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Natural/Household Treatments

Natural treatments: Natural treatments, such as licochalcone, essential oils, green tea, and plant extracts can help calm the skin and reduce acne to some degree, but are unlikely to clear the skin on their own. Still, they can be welcome additions to over-the-counter acne treatment products and have a place within effective acne treatment regimens.

Household treatments: There is an argument to be made that some household treatments, such as lemon juice, honey, apple cider vinegar, and egg whites might have some properties that could theoretically help reduce acne to some degree, but don't expect miracles. At best, these household treatments can help to a mild degree. If you decide to use any of these household treatments, always keep in mind that physically irritating the skin can cause acne to flare, so stay very gentle.

Latest in Natural/Household Treatments

At Home Treatments Acne Home Remedies Most home remedies for acne do not offer the benefit of proven over-the-counter or prescription acne medications, and can potentially be dangerous if used incorrectly.... April 07, 2022
Natural/Household Treatments Urea and Its Role in the Skin Urea is part of the Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) in the skin. The NMF strengthens the outermost layer of skin, helping it to protect the body and prevent moisture loss. Synthetic urea can be added to moisturizers, and at higher percentages is prescribed to treat skin conditions like psoriasis. September 15, 2021
At Home Treatments Can Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar Help with Acne? High-glycemic diets may be associated with increased acne symptoms, and drinking apple cider vinegar may help reduce blood sugar spikes from eating high-glycemic food. It may also help replenish antioxidants. However, it is unlikely to work miracles on its own. August 27, 2021
Oils Topical Olive Oil and Acne People have applied olive oil to the skin for centuries. It is healing and healthy in several ways. However, when it comes to acne, it... August 11, 2021
At Home Treatments Topical Apple Cider Vinegar and Acne Applying apple cider vinegar topically might help reduce bacteria and have antioxidant effects. However, there is no scientific evidence that it does help with acne. If it does work, it likely only works to a small degree. June 10, 2021
At Home Treatments Can Aloe Help Acne? Available scientific evidence shows us that Aloe is unlikely to improve acne. This could be partially because Aloe is unstable once removed from the plant itself and degrades quickly. June 03, 2021
At Home Treatments Can Honey Masks Help Clear Acne? Honey is antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and can help heal wounds. However, we only have one study on honey and acne so far, and while only providing very weak evidence, the study shows that it may not be effective against acne. May 24, 2021
At Home Treatments Can Applying Toothpaste to the Skin Treat Acne? Even though you may have heard that toothpaste can help spot treat a pimple, it is unlikely to do much good, if any. Fluoride-based toothpastes in particular are a concern because they may irritate the skin, which can theoretically make acne worse. April 20, 2021