What is acne?

Acne occurs due to the clogged skin pores that are blocked by oil and dead skin cells. Though acne is excessively found in teenagers and adolescents, adults are also seen to be affected by it. Acne problem is annoying and youth, especially women feel low on their self-confidence due to this issue. Acne is stubborn, but you can ‘face’ it effectively by making simple changes in your diet and with the help of few home-made remedies for a clear and flawless skin.

What are the different types of acnes?


Blackheads are formed by clogging of sebum and dead skin cells with a characteristic black colour on the surface. The top of the pore remains open and the rest is clogged.


Whiteheads are similar to blackheads, but the top of the pore closes up. This makes it difficult to treat.


Papules are another type of acne that is formed by breaking down of the walls surrounding the pores. They are often hard and painful to touch and typically have a pink appearance.


Pustules are formed similarly like papules but are filled with pus. The red colour little bumps protrude out of the skin with a yellow or white heads on top.


Nodules are formed by further irritation of clogged and inflamed pores. These are difficult to be treated at home and require proper medical treatment.


Cysts are the most severe form of acne, formed by a combination of bacteria, sebum and dead skin. Cysts typically leave scars and marks.

What are the home remedies to treat acne?

There are many home remedies which can effectively help in curing and controlling acne. The benefitting fact is that these remedies are simple and pocket-friendly.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has known properties of fighting with microorganisms.

Method of application:

  • Mix apple cider vinegar and water in the ratio of 1:3. In case you have sensitive skin you can use more quantity of water.
  • Apply this mixture on the affected area using a cotton ball.
  • Dry your face for around 20 seconds and wash it with water.
  • You can do this process multiple times a day.

Honey and Cinnamon Mask

Studies have also shown the benefits of honey and cinnamon mask in treating acne.

Method of application:

  • Make a paste using 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons honey.
  • Apply this mask on face and let it dry for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove the mask by rinsing with water, pat dry.

Green Tea

Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, helps combating bacteria and reduces inflammation. Applying green tea to the skin has been shown to significantly reduce acne.

Method of application:

  • Boil water with green tea for 5 minutes.
  • Let the tea water cool.
  • Apply the mixture onto the affected area using a cotton ball.
  • Let it dry for a few seconds and rinse it with water.

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera gel is associated with numerous cosmetic and medicinal benefits. The application of it on skin is found to be effective and reduces inflammation, heal wounds and soothe burns. Although, the effect of it on acne remains questionable, it is said to have a beneficial effect.

Method of application:

  • Use a spoon to scoop out aloe vera gel from the aloe plant.
  • Apply the gel on the skin until it gets absorbed.
  • Rinse it with clean water and let it dry.

Regular Exfoliation

Regular exfoliation is essential part of skin care. Exfoliation removes the layer of dead skin cells.

How to Make a Scrub at Home

  • Take equal parts of sugar and coconut oil.
  • Exfoliate the skin using this scrub and rinse.
  • You should exfoliate your skin 2-3 times a week.