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Do Home Remedies for Acne Really Work?

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Updated July 31, 2009

Question: Do Home Remedies for Acne Really Work?
I’ve heard a lot about home remedies for acne, but I’m unsure if I should try them. Do home remedies for acne really work?
Answer:

Many people mean natural when they think “home remedies for acne.” In general, natural treatments aren’t the best choice if you’re trying to clear your skin.

Most herbs, oils, teas, etc. have not been studied extensively for their effectiveness as acne treatments. While there are a few alternative remedies that have shown promise, most natural home remedies for acne fall short.

But there are home remedies for acne that are effective and still don't require a trip to the doctor’s office. Over-the-counter products containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or sulfur are great home remedies for acne.

So depending on the treatments you choose, home remedies for acne can be very helpful. Not every case of acne will respond to home remedies, though, so be willing to see your doctor if you aren’t seeing improvement.

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