How to treat acne? We are not giving you the usual list of some home remedies that should help you, this time, we are revealing you only the real treatment methods that already have cleared skin for thousands of people.
There are seven blocks of different tips, and every single of them is crucial if you want to get rid of your acne once and for all. In each block, tips are arranged alphabetically.
Are you ready to change your life and finally get acne-clear skin?
1. Avoid The Stress
Stress is one of the causes which can make your acne worse as it increases glucocorticoid production and in many cases, leads to acne breakouts. You should avoid negative and stressful situations and emotions or even try meditation.
2. Clean Your Makeup Brushes
You should clean them approximately once in two weeks. In reality, most of the women do not clean them at all, and that lots of bacteria are put on the face daily, which might result in acne breakouts.
3. Get Plenty Of Rest (Sleep)
Sleep will reduce your stress levels and will be beneficial for acne treatment. It is advised to sleep on your back so you would not irritate the skin of your face.
Another method of reducing your stress levels which would result in fewer acne breakouts. Just remember always to shower precisely after your sports activities to remove all sweat from your body.
5. Avoid Extreme Exposure To Sunlight
There are two opinions one that the sun helps to treat acne and the second that it actually can cause acne. Just don’t overdo, get some sun, protect your skin with sunscreen, but do not stay in the sun for too long, especially if you have acne-prone skin.
6. Avoid Lots Of Makeup
Cosmetics by itself can cause acne, so whenever possible, leave your skin makeup-free and in other cases, look for non-comedogenic products as they will not clog your pores.
7. Do Not Touch Your Face Without A Need
It would keep your skin less irritated. You should touch your skin only when washing it and when applying acne treatment or skincare products. Picking your skin would lead to acne scars.
8. Do Not Wash Your Face Too Often
It is not advisable to wash your face more than two times a day as that can lead to irritation, which can cause you more breakouts. Wash your face with bare hands for no more than 10 seconds.
9. Wash Your Face The Last When Showering
To keep your face clean from shampoo and other body washes, you should wash it the last when showering.
10. Use At Least Two Towels After Showering
To keep your body oils separated, use one towel to dry your hair and the second one for your body. It would prevent you from putting oils from your hands and hair to your face.
11. Change Your Pillowcase As Often You Can
There is advice to do it daily, but if that is way too often for you, then you should start by changing them at least once a week. Even that would help you to notice changes in your skin.
12. Do Not Use Fabric Softeners
They actually can be more than irritating to the skin, they even can be a cause of your acne, especially if you have back acne.
13. Check The Labels Of Skin Care Products
When looking for skincare products, you should find those stating they are gentle, non-comedogenic, paraben-free, and fragrance-free.
14. Try Solution Of Lemon Juice And Water As A Cleanser
The recommended proportion of lemon juice and water is 50:50. Lemon juice will help to reduce acne and even acne scars.
15. Try Switching To Mineral Makeup
Mineral makeup usually does not contain oils, fragrance, and preservatives. Just take a look at the ingredients before buying these as sometimes there also are bad ingredients included.
16. Use Clean Skin Care Products
When possible, choose skincare products that are organic, natural, and non-toxic as your skin will like them much more.
17. Use Organic Coconut Oil As A Facial Cleanser
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and also antibacterial properties, which both contribute to reducing acne. Try to choose a high-quality Coconut oil.
18. Use Organic Sugar And Fresh Squeezed Lemon
These ingredients would work as a great face scrub, reduce breakouts, and also help to treat blackheads. After keeping it a few minutes on your face, wash it off, and moisturize your skin. Use once a week.
19. Use Probiotic Cleanser
These products are specially designed for acne-prone skin, and they can help in reducing acne and breakouts. The range is not large still, you can find a few of them on the market.
20. Use Sunscreen
Everyone should use sunscreen, but especially if you have acne, you have to protect your skin from the sun. You should look for non-comedogenic on the label of the sunscreen as those would not clog your pores.
21. Wash And Rinse Face With Lukewarm Water
Avoid using too hot or cold water as the lukewarm water for washing your face will keep your skin hydrated and will not make your skin irritated and dry.
22. Wash Face With Raw Honey
Honey has antibacterial properties, in a natural way, it cleans your pores from bacteria and oils. It also contains probiotics and enzymes which are beneficial for your skin. Advised use is a few times a week.
23. Wash Your Face With Mallow Plants
Mallow plants contain Vitamin A and also have anti-inflammatory properties that help in fighting acne and are healing acne affected skin as well.
24. Wash Your Face With Pure Castor Oil
Castor oil efficiently cleans the skin by removing bacteria, oils, and dead skin cells, which altogether significantly contribute to fighting acne-affected skin.
Acne treatment masks and face washes
25. Aloe Vera Plant
It helps in reducing acne and acne scars as well. You have to rub the Aloe Vera plant over the face, and you can leave it on until it will dry out and then wash it off.
26. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties, and it effectively fights acne-causing bacteria.
27. Banana Peel
No matter that it sounds too simple actually to work it gave excellent results for almost everyone who tried it. You have to rub the banana peel on your face then let it dry and wash off with warm water.
28. Castor Oil With Organic Olive Oil
The recommended proportion of these oils for acne treatment is 50:50. As already mentioned, Castor oil works well in cleaning the skin, including removing acne-causing bacteria from the skin.
29. Cinnamon And Pure Raw Honey Mask
This method does not work for everyone still for part of the people gave good results, for example in cystic acne cases. This mask will make your skin dry so you will have to moisturize it afterward.
30. Coconut Oil (Organic)
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it penetrates into the skin and kills acne-causing bacteria. You can use it on your face and back as well.
31. Egg Yolk Mask
This mask will help to clean oil out of the skin. You have to put the egg yolk on your face, let it harden, and then wash it off. You can do it several times a week.
32. Grapeseed Oil
Grape seeds will help to treat acne as it contains antioxidants and has antihistamine properties. They also include Vitamin E, which also is good for the skin.
33. Ginger Mask
Ginger contains ingredients that reduce pain, and irritation, it also includes antioxidants and kills the bacteria causing acne. It can be used in many forms apart from the mask for acne treatment.
34. Honey, Lemon, Nutmeg, And Cinnamon Mask
You have to mix 1 tbsp. raw honey, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 1/3 tbsp. nutmeg, 1/4 tbsp. cinnamon. Apply the mask on your face and leave it for 20 minutes, then wash it off.
Ice will reduce the inflammation, redness, and swelling after putting it on the pimple. It will also help in cleaning the skin from dead skin cells and the dirt.
36. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil helps to clean skin pores, also from acne-causing bacteria as it is antibacterial. This oil also has a soothing effect and helps to reduce redness which often comes together with acne.
37. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil will give your skin a soothing effect, and it also will calm it down and help to reduce blemishes as it has antibacterial properties as well.
38. Lemon Juice
One method of applying lemon juice for reducing swelling and clearing acne is by applying it to a cleaned acne-affected skin, then leaving it through the night and by washing it off in the morning.
39. Neem Oil
Neem oil is well known for its antibacterial and acne healing properties, and it will give your skin a soothing effect as well.
Rosewater is gentle but at the same time efficient acne treatment, it would also help to heal acne scars as it has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
41. Start With Over-The-Counter Acne Treatment Products
There are too many effective over the counter acne treatment products available out there that you would need to go after a prescription for your acne treatment as your first choice.
42. Tea Tree Oil
Widely used in acne treatment, tea tree oil can be mixed up with plenty of other ingredients to gain the best results for your skin. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties, and it also helps to kill acne-causing bacteria. It will help to clean your skin deeply and to reduce acne formation.
Turmeric helps in treating acne as it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You can use Turmeric in many ways and different masks, it will also help to kill acne-causing bacteria and remove oil from your skin.
44. Use Low Concentrations Of Chemicals
This is a pretty general tip as you are suggested to choose a lower concentration acne treatment as they are as much effective as those with higher concentration. It is proven that 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide would work with the same results as 10%, so there is no reason to choose acne treatments with such a high concentration.
45. White Vinegar
No matter that white vinegar is an effective method of treating acne we would suggest you use it very carefully as vinegar is a strong substance and if used in a wrong manner can harm your skin. White vinegar has antiseptic properties, and it also helps to balance the pH of the skin.
46. Eat Clean Diet
Mainly organic food allowed, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and nonfat dairy. You have to avoid the food that contains saturated fat, food which is overprocessed, also refined foods. White flour, sugar, also drinks with lots of sugar and alcohol are not on the allowed products list.
47. Low GI Diet
To keep the glycemic index low in your diet you have to choose the brown version of the food instead of white one (bread, rice, pasta, etc.).
48. Paleo Diet
By following the Paleo Diet, you cannot eat any processed food. Allowed products include fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish.
49. Plant-Based Diet
As the name already says you have to eat food derived from plants, including vegetables and fruits with little or even without animal products included.
50. Raw Food Vegan Diet
You have to eat raw vegan food which has not been heated more than 115 °F (46 °C). Diet allows eating all fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds.
51. Almonds (Raw & Unbleached)
Almonds are full of vitamin E, which is very beneficial for the skin overall and these nuts also help in the acne healing process.
Apricots are high in vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C. Vitamin A is very beneficial for the skin, particularly if we have a problem with acne. It contains lots of fiber which cleans the skin from undesirable waste components. Even more, the apricot juice has a natural acid that can move through the acne-caused cysts, eliminating the bacteria that can cause inflammation and even the scars. You can easily get rid of pimples and blackheads by applying a little apricot juice to the affected area.
Avocado contains Omega – 3s which is healthy fats, and they can help to reduce acne effect on your skin.
Beans help to detox the body, they also are full of fiber and help to increase zinc level in the body. As a result, they can contribute to reducing acne.
You should choose fresh beets as they are rich in anti-inflammatory substances and antioxidants. They would help to keep your skin pores clear as beets help to maintain good blood flow to the skin.
You can lower inflammation and clear acne with blueberries. Your aim should be to reduce inflammation, not to destroy acne with benzoyl peroxide. Blueberries are effective in lowering the inflammation.
57. Brown Rice
Brown rice is a sufficient source of vitamin B, calcium, magnesium, and various antioxidants. Vitamin B helps to control hormone levels and avoid breakouts from occurring.
They are rich in Vitamin C and sulfur and can help to reduce acne as they help to regulate oil production in the skin.
Carrots may be the best way to get antioxidants and vitamins into your skin. Carrots help to reduce the oil production of our bodies, which usually leads to pimples.
It is full of Vitamin C, fiber, and many other vitamins. It works very well for cleaning the skin cells and removing skin oils so clearly, it can help in reducing acne.
If you have such an option, choose organic or free-range eggs. Eggs can help to reduce acne as they contain lots of zinc, sulfur, and lots of vitamins which all together work well for treating acne.
62. Fruits & Vegetables
No matter that this is a general tip, they can help to clear your acne. They will feed your body from the inside with plenty of vitamins which altogether will make your body stronger in the fight against inflammations that acne sufferers often have.
You might expect significant acne breakouts reduction results just after one week of eating red grapefruits (without sugar).
64. Lean Red Meat
Opinions vary still lean red meat contains lots of zinc and protein, and there are studies that suggest eating this meat if you want to treat acne.
Protein and fiber-filled lentils are the two nutrients that help regulate blood sugar levels. This is essential for clear skin as pimples and acne are associated with the opposite, fluctuating blood sugar and subsequent insulin spikes.
Peas are a great source of vitamin C, that plays an important role in collagen production. Collagen keeps the skin bright and strong. Furthermore, vitamin C protects the skin cells from free radicals.
Pomegranate is full of Vitamin C and A and iron, these ingredients together help the skin to become stronger and healthier. Vitamin C would help to control the production of sebum which in many cases affects the formation of acne.
Some researches prove – eating lean protein can help to reduce acne. Poultry also would increase the zinc level.
69. Pumpkin Seeds
They are filled with zinc, which is important for creating new skin cells and assists in protein synthesis and the production of collagen. They also regulate oil production in the skin and contributes to the face color. Acne is often a symptom of zinc deficiency, so it can help clear up breakouts if you consume more zinc-rich foods.
Because of the content of niacinamide, quinoa is used as a home remedy for acne. Vitamin B3 which is in quinoa helps to reduce inflammation and dryness of the skin.
From seafood, we are pointing out salmon and oysters. They both contain ingredients that are beneficial in fighting inflammation in the body, including acne and pimples. They also help to reduce redness and swelling of the skin and increase the zinc level in the body as well.
Green foods such as spinach are rich in chlorophyll that helps cleanse the bacteria and also toxins from the bloodstream and digestive tract. Spinach is very rich in vitamin A and can be considered an effective anti-acne agent.
These are only one of many berries that are very rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants and at the same time, they will not increase blood sugar. Strawberries can help to prevent blocking of your skin pores and are very good if you suffer from acne.
74. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes contain vitamin A, an anti-inflammatory vitamin that helps kill bacteria that cause acne. Vitamin A and vitamin C in sweet potatoes, both work hard to prevent and heal acne if it attacks. Sweet potatoes have a relatively low glycemic index in addition to their vitamins and antioxidants, which helps to keep a steady level of insulin and avoid pimples.
Tomatoes are full of Vitamin C which also helps to fight acne-causing bacteria. There is not a reason why you would not eat them more.
It is high in zinc, selenium, and vitamin B3. Zinc fastens up the skin restoration process, protects skin cell membranes, and controls the activity of sebaceous oil glands – a major cause of acne.
Opinions about eating walnuts in acne cases will vary, still, we include them in allowed product lists as they do contain lots of vitamins and increase zinc level.
Not everyone knows it but watermelon is very beneficial for acne treatment, of course, it contains Vitamin C, but it also contains substances that help to heal acne.
79. Whole Grains
Some studies have found that eating whole grains can reduce acne, and they also increase the zinc level which also is good for your skin.
80. Almond Milk
This milk could be your choice if you are switching away for example, from the cow’s milk or soy milk. You might already know that dairy in many cases is one of the reasons causing acne breakouts to many people. Almond milk will not cure your acne still it will improve your skin’s health as it contains lots of useful vitamins.
81. Green Tea
Green tea will protect your skin as it contains antioxidants, it also is beneficial in fighting acne breakouts.
You have to be careful with this one as you should know that dairy is not causing your acne and also that your body can tolerate them before drinking them. If everything is fine, then you can safely choose kefir and yogurt.
83. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
This tea would clean your liver and also help to balance your hormones. Drinking up to 3 cups of tea per day might help in reducing your acne.
84. Turmeric Milk
Turmeric has detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties which both are beneficial for the ease of acne symptoms.
Everyone knows that drinking water is good for your skin, so in this case, you have to choose good quality water (filtered, distilled) and drink it a lot.
Food and drinks to avoid
86. No To Alcohol
No matter that alcohol is not a direct cause of acne it is advised to limit these drinks to a few per week as lately it is becoming a popular opinion that alcohol influences acne.
87. No To Artificial Sweeteners
There are researches that give artificial sweeteners a role in acne breakouts. Everyone knows that they are not good for health, even more, they can weaken your body. There are even mentioned specific sweeteners that cause acne, for example, Xanthan Gum and High Fructose Corn Syrup.
88. No To Beer
There are cases reported when breakouts were caused by using a beer if you can avoid drinking it.
89. No To Chocolate
Chocolate cannot be considered as a cause of acne still, the consumption of it in many cases does make acne worse, it can lead even to massive acne breakouts. Not everyone would have such a reaction, yet for part of people amount of pimples would increase correlating the chocolate eaten.
90. No To Coffee
It is a very complex and also highly acidic drink. Coffee will, in most cases, influence your stress hormones, and in the result, it will promote the production of your skin’s oil. There are many cases reported when, after stopping to drink coffee after several weeks, the skin has cleared up.
91. No To Cookies & Candies
As they contain even several products that influence acne breakouts (like sugar and white flour), obviously, you should avoid these sweets.
92. No To Dairy
It is proven that cow’s milk can cause acne breakouts on your body. Using milk can increase the inflammation and also insulin levels which stimulate the overproduction of skin oils, there also are growth hormones which again stimulate the production of skin cells, which can result in blocking pores.
93. No To Fast Food
It might sound scary, but fast food stimulates the inflammation in the body, which results in unwanted pimples on your skin.
94. No To Gluten
As there is a low percentage of people, who are intolerant to gluten (possibly even less than 1%), not everyone would find a solution to acne in gluten-free food. There is an opinion that too many people are thinking that they have to eat gluten-free food and are doing that without a need.
95. No To Junk Food
The name already says it all. If the food is not good for your body, it also is not good for your skin. Junk food would influence your hormone levels, blood sugar levels, and it all will help acne to give signs on your skin.
96. No To Pasta
White flour pasta is full of refined carbohydrates. It has a high glycemic index, so it can cause an acne breakout.
97. No To Soy
Soy is affecting hormone levels in the body, and causing its imbalance also can lead to acne breakouts. Lots of people cleared the skin after removing soy products from the diet.
98. No To Sugar
Sugar often is considered a reason for acne breakouts. Of course, it is important how much sugar you consume. If you eat lots of sugar-containing products, you might break out very soon, even in a few hours.
99. No To Vegetable Oils
These oils cause hormonal imbalance, and it results in acne breakouts. You should avoid these as much as you can.
100. No To Wheat
These are one of the well-known enemies of acne clear skin. Products containing wheat cause the increase in blood sugar, which results in the production of insulin, which altogether at the endpoint stimulates acne inflammation.
101. No To White Rice
White rice contains lots of carbohydrates that are refined. When eaten a lot, white rice could cause an accelerated release of insulin that could be responsible for your pimples.
Of course, we are not suggesting you follow all the tips mentioned above. Still, we hope that there was at least one for each of you that you have not thought about before and could easily implement in your daily routine.
The main idea is to understand that in most cases, acne cannot be treated only with some acne treatment kit as you have to change something in your lifestyle, things that you use daily, products that you eat every day. Not always things that we suggest to avoid are direct causes of acne, and rather those only are factors that make acne worse.
Try to implement a few tips mentioned and watch if there are any changes in your skin. Of course, do not use those products even if mentioned as allowed if you know that your body is not tolerant of them.