At-home acne remedies: Do they work?


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Some home remedies for acne sound like recipes for witches’ potions, while others are just too easy to be true. A few, however, might just work the magic you need. See if the ingredients you have on hand can save face for your big date or interview in the morning, and what methods just make matters worse.


This classic method probably developed out of the fact that toothpaste contains triclosan, an ingredient that’s also found in many acne treatments. But toothpaste also contains ingredients that can irritate your skin, making it even redder and more uncomfortable. Steer clear of this remedy.


Oatmeal masks
These masks have scientific backing: Oatmeal has been found to reduce inflammation and sooth irritated skin, which could help reduce redness and the size of a nasty zit. Mix together 2 teaspoons of oatmeal with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and water to form a paste; rub over the problem areas, and then rinse thoroughly.


Some people use tanning beds to fight acne, thinking the UV rays will dry up the zits. In reality, there isn’t any scientific backing to support that idea, and trying it out isn’t worth the 75% increase in skin cancer risk that tanning beds offer.

Turmeric facemask
You may not have heard of this one, but Indian brides have been using it the night before their weddings for centuries. Turmeric has anti-inflammation and antibacterial properties that can help fight the bacteria that cause acne. Make a mask with this recipe from The Well Daily: 2 tablespoons of yogurt, a ½ teaspoon of dry turmeric powder and 2 teaspoons of organic honey.

Don't forget our honey for acne face mask article we wrote.