Try These 11 Effective At-Home Acne Treatments

At Pure Touch Skin Center, we have a soft spot for those who suffer from acne. It’s a serious problem that afflicts thousands and thousands of people, lowering their confidence and making them feel uncomfortable in front of others.

At our offices, we offer plenty of acne treatments to improve the appearance of breakouts and scars, including SkinPen, Hydrafacial, and acne laser treatments.

But what about at-home treatments? What can you do yourself when your skin decides to attack you?

The most important thing to keep in mind is to avoid touching—especially picking—any pimples. Instead of fidgeting with your acne, there are plenty of natural ingredients for at-home acne treatments that you can use. Take a look at our list.

Yogurt

Yogurt isn’t just delicious in smoothies——it’s also one of the best natural acne treatments in existence. It draws oil and bacteria out of the pores, soothes and heals the skin, and also contains lactic acid, can clear up blemishes and discolorations.

Acne Treatment - Greek Yogurt In A Wooden BowlImage: doctoroz.com

This treatment is particularly useful when your sebaceous glands are open, so try it after a steam bath. And buy plain Greek yogurt! Flavored types can have sugar, which may irritate your skin.

Green Tea

Green tea contains lots of great things to help fight acne, including catechins, which get rid of bacteria that cause breakouts, and skin cell-protecting antioxidants.

Acne Treatment - Green Tea Being Poured Next To Loose Leaves

Brew some green tea, set aside four tablespoons of it, and allow those tablespoons to get cold. (You can drink the rest of the tea if you want.) Add the cooled-off green tea into a small spray bottle, wash your face with a gentle cleanser, and pat your skin dry. Then spritz the green tea onto your face and allow it to air-dry. After ten minutes, rinse your face with cold water, pat your skin dry, and apply moisturizer.

Honey

It’s a sweetener and an acne-fighter! Because natural honey is full of antioxidants, phytonutrients, and live enzymes, a little dab on your blemishes before you get into bed can go a long way. This is possibly the easiest and most convenient acne treatment.

Acne Treatment - Honey Dipper On Blue Table

Vinegar Or Lemon Juice

Acids that are in vinegar and lemon juice can be helpful to improving acne because they have the ability to flush out the dead skin cells, oil, and other debris that collects within the pores. Apply lemon juice or vinegar to the problem area with a cotton ball.

Acne Treatment - Vinegar In Bottle

Aloe Vera

You can either purchase a gel or cream that contains aloe vera, or you can grow your own plant and use it. Aloe vera has highly-praised skin-healing abilities for decreasing inflammation.

Acne Treatment - Aloe Vera Plant

Garlic

Garlic is another natural element that can dry out problematic oily skin. Grab a garlic clove and rub the juice on the areas that need it, and then rinse. Just be careful not to get any of the juice in your eyes.

Acne Treatment - Close Up Garlic Cloves

Chasteberry Tea

If you’re a female, have you noticed that your acne is often triggered or made worse by your period? If so, try chasteberry tea, a longstanding herbal aid in helping with PMS symtpoms. Some studies have shown that drinking 1-2 cups a day assists in regulating female hormones, which means your acne may not be as severe if it is typically affected by your cycle.

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Tea Tree Oil

Studies have shown that 5% tea tree oil is just as effective at fighting acne as 5% benzoyl peroxide—only it won’t dry your skin out or irritate it the way that benzoyl peroxide will. Use a cotton ball to apply one drop of tea tree oil to pimples, three times a day.

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Aspirin

Aspirin not only helps with headaches—it also makes a great acne treatment. Aspirin contains acetylsalicylic acid, which can help dry out excess oil and dead skin cells. Not only can it improve existing problems; it can also help prevent pimples from forming in the first place.

Acne Treatment - Close Up White Aspirin TabletsImage: rush.edu

Make a quick aspirin-acne paste by crushing up one aspirin in a bowl with just enough (filtered or bottled) water. Spread this paste the problem area of your skin, and once the mask is finished, be sure to put some moisturizer on.

Ice

Surprisingly, simple ice can actually do a lot to help improve acne. Never put ice directly onto your skin, though—instead, wrap one layer of paper towel around an ice cube and hold it to the pimple. This will help decrease the inflammation.

Acne Treatment - Ice Cubes In Small TrayImage: williams-sonoma.com

Oatmeal

Oatmeal has the ability to absorb oil and dirt, as well as being able to gently exfoliate the skin. Make one cup of oatmeal (unflavored, and not too watery). Add a bit of honey, and apply it as a mask to your face. After 10 minutes, rinse your face with cold water, pat your skin dry, and apply moisturizer.

Acne Treatment - Dry Oatmeal In Bowl

Hopefully these at-home acne treatments will help. If you find that nothing you do is improving your skin, please contact us at Pure Touch for a free skin treatment consultation.