This article about natural acne treatment was taken from an e book we created. All the ingredients should be available locally or online. While some of the ingredients for the steps involved in treating acne naturally seem to be the same there are subtle differences between the steps. The recipes are below under each step.
Natural Acne Treatment can not only save you a large amount of money but you will know all the ingredients that are used and how it is put together.
As with all acne treatments, consistency is the key.
I sincerely wish you all the best and if you follow these steps and create a morning and evening habit you will achieve an acne free complexion and beautiful skin.
A little bit of background about Acne
There is a difference between acne and pimples but possibly not how you are thinking. There are different types of acne and one of those types produces pimples, that is the medical definition but we as mere humans probably think that any red mark on our face is a pimple. But if you would like more information about the different types of acne head over here.
The biggest thing and it is a thing, is do not pick, prod, pop or play with your pimples. A couple of reasons;
One, you may spread the bacteria into a new area and then you can potentially end up with another war on your hands!!
Two, this may promote scarring and when you get your acne under control you don’t want to be left with scars all over your face.
I would recommend that you test everything you make prior to using, just dab a bit on the side of your neck and make sure you don’t have a reaction.
The best acne treatment starts with creating a 5 step habit. It will not disappear overnight and you can’t take a pill for it so it does goes away. It takes a bit of time morning and night and you have to be as consistent as you can be with the treatment.
5 STEPS TO BEATING ACNE NATURALLY
Clean your skin gently.
You don’t have to rub to hard, in fact this may actually make things worse. Use only your fingertips (no nails) or a soft washcloth. Clean all the areas, initially don’t go near break out areas, you can save this for last as you don’t want to spread any of the bacteria. When you have done all the areas on your face ( and if need be other parts of your body) then move onto the breakout areas. If you are a sporty type a double wash at night is a good idea, clean, rinse and repeat.
- (a) 1 ½ pounds shea butter soap base
- (b) 5-6 activated charcoal capsules or approx. 1 teaspoon of loose powder (available in pharmacies or on line).
- (c) 15 – 20 drops of tea tree essential oil
Putting it together;
- 1. Cut or break the soap base into small bits. You can heat in the microwave or over a double boiler. Microwave for 30 second intervals until melted.
- 2. Put a small amount of the soap in a cup and let cool slightly. Open the charcoal capsules and mix it into the cooled soap until blended and no lumps remain. Add this mixture back into the rest of the melted soap base and stir well to fully disperse the charcoal ( a whisk works well).
- 3. Add the tea tree oil. Some people find the smell a little strong so you can hide it with a few drops of peppermint essential oil.
- 4. Pour into a mold (silicone baking molds are great) and let cool (pop into the freezer for 5 – 10 minutes if you like) and then just pop them out of the mold.
Yes it is black. No it won’t make your skin black.
Use a Toner
This helps remove excess oils and helps tone and hydrate the skin and depending on the ingredients it can help on blackheads and acne. Apply the product on a cotton ball or pad and gently smooth all over the face (and any other areas) and neck to help remove the last bits of cleanser and oil.
You do have to be a little bit careful of your skin type as you don’t want to dry out your skin too much or if you have oily skin you want it to be effective.
This step can be missed if you find it’s creating too much havoc with your skin but with the products we recommend it should be fine.
- (a) 2 ounces ( ¼ cup ) cooled green tea.
- (b) 2 Tablespoons alcohol free Witch Hazel.
- (c) 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera gel.
Combine ingredients in a 4 ounce spritz bottle (a small spray bottle). Shake well before use.
Apply Acne Treatment
After the toner has dried completely or after your face is completely clean and dry – patting the skin is better than rubbing it like crazy. Smooth on your acne treatment as directed. Let the treatment absorb or dry completely before going to the next step.
Easiest and really quite effective.
2 – 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil added to half a cup of green tea (warm water works as well if you don’t have green tea) and apply with a cotton ball.
An Acne Wash
- (a) 1 bar Castile soap chopped or grated.
- (b) 5 cups of water.
- (c) 20 drops of Tea Tree or Lavender essential oil.
- (d) 2 Tablespoons Jojoba or Hemp Seed Oil.
- (e) 1 Tablespoon of glycerin.
- (f) ½ a cup of raw honey (manuka honey is great if available).
Putting it together;
- 1. In a medium pot bring the water to a rolling boil. Add castile soap and stir until completely melted.
- 2. Pour melted soap mixture into a bowl and let cool overnight.
- 3. Next day add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly (a food processor works well)
- 4. Pour into a pump bottle, store what is left in a mason jar in the fridge (it will keep for several months).
For Adult Acne you can use the recipe below or the ones above.
1 part apple cider vinegar (ACV)
1 part green tea.
If you don’t have green tea then you can use water. You can also test your skin with ACV as many people find that they can increase the amount of this in the mixture but please be careful as this may cause skin irritation.
Apply a Moisturizer
It may seem like adding a moisturizer to already oily skin is counter-intuitive but this is an important step so please don’t skip it. Acne treatments can dry out the skin, so to reduce dry and peeling skin apply this twice a day.
Your moisturizer shouldn’t leave your skin feeling slick and greasy, good treatments are easily absorbed by the skin and won’t aggravate acne.
The flash name you should be looking for is noncomedogenic which basically means it won’t clog the pores of the skin.
Moisturizer – a couple of recipes for you to choose from.
Combine two teaspoons of aloe vera gel with two tablespoons of Shea butter. Mix in five drops of either argan oil or hemp seed oil. Store in a small, glass container and massage into skin as needed.
- 1 1 cup Aloe Vera Gel
- 2 12 Tablespoons Beeswax.
- 3 ¼ cup of sunflower seed oil.
- 4 ¼ cup of sweet almond oil.
- 5 10 drops of essential oil, argan or hemp seed oil are great which are non comedonal, which means it won’t clog the skin.
Putting it together;
- 1. Melt the beeswax, sunflower seed and almond oil in a double boiler.
- 2. After they come together, take off the heat and add the aloe vera and essential oil.
- 3. Stir well until you get a creamy texture.
- 4. Let it cool.
Store in a glass jar and keep in the fridge.
Keep it Up – Consistency is the key
So, these are the steps, a couple of songs long in the morning and evening.
But you will need to keep it up, this is the habit you have to create for yourself.
Other essential oils for acne are;
Normal, Sensitive or Dry Skin – Geranium, Helichrysun, Lavender, Neroli, Roman Chamomile and Rose.
Oily Skin – Basil, Cedarwood, Cypress, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lemon and Tea Tree.
Back Acne (or Bacne)
Things that can make back acne worse
- Friction caused by leaning on or rubbing the skin, think sports especially
- Sweat left on the body too long
- Harsh scrubbing of your back
- Picking or squeezing blemishes
- Pressure from bike helmets, backpacks, or tight collars and gym gear
- Changing hormone levels in adolescent girls and adult women two to seven days before the start of the menstrual period
This recipe is not natural because aspirin has been added. If you wish it to be natural you can remove the aspirin.
- (a) 1 cup filtered water.
- (b) 4 adult aspirin tablets – crushed.
- (c) 1 teaspoon sea salt.
- (d) 2 Tablespoons of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
- (e) 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- (f) 10 drops of Lavender essential oil.
- (g) 10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil.
Putting it together;
- 1. Microwave water for 60 seconds.
- 2. Add aspirin and salt, stir until dissolved.
- 3. Add remaining ingredients and mix together.
- 4. Pour into a spray bottle.
We recommend spraying it on as the back is quite a difficult area to get to and of course the breakout will be in the most difficult part of your back!!
This will keep for 2 weeks unrefrigerated and longer in the fridge.
We have written another back acne article which may give you some more information if you would like to read it head here
Acne scars fall into two main categories: those caused by a loss of tissue (atrophic scars), and those caused by an excess of tissue (hypertrophic scars). Within these categories, there are four main types of acne scars: ice pick, boxcar, rolling, and keloid scars.
Most people have more than one type of scarring on their skin, so you might need a few different treatments to see the best results.
There is a more in-depth article on acne scars available here.
The real term here is Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and this is caused by discoloration left on the skin after a pimple has healed and it isn’t a true acne scar but it is extremely common for people with acne.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a flat area (neither raised nor pitted) that ranges in color from black to red, purple, brown, or pink, depending on your skin type.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation develops when a wound, rash, pimple, or other trauma causes skin inflammation. As the skin heals, it produces too much melanin (the substance that gives skin its color), leaving a darker area.
Before treating acne scars it is best to have your acne under control. Some of the ingredients for scar treatment will potentially not help with acne.
Some great ingredients for Acne Scars
. Black Seed oil
. Rosehip Seed Oil
. Honey (Manuka is really good)
. Aloe Vera
. Lemon Juice
. Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is rich with vitamin C. This vitamin is a gold-star ingredient in addressing skin concerns like hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. More importantly, vitamin C can help reduce the appearance of scars.
How to Get Rid of Acne Scars With Lemon Juice
- Slice a fresh lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a small jar. Then, add equal parts water to dilute the mixture.
- Soak a clean cotton ball in the mixture and wring out the excess. Dab the wet cotton ball on your acne scars and let the juice sit on your skin for 5-10 minutes.
- Afterward, rinse the area with water. Remember to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 and above to minimize sensitivity to the sun.
You can repeat this process as frequently as needed. Do note that some side effects of lemon juice may include stinging, redness, or dryness. As such, it’s recommended to patch-test before putting it on your face.
2. Rosehip Oil
Rosehip oil is derived from the berries of the dog rose plant, Rosa canina. Rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin A, rosehip oil boosts your skin’s collagen production to regenerate the skin and heal acne marks.
Moreover, the anti-inflammatory properties of rosehip oil helped to fade away discoloration while minimizing the appearance of hypertrophic scars.
Rosehip oil is also rich in linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid — essential fatty acids that acne-prone skin types are lacking. Since both acids promote skin barrier repair and protect against inflammation, rosehip oil is the must-have natural remedy in your skincare arsenal.
How to Get Rid of Acne Scars With Rosehip Oil and Powder
- For topical application: Apply 2-3 drops of 100% pure rosehip oil on blemishes and gently massage it into the skin. Make sure the rosehip oil is housed in dark-colored packaging to prevent oxidation.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another amazing natural remedy that not only stops breakouts but also treats leftover acne marks.
Containing lactic acid and malic acid which are incidentally alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), apple cider vinegar has natural exfoliating properties. This helps to clear away dead skin cells that clog pores and speed up the natural cell turnover rate. As such, apple cider vinegar prevents pimples while lightening acne marks for clearer skin.
How to Get Rid of Acne Scars With Apple Cider Vinegar
- Mix one part of apple cider vinegar with three parts of water.
- Soak a clean cotton ball in the mixture before dabbing it on acne scars. Let the mixture sit on your skin for 10-20 seconds.
- Wash your face with lukewarm water before gently drying it with a towel.
To further boost the scar-removing properties of apple cider vinegar, try adding a few drops of honey or tea tree oil to the mixture. Honey and tea tree oil have antibacterial properties to prevent future breakouts and acne marks.
Since apple cider vinegar can potentially irritate the skin, it’s advisable to patch-test it first, particularly for sensitive skin types.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a botanical extract widely known for its soothing and healing properties. It contains vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamins B (B1, B2, B6).
How to Get Rid of Acne Scars With Aloe Vera
- Cut 2-3 leaves from an aloe vera plant and trim away the thorns.
- Slice open each leaf along its length.
- Scoop out the gel into a blender, and blend it for a smoother texture. This makes it easier to apply the aloe vera gel on your blemishes.
If you don’t have an aloe vera plant at home, you can still make do with store-bought options — just make sure it’s 100% pure aloe vera gel. This way, it’s more convenient and you will still reap the same amazing benefits of the plant. For added effectiveness, keep your aloe vera gel in the refrigerator. The cooling sensation will not only feel lovely on your skin but also enhance the soothing effect of the gel.
Besides using aloe vera gel as a spot treatment or moisturizer for acne marks, you can also turn it into a face mask. Mix the aloe vera gel with 2-3 drops of lemon juice if you’re looking to brighten your complexion. Alternatively, mix aloe vera gel with honey to help soothe sensitive skin.
Some great ingredients for hyperpigmentation are;
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Vitamin C
- Aloe Vera
- Green Tea
- Milk or curd
- Tomato Paste
- 1. Cut a slice of lemon and gently apply on the affected area for 10 minutes, morning and evening.
- 2. If you have sensitive skin combine 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of water or rose water in a glass bowl. Dip your cotton pad and apply it to the skin.
- 3. Rinse with lukewarm water and finish off with your favorite serum and moisturizer.
- 4. You’ll see a difference in lightness within two months.
Aloe Vera Gel
- 1. Apply aloe vera juice or natural aloe vera gel directly to the dark spots for 30 minutes in the morning and evening.
- 2. Rinse with lukewarm water and finish off with your favorite serum and moisturizer.
Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1. Mix equal quantities of apple cider vinegar and water in a bowl. Stir well and apply on the dark spots.
- 2. You can also try mixing a few drops of lemon juice with the vinegar.
- 3. Another recipe is to combine 3 tablespoon of orange juice and ½ tablespoon of vinegar.
- 4. Rinse with lukewarm water and finish off with your favorite serum and moisturizer.
I’m Not Sure?
Does light therapy come under ” natural acne treatment” Maybe this is for you to decide, is it yes, no or maybe, let me know what you think in the comments below. But if you would like to know more about light therapy, which does seem to help to get rid of both acne and scars then just follow this link.
I hope you enjoy making these and as always if you have a comment or question please feel free to leave it below.