As much as we’d all like to believe that acne is a uniquely-teenage problem, many adults still struggle with the occasional (or not-so-occasional) breakout. But the high-octane ingredients in prescription acne creams can easily zap moisture from post-pubescent skin, resulting in a dull and arid complexion. Luckily, you don’t have to resort to chemical-heavy (and budget-heavy) topical medicines … not when you have a whole suite of acne-fighting ingredients already in your kitchen cabinets.
Loaded with antioxidants and skin-soothing properties, these DIY treatments will banish your acne the all-natural way.
A kitchen workhorse that’s also a time-honored natural acne weapon, honey can be particularly effective in reducing the size and redness of a sudden blemish.
“Raw honey is antibacterial; [when] slathered on the face for ten minutes, [it can] be helpful for stubborn pimples,” Dr. Rhonda Klein of Connecticut Dermatology Group told don9ja.
When it comes to making a top-quality face mask from kitchen ingredients, Dr. Klein recommended plain yogurt as your base.
“Yogurt is rich in probiotics, B vitamins, calcium, lactic acid, and zinc,” she told INSIDER, citing these qualities as beneficial for acne relief.
Don’t just start spreading berry-flavored yogurt on your face, though; Dr. Klein specifically advised the use of “plain, unflavored and unsweetened yogurt with live cultures”. She also emphasized the importance of using full-fat yogurt for your mask, as low-fat versions “may cause irritation or aggravation of your acne.”
Yogurt can also double as an anti-acne cleanser. According toDr. Sejal Shah, a New York City-based dermatologist and RealSelf contributor, the yogurt should be massaged into dampened skin and left on for 10 minutes before rinsing.
“Yogurt contains lactic acid — an alpha-hydroxy acid — which exfoliates the skin to reduce and prevent clogged pores,” Dr. Shah explained to INSIDER. He cautioned the impatient among us that yogurt-based acne treatments take a few days to show results.
“It usually takes 4-7 days, but some may notice results earlier,” he said.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar’s got a definite (and, possibly, undeserved) reputation as a cure-all, supposedly beneficial for weight loss, blood-sugar regulation, and gut health. But can it help combat an acne attack? According to Caleb Backe, Health & Wellness Expert for Maple Holistics, it absolutely can.
“[Apple cider vinegar] can help to cleanse your skin and strip it of any dirt or grime. It penetrates the skin and cleans it from the inside out, making your face an inhospitable environment for bacteria and oil build-up,” Backe told INSIDER.
He recommended diluting the apple cider vinegar with water (in a 1:3 ratio) before applying it to the skin.
Your spice rack might already be home to an anti-acne MVP: turmeric. This herb can help fight excessive oil while reducing pore size, which can keep breakouts at bay.
Rekha Panda of Raeka Beauty swears by turmeric’s skin-clearing attributes. “Turmeric possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are both beneficial when treating acne,” Panda told INSIDER.
Panda recommended a paste of turmeric and purified water, which can be applied directly to clean skin.