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A few things to consider when attempting household treatments:

  • Most do not work. If you have only a very minor problem with acne and want to have fun experimenting with things you can find in your kitchen to make your skin slightly more clear, go for it. But if you have regular breakouts, you are most likely better off learning about and implementing proven treatments.
     
  • They may not be cheaper. Many drugstore-type over-the-counter treatments are actually quite inexpensive when you break it down to how much you spend per day by using them. When you compare this cost to, for instance, squeezing the juice from 2 lemons a day to apply that to your skin, you might be surprised to find that the over-the-counter medication is less expensive. 
     
  • They can be dangerous. Some home remedies, like crushing aspirin and dissolving it in water to make an aspirin mask, can be hard to dose, and can be dangerous. If you are using any home remedy, learn about it first and proceed with caution.

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At Home Treatments Alternative Therapies for Acne Meditation/yoga/hypnosis, acupuncture, eating healthy, and exercise may all help reduce inflammation in the body. Since acne is at its core an inflammatory disease, these "alternative... April 25, 2020
At Home Treatments Baking Soda and Acne Baking soda may be slightly antibacterial, but it is also abrasive and can cause skin irritation, which could lead to breakouts. Also, it is alkaline, and the skin is acidic, which is not a good match. Therefore, baking soda is likely not a good idea for an at-home acne treatment. April 25, 2020
At Home Treatments Can Applying Yogurt to the Skin Improve Acne? Since yogurt is a probiotic and also contains lactic acid, it is possible that it could help with acne. Both probiotics and lactic acid have shown promise in acne treatment. However, we have no research directly looking at yogurt and acne. It could help, but probably not dramatically. April 25, 2020
At Home Treatments Can Topical Epsom Salt Treat Acne? Epsom salt is not officially approved to treat any skin condition and no studies have tested it on acne, but due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, it may be of use. April 25, 2020
At Home Treatments Can Witch Hazel Help Acne? Witch hazel water is the witch hazel most people are familiar with that is sold in drugstores. It be anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, both of which could potentially help with acne, but don't expect miracles. April 25, 2020
At Home Treatments Does Calamine Lotion Clear Acne? Calamine lotion's main ingredient is zinc oxide, which provides some antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and hormone balancing properties, which could all theoretically help reduce acne. However, in the real world, it is unlikely to provide dramatic results. April 25, 2020
At Home Treatments Does Garlic Help with Acne? *CAUTION: Garlic can burn the skin.* Garlic has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant activity that may help with acne, but no clinical studies have tested it so far. If you try it, proceed with extreme caution because garlic can cause skin burns. April 25, 2020
At Home Treatments Hypochlorous Acid: What Is It, and Can It Help with Acne? Hypochlorous acid is a weak acid found in many household cleansers and is also found in some topical treatments for skin conditions such as rashes. It has been shown to kill acne bacteria in the lab, and it may also help the skin heal faster. But is it an effective acne treatment? We don't know yet. June 12, 2020
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