Quite a list of worthwhile solutions to try here folks! These can be used for banishing a single pimple or two, acne, recipes for maintaining clear skin and I’ve also listed some tips at the bottom of the page to help with rosacea and a blackhead recipe.
Note: If acne seems to worsen at the beginning, keep in mind that the treatments are drawing out impurities and this could be the cause. Steady applications should show improvement over time. Also results will vary so if one doesn’t do the trick, try another until finding one that works.
Directions: Pick a remedy below then apply directly to blemish or whole face then let dry for at least 20 to 30 minutes before washing off (unless otherwise noted).
Keep ingredients away from eyes. If allergic to any of the items, do not use topically since they may still trigger a reaction.
- Aloe vera: Fresh aloe vera gel, allow to dry before washing off.
- Alum: (paste) 1/2 tsp alum with 1 TBS warm water.
- Apple cider vinegar: Recommended for acne, wipe vinegar over face with a cotton ball. May sting a bit and may smell, but stick with it if possible. If it’s just a pimple or two that’s causing grief, a q-tip does the trick.
- Aspirin mask: This one’s from Dr. Oz…Crush 6-12 non-coated aspirins into a powder then mix with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Soak for 5 to 10 minutes until the it dissolves into a paste then apply to breakout. Remove with baking soda and water. Why it works? Aspirin contains salicylic acid which acts as a chemical peel and lemon juice contains vitamin C. Source: doctoroz.com. Not recommended for those who suffer from rosacea since the salicylic acid could aggravate it.
- Banana: (Mashed) Leave on for a couple hours (if possible).
- Calamine lotion: Leave on overnight.
- Cinnamon & honey: Good for acne, combine cinnamon powder and honey into a paste. Allow to set for at least an hour before removing. Recommended to do daily.
- Cucumber mash: Peel then puree in a blender, apply then keep on for at least an hour. Good for acne.
- Fuller’s earth: (paste) Freshly squeezed orange juice with Fuller’s earth. Allow to dry for 20 to 25 minutes. Can use grated orange peel instead (dried).
- Honey: Dab with pure honey, allow to dry then wash off or mix 50/50 honey and freshly squeezed orange juice. You may find it beneficial to apply a hot compress first.
- Milk of Magnesia: (acne) Leave on overnight.
- Neem: Pour 2 cups of boiling water over a handful of neem leaves. Cover and steep for about 10 minutes then strain. Allow to cool then add Fuller’s earth to make a paste.
- Olive oil: (for acne and breakouts) After cleaning with a mild soap, apply a light layer of extra-virgin olive oil three times a day (do not wash off). An oily substance may seem contrary to logic (clogs pores) but this seems to both heal and draw out impurities. More breakouts may occur at first but after a few days this will settle down.
- Orange rinds: Combine equal parts grated orange rind (dried), plain yogurt and rosewater. A paste can also be made with ground peels (dried) and milk (keep on for about an hour).
- Pineapple juice
- Sandalwood: (thick paste) Equal parts sandalwood powder, turmeric powder and milk. Leave on overnight.
- Tea tree: Dab directly onto trouble spot with a q-tip.
- Toothpaste: (not gel) Just a dab will do ya, leave on overnight.
- Turmeric: (paste) Combine with a bit of milk or plain yogurt. Another option: mix 1/2 tsp turmeric with a bit of water (4 times per day).
- Witch hazel: Dab directly on pimple 4 or 5 times per day.
Clear Skin Helpers:
- Buttermilk: Use each day as needed to help clear acne.
- Coconut Oil: A thin layer (daily) to help fade scars.
- Cold brewed tea: Wash daily with this.
- Grapefruit Seed Extract: Add a few drops to a mild liquid facial soap wash skin daily with this. Tea tree can also be used in the same way.
- Strawberry leaf infusion: Wash skin with this twice a day, morning and night (1/4 cup strawberry leaves and 1 1/2 cups boiling water, cover and steep for 2 hours then strain and chill before using).
- Tea Tree: Add 10 drops to 1 cup of lukewarm water then wash face with mixture (avoiding eyes).
Do consistent, daily treatments for at least two weeks before determining if results are satisfactory or not.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Clean with a gentle soap, rinse well, pat dry then wipe with a cloth dipped in apple cider vinegar (once per day).
- Chamomile Infusion: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 2 tsp dried chamomile flowers, cover then steep for 10 minutes. Strain, cool and then apply as a lukewarm compress.
- Flaxseed Oil: Consume 1 tsp three times daily or try making a scrub with ground oatmeal (uncooked) and flaxseed oil then gently exfoliate.
- Green Tea: Drink at least 2 cups a day and wash with it daily (cool after brewing). New to green tea? See plenty of info here to get started. A 50/50 blend with chamomile tea is a nice toner.
- Lavender Infusion: Same as the chamomile infusion above but using dried lavender buds instead.
- Rose Water: Wash daily with this. One recipe to try: For every 1 firmly packed cup of petals, pour 2 cups boiling water over top. Cover and steep until the liquid is cool. Strain, squeeze out the liquid from the petals, and refrigerate in a sterilized jar. Find more recipes here.
*First published May 8, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization
Try a facial steam bath first (instructions below) then the recipe, this will open up the pores as well as soften up the blackheads for easier removal.
1 TBS Unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 TBS Milk
- Combine the gelatin and milk then heat in the microwave for about 12 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir with a wooden stir stick (a clean one!). Generously slather on problem areas. Be careful not to get too close to the eyes.
- Let completely dry (between 15 to 30 minutes) then carefully peel it off. The gunk clogging pores will be stuck on it, the result is similar to the expensive removal strips found in stores.
- After removing, splash face with very cold water to close the pores.
First use a cleansing soap. Then fill a bowl with boiling water and place your face down close to the surface to be near the heat. Cover head with a towel to trap the steam, stay put for about 10 minutes then use the peel above.
- Optional: Add tea bags or Epsom salt or dried lavender to the boiling water.