Acne
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Hello… Attention…! Are you suffering from acne? Then this is the most important thing you have to read…

There is nothing more disappointing than waking up with monster-like pimples on your face. On top of that, these pimples always seem to show up on the day of an important event or a dinner date. It’s very tough to put your best forward when your self-esteem seems to go down with those pesky breakouts.

You might have taken very good care of your skin and tried a ton of beauty products but nothing seems to be working… And finally…you are back to the starting point…

Types of Acne

Many people try different remedies for acne but they fail to get rid of it, this is because there are several types of acne and the cures will vary according to which type you have. 

1. Blackheads

They are tiny black bumps which usually appear on the nose, they mainly contain dead skin and oils. The cure is a leave-in Salicylic product to dissolve the blackheads.

2. Whiteheads

They are white spots on the skin caused by excessive oil production. Apply Tea Tree oil twice a day. Some cleansers have tea tree oil. Vitamin A cream is another option.

3. Papules

These appear as small red bumps that are inflamed. They are caused by oil and bacteria. The best treatment would be any product that contains Salicylic acid or Benzoyl peroxide.

4. Pustules

They are small, hard and yellow bumps filled with pus. Resist the urge to pop them. The cure includes cream of cleansers what have Salicylic acid or Benzoyl peroxide.

5. Nodules

These are bigger than papules, inflamed, hard and painful. They can appear on the face or body. It is also known as severe acne and should be treated by a dermatologist.

6. Cyst

Cystic acne is bigger than pustules, filled with pus and painful. Keep the area clean and do not squeeze it. Get medical attention for treatment.

7. Acne Fulminans

This acne is common among young men. It also causes joint pain and fever and can leave behind scars. Urgent medical attention is needed to treat it.

8. Acne Mechanica

It is common with people who wear helmets for long a combination of friction and heat causes it. Use body or facial wash that contains Salicylic acid or Benzoyl peroxide.

9. Pyoderma Faciale

It is common among women between 20 and 40 years. It looks like a cross between nodules and pustules. A dermatologist will prescribe medication. Treatment lasts months.

10. Acne Conglobata

It is the most serious type of acne, presenting a large lesion on the skin. It often results in skin damage. Seek the help of a dermatologist to treat this one.

Home Remedies for Acne: How to Get Rid of Acne and Pimples

Although many treatments are available, natural treatment helps to cure pimples and prevents future breakouts. We have come up with 30 do-it-yourself natural home remedies for acne that will help remove pimples with minimal side effects!

1. Lemon

Lemon has acidic and a mild astringent property which dries out pimples. It also has vitamin C which cleans skin. Always make sure to use fresh-squeezed lemon juice!

Process – 1:

  • Wash face.
  • Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice.
  • Apply to the affected area before going to sleep.
  • Leave overnight and rinse with water the next morning.
  • Repeat nightly until results are visible.

Process – 2:

  • Mix a teaspoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of cinnamon powder to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area before going to sleep.
  • Leave overnight and rinse with lukewarm water the next morning.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Process – 3: (Lemon with Groundnut Oil)

  • Mix equal quantities of lemon juice and ground oil.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Process – 4: (Lemon with Rose Water)

This process not only treats acne or pimples, but makes your skin smell great!

  • Mix small amounts of fresh lime juice and rose water.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for 30 – 40 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

Process – 5: (Lemon with Sandalwood and Cinnamon Powder)

  • Mix fresh lime juice and a pinch of sandalwood powder and cinnamon powder to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and let it completely dry.
  • Rinse with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Process – 6: (Lemon with Cucumber)

  • Combine grated cucumber and 2 – 3 tablespoons of lime juice to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and let it completely dry.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.
  • Also you can apply this paste on the face and neck and rub it gently to remove the blackheads which gradually give the way to pimples.

Process – 7: (Lemon with Pomegranate Peel)

  • Grind roasted pomegranate peels to make a powder.
  • Add lime juice and make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Process – 8: (Lemon with Milk)

  • Mix a cup of milk and either lemon or lime juice.
  • Use the mixture to wash face.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Recommended Reading: Lemon for Pimples.

2. Garlic

Garlic has antiviral, antifungal, and antioxidant properties which heal pimples quickly.

Process – 1:

  • Rub a fresh garlic clove halve on the affected area.
  • Then rub the garlic on your pimples and leave it for about 5 minutes.
  • Leave for 5 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat 2 – 3 times daily until results are visible.
  • Note: Consuming raw garlic may also produce desirable results.

Process – 2:

  • Mix garlic paste and yogurt to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and let it completely dry.
  • Repeat twice daily until results are visible.

3. Clay

Clay clears skin and prevent breakouts while absorbing excess oil and removing bacteria. This is why it is a common ingredient in a lot of anti-acne face masks.

Process – 1:

  • Mix a tablespoon of clay and water to make a thick paste.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave it for 20 minutes or overnight and rinse with water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Process – 2:

  • Mix a tablespoon of fuller’s earth and rose water (or plain water) to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for 3 – 5 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Apple cider vinegar is an antiseptic and acts as natural toner which removes impurities and absorbs excess oil. It also restores the pH balance to the skin.

Process – 1:

  • Mix one part apple cider vinegar and 3 parts water.
  • Use a cotton ball to apply the juice to the affected area.
  • Leave for 20 minutes or overnight.
  • Use moisturizer after every wash.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Process – 2:

  • Use a cotton ball to apply pure apple cider vinegar to the affected area.
  • Leave for 30 minutes.
  • Repeat 1 – 2 times daily until results are visible.

Process – 3:

  • Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.
  • Drink daily until results are visible.

5. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are high in antioxidants and remove dryness when applied directly to the skin.

Process – 1:

  • Rub half a tomato on the affected area and let it dry completely.
  • Repeat 1 – 2 times daily until results are visible.

Process – 2:

  • Grind a tomato to make a puree or juice.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for an hour and rinse with water.
  • Repeat daily until results are visible.

6. Mustard

Mustard contains salicylic acid, vitamin C, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and zinc which help rid pimples.

Process – 1:

  • Mix 1/8 teaspoon of mustard powder and a teaspoon of unfiltered honey to make a paste
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for about 15 – 30 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Process – 2: (Mustard Oil)

  • Wash face.
  • Mix a tablespoon of mustard oil, 2 tablespoon of yogurt, and a pinch of turmeric to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently massage for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Leave for 30 – 45 minutes and rinse with warm water followed by cold water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

7. Honey

Honey has antibacterial and antioxidant properties which speed the healing process and prevent infection.

Process – 1:

  • Use a cotton ball to apply honey to the affected area.
  • Leave for 30 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.
  • Note: Alternately, wear a honey mask twice weekly.

Process – 2:

  • Mix a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
  • Apply to the affected area before going to sleep.
  • Leave overnight and rinse with cold water the next morning.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Process – 3:

  • Wash face.
  • Mix 3 mashed strawberries and 2 teaspoons of raw honey.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for 20 – 25 minutes and rinse with warm water.
  • Apply moisturizer.
  • Repeat twice weekly until results are visible.

Process – 4:

  • Wash face.
  • Mash the inside of an avocado and mix with 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for 15 – 20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Apply moisturizer.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Process – 5:

  • Mix a tablespoon of plain yogurt or milk and raw honey.
  • Apply a thin layer to the affected area and let it completely dry.
  • Apply another layer and leave for 20 – 30 minutes.
  • Rinse using a washcloth, gently scrubbing in a circular motion.
  • Apply moisturizer.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

8. Peppermint

The calming and soothing properties of peppermint leaves reduce redness and irritation caused by pimples. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties which kill bacteria. Peppermint oil contains vitamins and essential fatty acids which remove pimples quickly.

Process – 1:

  • Crush fresh peppermint leaves to extract the juice.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for 10 minutes and rinse with cold water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Process – 2:

  • Apply peppermint oil to the affected area and gently massage for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

9. Cucumber

Cucumber has vitamins A, C, and E and potassium which cools and soothes skin.

Process – 1:

  • Soak cucumber pieces in water for 30 minutes.
  • Either drink the water or use it to wash your face.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.
  • Note: Alternately, eat cucumber daily.

Process – 2:

  • Grind cucumber to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for 15 – 20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

10. Baking Soda

Baking soda has mild antiseptic properties and fights bacteria. It exfoliates skin to clear excess oil, dead skin cells, and dirt causing pimples.

Process – 1:

  • Wash face with gentle moisturizer.
  • Mix 8 teaspoons of baking soda and water to make a creamy paste.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for 15 minutes or until dry and rinse with water.
  • Apply moisturizer.
  • Repeat weekly until results are visible.

Process – 2:

  • Wash face.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 – 3 teaspoons of water, and a teaspoon of lemon juice to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for 15 – 20 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Apply moisturizer.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

11. Papaya

Papaya contains vitamin A and has antioxidant properties which reduces inflammation, removes dead cells, and clears clogged pores.

Process – 1:

  • Crush a ripe papaya to extract the juice.
  • Apply to the affected area and let it dry completely.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.
  • Note: Eat papaya for added results.

Process – 2:

  • Mix smashed papaya pieces and honey.
  • Apply all over your face and gently massage for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Allow it to dry completely and rinse with water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

12. Lavender Oil

Lavender oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which kill bacteria and reduces redness and blemishes. Make sure to dilute the oil before application. ​Another oil that ​is good for treating acne is castor oil.

Process:

  • Use a Q-top to apply lavender oil to the affected area and leave overnight.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

13. Egg White

Egg whites are rich in proteins which prevent pimples and allow skin to rebuild cells. It also absorbs excess oil from the skin and contains Lysozyme which eliminates infections.

Process – 1:

  • Apply whipped egg yolk to the affected area using your finger tips or a Q-tip.
  • Leave for 30 minutes or overnight and rinse with water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.
  • Note: For added results, apply lemon juice before the egg yolk.

Process – 2: (Egg White with Lemon Juice and Vitamin E Oil)

  • Mix 2 egg whites and a teaspoon of lemon juice.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for 30 – 40 minutes and rinse with warm water.
  • Apply a thin layer of vitamin E oil-based cream.
  • Repeat nightly until results are visible.

Process – 3: (Egg White with Honey and Cinnamon)

  • Mix two egg whites, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
  • Apply to the affected area before going to sleep.
  • Leave overnight and rinse with water the next morning.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Process – 4: (Egg White with Orange Peel)

  • Grind a dried orange peel to make a powder.
  • Mix the powder and two eggs whites to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Let it dry completely and rinse with water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.
  • Note: Alternately, use garlic cloves and egg whites for relief.

14. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which cures pimples.

Process:

  • Squeeze a fresh aloe vera leaf to extract the juice.
  • Apply to the affected area and leave overnight.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Recommended Reading: Aloe Vera for Pimples.

15. Cinnamon and Honey

Cinnamon is an anti-microbial property which helps to prevent the pimples and allows your face and skin to grow healthy. Honey helps to anti-bacterial and soothing properties that help to reduce the redness, pain and swelling caused on the skin due to pimples.

Process:

  • Mix ground cinnamon sticks, a teaspoon of honey, and flour to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for 15 minutes and rinse with water while gently scrubbing.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

16. Orange Peel

Orange has large amounts of vitamin C which refreshes your skin and prevents pimples.

Process:

  • Apply ground orange peels to the affected area.
  • Leave for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

17. Sugar Scrub

Brown sugar naturally exfoliates and removes dead cells, impurities, and dirt from pores.

Process:

  • Mix 3 teaspoons of brown sugar and a teaspoon of honey to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently scrub for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Leave for 15 minutes and rinse with cold water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

18. Green Tea

Green tea contains tannic acid which fights bacteria causing pimples and reduces inflammation, further preventing outbreaks.

Process:

  • Freeze a green tea leaf or powder and apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat twice daily until results are visible.

19. Steam

Steam open skin pores and allows skin to refresh which removes oils, dirt, and bacteria trapped in pores.

Process:

  • Boil water and drape a towel over your head.
  • Allow the steam to come contact into your skin.
  • Leave for 5 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Apply oil-free moisturizer.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

20. Ice

The cold from the ice constricts the blood vessels, improves blood circulation and reduces inflammation, redness, and swelling on the skin.

Process:

  • Wrap ice in a cloth and apply to the affected area.
  • Remove when skin begins to feel numb.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

21. Toothpaste

Use white toothpaste after the ice method, avoid gel or colored toothpaste.

Process:

  • Apply a small amount of white toothpaste on the affected area.
  • Leave overnight and rinse with water the next morning.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Recommended Reading: Toothpaste for Pimples

22. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties that fight bacteria causing pimples, blackheads, zits, and whiteheads. It also has soothing properties to reduce redness and inflammation.

Process – 1:

Process – 2: (Tea Tree Oil with Aloe Vera)

  • Combine tea tree oil and a tablespoon of aloe vera gel.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for 20 – 30 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Recommended ReadingTea tree oil for pimples.

23. Potato

Potatoes contain starch that clear acne or pimples and lightens scars. Potatoes also tighten pores and make it hard for dirt and oil to enter.

Process – 1:

This process prevents bacteria and gently exfoliates to remove dirt and dead skin cells.

  • Peel a potato and cut into thin slices.
  • Apply to the affected area and gently massage for 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Process – 2:

  • Peel a potato and grate in a food processor.
  • Apply to the affect area.
  • Leave for 30 – 35 minutes and wash with mild antibacterial soap.
  • Repeat twice daily until results are visible.

24. Banana

Banana has a powerful anti-oxidant called lutein which reduces redness, swelling, and inflammation while allowing healthy cell development.

Process:

  • Rub a banana on the affected area.
  • Leave for 20 – 30 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

25. Basil

Basil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that relieve pain and inflammation.

Process:

  • Soak fresh basil leaves in warm water for 20 minutes.
  • Apply to the affected area before going to sleep.
  • Leave overnight and rinse with water the next morning.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

26. Aspirin

Aspiring treats pain, inflammation, and swelling.

Process:

  • Mix a ground aspirin and water to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for 10 minutes and rinse with cool water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

27. Olive Oil and Salt

Salt clears bacteria and olive oil moisturizes providing relief from swelling, inflammation, and redness. You may also want to try another home remedy using epsom salt.

Process:

  • Mix salt (you can also try sea salt) and olive oil to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for 3 – 5 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

28. Fenugreek

Process – 1:

  • Mix ground fenugreek leaves and water to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area before going to sleep.
  • Leave overnight and rinse with water the next morning.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Process – 2:

  • Dry fenugreek leaves in the sun and grind to make a powder.
  • Combine with turmeric powder and rose water to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area.
  • Leave for 20 minutes and rinse with water.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

29. Turmeric

Turmeric has strong anti-microbial, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties that heal pimples quicker

Process – 1:

  • Mix turmeric powder and coconut oil to make a paste.
  • Apply to the affected area before going to sleep.
  • Leave overnight and rinse with water the next morning.
  • Repeat regularly until results are visible.

Process – 2:

  • Mix 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a cup of warm milk.
  • Drink regularly until results are visible.

Recommended Reading: Turmeric for Pimples.

30. Coconut Oil

Applying coconut oil to the skin can fight against acne by adding moisture to the skin, and can also treat irritated dry skin conditions like eczema.

Going Deeper Beneath the Surface

Hmm… Now you might be thinking, maybe there is something wrong with the treatment method you are trying… here’s why.

Because the problem is not on the surface level. Actually, it’s much deeper than you think

How To Get Rid Of Acne

Dermatologists say – approximately almost 3 quarters of people at the age of between 11 – 30 years old will experience acne at some point in their life.

Why Do We Get Acne in the First Place?

Excess sebum, dead skin cells (hyperkeratinization) and bacteria are the major etiologic factors for acne. Confused? Let me explain in detail.

Our sebaceous glands usually produce an oil-like substance medically termed as sebum. This sebum ensures our skin is properly moisturized and healthy. Sebum travels through the hair follicles and comes out onto the skin surface. The dead skin cells shed by hair follicles carry them to the skin surface. When our body produces more sebum and dead skin cells they stick together and clog the pores. This creates a hospitable environment for bacteria to thrive which leads to inflammation.

Now the next question is: Why does our body produce excess sebum?

Hmmm… So, let’s have a check on the facts that are the main culprits of excess sebum production…

1. Hormone levels are to be blamed

Actually, sex hormones (mainly androgens) control the production of sebum. Testosterone is the main active androgen. When there is a rise in androgen levels, they stimulate the oil glands to grow and produce more sebum. Acne is more prevalent in teenagers due to puberty because of hormonal changes especially rise in testosterone. However, it can also occur at any age due to hormonal changes.

2. Vitamin deficiency can drive the force

Vitamins help to regulate the production of sebum. But when your body lacks vitamin A, D and C, the sebaceous gland become more prone to generate excess sebum. The normal secretion of sebaceous glands become disturbed with vitamin deficiency.

3. Gut Health

An unhealthy gut contributes to toxic overload, hormonal imbalance, and stress. This can directly show an effect on sebaceous glands leading to excess sebum production. The health of the gut mainly depends on the gut flora (good and bad bacteria). When bad bacteria outruns the good bacteria, then the problem arises. So, in order to maintain the gut flora and health, we recommend taking probiotic regularly.

In all the above causes, excess sebum is the main culprit behind the breakouts and acne severity.

Wondering what can be the solution to deal with this culprit?

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While some people scoff at choosing natural remedies over creams and ointments, there is no doubt that a home remedy for acne can be all you need to clear up your skin once and for all!

Here is a simple acne care routine approved by dermatologists. This has shown successful results in 95% of the cases unless you have any other severe health issues causing acne.

Let’s have a quick look at the simple routine…

  • Taking Enough Nutrition
  • Improving Gut Health
  • Maintaining Proper Hygiene
  • Foods to eat and avoid for treating acne

Let’s have a quick look at these factors in detail…

1. Nutritional Supplements:

Our body needs few vitamins and minerals to regulate the sebum production. Deficiency of them can increase the secretion. Even though nutrition can also be achieved through natural food sources, with the usage of fertilizers, GMO seeds and other farming techniques, nutrition in the food has drastically decreased. This why we recommend taking supplements to cover up the nutritional deficiencies in our body.For acne, we mainly need Zinc + Vitamin D3 + Vitamin C + Vitamin A.

Zinc:

As per a research, people with acne problems are diagnosed with zinc deficiency. On an average, an individual with acne has 24% lower zinc levels than people with clear skin. Zinc supplements can reduce the acne by almost 50%.

How Does Zinc Help to Treat Acne?

  • It reduces the inflammation which means out body doesn’t strongly react to bacteria and blocked pores.
  • Though it is not as effective as antibiotics, still it is effective in killing the bacteria.
  • It improves vitamin A and E absorption which helps in maintaining healthy skin.
  • It reduces keratin which is one of the main reasons for clogged pores.
  • It blocks DTH which is a potent testosterone form leading to acne and oily skin.
  • Supports healthy ovulation which results in better hormonal balance.
  • Acts as an antioxidant which acts as a barrier against acne and aging.

What to Check While Choosing Zinc Supplements:

Even in supplement form, zinc is available in many forms and some of them contain higher bioavailability than others. As per various studies, zinc picolinate and zinc methionine contain better bioavailability than others. So, you check for any of their presence while choosing the supplement.

What is the Proper Dosage of Zinc for Acne?

The optimal dosage of zinc is still yet to be recognized. As per many studies, 30mg/day of elemental zinc has shown positive results. Taking too much zinc is not recommend as our body cannot flush out the excess and becomes toxic. So, the safe dosage 30mg per day provides enough room for any zinc which is already present in the diet.

Most of us get confused when the supplements state the mg of zinc present in it. For example, zinc picolinate supplement can state 50mg of zinc picolinate in it. But it actually contains only 10mg of elemental actual zinc bounded in it. This is called chelated form. Make sure to check the chelate amount and elemental amount before taking the supplement. Here’s what we recommend…

*Never take zinc on empty stomach. Take it only after meals.

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 Vitamin D3:

As per a study published in experimental dermatology, vitamin D3 can prevent and reduce acne symptoms. Vitamin D is helpful to slash acne by 35%. Acne sufferers can be diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency than other with clear skin.

How Does Vitamin D3 help to Treat Acne?

  • It suppresses cell proliferation in the sebaceous gland. This means it prevents the enlargement of sebaceous glands caused by hormonal changes. Gland enlargement is one of the main reasons for the excess sebum.
  • It regulates the release and action of immune cells related to inflammatory response. This states it contains anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It contains anti-microbial properties.

What is the Right Dosage of Vitamin D for Acne?

As per nutritionists, the daily dosage of vitamin D3 is 5000IU per day. Few natural sources of vitamin D3 are sunshine, egg yolk, beef, liver and fortified foods. However, if you want to opt for vitamin D supplements, make sure to opt for D3 rather than D2. D2 is not natural sun-derived vitamin D. If you cannot find vitamin D3 5000IU capsules, then get lower dosage and stack them. For example, if you get 1000IU then take 5 capsules per day. Here’s what we recommend…

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Vitamin C:

Vitamin C has been the popular supplement for treating acne. In a study conduction on 60 people, the persons taking vitamin C supplements have shown positive improvement in preventing acne than other who didn’t. It is known to be both antioxidant and collagen synthesizer which are helpful for treating acne.

How Does Vitamin C help to Treat Acne?

  • Being an antioxidant, vitamin C removes harmful free radicals and reduces them into harmless compounds. Free radicals can harm the sebaceous glands and increase the sebum production.
  • Protects skin against the damage caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunlight.
  • Reduces inflammation of acne lesions
  • It contributes to the production of collagen. When the collagen is not produced in right amounts, the integrity of skin gets adversely affected and this makes it more susceptible to acne breakouts.

What is the Right Dosage of Vitamin C for Acne?

The proper dosage of vitamin C is 1000mg per day. Even if you take a larger dosage, it will not cause any harm because it is water soluble and excess will be flushed out of the body. Natural sources of vitamin C include oranges, bell peppers, strawberries, grapefruit, guava, and others. Nowadays, getting nutrition from natural sources has become scarce due to fertilizers and chemicals while farming. So, try to include them in supplement form as well.

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Vitamin A:

Vitamin A is a miracle ingredient with a number of acne-fighting functions. As per a study published by NCBI, patients suffering from severe acne found to have low levels of vitamin A. So, clearly the presence and severity of acne depends on the vitamin A levels in the body.

How Does Vitamin A Help Treat Acne?

  • Prevents dead skin cells from clogging the skin pores.
  • Restricts the oil production by the sebaceous glands.
  • Suppresses the androgen production.
  • Protects from cell damage and inflammation.

What is the Right Dosage of Vitamin A for Acne?

The proper dosage of vitamin A is 5,000 IU to 10,00 IU per day. It can be achieved either through natural sources or supplements. Vitamin A rich foods include beef liver, carrots, sweet carrots, kale, spinach, broccoli, butter, and eggs. Here’s what we recommend for vitamin A supplements.

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Gut Health:

An unhealthy gut contributes to toxic overload, hormonal imbalance, and stress. This can directly show an effect on sebaceous glands leading to excess sebum production. The health of the gut mainly depends on the gut flora (good and bad bacteria). When bad bacteria outrun the good bacteria, then the problem arises. So, in order to maintain the gut flora and health, we recommend taking probiotic regularly.

Natural sources of probiotics include yogurt, kefir, and kombucha. However, taking supplements along with them helps to add up the effectiveness. Below are what we recommend but you can find more options here.

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Maintaining Proper Hygiene

Apart from taking the supplements, there are other steps you can take to deal with any external factors clogging the pores.

Exfoliation: Exfoliating the dead skin cells, excess sebum and other impurities regularly helps keep the pores clean and unclogged. Exfoliate 3 times in a week. Don’t be harsh while exfoliating

Remove Makeup before Going to Bed: This step is very important as our skin undergoes repair and renewal process during our sleep. If makeup is not removed, then it clogs the pores and doesn’t let our skin breathe the oxygen it requires for the repair and renewal process.

Use a face wash containing acne-fighting ingredients: When it comes to cleansing, a face wash containing acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can be an added advantage. They help to deal with bacteria, inflammation and ensure deep cleansing to treat and prevent acne further. If the acne is in the back or chest, use the same criteria to choose the right body wash.

Moisturize regularly: Many of us think, people with acne prone skin shouldn’t moisturize. But that isn’t true. Lack of moisture and hydration can also stimulate excess sebum production and lead to acne lesions. When choosing a moisturizer, we recommend looking out for non-comedogenic and oil-free moisturizer.

Enough sleep: Make sure to get 7 – 8 hours of sleep daily. Lack of sleep can cause stress in the hormones and lead to stimulation of excess sebum and keratinization. Good sound sleep also plays an important role in maintaining hormone balance.

Wash your linen: During the repair and renewal process of the skin during sleep, we shed a lot of dead skin cells at that time than in other hours. Bacteria or other organisms can feed on these dead skin cells on linen and spread infections if they touch your skin. So, we recommend washing your bedsheets, pillowcases, and towels regularly (at least once in a week).

Foods to Avoid To Prevent Acne

Few foods can trigger excess oil secretion in our skin. So, we have segregated a list of foods to avoid for at least month to see quick improvement while taking the supplements for curing acne.

Foods to Avoid for Treating Acne

  • Cheese
  • Chocolate
  • Over spicy foods
  • Peanut butter
  • Milk
  • Junk & Sugar Rich foods
  • High glycemic foods
  • Whole grains
  • Deep fried foods
  • Processed & Refined foods
  • Sour fruits
  • Red meat
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Alcohol
  • Bakery foods

Tips:

  1. Avoid touching or popping pimples.
  2. Thoroughly wash your hands before and after touching your face or pimples.
  3. Exercise daily.
  4. Regularly wash your sheets and pillowcases.
  5. Always use natural makeup rather than chemical products.
  6. Wash your face every night before going to sleep as it clears the oil.
  7. Wash your face 2 to 3 times daily with cool water to close skin pores.
  8. Reduce stress with yoga, meditation, and deep breathing.
  9. Dandruff also causes pimple. Check out these home remedies for dandruff.
  10. Lemon has a natural bleaching property which makes skin more sensitive to the sun. Be careful of direct sunlight and avoid applying lemon juice during the day.

Foods to Eat for Treating Acne

  • Omega fatty acids
  • Fish or flaxseed oil
  • Green tea
  • Oysters
  • Probiotics
  • Fermented foods
  • Berries
  • Coconut oil
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Fresh fruits
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Brown rice
  • Herbal teas
  • Spices and condiments
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Organic vegetables
  • Oatmeal

Conclusion

We have tried to put up maximum information for your benefits. However, if you have any useful information on home remedies for acne especially some cases of acne that we haven’t discussed like back acne and chest acne or even pimples in the ear, you can write to us in the comment section below. As many of our readers have achieved successful improvements in preventing breakouts, try the routine we specified to banish the acne.

On another note, you may be interested in the top acne treatment blogs that we have round up in a separate post!

Share your experiences in the comments section after trying the process, we’d love to hear your story….

46 comments
  1. I have pimples spot and black marks of pimple on my skin , And the pimples are spreading from 1 place to another
    my Skin was very clear and fair earlier , but now due to black marks and spots on face the fairness has become dull
    Please please help me with this- Im 22 years old

  2. I’m 13 and have spots all over my forehead it affects my confidence a lot and I think it may be acne and I can’t get rid of it, what can I try ?

    1. As per your description, we are unclear whether you have spots of acne. If you have acne, try any remedy mentioned above in the article regularly. Apart from that drink plenty of water to flush out toxins, include vitamin A, C and B rich foods in your diet and exfoliate regularly to remove accumulated dead skin. If you have spots on your forehead then follow the remedies mentioned in the article – http://wellness.guide/brown-spots-on-skin/

  3. I have problem with blackheads.. i have lots of them at my nose and cheeks. It looks horrible when you see those black spots.
    I had tried many home remedies for blackheads, but it didnt work.. help me

  4. Hello…I am 26yrs old married woman, i have been suffering from acne from past 1.5 yrs…I have taken only ayurvedic treatment.. It goes and comes back aftr couple of months.Now i have started take allopathic med… So for how long do i need to continue the medicine so that chances of recurrence would be 0..

  5. I have acne on my forehead from long tym..i have dry skin ..what can i do to get rid from them

    1. Try the process mentioned above in the article. Make sure to properly follow the guidelines and cure the acne from inside.

  6. Hav an oily face and have been suffering from pimples for a long period of time now and its has left soo many black spots on ma face,how do i treat that ?

  7. I have tried apple cider vinegar n lemon and its working. I can see n feel the change.Its not a one day process. Be patient n results r good. Thanx adm.

    1. You can use baking soda to treat acne and remove dead skin. Combine baking soda and enough amounts of water to make a paste. Massage the paste on your face for few minutes. Leave it on for another 15 minutes. Rinse off with water and pat dry. Repeat the process regularly.

  8. When I was 14 year from there pimples started
    And not I am 18 still a lot of pimples are there on my face.
    I have oily skin
    I am a student I feel very bad when someone tells me about pimples.
    Please help me.
    Please
    Please

    1. The root cause of acne is internal like hormonal changes. By following the above mentioned method you can treat root cause and get rid of acne completely.

  9. hello ..i am 22 years old… i had once fairer skin but now i have lots of acne marks and some are just started to sprout..what should i do..i had tried lots of home remedies.. like potato,garlic ,lemon juice, tomatoes but it didnt help my case at all..now my face looks horrible.. how can i remove such marks ?and also how to get rid of pimples?

    1. The root cause of acne is internal so topical applications only provide relief from externally. Try to follow the treatment method mentioned above in the article. Apart from that, you have to eat nutritional diet, reduce stress levels and exercise regularly.

  10. I am 30 years old. I never suffered with skin problem ny whole life. I have recently relocated to a new province I’ve noticed my skin is suffering from acne it started like rash but now its more like pimples that end up living scars. Please help.

  11. This article is really helpfull, now I started to realise why my pimple keep on breakouts. No wonder why I used to have flawless skin until at the age of 17, bcos I used to like eating oranges which from what I know it contains vintamin C. I nearly gave up using tomato remedy but after your explanation I knew that it does work on me but the only thing is from the inside. I can see improvement for some area, and the breakouts is bcos of vitamins. Now I get it. Tq so much for replying 🙂

  12. I went to facial clinic but I notice that my face doesn’t have improvement. My pimples are more visible. It’s been a month since I’m using their product. How long is it for me to know that the product I’m using suits on my skin? Really need help?

    1. If you are experiencing itching, burning sensation or more breakouts after using it for more than a month then it is better stop using it.

  13. Hello,
    I’m a 29 year old women and I have been suffering from acne for more than two years now. I had never experienced it before and it really is affecting my life. The pimples have left scars all over my face. I have used so many remedies and nothing works.

  14. Thank you for this article. My daughter is 11 yrs old, she has a lot of spots and pimples on her forehead. Also starting on her chin and nose. Is this acne? I have started using turmeric and honey which seems to help but not very practical. Should I start her on vitamin supplements?

  15. Thank you for this article. I keep having acneing on my face.Jave used antibiotics,neo medron,all sorta of acneing cream and medications. It keeps coming and going. It just came of recent and I tried using the neighborhood mesron and the antibiotics it didn’t work for it. I don’t know what to do. Please what can I use?

  16. Hello, I’m 18 years old, and I been breaking out badly mainly on my cheek area and lightly on my chin and forehead. Do you recommend anything? I’ve tried so many remedies, nothing seems to work, just getting tired my face has never breakers out this badly! By reading this article, I’m going to start a diet also taking the smarty pants women’s complete dietary supplement vitamins (Contains Zinc, Vitamins D3, C, A) and applying the aloe Vera plant.

    1. Follow the routine you have mentioned regularly for at least 2 months to notice the improvement. If you haven’t noticed anything even after 2 – 3 months then consult a dermatologist.

  17. Hello,I am 13 years old and have had acne on my forehead for about a year and I have tried home remedies. Some have improved it but other than that it is still there mainly in between my eyebrows, sides of my forehead and lightly on the middle of my forehead.
    Please can you give me some tips on how to clear it
    Thanks.

  18. i have acne for a long time 4,5years
    i tried neem,antiacne facewashes and many more home remediez
    plz tell me what i can do

  19. I am 18 I have severe cyst acne on my cheek area. Last year there were no acne on my face before I joined gym i have tried many remedies but nothing worked

  20. I have used many creams to treat my pimples and dark spots but I cant see any change.Should I use colgate To remove them and will it really work for me? please help me At times I get irritated when with friends. I need a smooth,glowing face skin please help!!!1

  21. I have blackheads on my right cheek and around the corners of my mouth.
    I’ve tried nearly everything, they seem to go and come back.
    Any help would be much appreciated.

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