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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. July 20, 2019
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. June 01, 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
At Home Treatments Can Topical Green Tea Treat Acne? Topical green tea, also known by its chemical name EGCG, when applied topically to the skin, can act as an antioxidant, protect the skin from the sun, and support wound healing. All of these things can potentially help reduce acne. June 22, 2019
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, and flouride-based toothpastes, which make up the vast majority of toothpastes, may irritate the skin, which can theoretically make acne worse. June 22, 2019
At Home Treatments Urine Therapy for Acne Urine contains some compounds that have potentially positive impacts on acne bacteria, but contains other compounds that may contribute to skin inflammation, which could make acne worse. Overall, urine is very dilute, so any positive or negative effects it may have are muted at best. June 22, 2019
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