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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 Does Lemon Juice Clear Acne? While we do not have any clinical studies thus far, it makes sense that some of the chemicals in lemon juice and lemon peels might help reduce symptoms of acne. Lemons contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), and AHAs help reduce acne, so it might help. June 22, 2019
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. Also, when garlic is applied topically, in some cases it can cause irritation or burns, so proceed with caution. August 22, 2019
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At Home Treatments Can Witch Hazel Help Acne? Witch hazel comes in two forms: (1) witch hazel water, and (2) witch hazel cream. Witch hazel water is the witch hazel most people are familiar with that is sold in drugstores. It may be anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, both of which could potentially help with acne, but don't expect miracles. June 21, 2019
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