33 Researched Home Remedies For Acne- Dermatocare’s natural beauty tips

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 03/10/18

“Doctor, how to get rid of pimples in one day? Are there any researched home remedies for acne?” There are endless number of articles on home remedies for acne, but they lacks authenticity and scientific evidence. I have studied many articles from Pubmed, before recommending 33  researched home remedies for acne.

You can also try 2 steps and 5 steps home remedy for pimples.

I have listed various remedies starting from popular and easily available options to rare ones along with scientific evidence in this article:

  • Clay or fullers earth or mulatni mitti causes sustained decrease in oil secretion and absorbs sebum from face when applied for a long time.
  • Turmeric has anti-oxidant, wound healing and anti-inflammatory benefits as proven in many studies.
  • Tea tree oil has been shown to inhibit acne in various studies, and it is as effective as benzoyl peroxide in treating acne. It inhibits P.acne without affecting normal skin flora besides being anti-inflammatory. It can cause redness, dryness and irritation, especially in the sensitive skin. Should not be used in pregnancy and lactation.
  • Raw honey, when applied directly on red pimples can help in reduction owing to anti-inflammatory benefits. Another hypothesis in which honey might help in acne is by limiting “nutrient that is water” within pilosebaceous follicles because native sebum as secreted by the sebaceous gland does not contain water.
  • Jojoba oil along with clay was shown to reduce mild to moderate acne.
  • Green tea and white tea have anti-bacterial activity and in a study 3% of green tea extract emulsion was recognised to reduce skin sebum production in healthy human volunteers.
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra or Liquorice or mulethi extracts have anti-bacterial activity besides skin lightening effect. Licorice reduces acne due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties, besides reducing androgen level. But should be avoided even in the small amount in patients with hypertension, heart and kidney problems.
  • Rosa damascene is a particular variety of rose that is used to make rose water, rose oil and gulukand; has anti-acne action. Rose water can even help in reducing comedones or black/white heads.
  • Phyllanthus emblica or Amla has anti-acne activity.
  • Witch hazel is a flower plant which a constituent of many toners and is helpful in reducing acne.
  • Holy basil extracts from leaves and oil from seeds reduce acne due to linoleic acid content which has anti-inflammatory action.
  • Calendula officinalis or pot marigold has an anti-bacterial action against P.acne.
  • Pomegranate rind extract has a bacteriostatic effect and anti-allergic effect.
  • Guava leaf extract has a potent anti-bacterial effect.
  • Arjuna bark extract is a well known Ayurvedic remedy for heart disease. It was shown to be effective in pimples as 2% cream formulation.
  • Radish extracts have anti-acne benefits.
  • Cinnamon, when used in combination with honey, can reduce acne. In a study, it was witnessed that thyme, cinnamon, and rose essential oils exhibited the best antibacterial activities.
  • Citronella oil has potent anti-bacterial activity but might cause irritation in sensitive skin.
  • Echinacea purpurea or American coneflower extracts inhibit P.acne and has an anti-inflammatory action against pimples.
  • Garcinia mangostana or Mangosteen is a popular fruit in Indonesia. Extracts from this plant show potent anti-bacterial activity against bacteria that causes acne.
  • Barberry has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-androgenic properties. They reduce not only acne but also oil secretion. Should be taken after consulting a physician, the application on the skin can cause irritation.
  • Brewers yeast substantially improved acne in 80% patients when taken orally as probiotic in a study conducted in Germany.
  • Guggul blocks bacterial metabolism and reduces sebum secretion; however can cause skin rash and should be strictly avoided in pregnancy and lactation.
  • Burdock decreases acne due to linoleic acid content, however, can cause dermatitis.
  • Saw palmetto is natural herb with anti-androgen benefits and has been used in hair loss capsule in modern medicines as well. It has anti-coagulant properties and should be avoided before surgery or with warfarin.
  • Willow bark has salicylic acid that helps in breaking the comedones similar to the salicylic acid used in various skin care products.
  • Thymus essential oil retains considerable antibacterial, antioxidant, anti elastase, and anti- inflammatory effects against acne-inducing bacteria.
  • Rosemary essential oil has antibacterial activity against acne.
  • Eucalyptus oil decreases sebum production by reducing the size of sebaceous glands, thus controlling the spread of acne.
  • Coriander oil has anti-bacterial activity.
  • Sweet basil oil possessed higher activity than that of holy basil oil.
  • Pumpkin seed oil has been used in acne due to linoleic acid content.
  • Flaxseed oil has been used in acne due to linoleic acid content.

Besides above, there are many other rare herbs and plants that have been used for pimples in traditional medicines of Ayurveda, Unani, Chineses, Jamu, Homeopathy, etc.


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