Cure Acne & Pimples Naturally
11/15/2007: Gabi from Czestochowa, Poland writes: "The best thing to kill all those ugly and painful things on our skin is #1 Alkaloidal Silver Water, #2 Dr Hulda's Clark Zapper and #3 hot water (hot shower) Silver water helps also heal burns (even those infected). When you apply SW to affected area it looks like nothing is happening but after couple of hrs pain subsides (boil, burn) . On second day you see that the boil doesn't get worse. usually 3rd day you start noticing that boil starts getting smaller. I practiced SW on all my friends with skin problems. It works, is cheap. It is wonderful cure on all kind of infected abrasions (with pas). I would never use antibiotic ointments! All you need is just 1-2 drops or gentle tap with the tip of your finger. I keep my SW in hair spray bottle. It produces very fine mist."
ACV AND ALOE VERA FOR ACNE
10/04/2007: Martha from Lawrenceville, GA writes: "I've always had trouble with acne -- I could never get my skin completely under control. ACV helped -- taking it internally -- but I still broke out in a monthly cycle. I started using aloe vera gel on my face a few weeks ago, and my skin has cleared up dramatically. I've not had one breakout, and my skin is getting to be so pretty! I just use a generic aloe vera gel that I picked up in WalMart."
COCONUT OIL AND ALOE VERA FOR ACNE
10/03/2007: Jennifer from Kirkland, Washington writes: "I have been using a mixture of coconut oil and aloe vera gel (4:1 ratio) on my face for my acne for only 2 weeks and it has almost completely cleared it up. I have had moderate to severe acne since I was 13 (I am now 37), and have tried everything under the sun to diminish it. Some things have helped more than others, but this is the first time my skin has felt so good and looked so good in almost 25 years!"
10/02/2007: Jasmine from Tampa, Florida writes: "Everytime i feel like Im getting a blemish my mom tells me to put earwax on it and it seems to make it smaller and it doesnt hurt as much as it used to.It worked with me so it wont hurt for you guys to try it. :]"
10/02/2007: Nina from Budapest, Hungary writes: "I started using Dove soap recently, and it completely cured the back acne i had in a month. I also have been using an all-natural shampoo. I think the root must be not using anything with sodium sulphate laureate. Or maybe not. Let me know if this helps anyone else. (A friend of mine got a very extensive bacterial skin infection. The dermatologist told her to use NOTHING but dove soap! That's why I thought I'd try it.)"
MILK THISTLE AND ALOE VERA
10/01/2007: Atoya from Washington DC, USA writes: "I just recently started to develop acne after my 25th birthday, before I would have a pimple or two only around the time of my cycle. Since then I have basically tried everything I could get my hands on over the pass eight months or so to rid myself of this embarrassing ailment. One day on one of my usual quests to find a real cure, I went to the Vitamin Shoppe looking for some type of multi-vitamin, hoping that I would find justice. An elderly Sales man, who was very knowledgeable, told me that my liver was full of toxins and Milk Thistle and Aloe Vera would clear my ailment right up. I took 200mg of Milk Thistle a day and 1 capsule of Aloe Vera and it did just that. After about a week later, I could see a huge difference – no breakouts. Your bowel movements will become more and more frequent which is what helps to release the build up of toxins in your body. He told me to take it for about 2 months and I should be okay. I still keep some on hand but at a lower dosage since my initial cleanse, I take 70mg (a lower dosage) two to three times a week for maintenance. It is not good to take any type of herb for an extended period of time unless recommended by your physician. Believe me, this inexpensive concoction is a sure-fire way to rid you of all of your stubborn acne."
WITCH HAZEL FOR ACNE
10/07/2007: Courtney from McMinnville, Tennessee writes: "I heard about this website from my stepmom, and i decided to look at something for acne. I have suffered from acne for about 4 years now and I tried so many products to clear it such as: Neutrogena, Clean and Clear, Clearasil, Cetaphil, and St. Ives. None of them worked. I switched to Proactiv, which made a big difference but never fully made my face clear. I read on the website that acv worked wonders, so i put it on a cotton ball one night and applied it to my face. My face turned red, and I looked like a crab. It also burned my eyes. I didnt do that again, and so i tried witch hazel as a tonor, and it has done so much. It cleared up the redness around my nose, I have a glow to my face, and my face feels so smooth. I also am still using proactiv as a wash and lotion, but not the tonor."
9/24/2007: Breanna from Tucson, Arizona writes: "Witch Hazel has worked wonders for me. Ive always had a mild case of acne and nothing would work, not even the self proclaimed amazing brand "pro-activ" but then my mom's best friend just told me to use witch hazel on a cotton ball and i would apply it every night right after i would wash my fash with a bar of olay soap and a washrag. My acne was cleared up 100% within three days. Hope it works for you if you try it!"
9/20/2007: Mika from Santa Barbara, California writes: "The airport security took all my cleansers and astringent last month so i've been looking for a hollistic replacement. Apparently, used green tea tea-bags work wonders! It immediately turns those starting-to-swell-and-i-know-it's-going-to-last-a-month zits into whiteheads, ready to pop or naturally pop itself by the next day! I'd make a cup of green tea, wash and dry my face while the tea steeps itself, then I take the tea bag out (let it cool a little first, but warm enough so it opens those pores) and wipe it across my face like a cotton pad with astringent. Let it air-dry. I sit on the couch and drink the tea while i wait for the 'astringent' to dry off. I heard this stains your skin green, but it works like foundation on me because i have an olive complexion.
** CAREFUL, green tea stains sinks, so wash down the sink after every use. **"
WARNING -- GARLIC CAN BURN!
12/17/2006: Ani from Melbourne, Australia writes, "I read on this website that you can apply garlic to your acne to get rid of it. Well so i went to the kitchen, chopped up some garlic, mixes it with a tiny bit of water to make a mash. I applied it to my face and covered it with bandages and tape and went to bed. When i woke up, I was hoping my acne would be all gone but instead, to my horror, I had blisters and burned skin! It even burned all my healthy skin! Now i look even worse then before. I have put honey on my skin and left it on all day. I look disgusting now. I should of just tried a little bit on and then just rubbed it off.
9/20/2007: Mika from Santa Barbara, California writes: "RAW GARLIC. garlic is a natural, powerful antibacterial. the antibacterial compound is called allicin. It works when eaten raw. yes, RAW. it burns the stomach, but well worth the immediate results. I finely chop a clove of garlic when my acne gets severe, put it on a spoon, and swallow it with some water like powder medicine.
*** CAUTION: do NOT eat on an empty stomach!.
I HIGHLY recommend you eat it with/right after meals or have a bottle of antacids ready. ***
This causes garlic breath and you sweat out garlic because your blood carries allicin through your body. Think about it--antibacterial sweat and blood! My face clears up after a good night's sleep and i get no new acne when i do this twice a day (morning and before sleep). The only downside is that it doesn't help take away scarring. Oooh, and smelling like garlic. My mom says I reek but personally, i love the smell."
9/26/2006: Paulette from Mississauga writes, "Garlic is amazing. I eat it both raw and cooked. I noticed it brought my blood sugar level down, so that was a good side effect. I try to eat some everyday raw in salad, roasted and mixed with butter for bread or just top it on soup after the soup is cooked. I had a great body cleansing effect. I then decided to crush the garlic and mix with apple cider vinegar for application on stubborn acne. Great results. One week later I started adding onion to this mixture and apply to face with a natural bristle eyeshadow brush. If it was too heated, I would apply raw honey. I have used exfoliating creams, lightening creams and had peels to clear up stubborn acne and spots from face, but there was no comparison to this garlic, onion and apple cider vinegar mixture. The acne literally walked away, the spots faded gently, but consistently and progressively. There was nothing left on my face that should not be there in the first place, it all left. In one month my face was clear radiant and rosy. I will never again waste my money on pharmaceutical expensive skin care products."
2/4/2006: Mona from Toronto Ontario writes, "garlic capsules did wonders for my badly acne suffered skin.after all nature comes to my rescue."
Ratna, from dar es salaam,Tanzania comments: "I have slight pimple skin but after starting on raw garlic once a day I've began to see the zits disappear and the blemishes are slowly fading away!!! I take 1 big clove with my lunch (for the after smell you can chew on some fennel seeds it will go) and it really helps.You'll see the difference in 5-6 days. Also have started to take fresh vegetable juice on rising. Its made of carrots,white gourd,apples and a little tomato.The difference in my skin was seen in 2 days!!This juice also cleanses your colon and you know when you have a toxin free system it shows on your skin!!"
Mike, from Manila, Phillipines writes, "I have had recurring acne for several years now. I've read about garlic here and tried it. I chop one clove of garlic and squeeze the juice on the affected area and blemishes and let it stay there overnight. The blemishes are gone in just 2 days, it will immediately flake into something dark brown, and you just have to peel it off.Same with fresh pimples. Quite painful at first, and you have to close your eyes cuz it really stings while it's on your face. also the smell might make you dizzy. After 2 or 3 minutes it will die down and the next day, just wash it off. If you're just staying home I recommend not washing it off. Garlic is fantastic!!!"
Cara, from Vancouver, Canada writes, "... garlic helps with burns or skin irritations (such as acne). Crush a few cloves and mix with a little water (just enough to make the mashed garlic stick). Add the crushed garlic to the burn or skin irritation and cover with gauze and tape down. Replace the dressing (crushed garlic and gauze) every few hours as needed. Heals like a charm!"
BEST REMEDY: HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
Note: It's the 3% drugstore brand that everyone is talking about. Costs about .79 for a bottle that will last ages!
9/14/2007: Ella from Alberta, Canada writes: "I tried the hydrogen peroxide remedy for acne and it has been simply amazing! I was in the bath one evening and I had a bad flare up on my right cheek of probably about 5 or 6 pimples that I had popped, got out some hydrogen peroxide (I use stronger percent than 3 though) and poured a bit on to a piece of tissue paper and held it to my cheek for roughly 10 minutes. Yes it stung! But it went away quickly. The stuff literally flattened all those inflamed pimples I had which felt super smooth, I was SO relieved! I thought, hey..I'm going to try this every day! I rub the solution on my face about 3 times per day. My face is so clear now with no pimples!! I have a history of red marks left over from 10 years of acne and the HP has lightened them significantly and it's only been about a week since I've been doing it! Since it bleaches hair I thought well hey, it would probably have some effect in fading red marks too, makes sense right? If I get a breakout, I hold a soaked cotton ball to the area for a few minutes, then later on the redness is gone and the pimple is flat. I LOVE this stuff and I think all acne sufferers should try it. Works so fast!!!"
9/12/2007: Mark from Austin, Texas writes: "Peroxide cured the Acne/Folliculitis on my face and scalp. I had these painful, sometimes puss filled, and often crusty red bumps on my scalp and forehead/temples since fall of 2002. It was gross, it was ugly, it was embarrassing, and it was now 2007!
Since 2002 I have been to 3 Dermatologists, each one progressively hitting me with stronger and stronger treatments (I stopped short of Accutane), and have been through countless 'remedies' before attempting peroxide. After about 3 - 4 weeks of applying the peroxide topically 2-3 times a day, the bumps are gone -completely gone. The only downside is that I have brown hair that is now a burnt orange color and blonde in a few spots. But hair grows back.
When I say I've tried everything I mean it, from prescriptions to over the counter to changes in habits. The following is a list of some of the stuff I've tried without success:
Dr. prescribed medication: Monocyclene, Tetricyclene, Evoclin, Retin-A, Ketoconazole 2% shampoo.
Over the Counter stuff: Proactiv, facewash, facewash pads
Shampoo: Every strength and every brand of Medicated shampoo out there, t-sal, coal tar, 2% pyrithione znic, natural shampoos, tea tree oil shampoo, nioxin.
I've shaved my head, changed laundry detergents, I've changed my sheets every other day, I've used triple antibiotic ointment, tea tree oil (not diluted), organic athletes foot oil, hydrocortisone 1%, cranberry pills, showering 2-3 times a day, even diaper rash ointment - yes, that's right, diaper rash ointment.
Most of these attempts yielded mediocre temporary results. After about a week of use, any bumps that disappeared returned with a vengeance.
All along all I needed was a $1 bottle of peroxide. Amazing.
4/30/2007: Sheila (email@example.com) from Turlock, CA writes: "peroxide has really helped acne on my face. it clears it up rather well. the down fall is that it sort of burns your eyes and face sometimes... for this reason i apply it at night, and when i wake up in the morning... MY FACE IS CLEAR."
4/9/2007: Tammy from Wellston, Oklahoma writes: "Alright guys and gals, I just want to inform you of something, a little "experiment" I did after a bit of research on pricey Acne products ... Proactiv--or the cheaper but same version Acne Free. The main ingredient in these is Peroxide .. oh yes. The product is made up of a 3 stage process. First to cleanse your skin .. for those of you with oily skin, plain ole alcohol will do wonders as it not only cleanses the skin better than anything it also rids of excess oil and tightens the face, but ONLY for oily skinners out there ;) .. Followed by number 2, which is a astringent and toner ... use some witch hazel, cost about 5 bucks ... Finished with the over all killer of acne ... Peroxide .. yep. Peroxide. Thats the secret to those pricey products .. why pay so much when you can pay only 7 bucks for your own put together kit of the same ingredients?? After the Peroxide, get you some baby oil and DAB it onto your face .. rubbing any mosturizer into any part of your skin only aids in the stretching of the skin ... who wants that?? Literally DAB it on your face and neck before bed, acts as a wonderful moisturizer and a protectant of whatever your pillowcase might try to share with your beautiful face. One more thing, get ya some Castor oil, it too is cheap, few bucks a bottle, DAB it around your eyes and get yourself some good 8 hour sleep. Ladies and Gents, don't forget this great free tip, DAB .. never RUB. I am 33, and in all my life have never had a zit/pimple/blemish thingy until just 2 years ago I reached what looked like adult puberty .. in these few years I have tried all. Even the ACV (which Im not knocking as it works too .. just not as well for me as this biz). Give it a shot .. for under ten bucks you too can look like lil miss jessica simpson when she commercialed for proactiv ;) ... good luck to you all. we are all different so find what works for you best."
Mike from Redford, MI writes, "I read into some of these herbal remedies. None of them seemed to work for me. I tried toothpaste, and simply looked dumb. I tried some pills from the dermatologist. Nothing worked. I assumed I was doomed to have an acne infested complexion for the rest of my life. But then, I applied peroxide, with a cotton ball twice daily. It stings, it dried out my skin a bit, but after that, my face cleared up in a few days, and the redness went a way after a week. It's amazing, so for those without hope, try this it worked for me."
1/29/2007: Pauline from Nairobi, Kenya writes, "Thanks alot guys for informing us on hp i used it on my acne and it was gone for 2 days and also i used it for my mouth and my bad breath and it was gone in an instant thanks guys am from kenya and i will recommend it to my friends bye mbenya"
10/4/2006: Jules from Laguna Hills, CA writes, "i have these irritating pimples that appear on my chin and although herbal remedies helped overall, i really have to say that hydrogen peroxide gets rid of pimples. i used the suggestion of applying a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide on a pimple for several minutes, and it really worked. i noticed that if i get it when i first notice it, the red bump never flares up. if i get it when it's a whitehead, it burns it, but it takes a couple of days to clear up - which is better than it taking a week or two. i highly suggest hydrogen peroxide. now if i can only stop them from appearing at all!"
8/11/2006: Julie from Placerville, CA writes, "I'm 15 years old and am tired of always having painful, deep, long-lasting sores on my face. I also don't want this acne condition to continue to my adult life, so i decided to go online today and look for a cure that was low-cost and preferably organic. i JUST read this article and remembered we had some hydrogen peroxide in the cabinet. I ran and soaked a cottonball and held it on one of my pimples for almost 10 minutes (as one of the feedbacks had said) i must say, i was worried that so much exposure to hydrogen peroxide would bleach my skin, and i thought it did lol. but the whiteness went away (as i knew it would... i was just worried.. lol) and i noticed that the pimple was SIGNIFICANTLY smaller and not NEARLY as raised up as it has been before!!!! I look into the mirror and i was SHOCKED!!!!! i could barely tell it's there at all!!!! this was truly amazing, thank you for posting this remedy!!! I have used hydrogen peroxide on pimples before, but i hadn't ever held it on for more than a few seconds. ten minutes is key. it WORKS. I am sure that it will help with the future and present pimples, and i am so happy that i will be zit-free for my picture day at school!!! (i can use makeup to cover up some of the redness and irritation. hope that goes away soon =) ) thank you again!!! i'm going to tell all of my friends who suffer from acne as well!"
6/1/2006: Lis from Paterson, New Jersey writes, "The hydrogen peroxide dried my pimple by the following morning. Although hydrogen peroxide helps externally, starting at the root of the problem by cleansing your internal system is a safer, more effective bet."
5/31/2006: Gina from Boston writes, "I have a tendency to break out on my chin, nose and forehead when the weather heats up in June and the air becomes even more toxic to breathe. I find that if I hold a hydrogen peroxide saturated cotton ball for 10 minutes to the area prone to breaking out, it will literally dry everything up. I do not experience redness. If I have already broken out, the pimple will dry up overnight and completely disappear within 2 days. It is amazing! I am going to try peroxide on a mole now using the same technique."
5/30/2006: Volce from Imperial, Mo writes, "I used to break out every other day or so with one or two pimple. My face always seem to have 3 zits on it. I've also have some red marks left around the cheek area. I've been using Hydrogen Peroxide after every shower and before bed. It would be lying if I said I've never broken out, but since I've started about 2 weeks ago. I've broken out once or twice and my face is looking clearer then ever. I'm using some make up now to cover up the redness, till it fades completely... Can't wait :)"
11/18/2005: Sarah from Tennessee writes, "I use hydrogen peroxide to get rid of pimples. It really works! Whenever I have a breakout I soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and apply liberally to the pimples and/or acne. I only apply it to the pimples themselves. This truly works! Within 24 hours the pimples are gone. I have a friend that uses it for this purpose as well and also my cousin. Spread the word! I never use anything but hydrogen peroxide for pimples."
JoAnne, from NYC confirms, "I have been spending $36 every month on a product to help break-outs. It works, but that's a lot of $ to spend each month! I read Mike's remedy and decided to give it a try when I ran out. Sure enough, it works like a dream. I use a cotton ball soaked in peroxide 2x a day (morning and night) and if it's hot outside, once or twice more. I hold a soaked h2o2 cotton ball to any break-out areas and they have healed within a few hours. This is good stuff! Only suggestion I have is to invest in a good moisturizer as peroxide does dry out the skin. Thanks, Mike!"
Doris, from Chicago, IL writes: "I have used hydrogen peroxide, and yes it will clear the redness which is infection and dry up within an hour, depending how red it is, it may take longer, but it definitely works. I have found that the constant use of peroxide caused my pores to stay open. Any suggestions for closing up the pores?"
Sharon, from Los Angeles, CA writes, "I love the hydrogen peroxide for pimples! I've been doing it now for about a month -- since I read about it on your site. I hold a soaked cotton ball to the pimple for about 3 minutes. The next day it has almost disappeared. Oh, one reminder -- don't let the peroxide sit on your eyebrows for very long... in a week or two you will notice them turning orange! Ha ha... Yes, that was me..."
1/26/2006: Sarah from Tamarac FL writes, "I started using Hydrogen Peroxide on my acne ridden face and in just 3 days my acne just started to go away. I have been trying alot of those 'as seen on tv' products and nothing helped I even tried over the counter drugs, dermatologist recommended stuff and other natural remedies but nothing worked. Who know that a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide was the answers to my problems all along!!!! Thank you!"
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE WITH ROSEMARY OIL
8/24/2007: Beth from Nashville, TN writes: "I use a toner consisting of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts water with a few drops of rosemary essential oil twice daily as a toner after cleansing and this has helped tremendously with my acne."
8/23/2007: Angie from Sparta, MO writes: "I have been oil pulling a little over a week now with sesame oil and my acne has improved. I would recommend anyone having acne to give it a try."
7/8/2007: Emily from Pearland, TX writes: "I have been through so many acne treatments (including 2 rounds of accutane) yet I was still getting cysts and spots everyday. I was also having recurrent yeast infections every month. I got off birth control which helped for a while. THEN i started using apple cider vinegar 3x a day, and an antifungal with oregano oil, pau d'arco, caprylic oil etc. Those helped a lot , but I was still getting very hard and painful bumps. What I believed helped me to get rid of my acne was adding probiotics of very meal. I make my own kombucha, kefir and kimchi and they have done wonders for my whole body including the yeast problem. They are also very cheap!"
Bill from Fremont, CA writes, "Something that works great for my skin is to open one capsule of Bifido Factor by Natren in a small amount of lukewarm filtered (non-chlorine) water and drink it down. Do this 3x/day preferably before meals. This friendly bacteria helps to heal the digestive system which in turn has an amazing effect on the skin. This remedy is a little more expensive but it better addresses the underlying problem."
RAW, GREEN VEGETABLES FOR 3 DAYS
3/28/2007: Linda Phillips from Phoenix, AZ writes: "I am in my late 50s and have endured mild to moderate acne my entire adult life, until several months ago when I vowed to find the cause and end my frustration. It was clear to me that this was not hormone-caused acne of teenagers, but a reaction of my body to something. I know that I am sensitive to soap, shampoos, conditioners, etc so have avoided these products as much as possible. But the key for me was diet. I went back to the basics and ate only raw green vegetables and drank only filtered water for 3 days. I noticed an immediate improvement in my skin. I then very gradually added back foods, starting with only natural food such as fruits, nuts, grains, beans, vegetables. I avoided anything processed or foods which may contain hormones (meat or dairy). I discovered that I am sensitive to anything enriched with vitamins (white flour, white rice, breakfast cereals, some pasta, etc.) This is an unusual sensitivity but I firmly believe that acne that persists beyond the teenage years is caused by a senility to something and that no topical treatment is as effective as finding the cause and eliminating it. This method may be helpful to others who want to find the cause of sensitivity acne. I wash my face with only tepid water, use no products on my face, and use Shikai brand shampoo which contains no sodium lauryl sulfate. I am elated to have clear healthy skin for the first time in my life."
3/20/2007: Roy Morris from Mississauga, Canada writes: "Stop drinking coke! I have had terrible acne since grade 6, and recently i stopped drinking coke. My entire face has almost cleared, and my body is starting to heal. It has been the biggest change i have ever had. Also less or a natural cure, the clinique product line drys out the skin the fastest of any product i have used. Currently I am 1st year university and have tried almosty everything, but eliminating coke, and using the clinique product line has helped immensly."
Mary Jo, from St. Louis, MO writes, "Deciding to give up caffeine was one of the best choices I've made in a long time! After just one week without any, my face has not "caught on fire" even once, and no significant breaking out. Instead of coffee or colas, I drink chamomile, dandelion, and red raspberry leaf (with a pinch of angelica) in teas, using honey or beet sugar to sweeten. Now that I have found this great site, I'll be trying some of the natural remedies recommended here! Much thanks to everyone."
12/29/2005: Bibi, from Fairhope, AL writes, "Eliminate dairy foods from your diet if you want to clear away acne."
ELIMINATE CORN SYRUP
Eric, from Charleston, WV writes, "Since avoiding "all" foods that have "high-fructose corn syrup" or fructose/sucralose, I have had no breakouts. I also avoid milk and opt for USDA organic yogurt. High fructose corn syrup is in everything. I strongly believe that eliminating it along with milk and chocolate/sweets will help."
ELIMINATE JUNK FOOD
9/11/2006: Jose form Canoga Park, CA writes, "i do a lot of sports and i try not to eat cheese and chips, chocolate and all the junk food. Eliminating the junk will cure acne and make your life easier. Try it, it will work, trust me."
DRINK FRESH CARROT JUICE
Tony, from Toronto writes, "I notice drinking pure carrot juice everyday works to clear acne.. Also eating/drinking watermelon juice does the same... Now I incorporate these two fruits into my diet for healthy looking skin..."
MAKE SURE YOU ARE REGULAR!
10/9/2005: Lisa, from Fairview, OR writes, "A REAL ACNE CURE I've had acne since I was 12. I'm now 26 and it still plagues me. I've tried everything to get rid of it. While acne can have many causes, I believe that most acne occurs when the body is too toxic from elimination problems. A healthy person should have 2-3 easy bowel movements each day. If not, the system backs up, and eventually waste products have to come out the only way they can--through the skin. This can cause acne. So if you want to attack acne at the source, start taking fiber! Get yourself regular. Every time I have gotten myself regular, my skin has cleared, and when I start feeling blocked up, my face breaks out. It makes sense!"
ELIMINATE DAIRY and FAST FOODS
8/23/2006: Alex from Nampa, Idaho writes, "I completely cut Dairy from my diet. My acne was clearing up dramatically just after a few weeks. My breakouts were minimized by over half. But i was still breaking out at times. I cut all fast food from my diet, or anything that has lots of oils and non natural fats in them. i stopped my intake of soda pop, candy etc.
I now eat a lot of fruits, vegetables (salad is great) and i drink at least one glass of green tea a day. My breakouts have gone down so dramatically and it's so amazing, it's all in diet. Not everyone has a strong body to fight off toxins, so you MUST take care of your body. The average diet of today is so horrible. I'm only 20 and i know this, everyone should know this. Actually i think everyone does know it. They just don't care anymore and enjoy fast food cause of the easiness, and taste. But i tell you what, once you cut it out, you soon learn to love the taste of these great foods that god put here for us. To the point where fast food just sounds like poison, cause that is all that it really is!!"
STOP USING SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE
1/21/2006: Chet from Los Angeles, CA writes, "STOP USING SLS (SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE) AND ANY SULFATES IN YOUR BATH PRODUCTS!!! This ingredient is found EVERY body and face soap...and EVERY shampoo. IT IS ALSO WHY YOUNG MEN ARE GOING BALD!!! For acne, I'm trying the lemon juice exfoliation and the cucumber juice face mask. Seems to be working."
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
35 Yea 3 Nay
8/16/2007: Michelle from Gladwin, MI writes: "I had been suffering from reoccurring urinary tract infections, and reading a lot about ph levels in the body. I found out by using ph strips that my body was at a 4.0 on the ph scale. I started taking the apple cider vinegar to change my ph (which is now stable at a 6.5). My urinary tract infections cleared up, my acne cleared up, my heart burn cleared up. I am completely shocked and grateful that I ran across this home remedy."
8/16/2007: Kathleen (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Nairobi, Kenya writes: "I've had acne for the last 14years, am 29, got worse after age 18. Had tried all, including chinese and african herbal treatments, nothing worked. Stumbled on your site and started the ACV remedy and only 3months and my skin is almost perfect, by the way it was all over my face,chest, back and upper arms. Will never stop using it. Recently was having black tea and put ACV one teaspoon and it tasted nice like lemon tea, want to continue taking ACV in my tea, is it ok, does the heat or tea leaves interfere with the effectiveness of the remedy. Also which vinegar works better for the hair rinse white or ACV? Have dandruff. Thanks."
7/17/2007: Patrick (4jack[at]gmail.com) from Conowingo, Maryland writes: "Hello, I've been visiting your site for a while, but I would like to be added to the "YEA'S" on a few home remedies.
Cayenne Pepper for Sore Throat. This is how I first found your site. Nothing is worse than a sore throat, last year I had a killer sore throat with no other symptoms. After reading about cayenne pepper I decided to gargle it. Gargling a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in about 6 oz of warm water every couple of hours did a great job of healing my sore throat really quickly. However it was really nasty and made me dry heave a couple times. I just discovered a new sore throat yesterday. This time I am simply warming up about a cup of water in the microwave, adding some honey for taste, and dashing in a good amount of cayenne pepper (3-4 dashes). I am not gargling with it, because I'm just not good at gargling, So I let each sip sit in the back of my mouth a bit and then I swallow it. It actually taste pretty good. It's like tea with a little kick!
Apple Cider Vinegar for Acne. My wife has always had trouble spots for acne right on her cheek next to her ears. Apple Cider Vinegar is the only thing that has had a real effect. She applies it once or twice a day, with a cotton ball. Great results. We also just received Apple Cider Vinegar capsule that we can take to avoid drinking it. They are available at GNC, but we order them online for cheaper.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Sunburn. I recently went boating and got sunburn on both my ankles from sitting funny. When I got home both ankles seemed to have about the same amount of burn, however the right ankle was hurting me slightly more at the time. I decided to try an experiment. I applied Apple Cider Vinegar to only my right ankle and left the left ankle untreated. I simply applied Apple cider vinegar with a Cotton ball 2 or 3 times a day. After the first night, my right ankle was in a great deal less pain than my left ankle. I kept applying it to my right ankle and by the second day there was no pain at all, while my left ankle was severely painful and sensitive to touch. I stopped applying apple cider vinegar to my right ankle after about 3 days because it just didn't hurt, My left ankle continued to hurt until day 7 when it the skin started peeling. The skin on my right ankle did not start peeling until day 9. Everyone should try this to convince themselves that Apple Cider Vinegar really works!"
7/11/2007: Elizabeth from LA, CA writes: "I have had cystic acne since I was 12. I have been under the care of a dermatologist for several years and have used every product available; including two rounds of Accutane. Now that I am 24, I am trying more natural, less invasive cures. I did notice a significant improvement in my skin when I cut out ALL dairy; it's really not that good for you anyway and there are many delicious alternatives, you won't miss it. My diet is mostly vegan now. I originally tried ACV for a recurrent yeast infection, and then read about it's success with acne. I definitely noticed an immediate improvement; I put a capful in my large water bottle that I drink daily anyway and also use it as an astringent, but I dilute that too. I get a lot of sore throats and the owner of my health food store recommended ACV in tea with honey; that also seems to help. It's really inexpensive and worth a shot."
7/1/2007: Carlitos from Venice, CA writes: "I am drinking the apple cider vinegar with water for two weeks now, and glad to see no more pimples on my face. I also apply it on my face at least twice a day after I wash with a cleanser and use witch hazel as a toner. It is amazing stuff."
4/29/2007: Kelsey from Centennial, Colorado writes: "Apple Cider Vinegar is the best acne cure that you could possible have! Sure it doesn't taste very good but beauty does come with a price and thankfully it isn't an expensive one... But I also use proactive face wash along with it. Put it [ACV] on your face twice a day and drink with water 3 times a day. It's funny to watch when someone picks up the wrong water by mistake though!!!"
4/24/2007: Erika from Toronto, Canada writes: "hi I'm erika from canada, i was diagnosed of contact dermatitis last march i dont have this b4 maybe i got this from a glycolic peel now i have sensitive skin i cant use make up at all b'coz it reacts easily to may skin. until i found a site about th acv. .i dont internally use it but i put some on my face like i tbs 2x day believed it or not the rash is gone my acne is gone now is april i can tell you since i started putting acv on my face together w/ lemon for the acne my skin is clear. that's the truth and I'm really happy of the result.. so anyone who suffer from acne or allergy why not try this first. you will know the wonder of the acv. it works for me.. hope this will help .. God bless us all...mwahhh :)"
4/18/2007: S. from toronto, canada writes: "okay...so i was very speculative of the apple cider vinegar treatment for acne, but after using almost every treatment out there my doctor said what was left was accutane. Now, knowing i wanted to do everything to avoid having to go on accutance, i came to this site and was intrigued by the entry of someone who TRIED accutane with little result but apple cider vinegar worked for them. I began taking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (pure, 5%acetic acid) in a glass of water 3 times a day and I SWEAR TO YOU...my face has become soo clear with NO breakouts. THANK THE LORD! even my doctor was amazed at how much my skin improved in such little time! God does really make a natural cure for all those stubborn problems. if youre doubtful, TRY IT, you have nothing to lose but your acne."
3/17/2007: Nastaran (email@example.com) from Urmia, Iran writes: "Apple Cider Vinegar and Garlic cure my pimples in just 5 days. I use twice a day acv on my pimples and just one time garlic on the pimples. it works amazing. have a try."
3/12/2007: SM from Ontario, Canada writes: "I've struggled with acne for about 10 years now, and I'll admit I had some major doubts about the apple cider vinegar cure. I tried various medications, including two rounds of Accutane (a powerful antibiotic). The Accutane worked for about a year after I took it, but then things started going back to how they were. I was unbelievably frustrated. I couldn't possibly imagine how ACV would work - something which seemed so simple. But it did. I'm still in shock from the amazing results. I'm using organic, unfiltered / unpasteurized ACV with "mother" (5% acetic acid). I take two tablespoons stirred into a medium-sized glass of water (you'll get used to the taste), three times a day. After only a few days, I started seeing a difference. Blemishes stopped appearing almost entirely, and those that did appear were very small. Now, after about two weeks, I've stopped breaking out altogether. My pores have become much smaller, and my skin really does have a new glow to it. I'm still really shocked when I look in the mirror. The true cures for our ailments come from the earth. God created the elements which compose that which will heal us. Apple cider vinegar is no exception. It truly works. There is nothing to lose - try it! Honestly, if it helped heal me, it can help heal anyone. I'd like to say thanks to everyone who wrote in to Earth Clinic to express their success with ACV. If it were not for all the positive testimonials, I probably never would have tried it. Thanks Earth Clinic - the information you provided made a major difference in my life. God Bless!"
2/9/2007: Ashley (ashley.bruton[at]yahoo.com) from Fayeteville, NC writes, "I have suffered from acne for as long as I can remember. I recently started applying ACV before bed and my acne is completely gone, my pores are much smaller and my skin looks so much healthier. I only apply it at night because I don't dilute it and it has a strong odor. I would highly recommend everyone to at least try this...what do you have to lose?"
1/17/2007: Tunesia from Louisville, KY writes, "try the 50/50 acv and water dip cotton ball in it and rub on face just like witch hazel, if that's too strong dilute 20/80 acv/water. also put a fourth of a cup of acv in your bath water, this all helps me with my skin."
Anonymous writes, "I went to this web site and decided to try apple cider vinegar for my acne. I started drinking 2 tablespoons 3 times a day and applying it topically at night, and sometimes I would put vitamin E on my face in the morning after I rinsed it off. Well I wasn't really getting any results until about 2 months into this regimen. I almost wanted to give up but I kept on it and I now have a great complexion. I actually now only take the ACV internally maybe once a week but I still apply the ACV to my face daily. I had, had acne since I was 13 and I am now 21. ( 8 years!) I would usually have about 15-20 pimples on my face at one time and right now at this moment I have only one!! Which will soon go away. I've noticed that the ACV also heals the pimples quicker and it is also helping with my many years of dark scars. The ACV has made a world of difference on my face. Oh, I also stopped using all of those special acne face washes which were not helping anyway. I only use a mild hand soap on my face in the evening then put the ACV on with a cotton ball, then in the morning I simply rinse my face with warm water. I don't use any soap which also has been working way better than those acne soaps. I also have been visualizing my face being smooth and clear which is also a help because our thoughts have a lot to do with what is manifesting in our life."
7/8/2006: Kate from Cranford, NJ writes, "I recommend applying ACV to your face topically once or twice a day. Then once a day, I take lemon iced tea powder and make a glass of iced tea and then add a tablespoon of ACV to it. It helps acne a lot and the ACV and it gives the iced tea more of a lemon taste."
5/25/2006: Lora from Troy, MI writes, "Apple Cider Vinegar has already helped my family so much in the last three days since we've started to use it regular. I first found out about it's benefits when I read a little book from the grocery store check-out line. I started to put it on my face for my acne and instantly things started to dry up. I gave it to my daughter when she started to get a cold, and it has stopped the cold symptoms and cough! And now, I have a little sore throat and it is helping me greatly! I can feel the acv working as soon as I take a sip of my tea."
1/11/2005: Misty, from Charleston, SC writes, "ACV applied in small dosages directly to acne, dries it up and makes it go away. I started taking about 2 tablespoons every other day and that has also helped my acne."
Angelina O, has found that applying ACV topically to her face several times a day (4 or more times) has cured her of a "very bad complexion". She reports that she applies it straight and that while it burns her skin a bit, it still works like a miracle!
Cheryl writes, "My daughter developed a case of moderate acne, and after trying a number of different things for over a year which helped very little or not at all, she started drinking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar three times a day and applying it topically once at night. She has been acne free for two months. It took about three weeks to clear up."
Anne writes, "I have had acne for years, I started using apple cider vinegar on my face a few months ago, and have seen major improvements. I don't have nearly as many blemishes and the ones that do pop up every now and then are small.
Nicole, from Sherman Oaks, CA writes, "Apple cider vinegar has helped cure my acne. I have had pimples under the skin on my chin for several years. I tried everything and they would not go away. I started using acv in the morning and at night. My pimples have dried up and the redness is clearing up."
Andrew, from Sydney NSW writes, "Apple Cider Vinegar has Cleared my Acne up very well, I drink it and also apply it to my face twice a day. Works a treat!"
Mario, from Humble, TX writes, "Ever since I was a teenager I've been dealing with acne. Sometimes bad, sometimes worse. When I turned 32 my acne (most of the times under control) went very bad. I tried several things, among them, zinc, flaxseed oil and vitamin A, and even though it improved I didn't notice a big change until I started drinking and applying topically ACV. I drink it 3X a day and also noticed that I haven't got any colds, or canker sores, which were very common to me. The skin on my face has improved a lot. I'm so glad I found out about it."
Cecelia, from Berlin, Germany writes, "I was so fascinated with what I read on this site about Apple Cider Vinegar that I decided to start taking some. I use a recipe I found here: dilute 1 tbs 5% ACV in a cup of hot strong green tea with 1 tbs of honey and drink this once in the morning when I get up and again just before bed. None of the ingredients are labeled organic; they are straight out of supermarket shelves, but something is happening after just two days! My normally drab, pimply oily skin is glowing for the first time since I was a kid and it looks much clearer. My once every two-three day (if lucky) toilet visits have turned into twice daily offerings :o) and I have a lot more bounce in my step. I am going to replace the tea, vinegar and honey with organic versions for enhanced benefits and will start using it on my pimples too, if they ever come back!"
1/12/2006: Fatma, from Mombasa, Kenya writes, "I have been using a the following mixture for 1 week and I see a big difference in my acne.
8 cloves of garlic
Blend all the above ingredients together and put it in a glass container. Tightly
seal it and put it in the fridge for 5 days. Then apply it every night."
Kristina, from New Providence, PA writes, "Today was the first day I tried vinegar on my face. (used plain white) And already I can see and feel a difference. I plan to keep using it a couple times a day and I really hope it clears up my acne. I want to thank everyone who posted that it works."
4/23/2006: "Maamu from Mukka Chok writes, "I have insane acne problems since 15 now am 23. Recently started drinking organic ACV with organic honey in hot water 3x a day, it works. People should try this, and forget all the crap those infomercials on TV tell you they just want your money..."
5/20/2006: Tmduke from Atlanta, GA writes, "Apple Cider Vinegar cured the acne beneath the skin and made pores appear smaller, also added a glow to skin. WONDERFUL! I used ACV as a toner to my face twice daily for beneath the skin acne and enlarged facial pores and I saw a fantastic difference in 3 days. There are only a few visible pores left, only seen when I stand close enough to the mirror to see my breathe. I also have a glow to my skin that is unbelievable. I've always loved my skin but didn't always treat it with love an care--but now seeing it glowing and healthy I am intent to add ACV to my diet for internal cleansing too. Thank you God for ACV!!!"
3/7/2007: Jaaadu from Woodside, NY writes: I HAVE TRIED ACV 2TBS WITH HONEY IN THE MORNING AND IT MADE ME BREAK OUT MORE.I M NOT SURE IF ITS HELPING IN ANY OTHER WAY THOUGH I JUST STARTED USING IT."
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA
1/26/2006: KLC from Stratford, CT writes, "I've actually been using combination of baking soda and Apple Cider Vinegar to clean my face and my results have been very successful. Here is what I do daily:
Morning: I use a deep cleansing face wash. Lather and let sit for 1 min, then rinse with ACV.
Night: I add baking soda to the deep cleanser (excellent make-up remover!), lather and let sit for 1 min. Then rinse with ACV. I get a quick foaming reaction that gives a deeper pore cleansing!
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND ASPIRIN TONER
Anonymous writes, "Instead of buying expensive facial products, I mix up my own "toner" using 1/2 water, 1/2 vinegar and a few aspirins. The acids in the vinegar force your old skin cells to flake off, much like the store-bought "alpha hydroxy" products. The aspirin is my own anti-acne solution. A lot of acne products use salicylic acid, which is basically aspirin with a few small chemical differences. The aspirin won't dissolve completely, but it doesn't seem to matter. This works especially well against those big, deep acne spots which older people often get. I've been using this twice a day on my face for five years now and people are always amazed when I tell them my real age (44). One caution, though: Be sure to also use a face lotion with at least SPF 15 everyday--even in winter (Oil of Olay knock-offs are fairly cheap)--because the vinegar mixture will make your skin thinner (just like the expensive store-bought ones will) and more susceptible to sun damage. The SPF prevents age spots from forming, and that's worth the money in my book. "
5/21/2007: Debbie (firstname.lastname@example.org) from High Point, North Carolina writes: "My first time on your site. I truly enjoyed reading the info. I tried the ACV, WATER and ASPIRIN for acne and redness. I was amazed it almost completely went away the first time. I only left the mask on for about 2 or 3 minutes. I did not know how my skin would react and did not want to take a chance on doing any damage to my face. But I washed the mask off and my skin was glowing. A small amount of redness was left but I know tomorrow when I use the mask all of the redness will be gone and that is what I wanted. I had a burn from too many products . Your mask hepled tremendously. Thank you"
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE & MOLASSES
3/18/2006: Lisa from West Plains, MO writes, "I started drinking acv two times a day, morning and before bed. My routine goes like this: 2 little paper cups, one with a little hydrogen peroxide and the other a little acv. I take a cotton ball and soak it with the peroxide and I then use it all over my face (like astringent), careful to avoid my eyebrows. Then I wet a q-tip with the acv and dab any pimples. It is very effective with whiteheads. I hate to throw out the acv so I drink what's left. Drink in small amounts, one big swig will leave you feeling like your gonna get sick. I know from experience. When I started this routine I broke out a lot, I think this was because it was getting all the icky bacteria and toxins out of my body. It took a couple weeks but I had faith and kept up the routine. I also take two tbs. of blackstrap molasses morning and night. I am able to go from a laying down position to sitting up on my own. I am disabled and pretty much bedridden. Is this a miracle? I think so. I have more energy and don't sleep during the day which left me feeling more tired and unable to sleep at night. I take the molasses before the acv."
Here's a description we found on the internet of how apple cider vinegar helps cure acne. The author is unknown:
"When the blood is deficient in some minerals or biochemic salt, ill-health is the outcome e.g. boils break out, suppurating blisters become apparent, pimples appear on the face etc. It has been found however, that cider vinegar helps with the cleansing as well as the clotting of the blood. Oxidation of the blood is very important and cider vinegar is again an effective treatment for this. Besides introducing the important minerals into the blood stream, as mentioned above, cider vinegar also helps in the clotting of blood. This is of tremendous help to those people who are commonly termed 'bleeders', as they live their lives in fear of cutting themselves due to the bloods inability to clot, and it will also enhance the healing process."
Earth Clinic secret: Besides helping acne, Apple Cider Vinegar will have your skin glowing with a healthy flush if you drink it throughout the day. No kidding!
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APPLE CIDER VINEGAR STEAM
• Steam your face by putting it over a pot of boiling water with a towel over your head to trap the steam (you can also use an electric kettle if you have one, but be careful to be far enough away from the kettle as it will spit boiling water!). Steaming will loosen dirt and oil. Apply apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball afterwards to remove the dirt and oil buildup. Use this method once a week.
3/3/2006: Natalia from San Diego writes, "WARNING:DO NOT spray apple cider vinegar straight to your face before making sure you're not allergic to it. After I read all the great reviews about the benefits of ACV on acne treatment, I went to the grocery store, bought some ACV, put it in a spray bottle and applied over my face and neck. My skin started burning and I thought it was just working the way it's supposed to, until I noticed bright red spots that looked like skin rash all over my face and I washed it off right the way. I've never had any allergy problems so I never test anything before using, but this was a scary experience. I'll try hydrogen peroxide for acne treatment next time, no more ACV for me."
8/2/2006: Melody from Colorado writes, "I am trying apple cider vinegar for my acne, drinking it three times a day as well as applying it topically at night. But my skin is getting worse. I started 2 weeks ago."
VITAMIN B3 and H202
Doris, from Los Angeles, CA suggests, "Vitamin B3 is best for acne. Also tea tree oil, chamomile tea, and hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide when put on a pimple helps reduce redness infection, and dries out the pimple then it just falls off, never pick at it though."
H202 & WITCH HAZEL
3/5/2006: Alexa from Glendale, AZ writes, "Hydrogen peroxide and witch hazel cures pimples. Wash your face with a simple cleanser 1-2 times a day, and after you wash your face, use whazel on a cotton ball, then on pimples use a cotton ball with peroxide on it."
ASPIRIN MASK -- PROMISING REMEDY!
4/2/2006: Corrine from Arlington, V A writes, "I read a blog on the internet about aspirin masks. I tried it and it is unbelievable! My skin looks and feels amazing after just one mask. If you can find aspirin powders, that works best, otherwise plain aspirin will do the trick as well. I emptied 2 aspirin powders in the palm of my hand with a little calamine lotion (just enough to make a creamy paste) and applied to my face in a circular motion and let dry (approx. 5-10 mins.) I then added a little water and and again massaged in a circular motion and then rinsed it all off. A great exfoliator and it worked BETTER than any store bought product I've ever bought! (Aspirin contains salicylic acid which is in a lot of acne products) It also immediately got rid of the redness my skin is prone to having--AMAZING! A MUST TRY."
5/9/2007: Bea (email@example.com) from Holyoke, ma writes: "hi, my daughter is 12 and has had acne for about 2 years now. i tried several products including pro-active, dermatoligist rx, over the counter, etc. They have only worked for a week or so. Then i started reading up about acne and found that it is caused by a bacteria that forms inside the pores/hair follicles (whatever you wanna call it) and applied some antibiotic ointment to the face and back. and it has worked in only 2/3 days. even lightening the dark spots a bit."
10/02/2007: Max from Richmond, Virginia writes: "NAY for Antibiotic ointment to treat acne; While this does initially get rid of any blemishes present on your face, the bacteria in the pimples gradually develops a resistance to the antibiotic, and the acne becomes harder to treat with anything, and you break out more."
THE EYE DROP AND Q-TIP METHOD
3/18/2007: Amina from San Francisco, California writes: "if I feel a blemish comming on and I have some where to go, I usually get a q-tip wet with eye drops and put it in the freezer. when the q-tip is frozen I put it on the pimple and it take the red out and reduces the swelling. thanks for this great site, after reading all this great information, I thought I'd share one of my own."
PANTOTHENIC ACID CURES SEVERE CYSTIC ACNE
2/26/2007: Jess (Jrbardinelli@hotmail.com) from Johnson City, TN writes, "I have suffered from severe cystic acne, the most severe, painful, and deepest of acne for at least 13 years (since puberty). I've tried everything. Nothing topical worked because the acne was so deep. I finally found the cure! A form of vitamin B5, pantothenic acid, in extremely high doses cured my acne completely! I have been taking 10g of pantothenic acid a day for almost a month. Within a week I could see huge results and within two weeks I was completely clear. I'm so glad I decided to try this instead of trying Accutane like the rest of my family. If you decide to try this build up to 10g/day over the course of a week (if not, it can cause stomach upset) and continue the 10g/day regimen for 2 months. After that you can gradually decrease the dosage down to a maintenance dose of 1-2g/day. This information is supported by a study done by Dr.Leung in China. The initial 10g/day dosage is extreme-the pills mostly come in 500mg doses which ends up being 20 pills/day but if you're desperate like me then it's worth it. I split mine up into 2 doses/day and dissolve the pills in a drink. It doesn't taste good but its better than having to take so many pills. I've read that smaller doses work but it may take longer to see results. "
MULTIPLE REMEDIES TO CURE ACNE
2/20/2007: Deonnise (trinisrhott[at]yahoo.com) from Arima, Trinidad writes, "A COMBINATION OF REMEDIES, learnt from this site, is ridding acne from my face. A problem I have struggled with for years is finally saying Bye-Bye! I have introduced my body to OIL PULLING; I alternate days by eating either 1 TOMATO or 1 tbsp MOLASSES first thing in the morning. I do the BROWN-SUGAR SCRUB twice per week. I use HYDROGEN PEROXIDE after washing face; wash pillowcase regularly; apply VIT E before bed; apply a different FACE MASK once per week; apply CLEAR TAPE over troubled areas and peel away dead skin cells once per week. I also drink water regularly (spring/purified/tap). Thank you Earth Clinic for alternatives, and thank you fellow readers for sharing your tips."
ZINC OXIDE FOR WHITEHEADS
Anonymous from Missouri writes, "This is very inexpensive and it should be somewhere near the band aids and neosporin section at the store. Just dab on heads at night and in the morning they are dried up. If they're small then the zinc oxide will draw out more pus resulting in it being bigger than before you put it on. Just use the creme again and it will dry up the whitehead."
6 Yea 0 Nay
8/21/2007: Rachel from Pittsburgh, PA writes: "Coconut oil used as a daliy and nightly moisturizer instead of chemical riden synthetics healed my dry, acne-prone skin!"
1/17/2007: Amy from Boise, Idaho writes, "I have been using topical prescription acne meds for 2 years and have done pretty well. This winter I have had a terrible time with dry skin and acne. I have tried exfoliators and lots of moisturizer to relieve the dry skin flakes and have seen no improvement. Just more pimples and flakes. One morning I woke up with a large rash on my neck where I had used an exfoliator. That night I started using coconut oil on my face and neck. (not virgin, Spectrum brand refined) My neck looked much better the next day and I did not wake up with any new pimples which I was very surprised. It was scary putting something so oily on my face! My large pimples under my neck went away in 3 days. My flaky skin was gone in one day. My skin looks great, soon I will try the virgin coconut oil for my face and to include in my diet. This is the first time I have ever been able to say that something natural and possibly a fad REALLY worked for me."
10/17/2005: Samantha from Moravia, IA writes, "I got some coconut oil from a friend that told me to put it on at night before i went to bed. I do not know what kind of coconut oil it is, but i put it on every night. I have always had a problem with acne and red blemishes on my face. The coconut oil cleared my face within days. I was stunned. I have tried face cleansers, proactive, skin buffers, etc. nothing worked for me. I will forever be grateful for the tip to use coconut oil."
2/8/2006: Ann from Reading, England writes, "I suffered from acne, tried most products in the shelf but nothing seemed to work. A friend told me about coconut oil which i have been using for the last five months all the acne cleared and the marks are clearing gradually. alt is a miracle cure!"
3/22/2006: Mia writes, "Organic Unrefined coconut oil cleared my face of blemishes and marks. I started breaking out on my face a couple months ago and I didn't know what to do. I tried everything. Then my dad told me about coconut oil and the health benefits it has. I did alot of research for it and it seemed like a good skin remedy. I decided to try it. I noticed a HUGE difference the next day. It has cleared my skin incredibly. It has made my skin soft and glowing just like it had been before. Coconut oil has also made me more energetic and even healthier. IT IS AN AMAZING MIRACLE CURE!!"
Read more about coconut oil here.
COCONUT OIL AND ZINC
6/26/2007: C.J. from Rossford, Ohio writes: "I developed adult acne at age 18 despite dry skin. Recently, I was told to take zinc for my acne, but was already taking 200% and didn't want to risk overdosing, so I thought I'd crush a tablet and make it into a mask with coconut oil. Coconut oil sounded really good to me as it would moisturize and fight acne at the same time. Using this mask daily has made my acne much less red and started the healing process on my lingering acne scars. The zinc promotes healing and the coconut oil is supposed to have antibiotic properties. I crush one zinc tablet and add the contents of one coconut oil capsule to make a mask. Leave it on for 20-60 minutes. The longer the better, in my experience. Rinse it off with water and a mild soap. Follow up with a balancing toner."
Liza shares the following with us: "I started drinking 10 glasses of water/day, for no reason other than I had started exercising regularly and I wanted to be healthy. About 3 weeks into this regime, I noticed my acne had completely disappeared, I had not been using anything topically for my acne at this time nor did I change my diet besides the drastic increase in water intake. Another bonus was, my regularly dry skin is now as soft as a baby's (even my hands!) and I don't have to use lotion at all--even after shaving my legs. When you first start drinking lots of water you are in the bathroom quite often--including in the middle of the night. This subsides after a week or two--your bladder becomes accustomed to the increase and adjusts. I learned the easiest way to drink 10 glasses of water/day is to drink out of two of the 1 liter water bottles or 4 of the smaller size (20 fl. oz.) bottles. For economy, I refill mine. I also try to drink 1 liter by noon and the second liter by 4 p.m. (So I'm not in the bathroom at 1 a.m.) I recently read an article by a doctor in Connecticut that said drinking that amount of water will reduce allergy symptoms, constipation and some other common ailments, (including acne and dry skin). Her article also mentioned that drinking juice takes away water from our bodies because the sugar level in the juice is higher than that of our blood so water is supplied from our body to our gut to dilute the juice. (In other words, it takes away water, rather than adds to it.) I regularly don't drink anything besides water --I'm never thirsty! Her article also said that you can count as one of your 10 glasses of water an herbal tea or a glass of 1/3 juice with 2/3 water."
Marvin writes: "PUT ICE ON YOUR AFFECTED AREA -- ABOUT 1 MINUTE 4 TIMES A DAY AND IT WILL GONE IN 2 WEEKS."
Marvin also adds, "STEAM your face by boiling water and putting your face over it carefully, then wash with cold water after. the hot steam opens the pores and the cold water kills the germs."
Caidah, from Los Angeles writes, "Boil water until its steamy hot, then take it off the burner and take a rag and dip it in the water (not the whole rag, just the end) and place it on the affected area, it may burn, but it works! I did it and so have a lot of my friends, just don't burn yourself!"
6/19/2006: "Nature Lover" from Grand Rapids, MI writes, "Tomatoes have improved my skin. They also cure my low-intensity digestion problems. Whenever our skin does not look healthy-- pimples, etc, I and my wife found this very useful: First thing in the morning, take half a tomato. One full if it is small or a Roma tomato. Cut into 4 to 8 pieces. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper powder. Eat it. And do not eat anything for next 30 to 45 mins. That's all. Within 2-3 days, you should notice a change. If you do, continue for next 2-3 days. Make sure you eat it in the morning on an empty stomach. I guess is that it removes certain bacteria/ worms from the stomach and directly improves the skin. Hope it helps you too!"