Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acne Tips
- Acne Triggers
- Alkalizing Formulas
- Aloe Vera
- Aloe Vera, Milk Thistle
- Aloe, Coconut Oil
- An Unlit Match
- Anti-Bacterial Handwash
- Antibiotic Ointment
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Aspirin
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut, Garlic
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil
- Argan Oil
- Aspirin Mask
- Avoid Deodorant
- Baking Soda
- Baking Soda, Aloe Vera
- Banana Peel
- Bentonite Clay
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Boudreaux's Butt Paste
- Brewer's Yeast
- Calamine Lotion
- Candida Cleanse
- Carrot Juice
- Castor and Olive Oils
- Castor Oil
- Cell Salts
- Chamomile Tea, Tea Tree Oil
- Chamomile, Witch Hazel
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera
- Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Detox Tea
- Detox Teas
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Dietary Changes
- Dmps Chelation
- Ear Wax
- Egg Whites
- Eliminate Dairy
- Epsom Salts
- Essential Fatty Acids Oil
- Essential Oils
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Evening Primrose Oil
- Eye Drops
- Fermented Foods
- Fungus Remedies
- General Feedback
- Grapeseed Oil
- Green Juicing
- Green Tea
- Green Tea, Olive Leaf, Nettles
- Hemp Seed
- Honey and Cinnamon
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Aloe Vera
- Hydrogen Peroxide, B3
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Vitamin C
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Witch Hazel
- Jojoba Oil
- L- Carnitine, Vitamin B5
- L-Glutathione, Vitamin B6
- Lemongrass Oil
- Milk of Magnesia
- Milk Thistle
- Multiple Remedies
- Nutmeg and Olive Oil
- Oil Pulling
- Olive Oil
- Over the Counter
- Pantothenic Acid
- Peppermint Tea
- Pickle Juice
- Povidone Iodine
- Remedies Needed
- Sandalwood and Rose Water
- Sea Buckthorn Oil
- Shalini's Acne Remedies
- Shredded Coconut
- Silver Water, Zapper, Hot Water
- Sulphur Soap, Aspirin Mask
- Tamanu Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- White Yarrow. Buckhorn Plantain Tea
- Witch Hazel
- Zinc Oxide
[NAY] 04/03/2013: Heather from San Diego, Ca: "Nay. I have used lysine regulalry for viral issues and don't notice any difference in my hormonal breakouts. May work for some people ..."
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|Apple Cider Vinegar||54 YEAS|
|Hydrogen Peroxide||30 YEAS|
|Dietary Changes||19 YEAS|
|Coconut Oil||13 YEAS|
|Tea Tree Oil||9 YEAS|
|Multiple Remedies||9 YEAS|
|Baking Soda||6 YEAS|
|Aloe Vera||5 YEAS|
[YEA] Tish from Granger, IN: "I just started painting twice a day. I have always had irregular menstral cycles and cysts and recently started having problems with acne. It has been about 1.5 weeks now and my acne is almost gone. I have had acne problems for the last 6 months and tried everything over the counter and topical you could imagine. I was ready to give up and go to the doctor for meds. Thank God for iodine! It is too early to comment on the female issues, but I am having some positive signs in this area too."
EC: Read more about iodine here.
[SIDE EFFECTS] 04/26/2010: Jane from Warren, Michigan replies: "You write that iodine can be a cure or assist in clearing up acne. I find it just the opposite. It makes my skin break out terribly. I take it for my thyroid currently. I also had to take it as a teen for thyroid problems. Although years and years apart, I find it still very much causes me to break out."
[YEA] 09/03/2008: Cathy from Medford, Oregon: "For acne, coconut oil is not recommended, it will actually plug your pores and cause more breakouts. Jojoba oil is a long known remedy for acne. It is almost exactly the same composition as our skin's natural oil, so when you apply it, it will actually slow the production of sebum, which causes acne. I didn't believe any oil could help acne..but jojoba does..and removes wrinkles too..try it on the frown marks!"
L- Carnitine, Vitamin B5
[YEA] 03/02/2011: Caitlyn from Bloomfield, Mi Usa: "After literally trying everything under the sun, I came upon this article from a naturopathic doctor (link to copy and paste is below post). I've seen much discussion about B5 (pantothenic acid) for acne, but the amounts you need to take are excessive. This article explains how you can take L-Carnitine to boost the benefits of B5, necessitating a lesser amount. (L-Carnitine fumarate is the more absorbable form of it-- just google L-carnitine fumarate; many places to purchase will show up. This worked much better for me than regular L-Carnitine)
While they recommend 750 mg. of B5 with 250mg. of L-Carnitine 3x per day; I took 1000 mg. of B5 with 500 mg. of L-carnitine. (Mainly because the capsules I purchased came as 500 mg. Each, so I took two B5 and one L-carnitine per dose. I've found if I'm having a problem, adding an extra dose or 2 (making 4 or 5 times a day) works better and much faster, then you can lower the doses per day for maintenance.
Additionally, Vitex (chaste berry herb), and saw palmetto are very, very helpful and safe for hormonal acne.
Link to article is below:
07/31/2012: Carina from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "I tried the vitamin B, did not help after 3 months, very expensive but worse, I started getting such blurry vision I couldn't drive or see the computer at work to input orders, I was a waitress. I was at work essentially helpless, blind, couldnt see the print. My millionth attempt at trying anything and at least $50,000 or more of every medicine, lasor, accutane, diet, elimantion of food/dairy, every herb, oil. Nothing no vitamin, raw food, no candida, Im 48. I feel hopeless."
07/31/2012: Stella from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "I had terrible cystic acne. Tried a lot of things. Was told to try sauerkraut. I got the good kind (bubbies) sold at whole foods. I dont think regular brands work. This kind has lots of good bacteria. I'm not exaggerating when I say my skin was clear in three weeks. I battled with terrible skin for 10 years. Apparently, the live bacteria balanced something in my intestines and my skin cleared up. Please try it. Each jar is less than $5. I ate about 1/3 each day.
You might also want to reconsider what you're eating. Acne is usually the result of incompatible foods or imbalanced hormones. Even if the sauerkraut helps, there might still be an underlying issue that manifests in another way. Trust me, I'm living it.
08/02/2012: Judy from La Puente, Ca. United States replies: "The only thing that helped my acne problem was being placed on Birth Control pills. This I was told works on 3 out of 5 women. I was one of the lucky ones and my skin cleared up!"
08/11/2012: Gentle from Indy, Us replies: "GREEN TEA really helped my acne."
L-Glutathione, Vitamin B6
[YEA] 10/24/2009: Penelope from Boston, Ma: "The most incredible supplements I have ever tried for acne are L-Glutathione (500 milligrams up to 3 times a day) and vitamin B6 (ONLY get the P5P form. The other form can cause neuropathy). Split a 50 milligram pill of vitamin B6 (P5P) up and take a few times a day. I would ask your doctor about going up to as high as 100 milligrams of P5P if you really need that much to keep your skin clear. My skin is completely clear as long as I take the B6 or the L-Glutathione. I do not need to take both of these supplements together to have clear skin, - both have worked separately equally as well to clear my skin in record time (about a week to see results) but test it out and see what works for you - both have amazing health benefits. I have noticed that L-Glutathione has the added benefit of also making my hair really shiny and healthy looking.
Both vitamin B6 and L-Glutathione are potent detoxifiers of the liver so go up to the dose you need VERY slowly! If you break out initially, bear with itÂ - this is just a detox/cleansing reaction.
Try opening a capsule of vitamin B6 (P5P) and take a third of it - or half of it - and see how you do Same goes with the L-Glutathione pills or powder . You can take the same dosage up to 3 times a day. Definitely take the B6 with food because it can make you nauseous. Also, the B6 (P5P) could keep you up by giving you energy if you take it late at night.
Topically, Jojoba oil is great for acne. It moisturizes without clogging pores. I wear it all over my face and neck at night. It is the only moisturizer that does not break me out!
I have suffered with severe cystic acne and was on 3 courses of Accutane so I know what it's like to suffer with acne. With either of these supplements, thankfully I don't have to suffer anymore. I hope this info helps anyone out there who is struggling with acne."
[YEA] 10/17/2008: Roo from London, UK: "Lemongrass oil cured my acne
After trying Hydrogen Peroxide, ACV, aspirin as well as witch hazel, benzoyl peroxide cream, oxycycline cream and tea tree oil, the pimple on my face still refused to budge. It was one of those red kind that has no head.
Looking for a new remedy
I read on the internet that Lemongrass oil had anti-microbial, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal and fungicidal properties and could be used to treat acne.
Even though I had read that to use it in creams or oils you should dilute it I decided to get its full properties perhaps I should not dilute it. I applied it neat onto a cotton ear bud which I then applied directly to my pimple.
Overnight my pimple has shrunk, is less inflamed and appears to be disappearing!"
Lemon Treatment for Acne
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Fresh Lemon Juice
- Cotton swab or facial cleansing cloth
A dash of lemon juice can be used like a toner to clear away excess oils and clarify your skin. You may want to dilute the lemon juice in a bit of water as well if the lemon has a bit of a bite to it.
[YEA] Marisol from Brookly, NY: "Retina micro really works! it cleared up my face considerably...but one day it ran out! i was devastated lol but thanks to lemon juice, steaming and vinegar, my face has cleared up once again. i put acv in the morning, wash it off after 5 minutes, then exfoliate with st.ives apricot scrub, later on, usually in the evening i steam my face (put ur face over boiling water, and let it open up ur pores) after that i wash it off with warm water to cleanse all the dirt that has come to the top, make sure the water is warm so that the pores are still open, then i take squeezed lemon juice(which is refrigerated (cold)) and put it on my face, this closes the pores and it is allowed to penetrate deep into the pores since they are open, i leave the lemon juice on overnight and in the morning i start over. it will help ur skin!"Replies
[YEA] 04/24/2009: Lee from Vegas, Nevada replies: "I tried this before reading the suggestion and it works..."
[YEA] 04/23/2011: Veronica from Westbury, Ny replies: "hi. Ive gotten adult acne since after tubal ligation and of course with all the stress of work and home and everything else. I cleaned and tried just about everything that I could except laser and prescription meds. A friend told me to use lemon juice and salt scrub on my acne you dont need alot just enough and wash away with warm water. Omg! The first night I used it the redness and acne and old scares faded some. I cant imagine how fast I saw the difference. And I put moisturizer afterwards since lemon is acid I dont want to peel. hope this helps all who have acne."
04/25/2011: Kelly from Nashville, Tn replies: "Be very careful with the lemon juice. Lemon juice is phototoxic and will cause the skin to hyperpigment. Use sunscreen liberally and constantly!"
04/25/2011: Ben from Columbus, Oh replies: "PLEASE DO NOT USE SALT ON YOUR FACE!!
also lemon juice is way too acidic..... You are better off just using plain old baking soda as a facial scrub; far easier on your skin... As for lemon juice, WAY too acidic!!! Just make a paste of baking soda and water in palm of hand, and gently 'scrub' over your cleanser or soap later, then rinse rinse rinse with COOL NEVER HOT water... If you get a breakout, you could dab some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar on the pimples; the smell leaves right away.. If you get a breakout, apply the apple cider vinegar as many times a day as you can, gently rubbing it into the pimple... Gently rub the Apple Cider Vinegar into the area for 7 times then let dry..... Within 48 hrs. That pimple will either be gone (my experience) or on its 'last legs'.... Apple Cider Vinegar reduces the soreness too.
But Please no SALT ON YOUR FACE... Baking soda is much gentler and does the job very very well!!
with oily skin, exfoliate with the b. Soda 2 times a week........ And wash your hands before you wash your face!!!!!"
[YEA] Matt from Australia: "Lemon juice is good for killing toxins, but use sparingly on your face or you will turn white as a ghost. Lemon is a bleach."Replies
[YEA] 10/06/2009: Nicola from Portland, Or replies: "lemon juice is also good for reducing redness from breakout scars or just when your skin needs help fading the redness of the acne breakouts. just a bit of juice on a cotton ball or cloth applied to the area. i usually follow up with vitamin e, coconut oil or some other moisturizer to make sure the area doesn't get overly dry."
10/06/2010: Lanie from Hollywood, Ca replies: "Lemon juice has worked wonders for me. Over the years my skin has become an oil slick. I heard that lemon juice can help restore the balance in your skin, so I stopped using most of the other products to keep oil at bay. After I gently wash my face, I soak a cotton ball with fresh lemon juice and apply it to my skin like a toner. Then I apply moisturizer (oil of olay). My super oily skin is now back to normal. Hope this helps."
[YEA] 04/03/2013: Heather from San Diego, Ca replies: "Lemons work to clear acne breakouts on my fair, middle aged, skin.
I wouldn't let the nay-sayers who say it's too acidic scare you off. Who cares if it is acidic if it's quickly clearing up the embarrassing acne? If you have dark skin, I suppose it would be wise to experiment on an inconspicuous area.
Try it. Also drink mint tea and eat raw carrots or carrot juice."
[YEA] 06/24/2012: Darrell from Louisville, Ky: "A very good treatment for acne is Lysine. It is very cheap and can be found in any store's vitamin section. It typically comes in 500mg pills. I'll chew up 2 or 3 of them a day when I have an acne outbreak and it'll be gone in no time. Hope this helps and good luck."Replies
[NAY] 04/03/2013: Heather from San Diego, Ca replies: "Nay. I have used lysine regulalry for viral issues and don't notice any difference in my hormonal breakouts. May work for some people though."
Milk of Magnesia
[YEA] 12/18/2008: Pamela from Houston, Texas: "I didn't believe it but a friend of mind share with me an article he had read in the newspaper about a man who used milk of magnesium to clear up a long standing bad case of acne. We both have been putting the milk of magnesium on acne break outs at night before we go to bed. We are both happy at the results as both of the problem spots on our faces are clearing up. Who would of thought it would work. I have tried everything on my face and there were always some spots that nothing seem to work. It works slowly but everyday you notice the acne getting smaller and smaller. Plus I am noticing that I am not getting the usual breakout of new blemishes."
[YEA] 03/28/2008: Christa from Mountlake Terrace, WA: "Milk of Magesia(Philips brand ex.) is an amazing mask to draw out the impurities and treat acne. You can use this mask once a week or daily for very oily skin. It has done wonders for my skin. It works much more effectively than any clay mask etc. You can use Philips Milk of Magnesia brand or any store brand works fine. Shake up well and apply. The consistancy is liquid, but will dry and harden quickly. Then rinse. The milk combined with the baking soda scrub that has been mentioned previously by others is an effective combination to treat acne. You simply mix the baking soda with either water or a gentle facial cleanser and scrub in lightly, not too abrasively to irritate your skin. Because I have sensitive skin, I do not use both treatments on the same day, but it is up to your disgretion. Also another great remedy to treating acne is wiping H2O2 or your skin. My final tip is not a holistic remedy, yet is very effective: benzol peroxide, you can purchase this at any drugstore. You only use a small amount and gradually work up the frequency of application, because benzoyl peroxide can be very drying. Also, do not use hydrogen peroxide the same time that you use the benzoyl peroxie for this would be too strong for your skin. Hope this info helps someone. Good luck, this has been the trick for me."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 02/13/2009: Elena from Stamford, Ct: "im taking a whole body cleanse that has Milk Thistle, and I'm just finishing my first week with it. so far im very happy I have lots of energy, and I haven't been breaking out. my face is starting to clearing up... I'm taking this cleanse to test to see if i would clear my acne, because when I went to Italy for 5 weeks my acne cleared up once I got back to CT I started to breake out all over again, and I eat pretty much everything organic, I even use organic toothhpaste, organic deodorant, and organic hair and face products. I started getting acne when I was about 13 or 14 I stop taking medication when I was 20 now im 23 and still have 3rd grade acne. I have gone to many dermatologists, and have gone on accutane. I became an esthetician and I took basic herbal studies to fine a cure. once I started to change my diet it has helped but it wasn't enough im still researching but im also finding out Brewer's yeast (available at GNC) helps cure acne I haven't tryed it yet but im planing on it after my cleanse which you can get also at GNC but the web sit for it is www.vt.wbclranse.com I recommend looking online for one that cost less. all I can say is research and fine what works for you because everyone is diffrent ex. my older brother took some mediction, and once he got off the medication he was clear and never broke out again, and he has no acne scarring you can't even till he suffered from acne. my older sister started breaking out when she was 15, and now she is 27 and still on medication, and she tried getting off, because its costing alot but she breaks out. don't give up and don't pick I've been really good about not picking and I dont have acne scarring thank god!"
[YEA] 09/25/2008: Erica R from Miami, Florida: "Milk Thistle cured my acne! I'm now 21 and have had acne for a few years. After many trips to the dermatologist, I was prescribed Accutane which gave me acne-free skin for about a year. I then did acid peels which only made my skin worse. I was also put on birth control - that didn't help either. After lots of research, I finally decided it was time to attack the CAUSE of acne, and not the actual problem. For those of you who don't know it, acne is the cause of a poor functioning liver. If the liver is not functioning properly, acne forms (these are the toxins trying to get out of your body). Therefore, MILK THISTLE is a great natural herb that promotes healthy liver function by getting rid of the damaged liver cells, and creating new, healthy ones. I have not had a pimple since I started taking it, but be patient, it could take up to two weeks for you to see great results! Also, I take the liquid herbal extract - about 30 drops in a glass of water, twice a day."Replies
09/25/2008: THealth from Los Angeles, CA replies: "Hi Erica.
Good to know that your acne has cleared and you have beautiful skin . Thank you for your wonderful feedback and letting us know the root cause of acne. I would also like to try the Milk Thistle so can you please give me more input about the same. What is Milk Thistle and where do you get this. Also please let me know what liquid herbal extract you are using. I would like to try the same also. Thanks a lot. Thealth"
EC: Good info here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/silymarin/NS_patient-milkthistle
[YEA] 01/07/2008: Sandy from Bethesda, Maryland: "Milk Thistle has SIGNIFICANTLY improved my acne and hopefully cured it. I have not had any breakouts since I started taking the supplement to cleanse my liver. It has been about three weeks and my face is completely clear minus a few scars that I am still trying to fade. YOU WILL SEE HUGE RESULTS IN YOUR FIRST WEEK. This product has worked wonders for me. I have tried many so-called cures (prescription drugs and over-the-counter) but none has given me the results that I have seen thus far. PLEASE TRY IT. I take two capsules daily which are 175mg each. It is very inexpensive and I am confident you will be very pleased with the outcome."
[YEA] 07/24/2006: Nathan from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: "Supplementing my diet with molasses has decreased my acne about 97% in two weeks. I take two tablespoons when I wake up in the morning, and two before I go to bed at night. It eases digestive problems, so if your acne is related to constipation, it's a sure-fire bet. It also supplements you with minerals such as Chromium, which about 90% of Americans are deficient in."
EC: 2 teaspoons of black strap molasses with one teaspoon of sulphur (MSM) once or twice daily to cleanse the blood. Skin eruptions may increase initially -- an indication that the blood is being cleansed.