Natural Cures for Acne: 11 Cheap and Simple DIY Ideas

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Who wants to know about natural DIY cures for acne? Millions of people around the world are looking for remedies for acne!

Are you one of those women who have good skin until it is time for you to attend an important event and then boom out of nowhere you start feeling one pimple pushing up in most obvious places? So embarrassing!

Of course, it pops up dead on your nose or a big shiny one on your forehead or a full plump one on your chin. You are not the only one who suffers from this condition. It happens to men, women, and children including models.

And it’s not a racial thing, it happens to all people of color but there’s help. Instead of using pills for acne, here are some natural DIY cures for acne for pimples or if you continuously suffer from acne.

1. Cinnamon, Honey and Acne Spots

Does the thought of raw honey and cinnamon have you picturing yourself being chased by a swarm of bees and ants? Don’t worry, it’s not likely to happen in your home unless you’re a beekeeper!

Surprising, honey and cinnamon work well together to reduce inflammation and reduce the size of those massive zits.

Furthermore, cinnamon has been shown to have potential anti-microbial, anti-parasitic, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory benefits. While honey contains antibacterial properties and a hefty serving of skin-friendly antioxidants.

Honey and cinnamon work together to unclog your pores and the honey will also add moisture to your skin.

Before applying, wash your face with water and pat it dry. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon together until a paste is formed. Apply the mask to your face or to a pimple and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off complete, and pat your face dry.

2. One of the Best DIY Cures for Acne is Egg Whites

Egg whites help to cure acne… who knew?!

Eggs are almost always in everyone’s kitchen. They not only make tasty breakfast dishes but egg whites can be used to reduce acne and it’s among the best cures for acne scarring.

The white of the egg contains collagen and protein which can reduce skin inflammation, help the skin to improve and maintain its elasticity.

Before applying, rinse your face and pat it dry. Separate the whites from the yolks. 2-3 eggs usually produce enough egg white. Whisk the whites until they’re frothy, and let them sit for a few minutes.

You can use a cotton or just your fingers to cover your face with the mixture focusing on problem spots. 3 to 4 layers is usually enough, but make sure to wait the first has dried before applying more.

Allow the mask to sit and dry for about 20 minutes before rinsing off completely with warm water and a patting dry with a soft washcloth. Apply moisturizer appropriate for your skin type.

3. Papaya: Cures for Adult Acne

Papaya is really the truth when it comes to DIY cures for acne. I prefer to eat it rather put it on my skin, mainly because I am gluttonous. Nonetheless, papaya is excellent for the skin when applied topically.

Papaya is a beta-carotene-rich food filled with powerful enzymes and phytochemicals that are good for skin. It contains papain, an enzyme with skin-lightening properties. Papain reduces the visibility of blemishes and acne scars.

Together with alpha hydroxy acids, papain acts as a gentle exfoliator, dissolving inactive protein and dead skin cells. To get the best results, do a facial steam to open up your pores.

Mash up the flesh of the papaya until it’s consistency can be easily applied to your skin. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse off completely with warm water. If your skin feels dry after you cleanse it, use a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type afterward.

4. Tea Tree Oil

Won’t tea tree clog my cures? No, tea tree oil is not like other oils. It contains powerful agents, killing bacteria and fungus, and reduces allergic skin reactions. It unblocks pores and prevents further outbreaks.

Tea tree oil is applied to the skin (used topically) for infections such as acne, fungal infections of the nail (onychomycosis), lice, scabies, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), and ringworm. Doesn’t this oil sound miraculous?

As always, apply after you have cleansed your face. You must dilute tea tree oil with water or if you have sensitive skin, aloe vera gel. Dip a Q-tip or cotton swab in the mixture, and apply to problem areas.

5. Banana Peels as DIY cures for acne

Don’t slip on the banana, it’s good to treat acne.

Banana is the fruit I like to call the happy fruit. It makes both your skin and stomach happy. It’s rich in powerful antioxidants, phytochemicals, and moisture. This fruit will nourish and revitalize dry skin as well as smooth rough and aging skin.

It can be used for acne prone oily skin to reduce further breakouts and oil control you can use it topically for oil control and to reduce further breakouts.

Get a banana, peel it and eat it. (Your body will thank you.) Take the peel, and rub in a circular motion all over your face. When you feel as though you’ve covered your face, let it sit for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off.

6. Aloe Vera For the Skin

Aloe works for so many skin conditions, why not DIY cures for acne? The ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality” and I can see why. If you are looking for one of the better acne cures plus add a youthful glow to your skin, this gel will do wonders.

Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellin. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties, reducing skin inflammation.

Gibberellin in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring. Aloe vera gel is also used to treat sunburns, moisturize the skin and it helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Wash your face with water and pat dry. Using your fingertips or a Q-tip, apply the aloe directly to your problem areas. The aloe vera gel can be obtained from the aloe vera plant or purchased from the store.

7. Sodium Bicarbonate or Just Plain Baking Soda

Baking soda not only makes your refrigerator smell better or help cakes to rise, it is terrific as one of the DIY cures for acne. This alkaline substance has antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

When you apply the baking soda to your face, use circular motions to exfoliate, reduce inflammation and balance the skin’s ph, which helps to reduce the occurrence of future breakouts.

  • Cleanse face before applying and test the skin to make sure your skin does not react negatively to it.
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with a little water to make a paste.
  • Apply it on the affected skin for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with cold water.
  • Repeat once daily for 2 or 3 days, then reduce the frequency to 1 or 2 times a week.

8. When Life Gives You Acne, Use Lemons

When Beyonce named her album Lemonade, she was trying to send all women of color a message. Lemons are a source of Vitamin C, which is good for all types of skin, and it’s a citric acid, so it helps ‘exfoliate’ the skin as well.

Lemon juice is also an astringent. Astringents help to minimize pores and dry out oily skin so the lemon juice will dry out the blemish itself. It is also a natural skin whitener, which helps reduce redness.

  • Rinse face gently with water and pat dry.
  • Dab fingers, a cotton ball, or a Q-tip in lemon juice and apply to a pimple.

It is best to use lemon juice with another ingredient as it can be very harsh. It can be used with honey or yogurt. Lemon juice is one of the more simple DIY cures for acne. Nevertheless, it’s effective.

9. Steam Away Your Acne

Steaming your face when you have acne can do a whole lot for you. The steam will open up your pores and flush out the impurities thus reducing acne and the red, angry appearance of those pimples. In never thought of steam as one of the DIY cures for acne, but I’m using it!

You can choose to only steam, or you can use something afterward. Steaming can be a precursor to another facial treatment like papaya or egg whites.

Boil a pot of water, pour into a large bowl, and let it cool for a few minutes. After its temperature has lowered slightly, place your face in the bowl, and drape the towel over your head to trap the steam.

After 10-15 minutes, remove the towel and pat your face dry. Do this once a day or as needed.

10. Garlic: One of the top DIY cures for acne

Garlic is a natural remedy for blemishes and acne. It has antioxidants which kill bacteria that causes acne. It can either be ingested or applied topically to the skin to help reduce breakouts and prevent them in the future.

Extract the juice or mash up 2-3 cloves and let it sit in water or aloe vera gel for 10 minutes. Use a cotton pad to apply it to problem areas. You can choose to ingest a garlic clove.

To make it easier to go down, you can first mash it and swallow it with a bit of honey. You can do either or do I like I do and apply it topically and ingest it.

11. Want DIY cures for acne? Drink water!

Water is good for the body – it can’t function properly without it.

I don’t like water but I challenged myself to drink water for 21 days and the changes that took place were very noticeable. You can’t deny this as one of the easiest DIY cures for acne.

Drinking water will help the body and skin to get rid of toxins. You will notice your pimples or the frequencies of the outbreaks will be reduced. You will so notice your skin becomes more radiant. You do not need a highlighter/bronzer to glow, Hun, just drink more water.

Do you have any DIY cures for acne? Please feel free to share them with the rest of the world.  We’re waiting to hear from you!


Sources/Read more:

22 Home Remedies for Acne & Pesky Pimples http://everydayroots.com/acne-remedies

DIY at-home acne remedies

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Arinya loves reading, writing, traveling and tea! Ever since she was young, she has always had a keen interest in languages and how they work. She now has a degree in Linguistics and currently works as a freelance translator, interpreter, and copywriter in Bangkok, Thailand. In her free time, she dabbles in all sorts of things, from digital art to stargazing, from programming to yoga. Arinya loves speculative fiction, learning about different cultures and languages, and thinking about human happiness and relationships.