How to Clear Acne With Products Around the House

By Megan Shannon

  • Overview

    Many people who suffer from acne, whether minor or severe, end up spending large amounts of money for over-the-counter treatments. The downside is that they don't always get the results they want; they end up spending more and more on different products, only to be dissatisfied by the same results. You can avoid this scenario by treating acne with items that you already have around the house. Some people find that these methods work better than any acne product they have tried--and of course, it is a lot less expensive in the long run.
    How to Clear Acne With Products Around the House
    How to Clear Acne With Products Around the House
    • Step 1

      Cook plain oatmeal as you normally do for eating, but let if cool off when it's done. Once it's cool, apply it to clean skin as you would a mask. Let it sit for awhile. The oatmeal will draw out the excess oil on the skin and the impurities that are deep under the skin. Make this part of your regular skin-care regimen.
    • Step 2

      Mix a concoction of 1 part vinegar and 8 parts water. (Use apple cider vinegar in diluted form. If you do not have apple cider vinegar, you can use regular vinegar.) Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture to your clean, dry skin. You don't have to worry about rinsing it off unless you use a stronger mixture, like 3 or 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar. If you use a strong mixture you can apply it directly to the acne-troubled areas, then rinse after 10 minutes. Leaving it on too long could cause your face to dry out, so pay close attention to the clock.


    • Step 3

      Mix 1 tsp. or more of baking soda with just enough water to make a paste. The paste makes a great exfoliant, so be very gentle when applying to your clean skin. Massage the paste into your skin for about 30 seconds, then rinse off using lukewarm water and pat your face dry with a towel. The paste, which serves as an exfoliant, will remove dead skin cells, which cause clogged pores that in turn lead to acne.
    • Step 4

      Use egg whites. Egg whites contain lots of protein which can help reconstruct your skin and remove excess oil. Break an egg and remove the yolk. Beat the egg whites, then put them directly on your face for 15 minutes. Rinse off.
    • Skill: Moderately Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Baking soda
    • Oatmeal
    • Egg whites
    • Plain or apple cider vinegar
    • Cotton balls
    • Warning:
    • Most homemade treatments aren't as harsh on the skin as chemical treatments, but always take note if one dries out your face or has any other negative side effect.

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