Home Remedies for Acne Prone Skin

Acne is not just something that only affects teenagers. Studies show that approximately 40-55 percent of adults aged 20-40 have acne prone skin. No matter how old you are, it’s a hassle to deal with breakouts. Whether you have red, irritated, bumps that won’t seem to leave, blackheads clogging up every pore, or a combination of the two, it’s not easy to rid yourself of annoying pimples. The chemicals in face washes can be too strong, making breakouts worse, and prescription medication can have side effects you don’t want to deal with. Looking for natural remedies to help clear your skin without worry always seem to be overpriced, and single-use only. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of five natural home remedies for acne prone skin that are guaranteed to work -with ingredients you don’t need to leave the house for!

Lemon Juice


Lemon juice works because it has vitamin C to help nourish your skin, and can also be used to exfoliate. The juice will dry out your blemishes, without causing any redness. It will also tighten your pores to prevent dirt from reentering. Using lemon juice is best when you have a breakout that you need to calm down as soon as possible, and works wonders as a spot treatment.

What you need:

1/2 Cup lemon juice

Cotton balls

Dip the cotton ball in the juice, and dab on the pimples to dry them out. You can also dab the juice in unaffected areas, as long as they have been problem areas in the past. If you are feeling more than a slight sting, mix the juice with plain yogurt for an easier application. Just know that a mild sting is natural, as it means the citric acid is working to cleanse the blemish.

Coffee Scrub


Your morning cup of coffee does more than wake your brain up! Adding a few more ingredients to your coffee grounds will exfoliate your skin, while reducing redness, fighting acne breakouts, smoothing skin, tightening pores, and locking in moisture. The caffeine kick will energize your skin, and the combined ingredients will have your skin looking and feeling its best.

What you need:

1/2 Cup coffee grounds

1/2 Cup cocoa powder

1 Cup milk (non dairy milk, or yogurt can be used as a substitute)

1 Tbsp lemon juice (olive, almond, or coconut oils can be used as a substitute)

1 Tbsp honey

Mix the ingredients together. Apply onto any affected areas (including face and body) for one minute. Allow scrub to dry before washing off. Any extras can be stored in the fridge for up to three days. If using in the shower, make sure you are still cleansing your skin beforehand, and prevent rinsing off the scrub before it has set.

Egg Whites


Commonly consumed by many (especially those looking to live healthier) as yolks have a higher cholesterol content, egg whites have health properties that can help with acne prone skin. There are loaded with proteins and vitamins to fight your acne, rebuild skin cells, and absorb oil (which is great if you have oily skin!). All you need to do is ensure you’re using your favorite moisturizer once done, because the egg whites can dry up your skin.

What you need:

2 egg whites



Make sure you whip the egg whites very well until they’re frothy before applying it onto your cleansed face. Apply the whites to affected areas of the face like a mask, ensuring all blemishes are covered. Keep it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off, and applying moisturizer once your face is pat dried (the egg whites will make your face dry, so it’s important to do this right away).

Yogurt & Honey Mask


Yogurt has many nutrients to give you healthier skin, including zinc and its anti-inflammatory properties, the moisturizing effects of lactic acid, and vitamins B2, B5, and B12 which help with regeneration and cell growth. Combined with the antioxidants in honey that work to clear, nourish, and hydrate skin, using this mask will naturally clear out your skin!

What you need:

1 Tbsp yogurt (non dairy options work too)

1 Tbsp raw honey

Mix the yogurt and honey well, and apply all over your face, from your hairline to your neck. Keep on for 10 minutes, and wipe gently with a warm, damp cloth. You can make a larger batch, and refrigerate it for up to a week. Apply up to three times weekly for best results.

Baking Soda


Sodium bicarbonate (also known as “baking soda”) works for more than your desserts! It can be used as a mild antiseptic to prevent fungus and bacteria, while absorbing any extra oils in your skin. You can use baking soda as the base for a face mask, or body scrub, to exfoliate your skin, while allowing it to fight off acne breakouts. All you need is some water to apply the mixture to breakouts in order to see how quickly the results will come!


1/2 Cup baking soda

1/2 Cup water

Mix the two ingredients until they become a thick paste, and massage onto your face. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, before rinsing with warm water, and applying moisturizer once dry.


1/2 Cup baking soda

1/8 Cup water

Combine the two ingredients together, and massage onto face, or other affected areas on your body. Keep on for 3-5 minutes before rinsing off. If using in the shower, ensure to cleanse with your normal soap before applying the scrub.

Any of these home remedies will be an excellent way to calm down nasty breakouts.  They are completely natural, and use ingredients that can be found in your home, which is why they work! Use them regularly to see noticeably different, and lasting, results. From smaller spot treatments, to full body exfoliation, there is a way to remove your acne breakouts without breaking the bank, or leaving your home. Whether your breakouts are mostly on your face, or they make their way to your back or chest, all of these solutions will work as a natural way to remove your acne.

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