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Acne Remedies

Acne can be difficult to get rid of, even for adults. It is not easy to be self confident if you feel your complexion doesn't match your self image. This is a guide about acne remedies.


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By 9 found this helpful
August 12, 2011

There are 2 simple things you need to do to clear up your acne and prevent it in the future.

  1. Don't touch your face! This is the most important part. Even if you have oily skin, that alone will not cause acne. Acne is a small staph infection in the pore of your skin. Almost all bacteria transmitted to your face comes from your hands, particularly from under the fingernails.
  2. Gently wash your face (or other affected area) twice daily with a mild shampoo for normal or oily hair. That's it!

When I was a teenager, I started to get really bad acne. It made me self conscious and was, frankly, embarrassing. I tried every acne cream, facial scrub and mask I could find. Some were effective in not making it worse, but that was about it. Nothing "cured" my acne.

Then one day, I noticed that if some shampoo suds got on my forehead, it made my skin feel dry and tight there. Just like some of the nicer mud masks I "borrowed" from my mom, it help dry up the oily parts of my skin. So I started to experiment.


I discovered that if I put the shampoo directly on my skin and let it sit for a minute, it was VERY effective at drying out my skin, almost too effective. It was great for putting a breakout in check but my skin was so dry and tight that I could hardly talk to anyone before 3rd period, for fear of cracking my skin. Once my natural skin oils kicked in and my face loosened up, it actually felt great. The several hours of my face being uncomfortably dry though was not pleasant.

Next, I tried just using the suds from the top of my head after I washed my hair. This work perfect! I would gently massage the suds onto my face and let them sit for about a minute before rinsing my head and face. After about 2 weeks of doing this, my face was completely cleared up. I have done this everyday for over 20 years now, and never had a serious acne breakout since.


I can't stress enough how important it is to be gentle with your skin, particularly in the middle of a breakout. I still have small scars and pock marks in some places on my face from before I discovered this method of getting rid of acne. As I said, I tried many methods prior and facial exfoliant scrubs were among them. It is tempting to think that you can scrub away the acne but you can't. When your skin is red and inflamed from an infection or has even come to a head, it is important not to scrub it too hard.

Remember, while the acne may be irritating and ugly, a scar will be just as ugly and be there forever. Let your body heal naturally after you have neutralized the infection, and your skin will go back to normal.

Lastly, an anecdote. A couple months after I started using shampoo to wash my face, I was starting to feel more self confident and decided to share my "secret" with a couple friends of mine. My female friend, predictably, laughed and said, "that's just silly". However, my male friend said, "You know, I did the exact same thing. Remember how I used to have zits all over my face a few months ago and now I don't? I used shampoo, too!"


By Jess from Hillsboro, OR

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By 8 found this helpful
August 16, 2011

I dealt with this problem, so did my mother and brothers. I first want to say "I'm so sorry." Give this a try. It worked for me after going to the doctor and buying systems that said they were miracles. Nothing worked until this method. Hopefully you will have same results.

It does work, but please remember nothing works over night. I know avocado all over your face seems strange. Try it for a week, you'll be happy that you did. A few things people forget to tell you that are very important:

By Luana M. from San Diego, CA

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By 5 found this helpful
October 13, 2011

If I feel one coming, I instantly get out the tea tree oil. It's not going to make it go away completely. It's a much faster "go away" process than when I don't use it, and stops many from forming.

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By 3 found this helpful
April 6, 2010

For all those girls and boys that have tried everything to get rid of acne! Well this might be the solution for your case of acne! Well, this a really simple tip!

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By 1 found this helpful
January 13, 2011

All of a sudden, I developed a huge zit on the side of my nose. I tried dabbing some tea tree oil on the spot twice a day. In 3 days, it was completely gone!

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June 12, 2012

Here is a very cheap facial mask, I use this all the time to reduce hormonal breakouts. I know some people use it for blackheads and acne scars. Use about 2 tsp. of baking soda and 1/2 an orange.

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By 2 found this helpful
July 3, 2012

My effective, inexpensive way to prevent and get rid of acne is Ivory soap and Sea Breeze. Wash your face at night before bed with Ivory soap. Dry and then get some Sea Breeze on a Kleenex and apply to face.

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By 1 found this helpful
October 18, 2013

Make a thick paste of baking soda with a drop of water. Apply on your zit at night. By morning it will fall off.

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July 19, 20121 found this helpful

Make a thick paste of baking soda mixed with water. Apply on your acne. Or use soda white tooth paste and put on your zit and let it dry.

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October 12, 20111 found this helpful

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This is a guide about remedies for back acne. Acne is bad enough to deal with when it is on your face, but on your back it is exceeding worse. You can't reach or clearly see the outbreaks to treat them.

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This is a guide about home remedies for acne. There are many products that can be easily purchased over the counter that can be used to help treat acne.

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By 0 found this helpful
December 2, 2008

I have really bad acne and acnes scars on my face. My skin is very oily. I have tried many different medicines and herbal treatments, but nothing has worked. If I put coconut oil on my hair, acne forms on my face. My doctor says that I am allergic and have very sensitive skin.

When I try to remove my scars by putting something on my face like turmeric, banana or oats acne forms. I just want to get rid of this horrible situation. Does anyone have any advice or homemade tips that will remove my acne marks without getting more pimples.


December 2, 20080 found this helpful

Try Cetaphil! Best stuff ever, my dermatologist recommended it.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 27, 2008

I get bad acne. I've been using OXY brand stuff and its helped a little bit but I need something else that works a little better, whether I still have to use the Oxy stuff with it or not. I want a facial scrub or something that is easy to make and will make my skin look fresh, soft, clean, and clear with no stupid acne.


February 27, 20080 found this helpful

If you are using a scrub on a daily basis, you might try only using it every other day, or less. A dermatologist once told me that scrubbing too often will irritate your skin and cause it to produce more oil and acne. I use a store brand version of Cetaphil cleanser most days, and have just started using an Aveeno scrub for acne 2 times a week. Another expensive tip I have read is to get Neutrogena's On The Spot acne treatment and use a lot more of it on your skin to clear up a bad breakout. It won't irritate your skin since it has less of the benzoyl peroxide than other brands.

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February 27, 20080 found this helpful

If your acne is bad, you really want to see a doctor. Call your general practitioner and ask for a referral to a good dermatologist.

Good luck!

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February 27, 20080 found this helpful

I'm 51 years old and until I was 30, never had a problem with my skin except for the occasional breakout.

What I found that works great as a face wash is Clearasil Ultra Acne Clearing Gel Wash. I wash and RINSE WELL twice a day.

After I wash my face, I smooth on some of this soap over my clean skin (twice a day). After a few days, my skin begins to dry and flake, which is what I want because the old skin is sloughing off and will allow the pores to be properly cleaned because they are now opened.

If the flaking gets too bad I use a scrub.
Take ordinary aspirin uncoated tablets. Aspirin is salacytic acid. Mash a few aspirins in a mortar and pestle until powdery. Add a little water until you get a scrub, not too dry though. Rub over your skin and don't forget your neck and the back of your neck, and behind your ears. The salacytic acid will help with the discolorations and you want your face and neck (back and front) to have a uniform color. Rinse very well.

Also, try using regular peroxide (not the kind to bleach your hair) as a tonor. Peroxide is a natural antiseptic and will 'foam' where ever there is bacteria. Rinse very well.

Make sure you rinse well after all of these steps. Very important.
Use a fresh washcloth every time you wash and rinse your face - two per day.
Don't use natural loofahs on your skin. They hold too much bacteria.
Don't touch your face - watch this because you might not even realize you're doing it.

Another easy scrub is regular cold cream and sugar. Just mix the two together and scrub gently. However, cold cream contains mineral oil and if you have a problem with this product, don't use it.

I don't use anything at all that contains mineral oil or petroleum or petrolatum. This includes cosmetics and skin products. Start reading the labels; you'll be surprised to see how the expensive brands use mineral oil and petroleum.

Or just use water and sugar and make a paste. Sugar is a natural exfoliate. Rinse well.

Good luck!

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By overthemoon (Guest Post)
February 27, 20080 found this helpful

I am 30 years old and have been suffering from acne for most of my life. Not only pimples and such, but I was getting very painful cystic pimples that my $30 a bottle soap didn't help. At Christmas time I made some bath products to give as gifts, I have since quite using any products on my skin that I didn't make myself. My skin looks and FEELS better than it has my whole life!! My acne has almost completely cleared up and I haven't had a single cystic pimple in over 2 months. Here's what I have ended up with:

In the morning:
I make a mixture of oatmeal powder, honey, and a dash of apple cider vinegar. Mix and use as a creamy soap (homemade oatmeal powder will be coarser than store bought and will ex foliate a bit, but either works fine, just make sure that your powder doesn't have any additives if you buy it) or apply it and leave on as a mask. The oatmeal soothes and softens, honey is a natural anti-bacterial, it has anti-oxidants, and softens, moisturizes, and tightens skin, apple cider vinegar has great astringent qualities, it balances out skins ph levels, and helps to tighten pores. The combo cleans, softens, etc.

After washing use a tiny bit of cider vinegar (or a 50/50 combo of cider vinegar and green or chamomile tea) on a cotton swab as a toner. After it dries I use a bit of pure aloe vera gel all over to help heal the old acne and it seems to help control excess oils through out the day.

At night:

I use a simple scrub. I have a mixture of Epsom salts, sea salt, and baking soda that I mix with just enough vitamin e oil to make a paste(check the label to make sure that your vitamin e doesn't contain mineral oil or petroleum oils). VERY GENTLY scrub face and neck in a circular motion, rinse, and pat dry.

I also will apply either vitamin e oil or coconut oil to my skin at night to help repair acne scars and soften wrinkles.

Depending on how much gunk is deep down in your skin you could also try a facial steam once a week to help draw everything out. I usually end up with a few blemishes coming to the surface the next day or so, but they heal and disappear quickly.

Honey alone has also proved to make a great face mask. Just apply and leave on for as long as possible.

I make enough of the salts to last a while since they don't spoil. The oatmeal mix I throw together real fast before I jump in the shower. Don't worry to much about measurements, you'll figure out what works for you. I keep all the ingredients handy in the bathroom except the aloe, which is kept in the fridge.It sounds like a lot, but honestly once you see and feel the results you'll never waste money on chemical filled products again.

My acne prone skin glows now and I actually get complimented on my skin. Hope this helps you as much as it's helped me.

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February 28, 20080 found this helpful

Use "Tea tree oil facial wash" from The Body Shop. And there is this product from Walgreens called "Miracle Care Network Pimple Eraser" it like removes the redness of breakouts and evens out skin tone (But take note, it causes redness during use). But for me it worked, most my blemishes have gone away.

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By velsgal (Guest Post)
February 28, 20080 found this helpful

Have you ever tried Arbonne? It is a old company with great quality. I have heard a lot of great testimonies. I would love to become a dealer I am so sold on it. just go to I think. It is botanically based and actually gets to the root of the problem instead of the symptoms. FYI sometimes it will make you break out worse for a few days because it is cleaning out all the impurities. blessings to you!

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By rae (Guest Post)
February 28, 20080 found this helpful

Ii agree that in the end it will cost you less and save a lot of time to go to the doctor and get medication for your acne. If you have sensitive skin, you can scar like my daughter did and have a the problem for the rest of your life. She paid $7000 for laser resurfacing. I had four kids and only my son didn't have acne that needed a doctor's treatment.

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By jmouse13. (Guest Post)
February 29, 20080 found this helpful

My Grandson had terrible acne and I found the web-site I had him use their Aloe Vera products. Ther also have Tea Tree items, But the Aloe is Greenhouse grown in the U S and manufactured in the U S. their products has really helped him. He is now 18 and no sign of acne and no scaring. Aloe therapy is a small company and specializes in service and low prices. A lot of places say Aloe, and then it is way way down in the ingredient listing. Their products Whole Leaf Aloe is always first. Look them up, you will be happy with their products.

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April 23, 2008

I have really bad pimples on my forehead, chest area, neck and back! I have nice skin on my cheeks and chin. I need help to get rid of them, I've had them for at least 2 and a half years. Its embarrassing because everyone stares at my forehead. I want it to be clear, but I don't know what to do! Please help me!

Kelly from Seattle

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October 31, 2010

I'm 23 year old male. My problem is I have had some kind of infection on my scalp for 4 years. I have continuously occurring acne like pimples all over my scalp. When I use anti-dandruff shampoos containing zinc pyothine, these remain under control, but nothing has cured them. These pimples release same material as that of acne. I also have acne all over my face. I have tried many oral antibiotics like erythromycin and tetracycline, but no cure. Please help me.

By atiharsh from Pakistan

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By 0 found this helpful
June 9, 2009

I have an acne problem on my face. I have tried many products and homemade remedies, but its not worked. My friend told me to use baby soap. It worked but after a few months it came back. My skin is so sensitive and oily. Please help.

By Saima

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May 14, 20120 found this helpful

My daughter has had very bad acne for 7 years. Nothing works. Help.

By Miriam

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By 1 found this helpful
December 5, 2010

I eat pretty healthily with really no sugar and drink a ton of water. However, I seem to get very tiny bumps on my forehead that all have little white things in them. Granted if there was only one or two it wouldn't bother me too much, but there's always about 5 or more and they drive me nuts!

I was on Accutane before which helped, but now I'm looking for another cure. Has anyone else had a similar experience and recommend anything? I'm sick of dealing with acne, no matter how little bit or small.

By dcraze from Washington, DC

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By 0 found this helpful
June 1, 2011

I have been having troubles with acne and I need some home remedies on how to get rid of it fast! Please help.

By poohbear

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