Natural Remedies

12 Proven Natural Remedies for Acne


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Posted by Brianne (Shawnee, KS) on 05/04/2007

I just wanted to add that I also use toothpaste for acne. It won't help prevent acne, but if you have a pimple, put a dab of toothpaste on it before bed time. Sleep with it on and wash it off in the morning. You will find that the soreness, redness and swelling has gone down considerably!

Posted by Randy (Provo, Utah) on 03/18/2007

Toothpaste on those nasty zits you can feel the pressure on the inside too, will suck out the oil. In fact toothpaste on any zit will do that. I only know from experience on one of those nasty ones developing. I put the toothpaste on it at night, and in the morning my face was incredibly oily, and the wad of toothpaste was covered as well, and no more zit pressure.

Posted by Nick (Ontario, Canada)

To reduce pimple redness, apply toothpaste (yes, toothpaste!) so it covers the pimple. Wipe/rinse off after a couple minutes, and the redness should decrease a little while after.


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Posted by Kaitlin (Los Angeles, California) on 09/07/2011

One big whooping YEA for turmeric curing/healing a stubbon and large pimple in 2 days. This sucker has not been getting any better after 4 days of trying remedies! It popped out after I ate a very spicy Korean dinner.

I put 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric in half a glass of water and drank it before going to sleep 2 nights ago. The next morning my pimple was half the size. Yesterday I did the same remedy twice and my big and unseemly pimple is almost gone. I recommend going to turmeric route for stubborn acne. It is a powerful internal skin cleanser.

Posted by Njay (Fargo, ND) on 10/17/2008


I'm 40 years old woman. I have been having this pimples all the time on my chin about 10 years.(never had adolescent skin problem) sometimes a littel better some times a little worse, you know. But this time it was so painful that I couldn't even open my mouth and it had no sign to go away even after my period started which was usually the case before. Then while I was shearching for the "answer" I found this site. I have been having turmeric as the way I learned form this site, but divide by 4, so a little less than a teaspoon every 5 hour or so.(why take the risk while you are sleep, right?) To cure this things the taste doesn't matter a bit for me. At first I misread the direction and had one Table Spoon after the meal two times and changed to right dosage but it started to work only after a day. Painful swell was gone just after a day! You could literally see it was going down! I was amazed because I have been doing just about everything and was about to succumb to depression. After 3days or so my boil become just a.. well... pimple and disappointingly enough other small ones still coming up but it was not that painful and healed faster so I had gone on with great hope. it's been a week and a two days.

And.... this morning I was dismayed to find two potent pimples popped up around mouth over the night. Ok, I have been drinking coffee as usual which is less than 1 cup a day and didn't eat anything unusally greasy food or anything yesterday or the day before. I had 2 whisky before I went to bed last night but it couldn't have ruined everything just like that could it? Now, you might say it's just two pimples and I make such a big deal out of it but I mean, these people are saying turmeric cured their cyst and MRSA and they are problem free years since they found it, but it won't cure my stupid pimples? I'm from Korea and turmeric is known herbal medecine there too(though not so famous for healing boils)and this site is saying after a while problem might be getting worse before it gets better again because it's part of the healing process to build a harmony of the body or whatever but you see, it's my face! I can't afford to wait and see if my body's going to work it out itself as my face start to have all this ugly scars and painful boils, right? What they suggest is, against the advice of some poeple here, to lower the dosage instead of raising it. What do you think? If I stop now wouldn't it all go berserk? I am confused and hurt. It was working so well and what happend? :( Please anybody, any suggestion?

Posted by Havilah (Auburn, CA) on 08/06/2008

I have had boils and severe acne since I was ten years old. I'm twenty five now. The boils spread from my face to my back and arms, and then to my thighs and other areas in that region. I was unable to find a remedy. It was very frustrating and painful. I discovered this website last year and have used several remedies successfully for other issues. One day I discovered the section on boils and saw that many people recomended turmeric. I started taking app. 7 capsules of turmeric every day. I purchased the capsules from Wal-Mart. They are very inexpensive. Within two weeks my face cleared up. It's been four weeks now and no new boils have appeared at any place on my body. I get compliments from friends and family asking what I did to clear my face up. The turmeric not only cleared up the boils but the acne as well.

Posted by Donna (Janesville, WI) on 07/01/2008

Facial Acne: I have no idea why Turmeric isn't #1 on here! It is amazing! You can buy it at your nearest Tree Hugger Store. Like Basics, or Whole Foods. My daughters face was red, purple and bumpy. Just after 1 cap. a day for the past 4 days, she is almost completely clear already!!! I am to excited and tell everyone I know~every chance I get! The pill is a little big for my daughter, so I give it to her with a little yogurt to help it go down. I love you Earth Clinic and all its members! God Bless!


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Posted by Pay It Forward (PNW) on 09/08/2022 44 posts

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 ;)🌞

Posted by Denise (Massachusetts) on 09/29/2018 24 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 Tony (London, UK) on 07/16/2009

Hi there, read the comments on Urine Therapy and thought, 'why the hell not?'. I've been using it on my face for the last 2 weeks, one to two times a day and it has really cleared up my skin and made it glow. People have been commenting, not least my girlfriend who was very amused when i told her what I had been up to.

It's not horrible, it doesn't smell when it drys and if you are worried just rinse with water. i do it in the shower first thing wash the rest of my body and then rinse it off last thing. I've stopped using soap on my face as well and my chronic mild acne (20 years and counting!) and bumpy forehead has cleared right up.

thanks for all the posters, great site.

Posted by Jerry (Belen, NM) on 05/24/2009

I have a medication induced acne on sensitive skin. After suffering for many, many, years I ran across "urine therapy" and tried it out of desperation. After researching the use of 'urine' I decided to try it instead of more medicated shampoos, salves, and antibiotics. It did what my many doctors and Rx's over the years couldn't do in just under two months! For the last two years I gloated to the doctor and skin specialists shaming them for prescribing antibiotics for more than twenty years when antibiotics are only good for ten days. Then one doctor examined me and asked if I wanted him to prescribe some urea for me! No thanks doc I have my own pharmacy and laughed my way out of his office. Okay, I was bad!

Then a couple of weeks ago I treated myself to a pedicure and enjoyed the experience so much that I subjected myself to a facial not realizing that I was fixing to destroy all the good efforts I had achieved. The scrub felt good; the message felt better; the mechanical scrubber and steamer did its job as I relaxed in the chair. Then the facial mask was applied and finally a scented oil rubbed in. The next day pimples were erupting all over again! Back to the urine therapy which is slowly undoing the damage done by that great facial! Okay, I should have known better, but since I solved the problem, and two years had passed, I thought it might make my skin cleaner.

Back to the urine therapy and no more facials. As I looked in the mirror and felt my beard I could feel what the facial had done. Immediately I recalled lessons learned in curing my skin just two years ago:

First, you must have a balanced diet and exclude ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS from your diet.

Second, you must not use SOAP, any kind of soap on the face. Why, because sensitive skin only requires the solvent WATER to clean. Straight from the faucet use water that is neither real cold or warm. Soap changes your skins pH balance!

Third, the warmer the water the more your pores open up--the colder the more they tighten up. Once we get our natural skin pH back with urine therapy eruptions will cease to become a problem then apply cooler water, but NEVER SCRUB OR WASH in circles for this opens and spreads subterranean vessels where infections are being fought off.

Fourth, do not use oils or alcohol on your skin. The skin is the largest organ of your body. It continues to regenerate itself ever so many days. If you do take baths make sure you use Nature's solvent, clean good pH water to bath with. The more alkaline or acidic soaps you apply to the skin the more difficult it is for the skin to adjust its pH balance. Sensitive skins cannot adjust to these sudden changes. By the way, a soak in a clean bath tub full of good water is equivalent to drinking eight glasses of water a day, but ask any nutritionist and they cannot tell you where that guideline comes from for it has not been established.

Fifth, all of your body organs are pH Alkaline in nature. It only stands to reason that the more acidic your water the harder it is for your body to repair itself. Your blood is 7.4 alkaline and doctors say that if that blood changes just 4 tenths of one percent you will die in either direction! A good dose of pineapple is pH 10 and so is watermelon. This is where drinking water should range. Investigate your water pH content along with looking at your diet. Researchers have known for years that ANY TYPE OF VIRUSES WILL NOT GROW IN AN ALKALINE SOLUTION! Cancers, viruses, and other diet related problems usually boil down to bad water supply! Check it out please.

Don't you just wish there was a mask you could put on and take off without disturbing your face? Hahahahahaha

EC: Just to clarify, did you drink your urine (one method) or apply it topically? Thanks...

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(Belen, NM)

To EC:

No, I did not have to drink it EC, although that was my next step. Pat fresh urine on your face with two cotton pads the size of silver dollars. In my case I use warm water directly hitting the face, or a hot towel soak first. This opens the pores! Quickly apply the fresh urine liberally while the pores or open by patting the face. This can be done easily in a morning shower. The rest of the urine can be applied to the hair. I stopped using shampoos except maybe once a week and hair-skin acne cleared up. Your grey hair will become stronger and healthier, what do you think about that? My hair actually looks better now un-shampooed! Air dry your face or infected area. After you feel the face is dry go back to the bathroom and pat cold water on your face. This will close the pores tight and allow your white cells to fight the infection just under the skin.

Jerry, Belen

EC: Thank you for the update!

Posted by Sam (Melbourne, Victoria) on 04/14/2009

I cured my pimple using my own fresh urine in the morning. I just dab it in a cotton and apply all over my face. I then wash it after 30 mins . Then after that, I use the mixture of ACV and green tea for the rest of the day. My skin has never been better.

Posted by Ingrid (Toronto, Ontario) on 11/20/2007

I am 37 years old and have been suffering from acne for 20 years...I have try everything with some so, so reasults...The only new stuff that really works is URINE on my pimples, i put it at night and morning when i am not working. Wonderful try it!!!

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Posted by Erin (Seattle, WA) on 01/11/2007

I'm really surprised this hasn't been posted, but the real remedy to acne or cystic acne is your own urine! Soak a cotton ball (first morning pee is best)hold it on the pimple, repeat every time you urinate, the pimple will go away. Contrary to popular belief, human urine is sterile and contains your own wasted antibodies. Don't knock it until you try it, it really works!