Natural Remedies for Acne

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The last thing a bride or groom wants is acne on the day of the wedding. Unfortunately, acne or pimples is a common skin ailment afflicting hundreds of young men and women. Most of us rush off to the dermatologist to get treated for acne. Often, we are prescribed harsh chemical-based creams and lotions or invasive and expensive procedures as part of the treatment. However, there are many home made and all-natural remedies that can help you get a clear, blemish-free skin for this special occasion. Let us discuss some of these:


  1. Honey – Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. You can take honey each morning on an empty stomach with warm water and lemon juice for its cleansing effects. Additionally you can make a mask of 1 teaspoon honey mixed with a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon (or powdered nutmeg). This can be applied all over the face and washed off after 20 minutes to reduce acne scarring and blemishes. Follow this homemade remedy for acne twice a week.
  2. Oatmeal-A mask made from crushed raw oatmeal mixed with rosewater or milk is also an effective home remedy for treatment of acne. Rosewater helps soothe red, irritated skin while the oatmeal helps draw out impurities.
  3.    Mint and Neem- Mint and neem juice is very effective in treating acne. Mint juice can be applied over the blemishes and also taken internally. Neem leaves can be ground into a paste and applied over the acne.


4   At home exfoliation mask- A mixture of brown sugar and honey or olive oil is very effective in clearing clogged pores. You can also make a mask from rice flour mixed with fresh, cold milk and use it as an exfoliating scrub.

5.  Baking soda- Bleaching property of baking soda is very effective in reducing blemishes. You can make a thick paste of baking soda with warm water and apply it on the acne marks.

6.     Epsom salts- A bath mixed with Epsom salts can be used for soaking for those having acne on their back, shoulders and hips.

7.   Toner- A home based toner containing apple cider vinegar mixed with water in a 1:1 ratio can be applied prior to bedtime to prevent new pimples. ACV is quite acidic, so ensure that you dilute it well.



Acne mainly occurs due to overactive sebaceous glands contained deep inside our skin. The reason behind these overactive glands is either hormonal or hereditary. Junk, processed and sugary food stuff can also trigger excess sebum production. The sebum has no place to go, but through the pores. Overtime, these pores get clogged with dried sebum, dirt and hair follicles. Bacteria in the pores can cause an infection and redness eventually leading to acne or pimples.

It is essential that those prone to acne follow a good diet consisting of fruits and vegetables. One must also drink plenty of water to help clear the pores. Moderate exercise along with aforementioned home remedies for acne can help you glow on your wedding day.

See also: Cure Acne at Home article in TOI

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