply to the acne lesions with cotton buds.

  9. Clean face with cotton wool dipped in rose water 2-3 times a day.

  10. Apply toothpaste (not gel) on your pimple before you go to bed. The drying effect reduces the swelling of inflamed acne.

  11. Apply a paste of fresh methi (fenugreek) leaves over the face daily for 10-15 minutes and wash off with luke warm water. This is helpful in preventing  acne.

  12. Grind orange peel with a little salt and water water and make into a paste and apply to the acne lesions.

  13. Nettle tea is another acne solution, this tea is a herb that is claimed to have beneficial effects on skin inflammations. Drink 3-4 cups a day.

  14. Mix 1 teaspoon finely ground cinnamon powder in 1 teaspoon lemon juice and apply to the acne lesions before going to bed.

  15. Aloe Vera juice applied twice a day is thought to speed up the healing of acne lesions.

  16. Make a paste of turmeric powder in mint juice. Leave for 15-30 minutes on the acne lesions and wash off with lukewarm water.

  17. Leave a mixture of vinegar and salt to the acne lesions for 15-20 minutes and rinse off.

  18. Grind cucumber and lemon juice and make a paste. Use this as a face mask for half an hour regularly.

  19. Mix 1 tablespoon of corn flour, a pinch of salt and one egg white and apply on your face. After half hour, when the paste is dried out massage the face with cotton wool dabbed in luke warm water. Dermatologist recommended acne home remedy.

  20. Mix 6oz of rose water with 10 drops of bee propiolis extract and apply to the lesions at night.

  21. Mix boiled cabbage leaves with witch hazel, strain and mix with a few drops of lemon juice and use as a lotion on the acne lesions.

  22. Tincture of Calendula flowers has a drying and antiinflammatory effect on acne.

  23. Before going to bed, put ice on your larger acne lesions. This will reduce swelling.


  1. Sandalwood paste mixed with  rosewater and applied on the face for 30 minutes is another effective acne home remedy. Dermatologist recommended acne home remedy.

  2. Essential Oil Face Mask for Acne: Make a paste with Fuller's earth(1 tablespoon) with 3 tablespoon distilled water and 3 drops of essential oils. Essential oils may be a mixture of cypress oil, lemon oil, sage oil, 1 drop each.

  3. A paste of tender neem leaves with turmeric applied to the face for 1 hour at night is yet another acne home remedy. Remember that both neem leaf and turmeric are potential allergy producers.

  4. Ground drumstick pods and leaves and mix with fresh lime juice. Apply to the pimples before going to bed.

  5. Honey is an excellent acne home remedy as it has some anti inflammatory and antiseptic effects.

  6. Apple cedar vinegar is another home remedy for acne, especially the comedones.

  7. Crush nutmeg with low fat milk and apply on affected area as a paste. Effective acne home remedy.

  8. Make a paste of honey(3 tablespoons), 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder, and 3 drops of lemon juice. Apply at night and wash off in the morning. Dermatologist recommended acne home remedy.


  1. Apply juice of raw papaya (including the skin and seed) on inflamed acne lesions for half an hour and rinse off.

  2. Comedones can be managed with a paste of sandalwood powder with masoor dal in rose water.

  3. Apply a paste of ground sesame seeds with lemon juice at night on your inflamed pimples.

  4. A ground paste of almond or oatmeal with rose water is applied to the face for 15 minutes with slow rubbing on the acne lesions. Rinse with cold water.

  5. Make a solution of 2 teaspoons Boric Powder in a half cup of hot water. Saturate a face napkin with this hot solution and dab onto the face till the napkin cools down. This is especially useful before using a comedone extractor. Dermatologist recommended acne home remedy.

  6. Make a mixture on tomato juice in rose water and apply to the blackheads for 1 hour and rinse with warm water.

  7. Make a paste of ground radish seeds with water and apply on face on comedones.

  8. A paste of raw carrot juice mixed with lemon juice also is an effective acne home remedy

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