We tend to think of acne as a problem for the young, and there’s a good reason for that: Most of us start developing acne and often have our most severe acne during our teen years. Sadly, that doesn’t mean zits magically disappear the day
13. Zouboulis CC, Derumeaux L, Decroix J, et al. A multicentre, single-blind, randomized comparison of a fixed clindamycin phosphate/tretinoin gel formulation (Velac) applied once daily and a clindamycin lotion formulation (Dalacin T) applied twice daily in the topical treatment of acne vulgaris. Br J Dermatol 2000;143:498–505 [PubMed]
What it is: You may have heard of tretinoin in reference to “Retin-A” wrinkle treatments. Tretinoin is retinoic acid and vitamin A acid combined, and comes in various strengths in creams, gels, and liquids for topical use on the skin. It is used to treat acne and also to treat sun damaged skin or wrinkles and is usually applied once per day.1Learn more from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
The good news is this: many safe home remedies for cystic acne, blackheads, whiteheads, and hyperpigmentation due to acne scars are all available. Below I’m sharing my favorite natural home remedies for getting rid of pimples and keeping them from returning. If you’re someone who has chosen to use potentially dangerous prescription drugs and/or topical medications on your skin, instead of natural home remedies for acne, then know that clearing your skin naturally is possible, as is minimizing acne scars. A healthy diet, applying essential oils, proper gentle cleansing and balancing hormones are all some of the ways you can restore your skin’s health, reduce unsightly pimples or other types of irritation, and prevent scars.
Cucumber works as an anti-inflammatory, which is why people use cucumber slices to combat puffy eyes! They work just as well for pimples and will help to reduce the angry redness of them. You can make a cucumber face mask for instant effects!5
. A comparison of the efficacy and tolerability of adapalene 0.1% gel vs tretinoin 0.025% gel in patients with acne vulgaris: a meta analysis of five randomized trials. Br J Dermatol 1998;139(suppl 52):48–56.
When starting treatment with topical retinoids, Dr. Schlosser advises that the therapy should only be applied three times a week for the skin to get accustomed to it. Over time, the frequency of the medication should be gradually increased with the goal of using a topical retinoid every night.
If you wear makeup, never go to bed without washing it all off. Sleeping with makeup on is a surefire way to increase your pimple-count and make getting rid of your acne even more difficult. Use an oil-free makeup remover prior to washing with your regular cleanser to make sure all traces have been removed.
Considerations: Because tazarotene is a retinoid (vitamin A derivative), like Accutane, it should not be used by women who are pregnant because of potential harm to the fetus. Exposure to sunlight should be avoided. Wind or cold may be more irritating when taking tazarotene. Side effects occured in 10-30% of patients and included dry peeling skin, burning, stinging, dry skin, redness, and itchiness.
Remember that effective acne treatment is a marathon, not a sprint. Some believe that quick fixes found in their medicine cabinet are viable options, wondering to themselves: Can hydrogen peroxide cure acne? or Does sulfur make acne better? In most cases like these, the answer is no. These solutions are short-lived, and can result in worsened breakouts.
Turmeric is an age-old antiseptic. It is widely used as a topical paste to treat skin conditions and infections. It kills the bacteria present on the skin and also aids in the quick recovery of the skin cells (41).
The main ingredients to look for in acne products are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. “Products that contain salicylic acid unplug the pores and those with benzoyl peroxide are mild anti-inflammatories and also kill or stop bacteria from growing,” says Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD, who teaches dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.