Natural Remedies

12 Proven Natural Remedies for Acne

| Modified on Sep 17, 2023
Posted by Mike (Kent, UK) on 09/17/2023 24 posts

Any high alcohol solution seems to dry and remove spots pretty quickly. For example 70% hand sanitiser.

At a pinch I just put some of that on a few times and the spot seems to disappear after a very short time.

Flaxseed Oil
Posted by Tina (Chattanooga) on 03/09/2023

Acne has plagued me for most of my life beginning in my teens. Dietary changes helped but now at 56 and post-menopausal, the hormonal acne that started around my mouth and on my chin takes full advantage of any dietary lapses.

I began taking flaxseed oil to help with hot flashes at a relative's suggestion. After several months, I realized the flaxseed oil didn't help much with the hot flashes so I stopped taking it. However I now realize it WAS helping with my hormonal acne because my skin has been going crazy since I stopped taking it. My daughter's skin has too.

The company I've been ordering from is no longer selling it so I am now on a search for another brand with the same stringent production methods and wonderfully "clean" product.

Posted by Zubia (Dubai) on 02/24/2023

Which brand of zinc do you think he used in 2010? Please tell me.

Posted by Pay It Forward (PNW) on 09/08/2022

The old saying, 'Cut off your nose to spite your face' kinda comes to mind on this topic lol. Right out the gate, YES it sounds weird and probably shocking. Only because of two things; people's preconceived assumptions, which leads to #2 that it seems dirty. However, with a little education in a research dive (and contrary to our assumptions) human urine is sterile and, moreover, actually contains your own antibodies and antigens... And once understood, this little known fact is amazing!

  • Urine is entirely sterile after secretion and has an antiseptic effect
  • The only time it is not is if you're unfortunate to have a UTI/Bladder infection.
  • It has strengthening and curative characteristics concerning many deficiencies.
  • Urine consists of 95% of water, 2.5% of urea and the remaining 2.5% is a mixture of minerals, salts, hormones, and enzymes.

Most acne is said to be caused by the infection of P. Acne bacteria (aka Propionibacterium Acne). And urine can rid this bacteria from the skin because the anti-bacterial properties in urine are effective enough to expel acne from the skin.

After getting over the initial WTH!?, I personally experimented in trying this after acquiring one rogue deep & painful subterranean pimple, the nasty kind that hurts but wont come to a head - aka cystic pimple. I'd read of others dabbing a Qtip in it and applying it to the area. And I can say it worked! After 10-14 days of this angry inflamed painful torment on my face, within 24 hrs it calmed right down and even the pain was gone. And I only dabbed it 2-3 times in total. As others have noted, applying it each time you you go throughout the day, you will really notice it working. So I'd recommend that rather than the slow 2x daily application. But I learned. I was alone at home so I tore a small piece of tissue, wet it, and stuck it on my face and let it stay there for apx 15 min, similar to when you cut yourself shaving and stick some tissue it.

So, as weird as this sound especially when you've never heard of it, please don't cut your nose off to spite you face. Remember what it's made up of and try it. (No one at home needs to know what you're doing if that's your biggest concern ;)🌞

Pantothenic Acid
Posted by Ellie L. (San Diego, CA) on 09/10/2021

I battled with acne pretty much my entire adult life. It wasn't too bad when I was on birth control, but as soon as I went off in my mid-20s, I began to develop much worse acne. I would get regular pimples but also cystic acne that would hurt. I was in my early 30s with acne...wondering will this ever go away??! I'd always have 5-10 painful pimples on my face. When one would finally go away, another would pop up. That is, UNTIL I WENT ON PANTOTHENIC ACID (vitamin b5).

Oh my gosh. This was literally the answer to my prayers. I had been praying to God to either help me find a cure for my acne or help me to accept it (it made me so insecure). And He lead me to b5. I started with a mega-dose of it - taking 8 500mg capsules per day (in smaller doses throughout the day).

I would say most of my acne was totally gone within the first month. I was shocked. I maintained the high dose "just in case" for a while after. I have since reduced it down and now take 2-4 500mg most days. I haven't had a cystic pimple since I started this over a year ago. Once in a great while I will get a very small pimple and I notice if I take a high dose of b5 it's gone within a day or two.

This was my miracle cure. I tried almost everything to cure it and nothing worked until I found this. I went on a mostly raw vegan diet for 6 months, drank the celery juice, cut our dairy, coffee, cut out sugar...nothing worked or seemed to touch it. I also put ACV on my face and it didn't do much either. The one thing I did not try was internal ACV... but all I know is b5 was finally the answer after a 10+ year fight with acne.

Hope this helps someone!

Avoid Peanut Butter
Posted by Jennifer (Napa, Ca) on 12/06/2020

Peanut Butter!

If you have teen or adult acne and you eat peanut butter or nuts or seeds/oils, it will increase inflammation and create massive infection within your clogged pores.

Please stop eating peanut butter and or seeds and nuts and seed oils if you want to get rid of your acne.

My friend had terrible acne his entire life since he was a teenager and we tried everything to help him with no success until we finally read an article about how unhealthy peanut butter is and how much massive inflammation it causes within your skin and causes acne, so please stop eating peanut butter and or nut and seed oils and it will clear right up!

Some people can tolerate peanut butter, but if you have acne, don't eat it!

Witch Hazel
Posted by Mike (Kent, Uk) on 08/23/2020 24 posts

Worked great! When I was in my teens I had quite bad acne and tried so many things to get rid of it. The only thing that worked for me back then was witch hazel in a gel form which as I remembered I used to apply quite thickly over the areas with acne and leave it on overnight.

I don't know if it has to be in gel form or if it has to be as long as hours/overnight, but what I do know is it worked very well :)

Posted by Denise (Massachusetts) on 09/29/2018 23 posts

If you want to get rid of acne pretty fast, there is something you can do but it may seem gross. However it's natural but we've been so sanitized that our beliefs are all over the place. Here's the trick - urination! Yes, your cure is in your body. Tell your teenager to simply put some of his/her own urine onto the acne and let it dry. It may have to be done a few times a day for a few days but I bet he/she will see improvement on the first day.

Also urine is good for insect stings.

Posted by C (California) on 03/08/2018

Borax works sooo well for me and my face literally feels so soft. It's really hard for me to be satisfied with the results of many products but this diy home remedy was perfect. I use this twice a week and it really helps unclogging the pores! Add a nose strip and you're good to go! I use this on my back, face, and chest.

(Also heard it can reduce dark armpits but haven't tried it yet.)

Aloe, Coconut Oil
Posted by Dave W (Groton, Ct) on 02/15/2018

My Grandson is 14 and has had acne for a long time but as a grand parent there is not much control sometimes but, after years of his mom taking him to doctors and putting chemicals on his face I was able to teach him there are natural things out there and now. He is washing his face 3 or more times a day then alternating aloe then coconut oil every day. I myself had some kind of skin problem that caused blotches and then dry skin after I used coconut oil 2 times every day and in 2 weeks it was all gone. Now I still apply it once a day and not a spot.

Also I want to say that my skin now is younger looking and smooth also tighter and I feel more confident againA

Posted by Pb (Cape Breton Ns) on 02/11/2018

I started taking niacin for anxiety, and to my surprise my skin cleared up quite quickly! (I didn't notice an effect on anxiety). You can purchase niacin in "non-flush " formats, but it's the flush that works to heal acne (I've tried both kinds). I think the tablets are 250 mg, I take half a tablet a day. After awhile you may notice the flush isn't as pronounced because you kind of get used to it, but if you take the niacin with coffee or with a tsp or two of apple cider vinegar, it make the flush more pronounced. The flush is rather uncomfortable - for me it's a prickly, itchy, hot sensation - but it goes away after about half an hour. You also look very red (although I have pale skin) so you might want to time it so the flush is gone by the time you need to go out! Good luck!

Vitamin C
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 01/09/2018

I have/have had 6 teens so far. They have been blessed with pretty clear skin. I wonder if there is a hereditary component as my husband and I had pretty clear skin as teens also and I say we had pretty typical teen diets. (I worked in a fast food restaurant from ages 16-19 and ate lunch there every day that I worked, which was daily in the summer! )

But they do have some mild acne. Never enough for them to be bothered to try and improve it though.

After 6 weeks of very regular use of liposomal vitamin C for whooping cough, however, I have noticed that one teen in particular has notably clearer skin.

If you have a teen with acne, vitamin C would be easy to try. The easiest way to get a higher dose is the store bought lypospheric vitamin C. It costs $32 for 30 packets. One packet of liposomal a day and in a month you would see if it was worth making your own for regular use, which is much cheaper once you invest in the materials.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Pzolnir (Az) on 08/06/2017

It'a been over a month now and his face is the clearest I have seen it since his face started to break out. The break outs are now controlled and the deep pockets of acne are starting to clear. I noticed if he stopped taking the Goldenseal internally, it would not work as effectively. The key is to take the Goldenseal internally and continue the washes and mask. It does work and is making a difference. The Goldenseal is working better than anything a dermatologist has prescribed.

Posted by Steve (Florida) on 08/01/2017

Interested in knowing the latest on your son's condition with the use of Goldenseal. Could you please leave an update?

Baking Soda
Posted by Kaja (Mumbai - Maharashtra ) on 06/26/2017

Is it safe to use the baking soda scrub everyday for 10 minutes?

Posted by Pzolnir (Az) on 06/26/2017

Suffering with acne and getting no help with western medicine - try Goldenseal. This is the secret remedy no Dermatologist wants us to know about. It's working wonders for us. My son is 18 and has had a bad experience with acne since he was 14. We have seen a Dermatologist for four years and everything he tried did nothing to make a difference. I came across an article for Goldenseal uses and pulled it from my arsenal and he started taking it as instructed. 1 capsule 3 x daily. Include a daily facial wash or two made of Goldenseal. If using a capsule to make the facial wash, boil it for a couple minutes while stirring.

It's been a week now and the Goldenseal has reversed the bacteria that was causing the acne scarring that will now heal. The Goldenseal appears to be healing his face.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Marina R (Downey, Ca) on 06/12/2017

Hi there, this post is from 2011. Its now 2017 and want to know if DE got rid of your acne completely? Did the few pimples stop? Thanks.

Dietary Changes, Detox Cleanses
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 05/10/2017

Dear Kyle,

Your situation seems a puzzle - you are so attentive to your health and the acne persists. I will share a few thoughts and see if anything might be of help for you.

My first thought is to try vitamin C and turmeric if you have not done so. I noticed my young adult son's acne improved when he got sick...and I was giving him vitamin C and turmeric. Vitamin C is good for the skin and immune system, turmeric addresses infections from bacteria, viruses and fungi. Both are anti-inflammatory.

Even very healthy diets can leave one with some holes in their nutrition. These missing building blocks in the system can cause a breakdown somewhere, causing health problems. If there are any food groups you avoid for health purposes, consider what nutrients they may provide that you may be lacking in.

Have you tried checking your pH? Too acidic or even too alkaline pH means something is not right, and you can have health issues.

Does your body sweat? Sweating allows the body to remove toxins through the skin. If you do not sweat, I believe acne could result as the body tried to remove toxins. If you deal with constipation, again, your body's elimination systems isn't working well and the body will try and eliminate toxins through the skin.

I hope these will give you some ideas for what to try next.

Keep us posted!

~Mama to Many~

Dietary Changes, Detox Cleanses
Posted by Kyle (Mason City, Il) on 05/09/2017

Dear Earth Clinic:

I found about you guys by doing a Google search for holistic medicine. I'd like your advice on something I'm still struggling with. I'm currently a 24 year old male & I have struggled with acne ever since my teens. Me & my family try to do practically everything as healthily as we can. We don't eat fast food, we don't eat anything out cans anymore (except for canned sardines once in a great while), we drink filtered reverse osmosis water, we even stay away from soda, we eat organic health food & stay completely away from major-label brands that have extra junk added to it.

In the past we've even taken some of the more extreme measures like doing liver/gallbladder cleanses, kidney cleanses & even colon cleanses. (Although I haven't had a colon cleanse since several years ago.) Going back to my original issue- despite doing all of this, to this day I STILL struggle with acne! I even have some on my back & shoulders which hasn't cleared up completely! Sometimes, I tend to have some acne spots get swollen. Why I haven't yet been able to figure out. But if you can offer any explanations or solutions that would be helpful, I would be very grateful! And if you have any questions for me or might need further details, feel free to drop me a line.

Thank you for your time & hope you can help me! Kyle

Green Tea
Posted by Jakestap (East Lansing, Mi) on 04/19/2017

I've suffered with acne for many years. I was put on Accutane in high school, which cleared me up but wreaked havoc on my system. Apple Cider Vinegar has helped me, vegetable juicing has helped a bit, and avoiding sugar/dairy has been beneficial. But my acne still persisted. Recently I started drinking 1-2 teaspoons of Organic Matcha Tea per day and my face cleared up almost entirely, and with remarkable speed. I don't know if I found my personal cure, or a cure that could help others but I know how painful it can be physically and emotionally to deal with acne so I wanted to share this. And honestly, even if this doesn't work for you, you will be glad you started putting Matcha in your system. I feel better in all aspects.

If you do decide to try Matcha Tea I recommend choosing a pure, organic source. Finally after years and years of searching, I found something that really helped me get clear. Hope this helps someone out there! Acne sucks.

Baking Soda
Posted by Brenda (Northyork, Ontaio) on 04/19/2017

Yes my face also got a reddish burn scar that never happened before. I also had to stop it.

An Unlit Match
Posted by Christine (Wisconsin) on 03/17/2017

Hi! I just found these last night and am going to order for my teenage son. I am going to tell him about the unlit match tonight, I think it is the sulphur..... There is a homeopathic company that sells individual remedies - sulphur iodatum, hepar sulphuris calcareum, calcarea sulphurica (hint: starts with a 'B' and the company is from France)

Lemongrass Tea
Posted by Libraloveshealth (Los Angeles, California) on 02/27/2017

I was pretty surprised to not see lemongrass up here. Lemongrass is the best treatment for acne. It just can be a bit difficult to get a hold off consistently because it is an exotic and can be a bit hard to find. Drink 1 to 2 cups each day of lemongrass tea, The best would be with fresh lemongrass cut up and boil it for 10 mins then allow to steep in the pan a bit. along with a good diet this will clear up your acne within a few days. It also makes your skin have a very beautiful glowing effect. I highly recommend this it is great!

Radish Juice
Posted by Libraloveshealth (Los Angeles, California) on 02/27/2017

Radish juice can be a bit hard to drink for some because of the taste but this will clear your skin up within a few days. its a great remedy! Skin will be glowing.