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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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