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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 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 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
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 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
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. April 25, 2020
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