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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