From the Kitchen: Home Acne Remedies That Work

When you think of treating your acne you don’t generally think of the kitchen as a source of natural acne treatments, but there are lots of items you have in your kitchen that can be just the thing to soothe and heal your skin! What follows are some of my favourite home acne remedies that work. These are good for not only treating acne, but also to give your skin a healthy, clean glow.

Start Simple

To begin we’ll start with the simplest of the skin treatments – ones that use one or two ingredients with little fuss or mixing.

Sea Salt Facial Steam:

sea salt

Sea Salt

You’ll need about 1/4 cup of sea salt, a large bowl, a kettle or pot, 8 cups of water, and a towel. Place the bowl on a table where you’ll be able to lean over it comfortably. Put the salt in the bowl. Boil the water an then pour it into the bowl. Carefully lean into the steam with a towel draped over your head. The sea salt steam will open your pores and kill bacteria. Sea salt is also known for it’s healing properties so this facial serves double duty for fighting acne.

Egg Yolk Mask:

An egg yolk mask can help to remove excessive oils while conditioning your skin. Using a cotton ball, dab egg yolk onto your acne spots and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.

Lemon Juice:

Apply the juice from a fresh lemon to acne spots using a cotton ball or swab. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes and wash off with cool water. You should only use this treatment if your skin is not too dry or too sensitive.


Mash a ripe tomato into a pulp and apply to pimples. Leave this on for an hour and then wash it off.


Apply ice directly to acne before going to bed. This will help to soothe the skin and calm it down. You should see an improvement in the morning.

Mix It Up!

These remedies require some mixing, or require ingredients you might not readily have on hand, but can easily be procured at your local health food store. Rose water can be found at pharmacies and most large department stores.

Lemon Juice and Rose Water:

Mix lemon juice and rose water in equal parts and apply with a cotton ball. Leave on for about half an hour and then rinse off with warm water.

Ground Almonds and Honey:

Make a paste from finely ground almonds and honey. Gently massage the paste over your trouble spots using hot dampened facecloth. Rinse with cool water.

Sandalwood and Rose Water:

If you can find sandalwood this is a really effective treatment for acne. Mix sandalwood paste with rose water and apply to your acne. Leave this on your face for about half an hour. Sandalwood is very soothing to the skin and will help to reduce inflammation and irritation.

manuka honey

Manuka Honey

Manuka Honey:

Manuka honey comes from New Zealand where the bees collect nectar from the Manuka bush (also known as Tea Tree). Manuka honey has an antimicrobial property not found in other honeys. You can massage Manuka honey into your acne areas and leave overnight. In the morning wash the area gently with warm water. Manuka honey is more expensive than regular honey, but the results are worth it. This is one of my absolute favourite acne treatments!

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