7 Natural Remedies for Acne
In 2004, more than $2.2 billion was spend on prescription and over-the-counter treatments for acne.
If you have severe or cystic acne, investing in a powerful treatment and adding to the $2.2 billion dollar industry may be necessary. But for many people, an expensive acne treatment that dries, cracks, and irritates is not the only option for clear skin.
Fran E. Cook-Bolden, MD, a dermatologist, recommends using natural remedies for acne. Foods like cucumber, honey, and yogurt are full of nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants that nourish, heal, and protect skin. Herbs like Dong Quai and Guggul have actually been clinically tested and proven to prevent and treat acne.
Here are several natural remedies for acne that Cook-Bolden recommends; plus a few more.
Cucumber Face Mask
Blend a small cucumber and 1 cup of oatmeal together. Next, take a teaspoon of that paste and mix it with a teaspoon of yogurt. Apply it to your facial skin and leave it there for 30 minutes. When the time is up, gently wash the mask off your skin.
Turmeric Facial Mask
This exotic natural remedy is used by brides in India to enhance the natural glow and health of their skin. The ingredients aren’t ones you’ll see every day but they can readily be found at spice markets or ethnic food stores.
Mix 1/2 cup of chickpea flour; and 2 teaspoons each of turmeric powder, sandalwood powder, and ghee or almond oil. Add enough water to the mixture to make a paste. Cook-Bolden MD recommends applying it and leaving it on your skin for 5 to 10 minutes, and then rinsing well with water.
Dong Quai is a Chinese herb that has the ability to fight acne, according to a 2003 study. It works similarly to erythromycin, which is a prescription antibiotic found in acne treatments. Because it is an herb, not a drug, Dong Quai is one of the best natural remedies for acne. Supplements of this herb can be found at most Ayurvedic or natural health stores.
This mask is simple because it has one ingredient, but it’s sticky because that one ingredient is honey. Wash your skin with warm water to open up your pores before applying the honey to your face. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water, and then cold water to close your pores. For best results, apply this natural remedy 1-2 times a week.
A small group of researchers studied the effects of Guggul on people with cystic acne. At the end of the study, researchers found that people who took a Guggul supplement daily for 3 months had a significant reduction in acne lesions. Guggul supplements can also be found in Ayurvedic or natural health stores.
Yeast & Yogurt Mask
If you have oily skin, this is one of the best natural remedies for acne because it cleans away excess oil. Combine 1 teaspoon of brewer’s yeast with plain yogurt. Cook-Bolden then suggests, “Apply it thoroughly to all the oily areas [of your facial skin] and leave it there for 15 to 20 minutes.” Rinse the mask off first with warm water and then cold water to close your pores.
Lemon-Egg Face Mask
For best results this natural remedy should be left on overnight. Mix the juice of half a lemon with one beaten egg white. Apply it to your skin–being careful to keep it out of your eyes and mouth–and wear it while you sleep. In the morning, wash your face with warm water.
Prescription acne treatments are popular because they work, but the cost you pay in dollars and side effects may outweigh the benefits. Before you add your two cents to the $2.2 billion acne industry, give any of these natural remedies for acne a try and see what it could do for the health of your skin.