Healthy Skin

10 Natural Remedies To Rid Of Your Acne

Acne can seem like the worst thing in the world when you have it.

Millions of people suffer from chronic acne, from teenagers to adults and everyone in between. In fact, 85% of people in the age range of 12-24 experience some type of acne!

You can help relieve acne with these natural remedies. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications often aggravate your skin and don’t address the root cause of the problem.

Try these natural remedies and say goodbye to acne and hello to gorgeous skin!

The following list of remedies can help to calm your acne and even help prevent breakouts before they happen!

Acne typically happens as the result of a combination of factors, so these home remedies address many of the underlying triggers of acne and help restore your skin’s health.

These inexpensive treatments are easy and accessible–give them a try!

1. Tea Tree Oil


Tea tree oil is an oil derived from the melaleuca alternifolia plant, which is native to Australia, and is hailed for its antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Tea tree oil is one of the best natural home remedies for acne. It’s actually been shown to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide on your irritated skin, but it offers the benefits of not aggravating skin like benzoyl peroxide tends to do.

This antiseptic oil has been shown to be effective at killing bacteria and be an excellent remedy for acne!

Tea tree oil is very strong and should generally only be used when diluted; however, you can use very small amounts full strength on blemishes.

Here’s how to use tea tree oil for your acne:

Step 1: Apply small amounts to blemishes full strength; leave on for up to 12 hours.

Step 2: If you have very sensitive skin, dilute a few drops of tea tree oil in water and apply directly to face; leave on for only 30 minutes before removing.

Step 3: Mix about 4 drops tea tree oil with two teaspoons of raw honey or aloe vera and apply directly to affected areas, leave on for up to 12 hours.

Tea tree oil can be found at many local health stores. For best results, choose 100% pure, organic tea tree oil!

Why it works: Tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial properties and can help kill bacteria on the skin. It can be harsh, so be sure to use in diluted doses if your skin is sensitive or irritated.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar


Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has become a popular treatment for acne because of its essential enzymes and antioxidant power for skin!

ACV has been used to fight infections since the time of Hippocrates, and has become widely available at supermarkets. You dilute the mixture, so it’s cost-friendly as well as effective.

Here’s how to use:

Step 1: Mix one part ACV with two or three parts water (if you have sensitive skin, dilute even more).

Step 2: Apply to face or other affected areas with a clean cloth or cotton ball.

Step 3: Leave on overnight if desired.

It’s that easy! Be sure to buy organic ACV for the best benefits.

Why it works: AVC is antibacterial, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and can even help exfoliate skin! Try this amazing toner for your acne.

3. Aloe Vera


Aloe vera is another excellent home remedy for acne that can help moisturize your skin as well as to heal and prevent breakouts.

The aloe plant, which is a succulent that you can grow at your own home that requires minimal watering, can be used to remove oil from the skin and also happens to be antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.

Aloe is also very soothing and cool, and even contains vitamin C and zinc, two essential nutrients for skin health!

Applying aloe to the face or body for acne is incredibly easy.

You can either find an aloe vera plant, break off a leaf, and use the aloe inside to apply directly to your face, or you can buy pure aloe vera juice at the store to apply. Just be sure it doesn’t have any added preservatives in it that can harm your skin!

Many stores also sell aloe leaves that you can purchase and break apart yourself. If you extract the juice this way, store extra aloe in the fridge after use.

Give this easy remedy a try for acne-prone skin!

4. Papaya and Honey Mask

Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 4.53.00 PMPapaya is a lovely fruit high in enzymes, vitamin C, and vitamin A. These antioxidants are powerful healers and restorers for your irritated skin.

Papaya has other health benefits for the body including naturally combating infections, supporting healthy weight loss, and even helping with digestive disorders!

You can mix the papaya with raw honey in order to reap even more benefits. Raw honey is a fantastic healer full of other enzymes for your skin and has antibacterial properties.

This papaya honey mask is simple and inexpensive for your acne.

You’ll need:

  • 5 cubes of chopped papaya
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey

Blend all ingredients together and apply to affected areas on dry, clean skin. You can leave on for about 15 minutes and then rinse off. Easy, yet effective!

5. Clean Bedding


You’re surprised to find this one on here, right? Yet washing pillowcases is important because bacteria can build up in your bedding, therefore creating an acne-prone zone!

We know you’re washing your sheets and your pillowcases, but it’s how often you do it that matters.

So how often are you doing it? Come on, be honest.

Experts advise that you should wash your pillowcases at least once a week!

The type of material that you choose for your bedding is also important. While synthetic fibers like polyester seem to be more popular than ever these days, these fabrics are actually treated with formaldehyde and can cause skin irritation.

It’s best to choose fabrics that are 100% cotton, they allow your skin to breathe and can reduce the chances of breakout. Organic cotton is even better!

So throw your pillowcases in the wash–this remedy is so easy you’ll wonder why you haven’t thought of it sooner!

6. Exfoliate


Exfoliating your skin can help to remove dead skin cells, increase circulation, and remove excess oils and harmful bacteria that could be contributing to your acne!

Exfoliating is easy and should be done about twice a week in order to keep skin in optimal condition and fight acne.

When you exfoliate your skin, you also help these other natural remedies to become more effective by allowing them better absorption!

It’s always best to use natural, homemade body and face scrubs rather than store-bought ones. They’re not made specifically for your skin and can contain harmful ingredients.

7. Potato Mask


Bet you’ve never heard of this one before–grating potatoes for a face mask rather than for your hash browns!

Potatoes are naturally high in vitamins A, B, and C in addition to other nutrients like iron, calcium, and potassium. Pretty impressive, yes?

You can either grate or slice fresh organic potatoes and place the slices or grated pieces on your skin and leave for however long you’d like. A mask of about 30 minutes is perfect, an hour is fine too.

You also have the option of reserving the juice from grated potatoes and applying it to your acne as needed.

Easy, cheap, and hey, it works!

8. Lemon Juice


Lemon juice is one acne remedy many people don’t consider because they think it’s acidic. In fact, lemons are surprisingly alkaline.

Lemon juice is high in vitamin C and other essential vitamins that can greatly help your acne. In fact, many sufferers experience amazing results when using lemon juice for acne.

You simply squeeze fresh lemon juice from an organic lemon and apply directly to your face. It dissipates excess oil, cleanses pores, and helps heal your acne with its high vitamin C content.

It’s best to leave this mixture on for only about 30 minutes and then rinse. You can perform this ritual daily until you see results!

9. Ocean Water


Did you know that salt water can be very healing for your acne? More specifically, seawater as it contains more natural minerals that can help calm your skin and clear up your acne.

If you don’t live near the ocean, you can use natural sea salt at home combined with very warm water. Pink Himalayan sea salt is the next best thing to ocean water, as it contains many trace minerals for your skin.

Simply warm some water and add ¼ teaspoon sea salt to one cup of warm water. Apply to face and rinse off after about a half hour. You’ll want to apply this same amount of time to your exposure to ocean water–be sure to rinse your face after 30 minutes.

Why does seawater work for acne? Salt can help to dry extra oil on your skin as well as to fight bacteria. Seawater especially has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce irritation from acne.

10. Toothpaste


Many of us have heard of the old remedy of toothpaste for pimples–it actually works!

Toothpaste can help reduce redness, kill bacteria, and even balance your skin’s pH. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide help to dry out oily skin, and it can act as an anti-inflammatory to combat swelling.

Some people find that toothpaste irritates their skin, so be sure to only try one small area first to see if it works for you. Although this remedy isn’t for everyone, it’s certainly worth a try!

How to Prevent Acne

Any of these natural remedies can be used to prevent acne as well as to heal it. Remedies such as aloe vera, honey, and potato can be nourishing and moisturizing.

Tea tree oil can be applied daily in a diluted solution to keep the face and other acne-prone areas free from breakouts.

And let’s face it–you should really be washing your bedding once a week anyway!


I can’t think of anyone that likes having acne. It’s always a painful, embarrassing, and depressing thing when it happens. Chronic acne can greatly affect your quality of life and even leave permanent acne scars.

Luckily for you, you can help heal and prevent acne with these natural remedies!

Have you used any of these natural remedies for your acne? What’s been your experience? Let us know!

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About Dr. Laura Huang

Dr. Laura Huang has a broad knowledge in natural and holistic medicine. She has a much different approach to integrating natural herbs and conventional medicine. She produced excellent results with a variety of chronic health conditions for her patients over 20 years in Orange County, California. Tens of thousands of patients come from all over the country to consult their health problems and take her special formulated herbal medicine to achieve fast, safe long term solution. Many patients call her “a miracle worker”.