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5 Surprising Acne Treatments

Homemade Topical Remedies

Few dermatologists would recommend these anti-acne folk remedies, and anecdotal evidence seems split down the middle regarding effectiveness. Thus forewarned, you may want to try the following and draw your own conclusions:

  • Put small dabs of toothpaste on existing blemishes and "trouble areas" of your face, and leave it on overnight. Will it work? Some say yes.
  • Raw egg whites may or may not dry your face and prevent acne breakouts, but there's only one way to find out.
  • A facial application of garlic paste will prevent new acne breakouts -- perhaps.
  • Honey, when applied to your face, allowed to dry and left to work its magic overnight, is said to fight bacteria and prevent or reduce acne breakouts. Honey does have strong antibacterial qualities, but the jury's still out on whether it effectively treats acne.
  • Lemons contain glycolic acid, which is used by dermatologists to exfoliate skin. Apply diluted lemon juice to your face and wash off after 15 minutes, or you can also simply wipe your face with a lemon slice. Results may vary.
  • Other home treatments for acne include wearing a mask of cooked oatmeal, using water from a pot of boiled green beans to wash your face, and self-applied basil solutions. These are best to try in the comfort of your own home, and not in a nice restaurant.

Next, borrow a page from science fiction to treat acne.