tamotoWhen pores become clogged with dirt, makeup, dead skin cells and other impurities, and the sebaceous gland produces too much of the skin’s natural protective oil, that oil gets trapped under the skin, causing a bacterial infection that results in acne breakouts. Acne is caused by stress, hormonal imbalances, poor diet, poor hygiene, and many other factors, and it usually appears on the face, neck, back and chest.

With so many commercial acne remedies available, it’s hard to choose the right one. Most of them are expensive and ineffective, and they cause unwanted side effects. Tomato, on the other hand, is a natural, affordable, effective acne remedy as well as a super-food that provides numerous other health benefits.

Is Tomato good for Acne?

You’re about to learn several ways to use it to treat and prevent breakouts, but first, take a look at why it works.

  • Tomato balances the skin’s pH levels.
  • It closes pores, preventing bacteria, dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from clogging them.
  • Tomatoes contain anti-oxidants that protect against the free radicals that cause acne.
  • Tomato repairs skin damage on the cellular level, and reduces the appearance of acne scars.
  • The natural acid in tomatoes restores the skin’s natural oil balance.
  • Tomato moisturizes skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
  • Tomato contains vitamins A, C, K, E, B1, B2, B3, and B6, which help shrink pores and nourish skin.
  • Tomatoes also contain iron, potassium, and other nutrients that support general health as well as skin health ad also reduces scar formation.
  • According to the American Association of Dermatology, the consumption of foods with high glycemic indexes contributes to acne. Tomatoes have a very low glycemic index.
  • Tomatoes contain salicylic acid, a common ingredient in commercial acne products, which cleanses and exfoliates to remove toxins from pores and restore the skin’s pH balance.
  • As a natural astringent, tomato keeps the skin taught and wrinkle free.

How to Use Tomato as an Acne Treatment:

Tomato can be eaten and used as a topical treatment, and it can be used alone and in combination with other natural ingredients that clear up and prevent acne. With daily consumption of fresh tomatoes and organic tomato juice in addition to regular use of the remedies outlined below, you should see clearer skin in no time.

1. Tomato Mask

  • Place 1 tomato in the blender and puree until smooth.
  • Apply puree to skin and leave on 15-20 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water, wash face with gentle cleanser, and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.
  • Note: rubbing slices of fresh tomato on the skin achieves the same results.

2. Tomato, Oatmeal, and Lemon Juice

Oatmeal exfoliates to remove toxins that cause acne, and lemon juice kills the bacteria that cause breakouts.

  • Prepare ½ cup plain oatmeal.
  • Place oatmeal in blender with 1 tomato and 1 tablespoon lemon juice and mix until smooth.
  • If paste is too thick, add water.
  • Apply paste to clean skin and leave on 20-30 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.
  • Note: for back acne, add mint, which reduces inflammation.

3. Tomato, Jojoba Oil, and Tea Tree Oil

  • Mash ½ piece of tomato until smooth.
  • Mix tomato with 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil and 5 drops of tea tree oil.
  • Apply to clean skin and leave on 10-15 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily to reduce acne.

4. Tomato with Avocado

  • Boil a pot of water.
  • Place 1 tomato and the pulp of one avocado in a blender and mix until smooth.
  • Remove water from heat.
  • Wash your face, drape a towel over your head, and lean over the steaming water for 15 minutes.
  • Apply tomato-avocado paste to skin and leave on 30-40 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

5. Tomato with Lemon Juice

  • Puree 1 tomato in the blender.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of fresh tomato juice and 4 drops of lemon juice.
  • Pour mixture in airtight container and store in refrigerator.
  • Every day, after washing your face, use a cotton ball to apply mixture to breakouts, massaging in circular motions.
  • Leave on 10-15 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Note: this remedy uses highly acidic ingredients and is not ideal for those with dry or sensitive skin.

6. Tomato with Yogurt

  • Puree ½ piece of tomato.
  • Mix in 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt.
  • Use fingertips to apply to skin, massaging gently in circular motions.
  • Leave on 30 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water, wash with mild cleanser, and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

7. Tomato with Honey

  • Puree 1 tomato
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of tomato puree with 2 tablespoons of raw honey.
  • Massage into skin using circular motions.
  • Leave on 15-20 minutes.
  • Rinse with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.
  • Note: You can apply it at night time before going to bed and wash it off in the morning.

8. Tomato and Cucumber

  • Mix equal quantities of tomato juice and cucumber juice.
  • Use a cotton ball to apply juices to skin.
  • Leave on 5 minutes or until dry.
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Ally thrice a day for one week to prevent acne and breakouts.
  • Then repeat once a day.
  • Note: Rubbing tomato and cucumber slices on the skin achieves the same effect.

9. Tomato and Milk

  • Puree one tomato in the blender.
  • Mix in ¼ cup of milk.
  • Apply to skin and leave on 10-15 minutes.
  • Rinse with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.
  • Store the remaining mixture in refrigerator.
  • Note: milk can be replaced with lime juice.

10. Tomato, Kale, Celery Smoothie

This smoothie is rich in vitamins A and C, and it has a very low glycemic index.

  • Mix 1 tomato, 4 kale leaves, and 2 stalks of celery in the blender until smooth.
  • Add ice and blend until smooth.
  • Drink it daily or twice daily.

11. Tomato, Honey and Camphor

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of fresh tomato juice, 1 teaspoon of raw honey, and ½ teaspoon of camphor lotion in the blender until smooth.
  • Apply to clean skin and leave on 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water, then cold water to close pores, and then pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

12. Tomato with Garlic

  • Peel and mince 4 garlic cloves.
  • Mix garlic and 2 tablespoons of fresh tomato juice in blender until smooth.
  • Apply to clean skin and leave on 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with water, pat dry, and apply oil-free moisturizer.
  • Repeat daily.

13. Tomato with Turmeric

  • Mix 2 teaspoon of fresh tomato juice with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to make a paste.
  • Apply to clean skin and leave on 20-25 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Note: For added benefit, add ½ teaspoon of lemon juice.
  • Repeat daily.

14. Tomato, Honey, Whole Wheat Flour, and Turmeric

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of whole wheat flour, ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder, and 2 teaspoons of milk to make a paste.
  • Cut a tomato in half, pour honey on one half, and use it to rub your skin for 5 minutes.
  • Leave tomato and honey on 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat regularly.

Does Tomato Cause Acne?

Some say that tomato actually causes acne, but this is not the case. If you eat fresh tomatoes and use only fresh tomatoes when treating acne with the remedies outlined above, they will help clear up acne and provide numerous other health benefits.

Canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste are another story. Canned tomatoes are often processed and packaged with preservatives, BPA, or excess salt, which exacerbate acne, and sauces and pastes often contain salt, sugar, white flour and other ingredients that cause acne.

For best results, prepare remedies using only fresh, organic tomatoes that were grown without pesticides and other chemicals.

Tips and Precautions:

For best results, follow the advice below when using tomato to treat acne.

  • Include tomatoes in your diet whenever possible. Use them in salads, sandwiches, soups, stews, and sauces.
  • Drink fresh, organic tomato juice and tomato smoothies regularly.
  • Before starting regular topical tomato treatments, perform a patch test to be sure you’re not allergic to tomatoes.
  • If these remedies do not yield noticeable results within 2-8 weeks, consult a dermatologist.
  • Apply oil-free moisturizer after using these treatments.
  • These remedies can be made in large batches and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days to make daily use more convenient.
  • Leaving tomato remedies on the skin longer than recommended may cause dryness, itching, redness, or other irritation.

As with any other acne remedy, tomato works best when combined with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and good hygiene. Drink plenty of water, avoid sugar and carbohydrates, and eat plenty of protein and leafy greens.

Have you tried any of these methods for treating acne with tomato? Tell us which ones worked best for you!

    1. It can. It clears the pores from clogging. It repair skin damage, moisturizes, cleanses and detoxifies the skin. Its astringent properties keep the skin tight and wrinkle free.


  1. i have developed small open pores on my cheeks due to excessive use of makeup,which tend to get bigger in the morning.
    also,i have whiteheads and blackheads near my chin and nose area respectively.
    will tomatoes help in curing my problem,i have tried nearly every home remedy,but my problem doesn’t seem to go away?also,how much time will it take?

    1. You can mix tomato juice, lemon juice and honey. Apply it on face and rinse off after 25 minutes. Repeat at least 3 times a week. As everyone has different skin types, it is difficult to tell the exact healing time. Continue using the process regularly and avoid heavy makeup.

  2. I have lots of acne and acne spots on my face. Which mixture do you think that will b very effective

    1. Try 2, 12 and 13 methods. Apart from that avoid oily foods and include fresh veggies and fruits in your diet.

  3. I have scars on my neck due to goitre operation that I under went five years ago. It makes me uncomfortable coz I have to cover the place throughout. Can tomato help clear it?

  4. I think i have sensitive skin , my skin is very white, i found some pores on my cheeks and for this reason, i applied tomato mixed with lemon for around four days and then it seems like small pimples coming up and pores get spreading. How is this so? Can you suggest alternative method?

  5. i have lots of acne on my face and am 21 years old please tell me which mathod i should use and how many time it wil take to clear

    1. Try any remedies mentioned above in the article. Don’t forget to repeat them regularly until you achieve the results. Apart from that as the main reason behind acne is hormonal imbalance so eat a nutritional diet and exercise regularly to maintain the balance.

    1. You can try 2, 6, 11, or 12 method mentioned in the article. Apart from that exfoliate regularly, eat vitamin rich foods and drink plenty of water. If you are referring about black heads as black marks then you can read remedies regarding it in this article – http://wellness.guide/blackheads/

  6. Hi mam i am ankit patel 17year old in m’y face coming out a lot pimples nearly 4or 5 month but i nothing use ..and many pimples mark in m’y skin ..son dôme d’Ay before i using tomato juice ..what this is helpfull to rid of pimples ans their mark ..please rive advice

    1. Tomato helps in reducing acne and lightens the acne scars. Apart from that it is also important to exfoliate regularly to unclog the pores, include vitamin C and A rich foods in your daily diet and drink plenty of water to flush out toxins.

  7. i have blemishes and open pores on my cheek so i searched and found out olive oil is good for these problem. Unfortunetly my face starts to break out and my face went from meh to awful. i have small pimples on my forhead and still have many blemshes. please help what mixture is suitable for my skin because it’s oily too.

    1. You can try 2, 6, 8, 12, or 14 method mentioned in the above article. These methods also help in reducing the excess oil from the skin. Apart from that reduce oil content in your foods, eat nutrition rich food and drink plenty of water to flush out toxins.

    1. Tomato remedies helps to get relief from melasma. So choose any method mentioned in the article and try it regularly to achieve the results. Apart from that apply sunscreen lotion before going out in the sun.

      1. Hi im 15years old girl, my pimples started when I was grade 6, i have sensitive skin. I have pimples on forehead ,cheeks and it have red. What can I use method? Tia for replying.

  8. Can I just rub the sliced tomatoes to my blackheads and they will disappear? How many times do I do this?

    1. Yes, you can use tomatoes to remove the blackheads. Combine tomato juice and lemon juice. Apply this mixture on the blackheads prone area. Gently rub for few minutes and leave it on for another few minutes. Rinse off with water. The treatment doesn’t provide overnight results but if tried regularly you can remove them in some time.

  9. I had an allergy near my eyelids one week ago it got swollen and it leave the outer corner of my eye with a pale red color which I think soon might mark as a scar. I remember back in college while i was waiting for my street food to be cooked the boiling oil accidentally splashed near my eyes luckily it was just a few drops but i think it burnt the first layer of my skin. When I got home immediately looked for a tomato because I remember our helper told me that it was very effective in healing scars. So, i sliced the tomato into two and rub it to the affected area near my eyes. Days passed and I’ve seen that it didn’t left a scar also as to my recent allergy. I guess tomatoes are really effective! I’m trying to remove my acne scars with the use of tomato. I started again to use it last fri (Nov 4, 2016) today is Nov 6, 2016, I noticed that some of my acne scars have lighten even the old ones.

    1. How many times,you used this method in a day and how much time time it would take to work.

  10. Mam I have acne scars , pimples , blackheads , white heads , oily skin with open pores can I use freezed tomato on my skin . Plz advice me .

    1. Tomato has skin lightening properties which reduces the appearance of acne scars. Apart from that tomato contains salicylic compounds which treat acne, exfoliate skin pores and balance the pH level.

    1. Lemon makes your skin photosensitive so it is better to avoid its application in the morning. You can apply tomato and lemon at night and follow the method tomato and honey in the morning.

  11. Hii mam.. i m minal.. i m 21 yrs old.. my skin is oily nd sensitive also nd pimples and blackhead in front of nose.. so wich method i used.. plzz suggest..

    1. Try any method mentioned above in the article. Apart from that exfoliate regularly, eat nutritional diet which includes vitamins and omega fatty acids.

  12. Hi.I just went for a facial clean up in a salon. they removed all the blackheads on my face. but the problem is it caused scars of it. now can use these methods to remove those scars. how many days will it take ?

  13. I have very dry skin and brown spots and pimples with old pimple scars what should i use?i have been using many home remedies from 3 months but no use. My skin is very sensitive lemons make my face red and rashes appears plz help me out. Im 27 years old

    1. Try the methods mentioned in this article – http://wellness.guide/cucumber-for-acne/. Apart from that you have eat nutritional food rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins and potassium. Avoid consuming oily and fatty foods. You have to exfoliate and moisturize regularly. Drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins and detoxification.

  14. I am a dark skinned girl and i have pimles, acne, darkspots, open pores and oily skin. Which of them will be best for me

    1. Try 2, 6, 8 or 13 method mentioned in the above article. Apart from that exfoliate regularly. Avoid eating oily and fatty foods.

  15. I have many whitehead and so many pimples on my forehead and on cheek but in look only in sun so can I apply fresh tomato whole night. …….

  16. Is it okay to use the green tomatoe? I have pimples on my face and the thing is that the pimples and the scars are very visible because it is red. How many times in a day I will apply this tomatoe?

  17. i am undergoing peeling session for pimples on my face. can i use tomatoes to get rid of marks on my face at this stage. please suggest

    1. It is better to ask your dermatologist whether the acidic properties of tomato can cause any harm to the treatment.

  18. Goodmorning ma, I’m 39 yrs old and I ve wrinkles, and dark eyes circle. I’ve a dry skin too. Please what can I use to clear it off .whenever I use any cream that contain oil, my face itches and rashes will appear pls I need your advice thanks.

  19. I have a very dark spot/scar under my eyelid since 1999 due to punch by someone. I have tried different types of spot remover cream,it didn’t work out. Am fed up of trying to remove this scar.what can I do to clear this scar as it a stigma to me.please help.

    1. Apply aloe vera gel on the dark spot/scar to lighten it. Repeat the application regularly until you achieve the results.

  20. Mam I have acne scars on my cheeks and little bit light blemish on my nose … can I use tomato only ….. is it reduce both acne scars and blemish

  21. I am 13 and I have white heads, black heads and heaps of bumps all over my face. I have had this for about 6 months and it has only gotten worse. I’ve tried everything yet nothing has worked. What should I do? I need some advice

    1. Blackheads, whiteheads and acne are caused by excess oil production in the skin. So, first control the oiliness. For you this you can try any method mentioned in this article – http://wellness.guide/oily-skin/. Apart from that to remove blackheads or whiteheads, try any method mentioned in this article – http://wellness.guide/blackheads/. Apart from that, eat nutrition rich food, include fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, avoid oily food and drink plenty of water.

    1. As per your comment, we are not sure the reason behind the problem. We recommend consulting a doctor to get them diagnosed.

    1. Yes, tomato helps in reducing bleach burns. Apply tomato juice on the affected areas and leave it to dry completely before rinsing off. Repeat the process 2 times daily until you achieve the results.

    1. You can try any remedy mentioned above in the article regularly without interruption. As acne is mainly caused due to hormonal changes, we recommend eating nutritional diet, reduce stress levels, drink plenty of water and avoid processed foods.

    1. Yes, you can leave the application of tomato and lemon juice overnight. But if you have dry or sensitive skin then leave the application only for 10 – 15 minutes and rinse off with water.

  22. i have oily face with black spots and pimples will i damage it by using potato juice and lemon juice to remove the black spots and then apply tomato and lemon to maintain it

  23. My skin is very oily, and after few few days pimples are comes out on my face and its make scars on my face.. So what method is help me to remove acne and acne scars?? I m 20 years old… Pls admin give me a right method for my oily skin

  24. i have acne, whiteheads and blackheads with pimples on my skin, is it safe to use egg white mask while still scrubbing with tomato and sugar and repeating this daily? and what type of a moisturizer can i use while doing this treatment?

    1. Yes, it is safe to use egg white mask and tomato-sugar mixture. However, we recommend trying them daily. You can follow them 2 – 3 times in a week as these may dry out the skin if excessively used.

    1. Yes, the mixture of lemon and tomato helps to lighten the acne scars. The bleaching properties of lemon lighten the skin while astringent properties of tomato shrink the open pores and help to repair the damaged skin.

  25. Thanks a lot for the great work, Can I mix tomato, garlic,honey,lemon and aloe vera and use them at once? Thanks

    1. Yes, you can. As all the ingredients are natural it may not cause any serious side effects. It is better to repeat the application 2 – 3 times in a week.

  26. Im 13 and I have light acnes on my forehead and acne marks on my checks can I use just sliced tomatoes to rub?

  27. Can i use any soap on my acne prone skin??
    If not, then can u pls tell me about another product which can be used on my face instead of soap???…pls mam help me..i m in big trouble..

      1. Acne is an internal problem, the root cause of it can be hormonal changes or any other issue. So, if you want to treat acne permanently, you have to cure the internal problem. You can find the permanent acne fighting solution in this article – http://wellness.guide/acne/

        1. Thnku mam…i didn’t use any specific face wash..i hv used tomato slices once…and i m getting positive result…i don’t think i need any other special face wash…

    1. The mild bleaching properties of tomato help to lighten the scars and heal the damage. But make sure to repeat the process regularly without fail until you achieve the results.

  28. i have some acne and acne marks, and i have this tiny bumby on my face. what is the right method for me admin?

  29. Does it really helps into acne breakouts after using lots of commercial facial wash. because i do used them but doesn’t make any cure at all. After all i have lots of scars and eventually its been in my back and chest as well as having white heads and black heads please help me.

    1. Yes, tomato helps to reduce the redness, inflammation and other discomforts caused by acne. But it doesn’t prevent new acne breakouts. If you want to permanently banish new acne breakouts then follow the routine mentioned in this article – http://wellness.guide/acne/

    1. If you want to reduce the present acne then topical applications is the better option. However if you want to prevent new breakouts then internal consumption would be good.

  30. Im suffering 7 years with pimples. What do you think is the best mixture will I use to remove my pimples so fast? and another is, I also have pores coming up, and blackheads and some acne. It is possible that those face problems of mine will be gone after I used tomatoes? How long? Super thanks, admin. 🙂

    1. You can try 2, 5, or 14th method mentioned in the above article. They help you to treat acne, open pores and prevent blackheads. It is hard to specify the time frame as everyone is different. So, we recommend trying the remedy regularly as specified in the article. However, you may observe improvement within a month.

    1. Yes, it helps. Salt contains antiseptic and antimicrobial properties which help to combat the bacteria causing acne. You have to follow the method once in a day until you achieve the results.

  31. My son has real bad ance on his face and back should I try the tomatoes to see if it will help him please let me know thank you

  32. What can i use the best treatment for dark spots and scars on the forehead because they are little but they are a lot so what can i use the best treatment for clearing them up i have also a lot of pimples on forehead and i have wrinkles too pls help…

  33. Admin, I’m an African girl and I used to have a clear skin but is all gone now due to acne problems. They were quite itchy so I scratched them and now I have sores all over my face and under my chin. I’ve tried lots of treatment but to no avail. Please what do you suggest I do? Will the tomato remedy work? If yes, Which of the methods will be suitable for my case?

  34. i have small acnes on my forhead,cheeks and chin, and i have lots of rmedies but so far it hasnt shown any changes.so please suggest me some tips on how to cure acne and i have very very sensitive skin.

  35. Please I Am Having alots of pimples and black spot on my face.. Please what can I use to it?? Because I want it to quickly??.. I have use alots of things

  36. I’ve tried a lot of products as I’ve been fighting acne for 7 years now but none seems to work. I have pores on my face and my skin is practically damaged. I’m very confused. Which is the best method please

  37. i m applying tomatto mask(alone) on my back for more than 15-20 min and really there was so much itching,so should i only apply it for only upto 30 minutes or as u said for 15-20 min only or can be left it for all night,is it bad to left it for all night after applying?

  38. I have oily forehead which causes all my pimples but the rest of my face is dry. They get quiet red and sore. Im thinking of doing 5 or 7. Which one is best for me???

  39. I got a lot of blemish on my forehead , and it get more worst when it start to grow on my cheek , chin , upper lips and blackheads on my nose . My skin usually are very dry and very sensitive . But then my pores keep appear all over my face . And I got a lot of scars but not that deep one . But still , it’s scare me out . Can u help me which method to get rid of it ?

  40. Dear Madam, i am 27 years old, i have acne since i was 13 years, i have dark combination skin, blackheads, whiteheads, with many black and brown spot after each breakout. my face is covered with brown acne marks/spot, i cannot step out without using a foundation coverage. i control my diet, i am vegetarian, i cut off with dairy product, every morning, i drink plenty of water, to flush all toxin, i eat 5 fruits per day, i clear make up every day with Neutrogena clear spot treatment.
    It would be much appreciated if you could advise me a solution for fading these brown acne marks.
    i need your help.

  41. I have many pimples on my nose and im tryin this out, is it ok if you use mosturizer after applying this and washing face?

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