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9 Homemade Acne Treatments That Will Help Clear Your Skin

By Dr. Jaggi Rao, MD, FRCPC, Double board-certified dermatologist

If you are fighting acne on a limited budget, you need to know that it really is possible to get rid of acne with homemade acne treatments. No homemade acne treatment is going to get rid of all of your blemishes in a week or even in a month, but no prescription acne treatment or expensive over the counter product is going to get rid of all your blemishes in a week or even in a month, either. Here are some homemade treatments for acne that work, but that you probably have never heard of.

Baking Soda and Acne
Brushing your teeth with baking soda can help eliminate chin acne.


  • Some of the best ways to get rid of acne involve homemade acne treatments. Here are some treatments that work that are likely to be new to you.
  • Eat brewer’s yeast (cake yeast). The acid in your stomach kills the yeast so it cannot cause infection. The dead bodies of yeast cells “train” your immune system to respond to bacterial infection with less inflammation, so pimples are not as severe.
  • Use olive oil as a moisturizer on your skin, but only in tiny amounts.
  • Brush your teeth with baking soda to prevent chin acne.
  • Use tiny amounts of your hand moisturizer to keep the skin on your face from drying out, especially at the sides of your face.
  • Get 20 minutes of sun exposure every day, but only 20 minutes, so your skin can make vitamin D. This vitamin reduces skin oil production. At least your hands and face should be exposed to the sun.
  • Prevent head and scalp acne by cleaning combs and hair brushes.
  • Avoid “stringers fingers” acne by tightening your tennis racket only when needed.
  • Avoid keloidal acne by always shaving with fresh razors, used no more than 2 or 3 times.

1. Yeast

Yeast has a bad name in natural health care. After all, excessive growths of yeast are associated with everything from candidiasis to cancer, depending on the expert you read. Eating yeast, however, is an age-old treatment for acne that actually works.

The microorganisms in yeast are dissolved in the digestive acids in your stomach. You don’t need to worry about getting a yeast infection from eating yeast. However, the dead bodies of yeast cells play an important role in your colon.

The immune system recognizes these dead yeast cells as bacteria. It releases inflammatory chemicals to destroy them—and destroys them very easily. The immune system learns that bacterial infections do not have to be hit with a massive attack of inflammation, and releases less inflammation when it encounters acne bacteria in the skin.

You can find live yeast (dried yeast doesn’t have a chance to activate before your stomach digests it) in the dairy case at your local market. It’s possible to eat the gray, moist yeast like a snack, but most people will prefer to disguise it in cold cereal or a smoothie. Just 5 grams (about a teaspoon) of live yeast every other day for 30 days will make a difference in your complexion.

The kind of yeast used to make bread, also known as brewer’s yeast, is what you need. This kind of yeast is not the kind of yeast associated with seborrheic dermatitis. Brewer’s yeast comes in foil and has to be kept in the refrigerator. Don’t use the packets of dry yeast that you can keep on the shelf.

2. Olive Oil

Every body knows that olive oil is a healthy food. Not everyone knows that you actually could cleanse and rejuvenate your skin with it—even if you have oily skin. Like dissolves like, so olive oil can dissolve and remove oil clogging pores in your skin.

The best way to use olive oil as homemade acne treatment is to use just a tiny amount of oil, about 1/4 teaspoon or just 1 ml, as a moisturizer for the sides of your face after you wash your face and towel it dry. You can also apply olive oil to your cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin, but it is absolutely essential that the skin of your face should be absolutely clean first. You don’t want for olive oil to seal in chemicals that can irritate your skin, including any splash from toothpaste or mouthwash containing the skin-irritant ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate, also known as SLS.

3. Baking Soda

The best way to use baking soda to treat your acne is to use it instead of toothpaste when you brush your teeth. Why? A baking soda scrub gets food particles off your teeth without need for any chemical foaming agents. The chemicals toothpaste manufacturers add to their products to make them foam can cause acne on the chin and at the corners of the mouth. One study even found that 80% of adult women who had acne cleared up their skin in just one month by discontinuing use of toothpaste, mouthwash, and shampoo that contained SLS.

4. Sunshine

Sun is great for your skin—for about 20 minutes a day. A few minutes of sun on your face and hands eery morning enables your skin to make vitamin D. This vitamin not only is essential for healthy bones and for preventing cancer. It also reduces the production of oil in the pores of your skin. More than 20 minutes of sun a day, however, can damage the skin, and you should wear sunscreen on your face when you use benzoyl peroxide.

5. Moisturizer

In much of the world, skin moisturizers are not a treatment for skin problems. They are a basic part of skin protection against summer heat and winter cold that cause the skin to dry and flake. Especially if you have adult acne or rosacea, however, using a moisturizer on your skin—any moisturizer that is made with oil and water and that does not contain alcohol —can keep your skin flexible and also prevent irritation of capillaries underneath your skin. Flexible skin allows pores to drain and prevents common acne. Healthy blood vessels don’t leak blood and cause rosacea outbreaks.

6. Steroid Avoidance

There is also a simple change in home health care that can help you avoid outbreaks of pimples on your cheeks and nose: Don’t use over-the-counter steroid creams such as Cortaid and generic hydrocortisone. These products used to stop inflammation, ironically, can cause inflammation of the skin that closely resembles the tiny pimples induced by rosacea. In teens, the most likely site of an outbreak is around the nostrils—simply avoiding corticosteroid ointments whenever possible can spare a teen of the embarrassment of zits breaking out around the nose or even around the mouth.

7. Cleaning Combs And Hair Brushes

Acne on the scalp and forehead can be caused by an unsuspected source of oil—dirty combs and hair brushes. Cleansing your combs and brushes in warm water at least once a week will keep them from accumulating oils that can be transferred to your skin where they can clog pores that develop acne.

8. Preventing “Stringers Fingers”

If you play tennis, kick the habit of adjusting the strings of your racket after each match. The tension on the skin of your fingers can constrict pores and cause a relatively rare form of hand acne.

9. Fresh Razors

One of the most disfiguring forms of acne is acne keloidalis nuchae, resulting from the ingrown hairs and whiskers being sealed under the skin. To prevent ingrown hairs, always shave whiskers or hair with a new razor, throwing away safety razors “while they are still good” to prevent injury to your skin. Kick your poor-quality shaving habits to avoid skin irritation and inflammation.

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Is there vegebles need to eat to relief the pain cause of acne?:

July 16, 2013 at 3:20 pm Reply
lola Reply

yes! all fruits and veggies.. I had bad acne before, all I did was juice fruits and veggies so it went into my system quicker and my face cleared within two weeks, its about what eat.

August 16, 2013 at 1:51 am Reply
Alisha Snell Reply

I am currently in a complete detox and have started oil cleansing, if you have never heard of it. I use a mixture of Raw Honey, Castor oil, coconut oil, tea tree and lavender oil & a tad of baking soda to cleanse and apple cider vinegar for astringent then use a blend of vitamin e oil, frankincense and lemon eo oils as a leave on treatment. I also started making my own spray deodorant and use olive oil with lavender to moisturize my body, all these eo oils are antibacterial, odor eliminating, the lavender is soothing of redness and cooling and it and frankincense are moisturizing. You have to give time for your body to detox itself since the first and easiest place for toxins to exit is your skin , I am going into week 2 and broke out worse but that was expected until about 3 weeks in. The idea is clean out the toxins so your skin will not be the vice to dispell them out of your body, drink TONS of water, and the oils and ingredients I use all have anti fungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties & unlike otc treatments or even prescribed treatments it does not strip the oils from your skin causing your body to make all new oils, our natural skin oils are our natural cleanser, so instead of stripping it which can cause your skin to be unprotected and bacteria to enter pores easily it strips the old oil and REPLACES it with a natural good cleansing oil. Coconut and olive oil are good for so many things ear infections tooth infections ect nd the castor oil is way antiseptic and cleansing. I figure there isn't much to lose since I have tried everything else, It can basically get no worse and honestly the research I have done and logic behind this makes more sense really than everything else.

April 24, 2015 at 3:45 pm Reply