Learn how to treat acne naturally! These 5 natural acne treatments are ways to keep your skin clear, blemish-free & make your skin look bright and glowing!
Let's face it… most of us deal with acne at some time in our life. Whether it has to do with our hormones, or we're going through a stressful time at work or maybe we just had too much sugar and our system is wigging out a little bit, acne is natural.
But acne also sucks. Big time.
It's a confidence sucker, it's something we feel ashamed about and we're constantly trying to cover it up with makeup. I get it because I do the exact same thing.
I'm currently dealing with some skin issues that have been on and off for the last year or so. I'll go from having totally clear skin to breakouts and I haven't been able to really identify the underlying issue. One thing I have done though? Come up with ways to naturally treat my pimples. And today I want to share my favorites with you.
5 Easy Natural Acne Treatments
If you searched how to treat acne naturally, I'm sure there are millions of results. And I want to caveat this post by saying this is what has worked for me. I think these natural acne treatments are pretty universal, but I can't guarantee anything because we're all different.
So what I suggest you do is test them out and see how it goes. Don't try all 5 at once – never too many changes for your skin at once – but start with just one and slowly see how your skin responds!
1. Double Cleansing
Double cleansing is a method of washing your face that has become popular in recent years. And it's just as it sounds: cleansing your face twice! The reason why double cleansing is beneficial is because many times one cleanse just isn't getting your face fully clean. With a single cleanse you can be leaving bacteria, dead skin cells, dirt and grime that can end up clogging your pores and causing acne.
Double cleansing is super simple. You can either start with an oil-based cleanser, which I like to do, or you can just use your same cleanser twice.
For the second cleanse, I like to do something a little more gentle. I've been loving washing my face with raw honey (see below!), but will flip flop that with my favorite gentle milk cleanser.
My favorite double cleansing products: Primally Pure Cleansing Oil, REN Gentle Milk Cleanser
2. Raw Honey Face Wash
My second tip goes along with the first and that is to start washing/cleansing your face with raw honey. Why is it beneficial to cleanse with raw honey? Because raw honey has some pretty amazing benefits for the skin.
Benefits of raw honey:
- Very hydrating
- Incredibly gentle
How to wash your face with honey is as easy as it sounds. Splash your face with warm water, then use about 1 tablespoon of raw honey and use it on your face like you would a traditional cleanser. Rinse with warm water and pat your face dry with a warm towel.
I swear this is a game changer. It leaves my skin feeling absolutely amazing and has 100% helped with my acne. I love it!
Best raw honey products: Manuka Honey, Vermont Raw Honey
3. Natural Enzyme Peel
We've talked about the benefits of exfoliating before and I truly believe it's one of the best ways to treat and prevent acne. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin which, if not removed, can lead to a build of bacteria, can clog your pores and can ultimately cause acne.
However, it's also important to not over do it. If you have pretty bad acne (or sensitive skin), limit your exfoliation to just once per week. I recommend sticking with fruit enzyme peels since they're effective but also mild. Rather than using a scrub which can actually damage the skin, enzyme peels “eat away at” or break down the dead skin. And then when you wash if off, your face feels like new again!
Best enzyme peels: Naturopathica Cherry Enzyme Peel, Ursa Major 3-minute Flash Mask
4. Mud Mask/Spot Treatment
What happens when you have a pimple that just won't go away? Sometimes you need a spot treatment!
I have two favorite natural spot treatments: my honey clay mask and tea tree oil. Both are amazing at drying out pimples and can be used overnight. I find they help reduce redness, reduce the inflammation and help the pimple go away more quickly.
You can use these treatments just as you would any other normal spot treatment. After you've completed your facial routine, simply pop a drop or two of either treatment on the pimples and leave it overnight!
5. High-Frequency Wand
Now, this natural acne treatment might seem a little out there, but it's been a game changer for my skin (and acne). I first discovered high-frequency wands when I got a facial and I asked my esthetician if it was something I could use at home. She said you could buy them on Amazon, so I picked one up!
And you know what? It really works. I don't use mine every single day, and I use it only on problem areas, but it definitely helps to speed up the healing process.
Here's how they work. The wand emits a high frequency that comes in contact with your skin kills bacteria on and underneath. It also helps to tighten and reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines. And finally, it helps with inflammation. All things we're looking to achieve.
And best of all, they're not a big investment! The high-frequency wand I have is under $40 and works just as well as the one at the spa.
Do you have tips for how to treat acne?
We'd love to hear your thoughts! Let us know some of your favorite natural acne treatments down in the comments. The more the better in my opinion – I love learning from you!
7 comments on “My 5 Favorite Natural Acne Treatments”
Try TeaTree essential oil
That’s one of the ones mentioned! It’s great 🙂
Hi. Can use the acne treatment products twice a day? Morning and before bed bcuz I’m really working on cleaning my face, get rid of dark spot, pimples all of it
Hello! For my acne I use plantation blackstrap molasses, Argon oil and tea tree oil . Also, just a few days ago I added a vitamin c serum. So, in a few months I know if it works. It had great reviews on amazon. It’s hyaluronic acid serum by truskin.
The high frequency want sounds really promising, I’ll have to invest in one! I have to mention natural products that should NOT be used on acne skin. Witch hazel, coconut oil, lemon/lime juice, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda are the culprits that come to mind first. The options you list will work if you have a single pimple or mild acne but for more severe, stubborn types (especially cystic) these 3 ingredients are the most effective hands down with studies to back it-Beta Hydroxy Acid (salicylic acid), Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and Benzoyl Peroxide. I believe both the Beta and Alpha acids have natural options like willow bark, lactic acid and fruit acids. Benzoyl peroxide, unfortunately, does not to my knowledge but it’s the most universally effective treatment for just about all types of acne. Only a 2.5% or max 5% formula should be used. Never use the 10% ones (Clean&Clear, Oxy, Zapzyt, etc) that concentration doesn’t work any better than the lower one’s and is super drying and irritating.
Thanks so much for all this info! So helpful!