10 Best All Natural Remedies for Acne

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Surprising Natural Remedies for Acne that Work Better Than Over-the-Counter Treatments

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There are many options for all natural remedies for acne. So, how do you choose which ones to try?

The ones I have included in my list of the top 10 all natural remedies for acne, are ones that I have found to work the best and are the most powerful! Everyone is different, and it may require some experimentation to find what works best for you! But most importantly, don’t give up!

After having acne for many years, I have tried nearly every possible remedy and treatment. I even, hate to say it, tried prescription treatments. But, the funny thing is, after trying everything, I found the natural remedies for acne have worked the best! Seriously!

My acne started around age 13 and only progressed to get worse! My mother always told me, just wait until after high school, it will get better. But those years came and went with no change. Then, I had hoped by the end of college I would definitely be better, but yep, you guessed it, four years later, it was only worse!

All through high school and college, I searched for years trying to find help, but nothing seemed to work. It didn’t seem fair because for some people, they improved with age. This is because acne it seems is sometimes just a temporary occurrence due to changes in hormones, but for me and many others that isn’t the case!

Causes of Acne Your Doctor Will Never Tell You!

1. First of all, don’t trust anyone! By this I mean doctors and dermatologists will tell you that diet doesn’t matter, natural remedies for acne don’t work, that it’s just hormones and there’s nothing you can do but take their prescriptions. But, that’s not true!
2. What you eat matters! It so important to watch what you’re putting into your body. Avoid all processed foods, eat real foods and make sure to get enough fats into your diet, such as avocados and coconut oil. According to Natural News, Dairy can be a problem and this should be avoided, along with refined sugar.
3. Get a blood test! Test your blood for vitamins and nutrients to make sure you aren’t deficient in anything. Here are a few main ones to make sure you include; vitamin A and zinc. Also, it may be a good idea to check your thyroid and your hormone levels (progesterone and testosterone).
4. Allergens! Your acne may be a result of an allergy. Determine if there are any possible allergens that may be causing your acne, such as gluten, which may reduce the amount of nutrients absorbed. Other common allergens are dairy, yeast and eggs. Delayed food allergies may affect you especially if you have a leaky gut.

10 Best All Natural Remedies for Acne:

1. Baking Soda- This is my absolute favorite natural remedy for acne! Surprisingly, I only discovered baking soda masks a couple of years ago, and oh boy, is this stuff powerful at clearing skin! Baking soda not only helps eliminate breakouts and reduces inflammation, it is also an exfoliator and helps remove dead skin cells! Because of this, it also works great to reduce any old scars or acne marks. To use it, just take a few teaspoons of baking soda and mix it with warm water until it forms a paste. Apply the paste to your skin. You may want to leave it on for only 10 to 15 minutes the first few times as it may feel powerful. You can gradually increase the time up to an hour or even leave it on overnight (which is what I do). After one use you can see a great difference in your skin.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar- This natural remedy for acne is another powerful one, it has both antibacterial and antifungal properties. To start out, you may want to dilute a few teaspoons with half water or ¼ water as it can be quite powerful when applied directly to your skin. Make sure to use apple cider vinegar that’s raw, unfiltered and labeled as “with the mother”, which has the most nutrients.
3. Coconut Oil- Coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal. Coconut oil is also extremely moisturizing and gentle. It helps fight the bacteria and reduce redness. Apply the coconut oil to your skin and massage it in. You can reapply a couple times per day. With coconut oil, there is no need to ever use a moisturizer again, it works so well and doesn’t clog your pores. For optimal benefit, use organic coconut oil that is unrefined.
4. Tea Tree Oil- Tea tree oil is an essential oil and can be a very powerful all natural remedy for acne, as it is antibacterial. To apply it, mix a small amount of tea tree oil with an equal amount of water. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply it to your skin. You can reapply throughout the day or leave it on under your makeup. Essential oils can be very effective; to learn more about using them, be sure to Sign Up for My FREE 14-Day Essential Oils E-Course.

5. Egg Whites- For this, I’m not talking about eating them, they make a great natural remedy for acne when used as a facial mask! Egg whites reduce the oil and minimize your pores in addition to drawing out impurities. To use it, separate the egg white from the yolk, use a cotton ball or you can use your fingers to apply the egg white to your skin. After a few minutes you’ll start to feel it tighten, you can leave it on anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. Afterwards, your skin will have an amazing glow!
6. Lemon Juice- For this one, you can either use lemon juice or a fresh squeezed lemon. Lemons have natural antibacterial and astringent properties to help clear your skin. Apply the lemon juice to your skin and leave on for 15 minutes to an hour.
7. Garlic- Not only is garlic a great natural antibacterial when ingested, it also works great topically. To use it, take a clove of garlic and thinly slice it. Rub the slices on your skin, particularly any problem areas, making sure the juice of the garlic is applied. Leave on for 15 minutes to 30 minutes.
8. Ice Cubes- Rub an ice cube on problem areas to help reduce inflammation. Not only, does the cold close your pores it also forces the bacteria out. You can also splash your face with cold water to achieve similar affects.
9. Cornstarch- Cornstarch is very soothing and gentle. This is a great natural remedy for acne when you have a lot of redness or irritation. You can apply the cornstarch to your individual breakouts or to your whole face. Sometimes I leave it on overnight and find a huge difference in the morning!
10. Aloe- Aloe is very soothing and reduces inflammation and redness. To use it, apply the gel to your skin with your fingers, you can apply it several times a day. If you have an aloe plant, it would be even better as you get the aloe fresh, without any added ingredients. (See it here).

I still continue to use these natural remedies for acne. Typically, I use the baking soda mask and coconut oil once a day. My skin is now clearer. However, if I have an unusually stressful week or stop using baking soda for a few weeks, I may get a breakout.

No matter what the cause is, there’s no time like the present to try these natural remedies for acne and try to improve your skin to the best it can be. The good news is there’s a lot to try!

UPDATE:

2 Bonus Remedies!

1. I’ve seen a great improvement from taking fermented cod liver oil. See my before and after picture in my new post.
2. I haven’t used it, but some people have found that evening primrose oil has helped them treat their acne. It is an anti-inflammatory omega-6 fat and is well known for helping women with menstrual cramps.

Other important Tips!

Foods to add!

The following foods, when added to the diet, have been found to help acne: fish oil, turmeric, green tea, nuts, berries (dark red and purple), green leafy vegetables and omega 3-eggs.

Take a probiotic!

And don’t forget to take your probiotic! This may help your gut by decreasing inflammation.

Watch Blood Sugar, Stay Off the Rollercoaster!

You probably heard of the blood sugar rollercoaster. This is caused by eating sugar and refined (and processed )carbohydrates. So when you avoid sugar, don’t forget to cut down on your carbohydrates too! If you do eat a carbohydrate make sure you eat some healthy fat or protein to speed up the and being on this is not only a cause of many ailments but it affects your skin!

According to WebMD, a 2007 study in teenage boys and young men with acne found that eating foods with a low glycemic load (glycemic load tells you how much the food will raise blood sugar) led to significant improvement in their acne! Here is a good chart on the glycemic index of foods. An example of a high glycemic food is white rice “89” on the chart and an example of a low glycemic food is an apple “39”. Some of the best low-carb fruits include, berries, cherries, apples, pears and grapefruits. This is why one important change you can make is to make sure you keep your blood sugar steady. If your blood sugar is going wildly up and down you cause your insulin production to go in to overdrive . If you keep blood sugar balanced less “pimple producing insulin” will be in your blood and it was found in recent studies that there were less sex hormones in the blood of participants that ate foods with a low-glycemic load.

Final Tip

Get exercise and enough sleep! Not getting enough of these definitely affects my skin.
I am constantly trying to find new natural treatments to resolving acne and I will keep you posted on any new research or promising answers. Hope you will let me know if you have found anything that helps! Good luck on your journey to clear skin!

Have you tried any of these natural remedies for acne? What has worked for you?

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Comments

  1. Thomasa says

    A big factor is also the health of your gut. I always struggled with my skin but ever since I started a diet full of probiotic foods and beverages, my skin has been so clear.

  2. Kaymer says

    The thing that worked best for my kids was vitamin B5, also known as Pantothenic Acid. It takes about a month to work, but it REALLY works! You take 1000 to 2000 mg per day. The acne clears right up. I have heard of cases where it didn’t work for somebody, probably because they had some other cause for the acne other than just normal teenage acne that couldn’t be overcome by the vitamin.

  3. Carol Ann says

    I found Rosemary oil to be of great benefit for blackheads, best applied in the morning, leave on for about 20 minutes. Shrinks pores, makes skin less oily and loosens blackheads, if used every day they will come out by themselves. 1 drop rosemary oil to 2 ml carrier oil.
    Found lemon juice worked well for my acne.

    • E Flatch says

      Ice really works…two minutes rubbing around. Do not hold on it b/c it can burn your skin. Aleve (the real brand name) also really helps if painful. I learned this a few yrs ago on a acne forum. Just do not over do it.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Whenever I have a break out, baking soda helps the redness and inflammation, also using the ice can significantly help reduce inflammation.

    • Anonymous says

      Cover your white pustule ( white head) with toothpaste and leave on over night. Gone in the morning! Also witch hazel!!!!

      • Haley says

        Definitely don’t do that! Toothpaste generally has fluoride in it, which will just dry it out and not do any good

    • says

      i have become so tomented by acne in such a way that i sometimes regret why God gave me a face the worst of it is that when i attempt to use any medication it only gets worst i am afraid if this pimples continues i might end up using a knife on my own face because i dont even look at people on thier faces anymore not even my friends

      • Brian says

        Pete, hang in there bro. You are loved I am sure, and you are more than just the pimples on your face. Talk to your mom and dad about how you are feeling. As you can see from this page, you are not alone. Chin up and smile! :)

        • E says

          Very well said, Brian!!

          Peter, please don’t give up & don’t do anything drastic!! I am so sorry for your agony & devastation!! Keep your chin up & know that it WILL get better!! Not overnight, but soon… just keep hanging in there!!

          Are there any things mentioned here you haven’t yet tried?? Unfortunately, many of them may make things worse before they get better, but only temporarily (for a few days to maybe a week… but even then it should calm down after a couple of days)!

          Maybe you could plan to try something on a Friday night & that way your skin can calm down over the weekend (or if there is another time when you may have a couple of days together when you may be able to lie low). That happens because whatever you may be using will release things that are trapped in the pores, which will then cause more inflammation for a bit. Maybe you can try something mentioned here & then take a hot shower to help open the pores & get things out of your pores faster?? Steam will open the pores & sweating will help things clear out.

          You are not alone!! Talk to someone who knows what a great person you are… trust me, they don’t even see the acne… they see what an amazing person YOU are!!

          One other thing I have learned about acne is that for some people, eating gluten free can dramatically change their skin. It isn’t easy to start going GF, but it sure is worth it if you can try it?!

          In the meantime, get a medium head of cabbage, a garlic clove, & some good salt (Kosher, etc.). Shred the cabbage & garlic (you can use a food processor), pound it down approx. 10 mins until the juices are over the top of it… put it all in a glass jar & pack it down until you can see the juice at the top of the cabbage. Let it sit for 3 days & then put it in your fridge. Eat 2-3 T of that each day… you can even work up to 2 T w/each meal. If you are afraid of garlic breath, then leave out the garlic :). If you need more info, Google “Sally Fallon sauerkraut” & you should be able to get more details. It is super easy!! The fermented food can help your gut, which can heal the rest of your body.

          Again, hang in there!!

      • Karen says

        Pete,, I know it must be hard, but there is hope! I remember one of my brothers had terrible a ne as a teen. He has the nicest skin now, I look at him and can’t believe it. Please st be patient and hang in there. I have two daughters 23 & 19. Both struggle with bad breakouts. We have tried everything, they have spent hundreds at the dermatologist, nothing. I have discovered Panoxyl soap, which was working for one of them, but it hasn’t been on the market for a while. They do use the Panoxyl 10 wash, it has helped. But I think I. Going to have them try the home remedies. I hope you find something that works for you and don’t give up, what works for one may not work for the other.

      • Anonymous says

        Pete, please dont do anything drastic!!.Having acne/pimples all over the face doesnt mean its the end of the world for you tho!.Let me tell you this, i’m an adult & way passed teen years yet i started to suffer with constant unpredicted breakouts both from pimples & acne,the worst– they even erupted on my back!!.i’ve never ever experienced random breakouts even when i was in teens not until till 2 years ago. I’ve undergone skin peeling 4 times at 30 days interval & acnes were at bay for about 3 months but came back with full revenge!.Doctor prescribed some topical medication and oral doxycycline pills to be taken once a day for a month!(my poor liver!) & have used Brevoxyl as facial wash. Well the pimple breakouts were less hence considered as very slight improvement tho but the acne breakouts were so painful and they would come out like big bee sting hard bumps on my face!!.and they cant be extracted because they dont have “eyes”.I’ve tried a full set of Obagi Nu-Skin, which is really pricey, but it just help my skin to peel off for 3 months but didnt help to get rid of acnes. My mom has told me to stop being so ambitious by trying all these “modern” skin care methodology, she said go back to “mother nature”!!.she then asked me to use this small little green lime (this is famous in Asia & it’s called Calamansi/Kalamandi),very very sour!!.i’ll cut 1 small lime into half,remove the seeds and rub one half all over my face and neck untill all its juice were on my skin. Let it dry for 2 minutes then use the other half again to rub gently all over my face and neck, leave it dry for 15 minutes. This hurts a lot, a little itchy too. You can really feel the acid digging underneath your skin.This little lime has the most powerful Vitamin C than any other lime or lemon. You can try to google it. And this I do every morning as my facial mask. In the evening I’ll do the same but after 15 minutes, i’ll pour a tablespoon of Castor Oil on my palms, and massage it all over my face and neck for 10 minutes. Massage in a circular motion & focus more where the pimples and acnes are. Then i’ll wash my face with warm water. My skin would tend to be a little dry & tight tho for a few minutes after facial wash but you’ll see slight difference each day, pimples and acnes dries up faster, white heads & black heads comes off easily by themselves especially when you wash your face with warm water, pores are getting smaller, lessens acne scar, skin tone changes and skin looks brighter. And in the morning upon waking up, i’ll squeeze 15 pieces of those green little lime in a cup (no water!) and add a teaspoon of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and drink the juice before I go to the gym. After gym, that’s just when i’ll eat oats and fruits for brekky. In the evening i’ll do the same but after dinner and before going to bed. Ive been doing this routine for 2 months now and i’m very happy with the results. Since its just 2 months, so i’m still fighting to reduce acne scars, little green lime helps me a lot on this.
        Perhaps you might wanna give it a try, i’ve stopped using any modern facial care & treatment & facial wash except the little green lime and Castor Oil. Also I go to gym every morning and eat more veggies and fruits & salmon & tuna. I’m not into organic stuffs but I do try once in a while.I didnt stop drinking cow’s milk — fresh or pure,why?, because I grew up drinking milk every single day and never had issues with pimples & acnes even if I just munch on cheeze!!!( i’m in mid 30′s) but i do believe lack of exercise, less green veggies & fruits on our diet, lifestyle & hormonal changes has compelling effects on these nasty pimples & acnes outbreaks.
        Just give it a try, oh and 1 more thing, everytime the little green lime juice stings on my skin, i’ll say a chant, BACTERIA JUST DIED,BACTERIA JUST DIED!, and i’ll chant this over & over again. Just to distract me with those juice stings!
        Good luck and dont be sad, your not the only one who has pimples and acnes..

      • Jacqueline says

        Peter,
        I suffered for years too and I did not want to look at people. I wanted to kill myself at one point but please don’t do that. Where do you live? Do you have good Naturopathic or Homeopathic physicians in your area? Have you tried completely eliminating all dairy and sugar? I know it sounds hard but you can do it. God did not give you acne. We are all struggling in an imperfect world with conditions and diseases that God never intended for us. Take care.

      • Hannah says

        Pete, I know exactly how you feel. My acne began when I was just 11 and I was regularly bullied (even my teachers made fun of me). My self-esteem shot way, way down and there were some low points where I didn’t want to go on. But a couple of years later I found a really great, supportive group of friends who made me realise that your skin is really just the tiniest part of what makes you an amazing person. It seems like nobody can see the real you underneath but believe me, if you stay positive and concentrate on the things that make you happy, it will shine through.

        I am now 21 and still suffer from mild-moderate acne occasionally. I work as a model so it is important for me to keep my skin healthy and as clear as it can be, but even when make-up artists or other models comment on my skin, I really couldn’t care less. It’s just not that important. I’m a happy, intelligent, kind and passionate person. I have the love of my family, friends and self. Therefore, I see myself as lucky and don’t let anything else weigh me down.
        If anybody dismisses you or doesn’t want to get to know you because of something so shallow, then they aren’t worth getting to know. Concentrate on making yourself happy, not what other people think. Everyone has insecurities and even the most gorgeous models worry and fret about their freckles, being too pale, split ends, their wonky nose, thin lips, small breasts, big breasts -the list goes on forever. Those things truly give you character and keep you humble and kind.

        Your appearance does not sum you up as a person. You’re so much more than that! Find what makes you feel happy and alive! You have a beautiful life ahead of you, hang in there :) :) :)

        As for my natural trick- Epsom salts! Two cups in a bath 2-3 times a week helps with chest and back acne- soak in there for at least 20 minutes. For the face, I rub a handful of salt onto damp skin and use as an exfoliator. You can leave it on as a mask. It does not dry skin out as it helps to retain moisture. You can use it up to 2 times a day and in conjunction with other natural products, just figure out what works best for your skin. It’s super cheap and works better than anything I have ever been prescribed by a doctor!

  4. Raindrop says

    I’ve used raw honey masks, baking soda, Braggs apple cider vinegar (it has to be raw, unpasterized) bentonite clay, Oil of Oregano P73 by Herb and Spice does an amazing job at minimizing a huge pimple that’s deep. I rub some of the oil on at night, or even a couple times a day, and it either draws the infection out, or just minimizes it until it’s gone. I’ve also heard to drink a warm cup of freshly squeezed lemon water first thing in the morning, and it seems like I have less breakouts.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Thanks for sharing, those are great remedies! Drinking lemon water in the morning is great way to detoxify, I have found it to be beneficial for my skin as well!

  5. E Flatch says

    Hi! Great info! PLEASE check out the blog on website http://www.skinfitaustin.com. She has the best information on diet and products with tons of wonderful tips. I recently purchased her skin care and am really happy. I wish I lived in the same state so I could actually go to her office. I have no affiliation with her …just loved the info she provided and it has really helped! :)

  6. says

    My friend recommended this post to me and I’m really excited to try these out!

    I’ll do the baking soda mask for sure, but what else should I do regularly? Because I don’t want to just try all 10 out at once! :0)

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      The baking soda mask has worked the best for me, I use it once a day, I’m amazed at the results, even from just one application. Apple cider vinegar is a close second and coconut oil. Coconut oil is great to reduce breakouts and it moisturizes skin really well. Let us know how they work for you! :)

      • says

        Thanks! I’m on day 4 and I really do see great results from the baking soda mask!! Though, I do wonder how it’s kept on all night without getting baking soda all over the sheets! :0)

        • Lori, Health Extremist says

          So glad you are seeing good results! When I use it over night, I put it on and let it dry for 10 minutes and then gently rub off the excess flakes. So it is still on a little bit, but won’t make a mess. :)

      • Geet says

        Can I use baking powder instead of baking soda? I know they are slightly different in their composition but I want to try something right now and I only have baking powder.

        Thanks for sharing wonderful information!

      • meg says

        how do you do the apple cider vinegar mask? do you rub it on and leave it on for the same amount of time at the baking soda mask? thanks!

        • Lori, Health Extremist says

          I dip a cotton pad into the apple cider vinegar and then wipe it on my face. You may need to dilute the apple cider vinegar. I started out with a mixture of 50% water and 50% ACV, it can be quite strong. I sometimes leave it on for an hour or leave it on overnight.

  7. says

    Hi there,
    I tried for the first time the Baking Soda mask yesterday. It felt refreshing. After I washed my face, I had several more outbreaks, is this normal?
    And I was wondering how you do it, leaving the mask for more than an hour or even over night? The Baking Soda tries out and I got dust everywhere.
    Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

    • Kirah says

      The breakouts could have happened because you didn’t moisturize enough after using the baking soda. It’s pretty drying plus exfoliating which = drying, so your skin produces more oil to combat the dryness thus causing more breakouts. When I use baking soda, I make sure to use my regular moisturizer and then coconut oil over it. :)

    • says

      The increased breakouts can happen initially due to releasing all of the trapped oil, toxins, etc. They should decrease, but like any healing crisis, things may get worse a bit before they get better.

  8. says

    I’m wondering how you keep the baking soda on all night?? I do a mask regularly for 5-10 minutes and have to keep rubbing the paste or water on to keep it from drying out and getting all over the place. It would be all over my pillow and in my hair etc if I slept with it on! My face is not dry I moisturize plenty so that can’t be an issue.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      It does get pretty messy after it dries! Before I go to bed, I put it on and wait about 15 minutes, then gently rub the crumbling pieces off with towel so it is still on but won’t make any mess.

  9. Jessie says

    All those ideas are great! One thing to remember tho, the skin has 3 excretory organs, solids (poop), liquid (urine), and skin (eruptions/pimples) The first two have to be overloaded before it hits the skin…. Diet DOES count! Using the topical recipes above are great, but you have to cleanse the other two for long term results and change the diet to one that is not so poisonous and clogging! Does not have to be overnight change all, that would really be jolt to system that can’t handle waste already! Start adding more beneficial foods daily. I try for 5-9 veggies a day~somedays I only eat 3….but most days it will be 7-9 veggies. Keep a food diary. Adapt favorite foods, veggie omelet, veggie pizza etc. ALWAYS try to eat 1-3 cruciferous veggies daily! (Cancer prevention) and veggies that have antibacterial, anti fungal, anti parasite properties…. add and rotate more as you learn more! When I ate like this I felt great!!! Have gotten away from it and feel lousy! Starting to get back into it and am reminded everyday that I shouldn’t have gotten lazy about diet!! Dr. Oz has good 3 day cleanse if you have a Blendtec or Vitamix. Natalia Rose has a great ” Detox for Women” book out. First area to start on is digestive PBS did a special that explained to newbies the best but right now I can’t think of her name! Sorry.

    • Jessie says

      Brenda Watson did special on PBS about colon health…. Doesn’t matter how many great foods you eat if your intestines are clogged, it can’t absorb nutrients! Clean this first! the rest will follow!

      • Lori, Health Extremist says

        Great point! These natural remedies for acne are great to help minimize the appearance, but it is also very important to treat the cause!

  10. Lisa says

    I am 29 years old and my breakouts got worse in my early twenties. Thats when I started to use more makeup. I have since then tried every non-natural brand I could get my hands on. But nothing worked. Some of them worked somewhat in the beginning but months later just became worse. But I found that the less products I use the better it gets. Today I use raw unprocessed shea butter for the dry spots, almond oil for the less dry spots. My chin never gets really dry and thats the only area I do get a few breakouts now and then. To combat these breakouts I use breastmilk, and it works amazingly well. I dont know what to use when I stop breastfeeding though :)

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Breastmilk?! That’s amazing to hear it has helped! Thank you so much for sharing! I have read about it being used also for treating cancer, now if only I had some lol

      • olga says

        I used breastmilk for my skin as well.. but yes, what to do when it’s gone. I was asked to sell my milk during my breastfeeding years, lol:)

  11. Jill says

    Thanks for sharing these! I have a quick question: do any of you get more acne around your period and, if so, does the baking soda mask seem to help with that as well?

    • Laura says

      Getting acne flare ups around your period is very normal for girls. I personally haven’t tried the baking soda, but to my knowledge just because the acne comes around with your cycle doesn’t mean it’s different from any other time. So baking soda should work then too.

  12. Jen says

    I have been using milk of magnesia on my face as a mask most mornings, and it really works! I just bought a big bottle of phillips brand and apply a thin mask that I leave on for about 10-15 minutes. I can see a big difference if I miss a few mornings of not doing it. Thanks for all the other suggestions, these are great. I’ve battled acne since I was a teenager (so roughly half my life) and after years of dermatologists, countless medications and 1 unsuccessful summer of accutane, I finally have clearer skin thanks to the more holistic methods!

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      That’s great! Thanks for sharing about the milk of magnesia, I have tried that also with pretty good results! Glad to hear your skin is clear from using natural methods. :)

  13. Anonymous says

    Great! Thank you for sharing this wonderful tips. Im gonna try doing it now and see if this will work. Thanks a lot.

  14. Eileen Callejo says

    Aspirin mask with lemon and honey is also good to treat acne. leave it for 15 min. and then softly massage in circular motion. wash it with cool water. and feel the smoothness after! :)

  15. Jesse says

    I have a question: I am a 19 year old male, who has been struggling with acne for years. I am completely willing to do the facial masks and everything, but I fear that a change in diet is not much of an option for me. I work four days a week in a pizza restaurant washing dishes and I can’t exactly afford to buy my own groceries. A guy has to eat so I am mostly confined to fast food and frozen processed foods. I understand that these foods are probably what condemn me most to my acne but I don’t know where else to go. Any help?

    • Hannah says

      Fruits and vegetables, if you are willing to buy them all raw and do some cooking, are actually some of the cheapest things you can buy! I have a degree in Health Education, and my humble advice would be to just try replacing some of the junk foods you eat with fruits and vegetables. Maybe one meal a day or just a few a week to start. Good luck:)

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      A change in diet can make the largest impact. I saw the greatest improvement in my skin after switching to real foods, avoiding anything processed, and making sure to get enough fats (such as avocado and coconut oil) into my diet. It can be pricey, but also seeing a naturopath can be very helpful. My naturopath had me get a full blood work up and determined which minerals or nutrients I was low in (I otherwise never would have known). Hope you can find a good balance.

  16. says

    I have a question: I am already 23 years old and i have so many pimple and then i am planning to use baking soda as a mask and coconut oil as a toner but i don’t know what are the steps to follow. help me please. Thank you.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I make a paste by mixing baking soda with water and apply it to my face, leaving it on for about 1 hour, then rinse off. The coconut oil is great to use afterwards and help moisturize.

  17. Jerry says

    Thanks for the above post. I’m on the second day of using baking soda mask. But I’m using it only for 30 mins daily. I have more breakouts now than before. Is it normal? I have black scars as well. Does baking soda mask removes black scars on the face? Awaiting your response. Thanks.

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      For me, my acne began to clear up quite a bit just after the first few applications of baking soda. It also helped the appearance of my scars because it also acts as an exfoliator. Sorry to hear it became worse, this is the first I have heard of this. Hope you can find another natural solution.

  18. Angel says

    Uhmmm.. I’m only 15 yrs. old but I have so many pimples and acne scars so what do you guys think will work best to me?? And can I use baking powder instead of baking soda???

  19. Melanie says

    Hi I’m suffering from acne breakouts and scars as well. I’m eager to try the baking soda mask but how often do you think I should apply it?

  20. says

    There is so much wonderful info here! My DD is trying the baking soda mask. I use it to exfoliate my skin & to help soften my hands too after weeding our garden.

    For anybody who has had MORE skin issues after trying the baking soda, baking soda exfoliates, which will draw out any impurities under the skin, so if you have more acne for a bit it is not a reaction… it is everything being eliminated through your skin… kind of like a healing crisis that will improve after a bit. You can lessen the frequency of using the baking soda (as a mask, scrub, etc.) to help ease the unpleasant symptoms, but don’t give up… just take it slower as the increased symptoms will improve as you clean out your pores :).

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I have those as well. I use baking to wash my face and as an exfoliator. It helps when rubbed on skin,it will remove dead skin. It helps to speed up the time it takes for dark marks to go away.

  21. jess says

    Hi, just wondering… Would it be possible (and effective) to make a mask combining the lemon juice and baking soda, or would the two just react and fizz?
    I also find that toothpaste works REALLY WELL as a spot treatment (only putting it on the pimple itself). It seems to dry them out, and reduce any painful swelling (and sometimes the redness too).
    Thanks :)

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Hmm I haven’t tried it myself, it sounds like a great idea. Let us know how it works for you and if the mixture can make a paste.

  22. Mel says

    Thanks so much for this! I’m suffering with really bad hormonal acne since having the contraceptive implant fitted. I’ve always eaten healthily and always cook with coconut oil but hadn’t tried it on my skin….used it last night and can already see a difference. Going out to buy some baking soda and ACV today!

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      For awhile I was using Dr. Bronners soap and it was great. But just recently, as of this week, started washing my face with coconut oil, as my skin was a little dry, also called the oil cleansing method. So far it has been great, my skin is much more moisturized and no new breakouts. I’ll definitely share an update after I give it a few weeks to see if anything changes.

  23. says

    You should check out myfacepillow ; they are a client of ours and they have a great product. I was actually skeptical, but every single customer seems to really like it. Probably the most natural way to reduce acne. Simple idea but works amazing.

  24. says

    I’m trying baking soda. It kinda works. Ive been struggling with acne for a while now. I’m going on vacation in a week:/ I’m not sure it will work but I’ll try.

  25. says

    Hi there- tried the baking soda mask last night and it seemed to have worked its magic in just one. Very impressed and thankful. I applied coconut oil on afterwards and my skin feels great.
    I am curious to try out the apple cider vinegar and was wondering what type of lotion would work best afterwards. If I should apply coconut oil onto my skin after the ACV or another type of mousturizer like borage oil. Or if I should rinse off ACV then apply the coconut oil?
    Thanks!

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I use coconut oil myself because it is very gentle, moisturizing and it’s antibacterial properties help fight acne at the same time.

  26. says

    Just a heads up… I think someone’s skin stinging from ACV, lemon juice, etc. is all based upon the individual. I can use straight ACV or kombucha vinegar on my skin as a toner, but when we tried ACV on my DD her skin looked as though she had sunburn everywhere we put the ACV via a cotton ball… it stung her skin so she had to rinse it off STAT once we realized it was not just a bit of an initial discomfort & was actually burning her face. It didn’t sting me in the least bit though, go figure!?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Thank you for pointing this out. Some need to water down the mixture, it can be quite powerful, especially for those with sensitive skin.

  27. Lisa says

    I like a good french clay mask. I get mine from Signature Minerals.com and you can spot treat as well. Also witch hazel or good natural toner, then moisurize! But, being more careful w/chemicals these days myself. Coconut oil is nice but, I use sparingly so eye cover doesn’t slide/crease LOL. Goatsmilk soap was my life saver several yrs ago too! Check out their pg :) Also, switched to homemade deodorant, toothpaste, and “No poo”. As well as Mama pads… GL!

  28. Lisa says

    have a Q…. I tried making my own “Make up w/cornstarch, unsweetened cocoa, and cinnamon. Absorbency was great & coverage ok (still used cover for trbl spots) didn’t have to touch much all day but after about a week tiny pimples break out… Do we think it’s the cornstarch or cinnamon? Was going to try again omitting cinnamon and adding arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch, also adding a little french clay to help cover red areas.. (and for great skin healing qualities) Thanks, Lisa

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I don’t think it would be the cornstarch, but as you mentioned, you can try the arrowroot powder and see if it improves. Also as you suggested, I would try it without the cinnamon and see if that helps. For trouble spots, I spot with the mineral makeup because it gives more coverage. :)

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I don’t think it would be the cornstarch, but as you mentioned, you can try the arrowroot powder and see if it improves. Also as you suggested, I would try it without the cinnamon and see if that helps. For trouble spots, I spot with the mineral recipes because it gives more coverage. :)

  29. Bridget says

    For those of you who mentioned using breastmilk…try using coconut oil when the breastmilk is no longer an option. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids which is also found in breastmilk, so may be worth trying? Couldn’t hurt.

  30. says

    hi! Pls,i want to ask a quenstion. After som1 applyd d baking soda,cold or warm water which of them is d best for one to rinse d face?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I use either slightly warm water or cool water. The cool water is suppose to be helpful as it closes pores.

  31. Anonymous says

    I’m 13 and my acne has never really bothered me, but my sisters are both beauty queens and are always pestering me to wear nicer clothes get rid of the few pimples I have( you can barely see them because unlike my porcelain skin blemish free faces of my sisters I have lots of freckles). I liked some of the ideas. But I had to add to my allergy list. Apparently I’m allergic to eggs. Never noticed because I’m so sensitive to so many chemicals and have allergies, the only thing my mom can make me eat is organic vegetables and sometimes organic grass fed beef. But at least my acne cleared up. :3

  32. Elizbeth Esthetician says

    Great article, and wonderful comments! First, I think you are spot on when you say that different things will work for each individual. In my experience, this seems to be the case with both coconut oil and baking soda. Those ingredients DO work wonders for some people, hence all of the testimonials all over the web. That said, there are many people that experience a worsening of their acne when using them, and while it might seem easy to presume that it is a ‘healing crisis’, I think that it might have more to do with the body’s reaction to the alkaline pH (in the case of the baking soda). The skin’s acid mantle should be around 5.5 (or slightly lower, but not too much lower), and baking soda is an 8-9… One of the reasons that skin ‘experts’ recommend toner, is to return the skin to it’s ideal pH after cleansing. I have seen clients break out from the baking soda, and also break out from the baking soda/toner combo.
    Removing the acid mantle from the skin can make it very vulnerable to bacteria… I believe getting the bacteria under control is the first step in treating acne. I am a tea tree oil lover for this, but it doesn’t suit everyone! Tamanu oil is also antimicrobial, which can be good for some people. Sometimes we need to alternate what we use. Sometimes, I see improvements with oil treatments, but then the skin seems to need a break from the oil treatments. I am still trying to figure it out!
    It does stink that getting acne under control requires A LOT of trial and error, but it IS possible to get under control, with commitment! And, HELL YES, food definitely matters. Food has a HUGE impact on our hormones. It is such a pet peeve of mine that dermatologists and text books still insist that they aren’t related (actually, a fair number totally contradict themselves).
    My fave treatment: cleanse the skin morning and night, use tea tree as a serum (if skin can tolerate it), and follow up with pure tamanu. Tamanu also reduces scarring over time! NO PICKING!!! The cycle of spreading bacteria needs to be broken. It is hard, but it could make ALL the difference.

  33. albion says

    My advice to people is to always read the labels and use it according to the directions. Also, you should only purchase that do not have harmful chemicals! As these chemicals can lead to more acne! I started getting acne when I was a Junior in High School. I tried all of the well-known product lines but my skin would become somewhat “immuned” to the product after a week a use. I finally tried the Citrus Clear products I found online. After about a month of using Citrus Clear, I was so happy. Citrus Clear cleared, healed, and prevented acne.

  34. says

    It’s important to detox your body since health starts inside the body! Our body contains too much toxins which needs to be flush out. There are too many chemicals products for acne which harms the skin!

  35. Laura says

    For the aloe vera, I have aloe vera plants in my yard so I can get it freash, but how should I prepare it? And how often do I apply it?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Fresh aloe vera works great! I use the plant as well; just make a small slit and squeeze out the gel, I rub it on with my fingers. I apply it every other day, but it could be applied daily.

  36. says

    Lets just say i am to old for brake outs but my face disagress . Well i passed it down to my daughter she is 25 . Her brake outs r much worse then mine ever were. Now to get her to try some of these should be fun . I will let you know thanks

  37. araceli mendez says

    I really wanted to try the baking soda.. but im too scared cause heard its terrible for the face cause of the (alkaline) google bakin soda for the face, you’ll see what im talking about :( .. it really is discouraging.

    • E says

      It probably won’t hurt to try it every so often. Something can be alkaline & still be beneficial, just like something can be acidic & also beneficial. I wouldn’t use it every day, but then again I don’t believe in using anything every day, whether eating, drinking, applying on our skin, etc. no matter what it is, aside from water… & even then, I am very careful about what is IN the water… & I vary the sources of that as well. Too much of anything, even something necessary & healthy, can be bad. Just don’t overdo it… you should be safe using it every so often :).

  38. says

    Interesting article! I shall be sharing it with my students.

    For me, in the evening I wash my face with a warm sea salt bath, the week before my period I pat my face down with a product from Canada called, “Nature’s Aid”. Then I apply a bunch of oils mixed together; Bottle one: avocado oil, vitamin E, a wee bit of castor oil, grapefruit essential oil, cedar essential oil and massage this well into my face. Bottle two: olive oil, castor oil, vitamin E oil, lavender and geranium essential oils.

    In the morning, I just put my face up towards the shower head and use my hands to wash my face. I apply a small amount of oils from one of the bottles above, and massage into my wet skin. I don’t dry my face, and after I am out of the shower for maybe twenty to thirty minutes, I take a tissue and just absorb all the left over oil.

    Once a week, I will wear a face mask that is made with coconut milk, coffee grinds, honey and cocoa and leave that one for about one episode of guilty pleasure TV.

    One of my doctor friends said that my acne probably didn’t clear up from the above mentioned treatments, but that it was that I started to drink a whole lot more water and green tea. I don’t think it was one or the other, I think it was a combination of both.

    Using this method (along with removing ALL dairy from my diet, removing almost all processed and packaged foods as well) I noticed that after three days, I had no new pimples forming. I also noticed that my black head started to not look so black. Within two weeks, all the acne on my face was gone, the acne scars were still there, but they looked a little smaller. Now, almost nine months later, I still get the occasional pimple just before my period, but the pimple is a white headed pimple and not the cystic acne I was getting before. I’ve noticed my skin glows, I’m thirty-three and all the fine lines around my eyes have disappeared, and my skin tone is much more even.

    It took me over a year to find a combination of oils and natural remedies that worked for my skin. The biggest thing to remember, is everyone’s skin is different and what works for one person might not work for another.

    Two big points to look at; clean you phone!!!!! Take a Clorox wipe and wipe that sucker down. And if you use a headset? Clean that. Wash down your keyboard. This needs to be done at least weekly. And more often if you’ve kids that play with them. The other is your tweezers. Throw them out or get a tiny mirror to pluck your brows. And remember to clean those too!

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      The baking soda mask can be quite powerful, the first time I used it, I remember it tingling. For some with sensitive skin, it can help to just spot treat or only leave the mask on for a shorter time. I started out leaving it on for a few minutes and gradually increased to 30 minutes.

  39. Dulcr says

    I have used the egg white and didn’t work for me. I tried using honey and oats and i believe it only made it worse, i have acne.everywhere some are bigger and ugly. Ive always had acne since my skin is very oily but it wasn’t that bad until i got pregnant and OMG my face was horrible :’( my son is now 5 months and my face is pretty bad still like a month ago it seemed like it was finally clearing up but NO! My self steem is very low idk what to do anymore…i feel so insecure im even embarressed with my husband. I have scars because thats how bad my acne was while i was pregnant but i can live with that i just want more break outs to stop coming out. :(

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      Seeing a naturopath can be very helpful to determine the cause. When I initially went to mine, he did a full blood work up testing all the vitamins and my hormones.

  40. Dulce says

    Ive tried egg white & didn’t work. Then i tried using honey & oats mask & i believe it only made it worse. My acne is worse & all over my face :( my skin is very oily so ive always had acne but nothing like now. It all got worse when i got pregnant my face was horrible & because of that i eben have scars :( idk what to try anymore o feel so imsecure im even embarrassed with my husband my self steem is very low. My son is now 5 months and im still having trouble with acne like a month ago it seemed lime ot was finally clearing up but NO! & now its just really bad again. Can my acne be hormonal? What can i do?

  41. Ijaz Ahmmad says

    I have many acne scars and acne as well on my face.I have tried many thing for it but no effective result.I am very worried about it and these are very embarrassing i can’t face my friends and relatives.Please give some suggestion what should i do please i am waiting for your reply

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      The baking soda has helped my scars quite a bit, especially since I use it everyday. It acts as a natural exfoliator.

  42. Dulce says

    I know they say natural is always the best way but not ALWAYS. I commented like a week ago here because i was really concerned about my acne and didn’t know what to to do anymore. Like i said i have tried several natural remedies and they did nothing to reduce my acne. As i was really worried looking trough the internet like crazy i found a lot of people talking about this website called acne.org and a regimen that really helped them. When i went to the page and saw how sooooooooo many people have tried it and did wonders to them i absolutely wanted to try it too. I order the products but in the website they tell you which store products you can use in case you can’t buy the products because it is a lil expensive. Without knowing i had the right products at home just not using them how its supposed to. They have a really precisely way to use the products that is the secret for it to work. I have been following their regimen exactly like its said in the website for like a week with my own products while i get theirs and OMG my face has changed dramatically its really working and my acne seems to FINALLY be going away. At first your skin will be super dry and fleaky but its really worth it because you see the change within the first day of doing this regimen. I wish natural remedies would have done something to me but they didn’t so if any of you guys are having trouble and nothing helps go check out this website you have nothing to loose. acne.org :) Goodluck!

  43. melissa says

    Okay, so I’ve had this acne just recently and I’ve had it for a few months. It sucks. I can’t even walk out of my house without wearing any make up. I want to sleep with my make up on sometimes because I’m embarrased with my boyfriend!!!!!! The baking soda sounds great and I’ve also heard a lot of good things about tea tree oil and lemon also! How should I use these products? I’ve been to a dermatologist so many times and they always emphasize to use a scrub, toner, and moisterizer in that order. Twice a day, Morning and night. Please help!!! I want to start trying these remedies out but should I try one thing first or can I use them all together?! Awaiting your reply! Also, do you know of any make up that isn’t as bad for acne or acne prone skin?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I know how frustrating it can be! I use a combination of the natural remedies. Did you have a chance to read my new post on using cod liver oil for acne: http://healthextremist.com/cure-acne-in-just-days-finally-cured-my-acne/ You may want to check it out, I saw great results from taking it. For the tea tree oil, I mix several drops with water and apply it to my skin with a cotton ball. Baking soda is my favorite, I mix baking soda with water to make a paste and apply it to my face, leave it on for 10 -20 minutes. For the lemon, you can just squeeze out the juice and use a cotton ball to apply it to your skin. What I do is use coconut oil in the morning and at night I apply the baking soda mask before I go to bed. It is best to wear no makeup when at all possible, and when you do need to wear it, choose oil free, non-comedogenic.

  44. Lara Yildirim says

    Without a doubt, a clean diet consisting of raw foods makes all the difference. I’ve noticed that if I go for weeks without nasty foods like white bread, cheap chocolate etc. my skin glows and clears. Truly wonderful but you wouldn’t believe how hard it can be teaching yourself to restrain from eating those foods…

  45. Courtney says

    Hi,
    I have read that with the egg whites you can add lemon juice, do you reccomened that? What would be the difference between just egg whites and egg whites with the lemon juice?
    Also how often should the egg whites be done, weekly or daily?
    Do you have to moisturize after the egg whites? Can you reccomened any other moisturizers? What’s the point of a moisturizer?

    As for the cornstarch do you have to add water?

    Thank you

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      You can add lemon to the egg white mask or use them both separately. Lemons have antibacterial properties which help improve acne. I use the egg white mask natural remedy for acne once a week, but it can be used daily as well. I don’t usually need to moisturize after the egg white mask, because it is not super drying. But if you wanted to, you could use coconut oil which also has antibacterial properties, as a moisturizer. I’ve never added water to the cornstarch, I don’t think it would stay on well if there’s water added.

  46. says

    Great list of ingredients here, may also suggest adding turmeric to this list, its highly antibacterial and healing which its popular in ayurvedic medicine and acne remedies in India. UMF honey also contains these properties, is moisturizing and soothes skin. My favourite remedy for acne contains turmeric, honey, tea tree and neem or lavender oil (to soothe redness and irritation). There are many other remedies you can apply depending on your skin type.

  47. Anonymous says

    Wow! This is so encouraging! I’ve been using Proactiv for years and it only helps regulate my acne, but does not heal it, and whenever I stop using it, even for just one day, my skin breaks out horribly. I think my skin is addicted to the chemicals. 2 questions about the baking soda mask: 1) is there any way to keep it from getting all over you while you sleep? haha. 2) should i be washing my face with a face wash in addition to the baking soda mask, or only use the mask? If you do recommend using a face wash, what would you recommend?

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I used proactiv for years too and I finally stopped after I found baking soda because I finally found something that worked better! When I apply it before bed, I put it on and let it dry for about 15 minutes, then light rub my face with soft wash cloth so I get all the ‘falling off pieces’ off and only a thin layer of baking soda is left on my skin. This way it doesn’t make a mess while sleeping. For face wash, I use Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap. It has tea tree oil in it which also helps to fight breakouts. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve been looking into the oil cleansing method, and want to give it a try soon. It involves using oil to wash your face instead of soap, so it does not strip the skin of natural oils.

      • Anon says

        Hey there a few months ago i went on vacation to Samoa while there my skin broke out terribly from what I can only put down to the heat, I took no notice assuming it would recover when I returned home but no. When I got home it spread from chin to nose I’m assuming its acne but I’ve never had a problem so I’m not to sure. I’ve tried honey with no luck, so I ordered proactiv but after reading this I’m thinking of trying baking soda. Any tips?

        • Lori, Health Extremist says

          The baking soda mask has really helped improve my skin, I noticed a difference after using it just one time.

  48. says

    I’ve had mild acne issues as far back as I can remember. Thank you for this post. Since cleaning up our diet and adding probiotics and making my own make-up, I’ve seen a considerable difference. I’m going to try the garlic and adding tumeric to my diet too. Great post!

  49. says

    Lots of great tips here! My facial acne (and also hidradenitis suppurativa aka acne inversa) cleared up with diet (paleo). I do oil cleansing, too, I love it!

    • Lori, Health Extremist says

      I just started oil cleansing, it is amazing how moisturizing and soothing it is compared to washing with soap.

        • Lori Klein says

          Oil cleansing involves using oil to wash your face instead of soap. I wash my hands and then apply a mixture of jojoba oil and castor oil to my face and massage it for about 2 minutes. Then, I take a warm/hot towel and place it over my face for 2 minutes, remove it, and gentle wipe off the oil.

  50. Ashley Burkart says

    Thank you for sharing such great tips! Ive experienced moderate acne breakouts since I was 11. Now in my late 20s I had tried everything from chemical to natural remedies, food diets, allergy elimination, you name it. By chance, due to a tummy bug, I discovered GRAPEFRUIT. After eating ORGANIC ruby red grapefruits (a whole one, no sugar, skins peeled) or natural grapefruit seed extract (12-14 drops in 8oz of water) once a day, everyday for 7 days or so, my skin stopped breaking out. Once every few months, one or two will pop up right before my period, but I hardly notice. That was a year ago. Now, I must admit that Ive missed a few days here and there and when I do my skin reacts and breaks out a bit again. Since doing some research on grapefruit seed extract Ive chosen to just eat organic grapefruits. My favorite are larger ruby red ones. They are sweeter and super awesome (: Eating grapefruits has become a daily healing ritual for me. I am SO GRATEFUL to have found this amazing fruit has seriously changed my life, given me permission, so to speak, to feel more confident and radiate my light from within (: I just wanted to share with everyone, maybe it can help you too! (:

    • Lori Klein says

      Wow, that’s great that you found what works for you! Thank you for sharing so others can give it a try.

  51. Jill says

    I found this post from a single Dad about his teenager’s acne which made me laugh.

    After spending hundreds of dollars and months going crazy with every over the counter soap and cream, even TV infomercial products I finally had to take my teenage son to a dermatologist to come up with better ways to get rid of acne. After several steroid injections directly into some inflamed teen acne we were then give a prescription for a cream to apply twice a day. Thank goodness for insurance.
    waystogetridofacnet.net

    Lol!

    Jill

  52. says

    I actually had a question. It is said that people living in different parts of the world have different type of acne and their treatment may also be different. How true is this?

    • says

      I don’t think so. The pimples may look different but the cause is still the same: caused by bacteria or the unbalanced of the appropriation, assimilation, elimination processes of our body. And of course different pimples have different treatments :)

  53. chirpydalek says

    hi, I use witch hazel lotion for cleansing, it stings less than lemon juice. Also, what would you recommend for really painful acne? mine isn’t cystic but very painful and the spots often full of green or white stuff.

    • Lori Klein says

      Have you tried taking fermented cod liver oil? It has really made a huge difference. For painful breakouts, I like using the baking soda paste and applying cornstarch at night to reduce the redness/irritation.

  54. says

    Hey Everyone! I had cystic hormonal acne from 15 – 27… I am a naturopath so i had tried everything form diet to herbs, even pharmaceutical medications topically and orally. It wasn’t until i realized that my acne was a result of my unbalanced thoughts and emotions. I also have a background in psychotherapy. I sat down one day and really got to the core of my emotional issues are around acne and since that day I haven’t ever had it again!!

    I have a blog and I have outlined the step by step process in which I used to cure my acne once and for all so that other people can follow the same process!

    http://chelseajanelove.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/why-we-love-acne-and-you-should-too/

  55. Jacqueline S says

    Hi! I am a nearly 25 year old woman who has suffered with acne since I was at least 14. For about 10 years I’ve been going to dermatologists (who keep telling me that my acne isn’t caused by anything I’m eating or doing to my skin, it’s just “genetic”) to help “manage” my acne, and they have prescribed me all sorts of topical creams and antibiotics–from Azelex and Differin to Tazorac and Benzaclin, Doxycycline to Minocycline, and others that just aren’t worth mentioning. Even with ingesting and applying all of these toxic medications on my skin, I still experience painful, deep cystic acne all over my jaw line, around my mouth, and on my cheeks–things will get better, then worse again, better then worse…and when I feel like it’s finally clearing up for good, I’ll once again develop red inflamed cysts all over my face. I am beyond frustrated to say the least.

    I would like to ditch the pharmaceuticals and try a natural approach to treating my acne, but I am terrified that if I stop using the medications and start a new regimen I’ll go through a withdrawal phase where things get really bad before I see any positive results. Frankly, I’m not sure if I could mentally handle that at this point.

    Are my concerns valid? I would really appreciate your input!!

    • Lori Klein says

      I completely understand. Sounds exactly like my experience with acne! I’ve had it since middle school and am now in my late 20′s. Did you see my post about cod liver oil. It is an absolute must try! Here’s the link:http://www.healthextremist.com/cure-acne-in-just-days-finally-cured-my-acne/

      I have never had such great results with anything as much as I have with the fermented cod liver oil (FCLO). Even when I took high doses of vitamin A, my skin wasn’t as clear. I think that since the vitamin A in the FCLO is naturally occurring, it is much more easily absorbed. I only wish someone would have told me about it 10 years ago, so I wouldn’t have suffered so long. Also, have you seen a naturopath? They can do a blood test to check if you are deficient in any areas. According to my primary care doctor, he said I wasn’t deficient in anything, but when I went to a naturopath, he did a thorough test and found that I was low in some vitamins. My naturopath has been so helpful!

      • Jacqueline S says

        Thank you so much! I will definitely look into the cod liver oil treatment! I am a bit nervous about putting oil on my face, but at this point I’ll try anything. I also have a good amount of acne scars–what would you recommend to help get rid of those? And do you think I should be worried about experiencing breakouts after I stop using the medications and adapt a natural skin regimen?

        I haven’t been to a naturopath yet. I have noticed that my cuticles are also always breaking and/or inflamed, so I’m sure I do have some sort of deficiency. I’ll be sure to find a naturopath right away!

        • Jacqueline S says

          Oops! I just read your post about cod liver oil and realize that it is to be ingested, not topically applied. Silly me for assuming!

        • Lori Klein says

          I have been using baking soda and scrubbing my face 2 times a day with it to help with scars. It has been helping a lot, but it still takes time for the redness and deeper scars to fade. I’ve noticed a definite improvement after doing it for about a month. I’ve heard of good results using MSM cream. I actually just ordered it last night online and I’ll post my results after I give it a try. I’m hoping it will help with my deeper scars.

          The natural methods should help enough that it will be a smooth transition. I found that baking soda alone actually worked better than proactive and pharmaceutical things I tried like Retin A. You may find that they help even more than the over the counter medication.

          Hope you have found a naturopath :)

          • Jacqueline S says

            I will definitely be trying both the baking soda mask and FCLO! I also wanted to try the apple cider vinegar toner, would you recommend using that in conjunction with the baking soda?

            And unfortunately my insurance won’t cover services provided by a naturopathic doctor :( So I’ll have to hold off on that until I can afford to pay out of pocket. Hopefully these other natural remedies will be helpful until then!

            • Lori Klein says

              I use both the ACV and baking soda together. I just started using a bentonite clay face mask every day now and it has been helping so much with old scars! I just put up a new post on it (you can find it from my home page). Hope they work for you! :)

              • Jacqueline S says

                I actually just bought a bentonite clay mask made by Aztec Secrets! I’m so excited to start using it, especially now after hearing about your positive experience with it. Thank you for all of your suggestions!

                • Lori Klein says

                  Awesome! I absolutely love using it! I’ve been doing it every morning now and leave it on for 1 hour, then rinse off with water. My skin has never looked better and I’m so excited to see my old scars fading.

                  • Stephanie says

                    I’ve seen a lot of recommendations from here but before I purchase anything I wanted to see what you most recommend. So far, this is what I’m thinking of doing… Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Tea Tree to wash my face morning and night, every morning take the Cod Liver Oil, and do a mask for 30-60 minutes at night. You’ve mentioned various options for this.. do you recommend the baking soda or the Bentonite Clay? Any advice on this new regimen before I begin would be most appreciated!

                    • Lori Klein says

                      The regime sounds great! I hope you see great results from the fermented cod liver oil (make sure you get fermented CLO by the brand Green Pastures), it has improved my skin soo much! I would recommend doing the bentonite clay face mask once a day, maybe in the morning and doing the baking soda mask once a day, maybe at night. (this is what I do right now). I have to tell you too, just in the past 3 weeks, I started drinking salt water sole and my skin is nearly 100% clear!! I drink it 3 times per day, every day now. It really is miraculous! Not only has it cleared my skin, but also eliminated my menstrual cramps (which I’ve suffered with for 15 years). The Wellness Mama blog has a post on how to make the salt water sole, I highly recommend drinking it! I just got everyone in my family to start doing it. It’s inexpensive and super easy to do! Hope this helps, be sure to let us know your results. :)

  56. Judy J says

    I see you have mentioned tea tree oil and coconut oil in your article. Natural oils are really good for acne although it seems counter intuitive to put oil on your oily skin. I personally use an oil based lotion by mama nature of london however im sure there are other similar types around. My skin is spot free and feel lovely and moist without being oily.

    • Lori Klein says

      It does seem counter intuitive, but they really work! I have oily-acne prone skin, so the first time someone told me to try applying more oil, I thought they were crazy lol.

    • says

      Good to hear that, but you should be careful when using toothpaste, because it will harm your skin on the long run (toothpaste contains a lot of chemicals which aren’t good for your skin.) The 9 remedies that Lori recommends above is both efficient and safety to use. Good luck!

  57. Veronica says

    Baking soda is excellent. I also had amazing results using lemon, Himalayan salt and oats after. Its as if acne is removed and then the strongest anti wrinkle and perking up is applied… I was surprised :)

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