Homemade acne treatments are becoming more and more popular as people become dissatisfied with drugstore remedies. Acne remedies that you can try at home can also be very effective.
However, before we begin to look at some of the most effective homemade acne treatments that have worked for other people, it is important to be aware that everybody’s skin is different. Something that works for your best friend may not work for you. Also, some people have an allergic reaction to some remedies, which can leave the skin looking worse. So before you try one of these remedies on your whole face, be sure to test in on a small area for a few days.
1. Baking soda
Baking soda mixed with water can be used both as a non-scrubbing exfoliant and for drying up pimples. You can make a wash using equal quantities of baking soda and water, and use this every day after cleansing.
You can also mix it more thickly and use as a mask once or twice a week. If you do this, be sure you have tested it before rubbing it onto your whole face. Rub gently with your fingers, do not scrub. Then leave the mask on your face for 15-30 minutes (less the first time you use it).
It is normal to have a tingling feeling while the mask is in place and the skin will be pink after it is removed. However, if you have any unusual symptoms such as redness that remains the next morning, you should not use it.
This thicker mix can also be used topically, which means you can use it to treat individual pimples. Users who find baking soda effective say that this can help to dry them up.
Since baking soda dries your skin, you will need to moisturize daily. Be careful to use a non-oily moisturizer suitable for acne-prone skin. Jojoba oil makes a good basis for anti acne moisturizers.
2. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
Note: this means lemon juice squeezed from an actual lemon – not the kind of lemon juice that comes in a bottle!
The benefits that users report from homemade acne treatments using lemon juice include reducing healing time of pimples, with less scarring; less redness; and in some cases, reducing older acne scars.
Lemon juice can be used as a wash or applied topically to individual pimples or scars. It is natural and most people find it less drying than many other washes. After testing, provided you have no reaction, you may want to leave it on your skin overnight.
Itching is normal and in some cases, there may be a stinging sensation (usually where the skin is broken). There is no need to be concerned about this if you have tested the lemon juice in the right way.
Warning: do not mix lemon juice and baking soda: you will get a chemical reaction that is bad for the skin.
If you have some juice left from your lemon, you can drink it. Mixing with warm water makes it less sour (but do not use boiling water or you will lose many vitamins from it). You may also want to try this if you do not like using lemon juice directly on your skin. Some people report good results in reducing acne from simply drinking the juice. Altogether, lemon juice is one of the most effective homemade acne treatments that you will find.
3. Egg White
You can make a simple facial mask with the white of one egg. Simply apply it to the skin and leave to dry. You will find it tightens the skin while drying and may be uncomfortable, but try to avoid the temptation to pick at it.
It is rare that people have a bad reaction to egg white masks but you should still test. Of course, if you are allergic to eating eggs, do not use this mask.
Reported results from users include glowing skin and tighter pores, plus less scarring and some reduction in acne breakouts if used regularly. For this reason it is one of the most popular homemade acne treatments.
Like any drugstore acne product, all of these homemade acne treatments need to be used regularly in order to be effective.