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Home Remedies for Acne and Facial Blemishes

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has an interest in home remedies.

Home remedies can help reduce or remove blemishes on the face.

Home remedies can help reduce or remove blemishes on the face.

What Causes Acne and Facial Blemishes?

Facial blemishes affect nearly everyone and are often identified as scars, dark patches, freckles, blackheads, whiteheads, acne marks, and age spots.

Acne

Acne and pimples occur due to excess oil or sebum production by the sebaceous glands. When this oil is unable to reach the surface of the skin because of dead cells, excess oil, or dirt, bacteria proliferates and causes acne.

Acne can manifest as an inflamed or non-inflamed condition. Inflammatory acne is characterized by redness and breakouts of pimples, pustules, etc.. Non-inflammatory acne is present in the form of blackheads and whiteheads.

Though acne is mostly encountered during adolescence due to hormonal and biological changes, it is also seen in preteens and adults. Acne is commonly caused by:

  • excess hormones produced during adolescence
  • hormonal changes during pregnancy
  • genetics
  • medications (steroids, estrogen, etc.)
  • stress
  • oily makeup

Common Triggers for Skin Problems

sunburns

stress

overactive sebaceous glands

atmospheric pollution

cosmetics

allergies

hormonal changes

environmental extremes

illness

At home remedies offer alternatives to store-bought treatments for facial blemishes.

At home remedies offer alternatives to store-bought treatments for facial blemishes.

Home Remedies for Acne and Facial Blemishes

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is an effective home remedy for treating acne. Be sure to test for skin sensitivity before applying it to larger areas. Use as follows:

  1. Soak cotton balls with lemon juice.
  2. Apply to affected areas of the face.
  3. Let it stay on for 15 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with warm water.

For dark circles under your eyes, mix lemon juice with fresh cream and apply regularly.

Amla

Apply amla (Indian gooseberry) with oil every morning and evening by massaging it into the face. Prepare as follows:

  1. Soak 2 teaspoons of amla powder in a glass of water (avoid using a metal one).
  2. In the morning, strain this water and wash the face with this every day.

Over a period of time, it will lighten the wrinkles and dark patches.

Consume raw, green, leafy vegetables and fruits to improve your complexion.

Consume raw, green, leafy vegetables and fruits to improve your complexion.

Coconut Water

Regularly consume or apply coconut water twice a day to the face to reduce blemishes.

Cucumber

Cucumber is a natural astringent and reduces the oiliness of the skin. Rub cucumber juice on the face and leave it on for 5 minutes. Wash it off with water.

Mint

Grind mint leaves and apply them to the face at bedtime.

Milk

Rub warm milk on the face at bedtime. Wash your face after 30 minutes. Apply a thin layer of milk cream on the face thereafter.

Ghee (Clarified Butter)

While going to sleep, apply ghee to the face. Leave it on overnight and wash it in the morning. Ghee removes black spots and marks left by injuries.

Lemon can be applied to the face to help reduce scaring and skin inconsistencies.

Lemon can be applied to the face to help reduce scaring and skin inconsistencies.

Castor Oil

Mix ground gram flour (besan) with castor oil and apply it to the face. Massage it into the skin.

Almonds

  1. Soak 5 almonds overnight.
  2. Remove the skins in the morning, grind, and add them to a bottle.
  3. Add 60 grams of rose water and 15 drops of sandalwood oil. Mix well. (Use topical essential oils with caution.)
  4. Apply 3 times a day, on the face and body.
  5. On darker areas, leave it on for 30 minutes.

Turmeric

  1. Take 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and 1/4 grams black sesame powder.
  2. Mix in hot milk to make a paste.
  3. Apply to dark patches.

Aloe Vera

Use aloe vera gel or harvest gel from the leaf of the aloe plant. Apply to the affected area.

Lavender Essential Oil

Apply lavender oil on pimples with a cotton swab; dilute lavender in a carrier oil to avoid hypersensitivity.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is anti-inflammatory and an astringent. Apply it to the affected area for relief, or drink it as a tea as well.

Following a basic skincare regimen can improve your complexion.

Following a basic skincare regimen can improve your complexion.

Basic Skincare

  • Keep the face clean of dirt and grime by washing it regularly
  • Protect skin from the sun
  • Do not touch the face without reason, and take care not to pinch or squeeze pimples, pustules, etc
  • Use oil-free makeup
  • Get fresh air
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Consume raw, green, leafy vegetables, and fruits or fresh fruit juice
  • Drink lots of water to keep skin hydrated and to avoid the accumulation of toxins
  • Avoid junk food and excessively spicy or oily foods

How to Remove Acne Scars

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 08, 2016:

madhu sudan, you can try this remedy.

madhu sudhan on December 07, 2016:

sir for my spouse she has marks on his nose ,want to remove the marks .

Jennifer Hass on April 27, 2015:

DermalMD Scar Treatment serum works on new and existing scars everyone tells me that they can barely see my scars anymore

megha soman on August 31, 2014:

sir i hav pimples in my face since my 12yr actually in my teen am nt tat much conscious abt my skin bt nw my face got a lot of pimples and dark spots in my cheeks my skin tone is sumwat wheatish bt am satisfied n confident with it bt these pimples gv me pain and it fades my beauty nw am a girl of 19yr wat can i do to get rid of this acne and black marks

even though i got a xtrafair body my face especially neck is dark wat natural ways are der to gv me a relief frm this

jyothsna on July 12, 2014:

good suggestion sir...

i need a clarification..

my pimple is bleeding whenever i do face wash... can i do anything above that u have suggested

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 18, 2014:

lisa you can also use potato juice for dark circles. But it will take time since you have them for many years.

lisa on April 17, 2014:

i have had dark circles under my eyes since i was a teenager im going to try lemons . Do i use anything else ??

shweta on December 24, 2013:

home remidies are best to cure pimples

kabirwithu on November 26, 2013:

i had acne in teenage but now i have some of black spots and little pores on my face.. which one better for me.. can you suggest please?

teju on September 21, 2013:

nice advise but it really truly work??????

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 04, 2013:

Flourish, natural remedies are the safest for the skin and do work if persisted with. Glad you like the information. Thank you.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 04, 2013:

Rajan, This is a very interesting mix of natural solutions. Good information whether someone is a teen or adult. Thanks for putting this list together and sharing with us.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 03, 2013:

@Stephanie-thanks.

@Suzie-glad you like the info. Coming from you it means a lot. Thanks for sharing it too.

@thelyricwriter-thanks buddy and I appreciate your visit and sharing.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on September 03, 2013:

Rajan, great informative article pal. This is a very beneficial article. I remembering always worrying about acme, I'm 12 years to late, but weill benefit others. Voted up, useful, interesting, shared FB. Best wishes.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on September 03, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

A great range of homemade treatments easily done! You are such a resource my friend! Thanks for sharing your tips too which are perfect.

Votes up, useful, interesting and shared on !!

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on September 03, 2013:

Always love reading your work. As with all your writings, this is extremely detailed, well written and informative.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 10, 2013:

Thanks Marlene. Natural is much safer.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on August 10, 2013:

This is all so wonderful. I really like the idea of using natural things to cure skin conditions - it's less complicated.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 29, 2013:

Glad you like these natural remedies, Keeley! Thanks for the visit and appreciation.

Keeley Shea from Norwich, CT on July 29, 2013:

Interesting home remedies to try! Always on the look out to get the best skin. I have always had problemed skin. Great article - lots of great information!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 28, 2013:

Lemon juice has to be applied for some period of time before it will show results.

Thanks for the votes and sharing, Au fait.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 28, 2013:

Very useful information. I didn't know about the lemon juice being beneficial for lightening dark circles under one's eyes. Between inheritance and never sleeping, I'm going to be trying that out. Lots of other good info here too, and I hope when I share this hub, as I will, that lots of people will find solutions. Voted up, useful, and sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 10, 2013:

Thanks for reading and leaving a comment mounicaa.

mounicaa on April 10, 2013:

after reading this i have got some interest to do. let me try.

Tsprarks on April 04, 2013:

The Grapefruit Acne Spot Treatment from Citrus Clear will shrink the size and redness of acne in one day. I first bought it to treat new spots, and it worked so well I now use it everyday as my regular acne treatment. I have always had moderate acne, but I haven't had a single breakout since I started using this product. I've tried everything, including Proactive, but all of the other products were too harsh. It did dry out my skin a little, but not nearly as much as other products I've tried. I know it's only supposed to be used to treat spots, but I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good acne medication.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 21, 2013:

Thanks syed.

syeds on March 21, 2013:

thanks for all advice

Ayman Nisar on March 17, 2013:

Thanks for providing me with the news item. It was really helpful of you to provide me with it.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 16, 2013:

Ayman, I believe it is so. And you might be interested to read this

www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/05/does-chocolate-cause-acne_n_1566076.html

Thanks and I hope this news item clarifies your doubts.

Ayman Nisar on March 16, 2013:

Is it true that chocolates are not responsible for acnes ?

I mean my personal experience is they do cause it...Can you just clarify it for me.?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 24, 2013:

@ Elizabeth - It's true. I'm glad you like these natural tips. Thanks for stopping by.

@ Haven - And much safer too. Thanks for visiting.

HavenRunyan on February 24, 2013:

Wow. There are SO many ways to keep my skin healthy while still being cheaper and more natural than so many store-bought products? Amazing. Thanks, this information is really helpful!

Elizabeth Hanks from Queen Creek on February 24, 2013:

Excellet hub! I have used lemon juice and splashes of cool water to help my acne all through my teenage years and even now if I start breaking out from eating too much junk food! Great job spreading the word on some excellent tips! Another great tip that my mom shared with me when I was young is to use an olive oil rub with lemongrass or lavender extracts, surprisingly enough, oil fights oil! Crazy, right?!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 23, 2013:

Thanks for stopping by, twilanelson.

Twila Nelson from Carmichael, California on February 22, 2013:

Thank you for a wonderfully interesting and useful Hub.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 22, 2013:

I do hope you try them Sushmita. They will surely help.

sushmita on February 21, 2013:

tnx a lot.. i will surely try thm out

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 20, 2013:

I'm sure these will work for you. Thanks for stopping by.

Shadaan Alam from India on February 19, 2013:

a pretty good hub for people like me who often keep getting acne and the blemishes, would definitely try using some of these remedies, voted up!!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 14, 2013:

healthyfitness, all these are good remedies. It depends on which one suits one. you could try aloe, lemons mint or castor oil though. Even a paste made of Neem leaf powder can be applied.

Thanks for the visit.

Rick Grimes on February 14, 2013:

I have a lot of back acne, any info on removing it?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 12, 2013:

Thanks Nicole.

Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on February 12, 2013:

Neat hub, this is helpful!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 17, 2013:

I'm sure the almond remedy will work for you. Thanks for stopping by.

Alicia Foley from Connecticut on January 17, 2013:

This is a great hub. I have already incorporated lemons in my skin care regimen. I am going to try your almond remedy. Thank you

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 24, 2012:

Hi Cathy, all these remedies work though you'll have to try out which ones work best for your son. Thanks for the visit and share.

Ms. Immortal from NJ on December 24, 2012:

This is very informative. I have a 14 year old son with acne and looking for home remedies. Do you suggest a particular one?

voted up and shared.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 12, 2012:

SayItWithFeeling, thanks for reading and commenting.

SayItWithFeeling from Spanish Fort, Alabama on August 12, 2012:

Thank you for this. I've never had sunburn but acne used to be an issue. I wish I'd known some of these before.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 09, 2012:

Thank you for your input onlineherbs.

onlineherbs from Houston, TX on August 09, 2012:

Sunburn is hazardous burns on the skin layer from UV ray emission. This burns lead to inflammation to the skin. A few minutes of sun exposure could lead to skin injuries.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 29, 2012:

I'm glad you like this info. Thanks for stopping by Annie.

AnniesHealthTalk from United States on July 28, 2012:

I love this! The only things that have ever helped my skin are homemade scrubs and cleansers. I use lemons and amla regularly.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 20, 2012:

Aj you sure can! Thanks for your visit.

Aj on July 20, 2012:

Can I substitute lemon with lime juice?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 21, 2012:

Thanks for reading, Tinkerbell.

Tinkerbell on June 21, 2012:

Think ama try these when I get home. Warm milk :P.. Hope mom doesn't get on my case... hehe

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 14, 2012:

precy, go right ahead. Glad to see you read and appreciate. Thanks for the support.

precy anza from USA on June 14, 2012:

I could use this right now. I didn't know about the lavender oil and I have the essential oil right beside me, LOL. Love this hub!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 11, 2012:

Thanks for reading and appreciating the hub, Susan.

susan on June 11, 2012:

thanks a lot for these remadies

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 08, 2012:

Thanks for reading and your input.

am on June 07, 2012:

There are, however, some other home remedies which will suffice as short-term measures to deal with the external problems. One of these is white vinegar. Available freely in any supermarket and a product in many kitchens, it can be used as a facial application. After washing your face with mild soap, apply the vinegar using a cotton ball and leave it to sit for ten minutes before rinsing it off. If you have sensitive skin, water it down if you have concerns. Also I found this great book that has lot more home remedies one can try out. Here is the website for that: http://killyouracne.athomebizdepot.com/killyouracn... Take a look…

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 06, 2012:

Gaurav, applying these remedies faithfully and regularly will help. I hope to receive positive feedback from you sometime in the near future.

Thanks for reading.

Gaurav on June 06, 2012:

Hi Rajan, really helpful information for me .I m too depressed due to my acne spots i will surely try these......may it help me

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 05, 2012:

Thanks for reading and appreciating, kalasala.

kalasala on June 04, 2012:

super

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 03, 2012:

I have aloe vera plant growing in a pot and whenever I need to use it I just slit the leaf and apply the pure gel. It works wonders in skin problems.

Potatoes and lemons are natural skin whiteners. I'm sure these patches will lighten with regular use.

Thanks for reading and voting.

I appreciate the sharing.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on June 03, 2012:

An informative hub! I use aloe vera gel daily and it keeps my skin supple and smooth. I decided to use potatoes as suggested in the video for my slightly dark patches on the sides of my face. Thank you for creating an extremely useful hub! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 31, 2012:

Escape to the Sun, I realise an acne sufferers' predicament. At that point of time one is ready to try anything. These natural remedies are just a small step in that direction.

Thanks for reading.

Escape to the Sun from UK on May 31, 2012:

That's some great advices right there. I didn't have much acne as a teenager - lucky me! - but I know some people who would've loved knowing about some of these!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

Tina, teenage is the time for normal acne flare ups. I hope you let your daughter try these out.

Thanks for reading, appreciating and voting it up.

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on May 29, 2012:

I like the idea of using natural remedies that we normally have at home! This is a very useful hub with so much good information, I will pass the information on to with my teen since acne is a big problem for her right now!

Voted up, useful!

Tina

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 29, 2012:

Thanks for such compliments that humble me. I appreciate the vote up and share. Thanks for the birthday wishes too.

Ruchira from United States on May 29, 2012:

great ideas, Rajan.

As usual your hubs are so informative and makes us walk an extra mile with that wisdom.

Happy Birthday!

Voted up and sharing!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 28, 2012:

Angela, thanks for reading and appreciating. Lemons are indeed very effective at lightening dark skin overall, too.

Thanks for stopping by.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 28, 2012:

Christy, I'm glad you found that chamomile tea works for acne. Touching acne just keeps it spreading. One has to be aware about this fact.

Glad you stopped by. much appreciated.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 28, 2012:

k2jade, I hope you try out these and they work for your son. Persistence is very necessary. Apart from them the precautions/prevention tips, too.

I would appreciate a feedback.

Thanks for reading.

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on May 28, 2012:

great article. Yes I have suggested to people to lemons to lighten aging spots. Great article!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on May 28, 2012:

I did not know about the chamomile tea tip, thank-you for sharing such useful information Rajan. I do agree with your point about not touching the face without reason; we are adding dirt to our skin without realizing it. I vote up, great work as usual.

Kimberly Shelden from Idaho on May 28, 2012:

Thank you for all these suggestions, my son has terrible acne. I have tried other natural remedies- so far nothing has worked. It has changed him, made him very sad. I wish I could find something that would work for him. I am going to try these, and see what happens~

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 22, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by and voting it up and for sharing it as well. I appreciate it all.

dinkan53 from India on May 22, 2012:

Great article for teens and those struggling from acne, pimples etc. Rated as useful and sharing with my followers.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 21, 2012:

Mary, amla is easily available in Indian grocery and Ayurvedic medicine stores as a powder.

Thanks for visiting. I appreciate it very much.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 21, 2012:

Vnsatakopan, I entirely agree with you. While it lasts we are constantly striving to get rid of it.

Thanks for being here. Much appreciated.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 21, 2012:

MsLofton, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your sparing time to read and comment.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 21, 2012:

Tammy, treating acne naturally is always a better option as most of these things are readily available at home. I hope they work for you.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 21, 2012:

Aurelio, applying pure aloe gel straight from the leaf is the easiest, I agree.

Thanks for your input and votes. Nice to see you here.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 21, 2012:

Very interesting, although I have never heard of Amla. I'll have to look that one up. One of the advantages of growing older is that I don't have acne anymore, but thanks for sharing this info.

Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan from Chennai, India on May 21, 2012:

Very interesting tips. Getting rid of this nuisance is everybody's dream.

MsLofton from IL on May 21, 2012:

This is a very informative article! Voted Up!

Tammy from North Carolina on May 21, 2012:

Great advice. I never had acne as a teen ager, but I do get it now as an adult. I am going to try some cucumber and coconut water. I will start with what is already in my refrigerator. Great hub!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 21, 2012:

Aloe vera, even unprocessed from the plant itself, feels quite soothing to the skin. I always though that acne was a glandular condition that just came and went, especially in the teen years. I used to suffer from it as a teen, but not as an adult. I wish I had this list back then -- nothing seemed to work. Voting this Up and Useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 20, 2012:

I agree with you Vellur. Safer, much safer too! Thanks for reading and appreciating.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 20, 2012:

Home remedies are excellent and it is a natural way to get rid of acne. Interesting and informative.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 20, 2012:

Thanks Bill. For reading and passing it on. Your comments are appreciated as always.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 20, 2012:

Rajan, I could have used this information when I was a teen. I'll pass it along to several I know. Great information as usual and well-researched.

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