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8 Effective Natural Acne Remedies to Try Now

Posted on April 22 2017

Acne is the most common skin condition in the USA, affecting up to 50 million Americans. Difficult to control, acne treatments vary from natural soap to prescription medicine - there is no single cure. So, what can you try to make the condition more manageable?

If you have sensitive skin, artificial treatments containing a wealth of chemicals may only worsen your skin condition; to begin with, the natural route may be the best to follow.

There are all kinds of natural remedies for acne, such as gentle natural soap and homemade treatments using herbs. We’ve put together some of the best natural solutions for bringing acne under control.

Coconut Oil

A favorite skin treatment throughout the ages, the benefits of coconut oil have increasingly come to light in recent years. Full of medium chain fatty acids, the properties of coconut oil are transformed by the body into powerful antibacterial agents.

Also antiviral and antifungal, coconut oil works on several causes of acne, such as inflammation and overgrowth of the fungus candida.

Naturally cleansing, coconut oil can help to unclog pores while moisturizing the skin. It’s easily absorbed and hydrating, which helps reduce the inflammation and dry skin that often comes with acne.

Olive Oil

Discovered as a beauty aid by the ancient Egyptians, olive oil continues to be a popular skin cleanser and moisturizer. Completely natural and deeply nourishing, olive oil has the power to penetrate deeply into the skin, without clogging pores.

The antibacterial properties of olive oil help kill germs on the skin, while the vitamin E content improves skin quality and restores the balance of natural oils. Rich in fatty acids, olive oil also promotes rapid skin healing and can help to fade scars.

Another benefit of olive oil for acne sufferers is its anti-inflammatory effect, which can help reduce the swelling and redness associated with acne.

Tea Tree Oil

The fragrant oil of the tea tree is known for its cooling and soothing properties, which may be helpful in calming angry pimples. Because the oil is so potent, it needs to be diluted or used in a less concentrated format, such as a natural soap or facial treatment.

Tea tree oil is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial, helping rid the skin of acne-causing bacteria and also having an antifungal effect. Penetrating the skin deeply, tea tree oil helps unclog pores and dry out acne spots.

The balancing power of tea tree may also help control acne by regulating oil production and unblocking the sebaceous glands.


A natural substance, clay has been used for centuries to support good health. Now, clay is a popular beauty trend, helping to promote clear, calm skin. Bentonite clay in particular is known for its skin benefits, dislodging oil and dirt that can block pores and cause acne.

Because clay is so gently cleansing, it may be a better option than other common clarifying face mask ingredients like glycolic or salicylic acids, which may irritate sensitive or acne-prone skin.

When mixed with water, applied to the skin and left to dry, bentonite clay binds to toxins, drawing out impurities. It is also actively antimicrobial, killing bacteria and helping to keep the skin clean.

Aloe Vera

The sticky juice of the aloe vera plant has long been used to soothe skin inflammation, to cool and calm pimples and relieve itchy eczema and psoriasis. Aloe vera is also thought to help the skin to heal.

Potently antiseptic and antibacterial, aloe vera can ward off germs and clean wounds - it’s also antifungal and has antibiotic properties. Rich in nutrients, aloe contains vitamins B12 and C, as well as minerals that help boost the immune system and properties that encourage scar lightening.

In addition to soothing spots, aloe vera contains magnesium that helps alleviate the associated itching, which makes it an ideal remedy for skin rashes and sunburn, too.

Green Tea

Green tea may be a popular drink for maintaining health and well-being but it can also be applied to the skin to relieve the symptoms of acne. Using green tea compresses, or natural soap infused with green tea, may help bring the skin condition under control.

Naturally antimicrobial, green tea can kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria on the skin, promoting a clearer complexion. Green tea can also help regulate oil production and soothe inflammation during breakouts.

Drinking green tea can also be beneficial for clearing acne by inhibiting the effects of male hormones (androgens). High levels of male hormones can cause the skin to produce too much sebum and clog pores, resulting in inflammation and pimples.


Honey is another well-known remedy for acne and can be used in homemade face and body scrubs, or found in bath and beauty products like our Honeyed Cream Crunch Natural Soap.

The acidity of honey means it inhibits the growth of bacteria while its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce swelling and redness. Honey’s osmotic effect means it can absorb water from its surroundings, helping to dry out spots more quickly.

Honey also releases hydrogen peroxide - which is an antiseptic and kills germs - and is rich in antioxidants that keep free radicals at bay.

Sweet Basil

Basil may be better known as a cooking ingredient but this simple herb has potent power when it comes to treating acne. Some varieties - sweet basil in particular - have proven antibacterial properties, which is beneficial in ridding the skin of acne-causing bacteria.

Sweet basil is also rich in antioxidants, which promote clear, firm skin, repel free radicals and promote scar healing.

Another benefit is sweet basil’s anti-inflammatory power. Acne is characterized by red and inflamed zits; sweet basil can reduce the swelling and redness associated with acne pimples. Apply to the face as a homemade remedy, steam with hot water or try a natural basil soap to test the effects for yourself!

Have you discovered any natural remedies for acne? Share your experiences in the comments below!
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