What Acne Home Remedies Work and Why

Acne Home Remedies

I think teenagers will put anything on their face if they think it will stop a zit.

Parents on the other hand, want to know what acne home remedies work and why.

Here’s a list of some popular home remedies for acne and some ideas why they might be worth trying… or not.


Acne Home Remedies

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Raw Honey Applied on the Skin

Popular home remedies include dabbing raw honey on acne pimples and infected boils as a spot treatment.

Some have even smoothed honey all over their face in the evening, left it on 10 to 15 minutes, then washed it off with a gentle face cleanser, proclaiming the wonderful results they have starting the very next morning.

Why might this work?  Honey kills bacteria.

During the growing teenage years, sebaceous glands are large to begin with.  Add to this that teenage hormones create an overabundance of sebum, a specific kind of oil the body produces to coat hair follicles and keep skin soft and healthy.

However, with the larger sebaceous glands and the abundance of sebum, it’s easy for the sebum to cost the tiny hair follicles on a teen’s body much more than is needed.

Bacteria loves sebum, and when there is excess sebum, bacteria comes around to use that extra amount for nourishment.

The bacteria then increases, and this bacteria attracts white blood cells that break down the hair follicle walls, allowing the contents of the follicle (bacteria included) to enter the actual skin.

When this bacteria enters the skin, the body responds with inflammation.

Since honey kills bacteria, it is killing the bacteria that has entered the skin, aiding the body’s anti inflammatory response.

Honey, by the way, is also known for its healing properties.  It moisturizes the skin.  But wait you say, my teen’s skin is oily already, right?

Yes, your teen’s skin may be oily, but that “oil” is the sebum that we spoke of above, which can be good when balanced.  At this point though, that skin is irritated, and it needs something that quickly softens, soothes, and moisturizes.

Raw honey does just that.

All things considered, it’s no surprise honey is considered one of the best acne home remedies that work.

Honey and Cinnamon in the Diet

Cinnamon has been used since ancient Chinese medicine was the in its infancy for its anti-microbial properties, and it’s still part of popular home remedies today.  It helps stop the growth of fungi as well as bacteria.

When the sebum is filling the hair follicle but, for some reason, doesn’t burst into into the layers of the skin, it continues filling and obstructs the follicle, causing whiteheads and blackheads.

Mixing honey and cinnamon on a spoon to take orally or adding a mixture of ground cinnamon and honey to a beverage to drink can introduce the bacteria fighting agents to the body through the internal body systems.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil has strong anti-bacterial properties, and when applied directly to problem skin spots, it  goes to battle on any bacterial infection present, reducing the redness and inflammation present.  Tea Tree Oil for acne won’t make acne go away overnight, and it won’t hide it, but it can helpful in bringing infected areas under control in a common sense, practical way.

Lemon Juice

Some teenagers have discovered their acne really does get better when they apply the juice of a lemon to their acne area.  This is for the same reason that Tea Tree Oil helps; lemon juice has strong anti-bacterial properties.

Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide

Before purchasing manufactured health care products from the store, consider natural skin care remedies like the ones above.  However, there are acne products for teenagers that are available and which have seemed to give positive results throughout the years.

Salicylic acid has been used to treat mild and moderate forms of acne and particularly blackheads and is sometimes used with benzoyl peroxide, a favorite ingredient in many over the counter acne products.  Both can also be purchased separately at places like Amazon, Rite Aid, and CVS and used frequently used for at home remedies for acne.

How do they do to work on acne?

Salicylic acid penetrates into your teen’s large pores and exfoliates the pore’s walls.  In other words, it opens up the pore walls which will help alleviate the entrapment of the excess sebum inside the pores and follicle walls which lead to pimples.  In other words, it cleans up the inside.

A benzoyd peroxide wash will kill bacteria on the outside.

Working together, these two at home acne remedies are quite successful, especially for mild to moderate acne.


There are other acne home remedies that work, and depending upon the kind of acne your teen has, or its cause, you may find another acne treatment to do at home that may be even better than these.

However, knowing what health problems you are dealing with makes finding the right acne treatments for your family member a little easier.

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