Anyone who suffers from acne and wants clear skin without taking medicine, or when their medication doesn’t work, can benefit from home remedies for acne.  There are three main things that home remedy acne treatments do: remove oil and dead skin, disinfect, and heal. 

If you have acne scaring or hyper pigmentation, you may also be interested in acne scar home remedies.

Now on to the acne remedies:


Exfoliate to remove dead skin, oil and dirt

Homemade face masks are a refreshing way to pamper yourself and keep acne at bay.

Oatmeal in a mask absorbs excess oil and is soothing to skin.  The thickness of oatmeal also makes a good base for adding other home remedy acne mask ingredients.

Yogurt contains lactic acid, and gives a very gentle, acid peal to remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oil from the skin. Plain yogurt can be used in an oatmeal mask, by itself, or with honey.

Aspirin is often considered the secret ingredient of home acne masks. It is a beta-hydroxy acid, an ingredient in may high end facial mask products.  You can make an aspirin mask by dissolving or crushing a couple aspirin tablets in a little bit of water and making a paste.  This paste can be applied directly to the face or it can be combined with other homemade mask ingredients. Don’t use an aspirin mask if you are allergic to aspirin or if you should not have aspirin for any other reason, because the medicine will be absorbed through your skin.


Disinfect to kill skin bacteria

Tea tree oil is an excellent natural antiseptic, effective against bacteria.  Dab a bit on spots or use diluted in a homemade acne cleanser. Tea tree oil strong and should be diluted in water, cream or massage oil to a 15 percent dilution before applying to skin.

Apple cider vinegar is another natural antiseptic that is effective in killing acne causing bacteria. It also contains many minerals including potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, copper, and sulfur that accelerate healing and help balance the ph of skin. Dilute apple cider vinegar in water to 25% and apply it to your face with a cotton ball.  Allow it to dry and keep it on for at least 20 minutes.  It can also be left on over night

Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that remove bacteria and calm inflamed acne breakouts. A honey mask helps get rid of bacteria and provides gentle exfoliation  as well.

Garlic has antiseptic and antioxidant properties.  To cure acne with garlic, crush up a clove and extract the juice. Dab it on the affected area and remove after several minutes.  Or, crush a clove and rub directly on skin.  This approach is easier but may be more irritating to skin because of the abrasive action. Garlic should not be kept on skin for extended periods or overnight can burn skin.  It may be stinky, but minced fresh garlic is also a good addition to an acne face mask.


Promote fast healing of blemishes

Clearly, many of the ingredients in home remedies for acne work in more than one way to treat acne.  Honey, garlic, and apple cider vinegar all have multiple benefits and promote healing as well as disinfecting.

Aloe vera is often used to help wound healing. Use commercial aloe vera gel or juice, or better yet, get an aloe vera house plant. Take a leaf and cut it open to get the gel.  Dab it on pimples and leave on overnight. Save the leaf in a plastic bag in the fridge to use over again.

Green tea is a strong antioxidant.  It fights oxidative stress in the skin and helps healing. Brew a strong cup of green tea using just 4 ounces of water for a tea bag and let it steep for 15 minutes or longer.  Apply the tea to your face with a cotton ball and leave on all night.  Alternately, you can brew a cup as usual to drink and reserve the tea bag. Open up the bag and make a poultice out of the tea leaves. Add honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Apply it to a severe pimple and cover with a bandage and leave over night.

Lemon juice is a common home remedy for acne. Vitamin C in lemon is an antioxidant that promotes skin turnover and regeneration. Lemon juice has the added benefit of fading acne scars and hyperpigmentation as well. Lemon causes photosensitivity, so wear a good sun block when going outside within 72 hours of applying lemon juice.  Of course you don’t need to hear this because you already wear a good sun block daily, right?


Many home treatments can improve acne.  I’ve tried to list the most effective here. Home acne treatments focus on three things: removing dirt, oil, and dead skin cells, cleaning the skin of bacteria, and promoting rapid healing of blemishes. Acne home remedies can be just as effective as some treatments from your doctor, so if you are open to trying them, there is no reason not to try them out first.