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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.

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Oils Jojoba Oil Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic, which means it will not clog pores. It is actually not actually an oil, but rather a wax ester that is stable and resistant to rancidity. It is safe to use on acne-prone skin and has a variety of uses. April 07, 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 06, 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. December 23, 2020
At Home Treatments Can African Black Soap Help Acne? There is no compelling evidence that African black soap will help with acne. In fact, since it is soap, and soap can irritate the skin and aggravate acne, like other soaps, it should be avoided for people with acne-prone skin. December 16, 2020
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. October 01, 2020