Let’s be honest: there are A LOT of homemade acne spot treatment recipes, but most of them don’t actually work. That’s why I’ve gone ahead and tested out the majority of them so you don’t have to!
Out of all the ones I tried(about 10 in total), only three seemed to offer relatively good results. Now I’m not the kinda gal who suffers from severe acne breakouts, but I do from time to time get the occasional bump that I want removed as quickly as possible.
These three homemade acne spot treatment recipes are now my official “go-to’s” and I totally recommend you try them out next time you’re having problems.
Before you head out and start DIYing your way to acne free skin, you might want to check out this video on the 3 best homemade acne treatments.
The final recipe is by far my favorite spot treatment and it shows you how to make and apply it in real life. You know, just in case you’re a little unsure of what it’s supposed to end up looking like. I know I screw up DIY recipes all the time!
Homemade Acne Spot Treatment Recipe #1: Aspirin & Water
Straight up, this remedy works every time. What’s the best thing about it? It’s so freakin’ simple to make. All you need is one aspirin and some water.
Not only is aspirin an anti-inflammatory, but it also contains salicylic acid. SA has an uncanny ability to clear out unwanted blockages in your pores. Only by removing the dirt and grime in our skin, can we start to get a handle on the problem. The anti-inflammatory nature of aspirin will help bring down the swelling usually associated with cystic acne.
Making This Spot Treatment
Just follow this ridiculously simple step-by-step process that take’s less than 5 minutes to prepare:
Step One: Take one aspirin and using the back of a table spoon, crush it down into a powder. This isn’t supposed to be back-breaking labor either. As you can see from the video above, it only took 10-20 seconds to crush the aspirin.
Step Two: Mix in about 2 tablespoons of water with the crushed aspirin until you have a consistent looking paste. Again you can check out the video for an example of what it should look like.
Step Three: Apply the paste as a spot treatment to the areas most effected by acne. Leave on for about 10 minutes before washing off with water.
This is the perfect spot treatment for those morning where you wake up with one of those annoying zits that takes over your entire face! (or at least it feels that way at the time)
Homemade Acne Spot Treatment Recipe #2: Baking Soda & Lemon Juice
This is one of my all time favorites because it’s affordable, easy-to-make and you can actually feel it working unlike most home remedies.
You just need the following:
1 Fresh Lemon
The alpha hydroxy acid found in most citrus-based fruits including lemons, acts as a natural antibacterial. Once the conditions are right for bacteria to breed, they’re extremely hard to remove. Lemon juice is one of the only easy-to-get ingredients that has the ability to naturally destroy acne causing bacteria.
1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
We’ve already mentioned baking soda as being a great ingredient for DIY microdermabrasion, due to its ability to rapidly exfoliate micro-particles from your skin. It’s one of the most affordable ways of exfoliating your skin, something we’re in desperate need of when signs of acne start to surface.
Making The Spot Treatment
Just follow these simple steps for making and applying this spot treatment:
Step One: Take your tablespoon of baking soda and mix it in a bowl with 2-3 drops of lemon juice. Stir using a spoon and you should start to notice it froth a little before calming down into a paste.
Step Two: Apply directly to the problem areas and rub in a circular motion for about a minute. Leave on for about 20 minutes or better yet overnight for maximum results.
Homemade Acne Spot Treatment Recipe #3: Coconut Oil & Turmeric
Okay so you probably don’t have any coconut oil or turmeric in your pantry. If you do then great! If not, this will be a one time investment because both of them will last for a long time.
The first spot treatment was more for those with combination skin like myself, whereas this one is better suited for those with drier than normal skin.
Have you ever heard the old saying that “like attracts like”? Well in this case the coconut oil we’re using will help attract the unwanted sebum oil that caused the initial blockage. What we’re actually doing is using one oil to wash away another.
By removing a large amount of the sebum oil naturally produced in our skin, we can help free up any blockages that lead to the initial acne breakout.
Pretty cool huh?
This ingredient has a whole host of benefits including being an natural antibacterial, soothing agent and even an anti-inflammatory. Just like the alpha hydroxy acid in the first spot treatment recipe, the turmeric in this one will help to kill any unwanted acne causing bacteria.
Making The Spot Treatment
Again this is a really simple recipe to make, just two steps:
Step One: In a bowl, mix 1/2 tsp of turmeric with 1/2 tsp of coconut oil. Just stir until the mixture looks nice and even.
Step Two: Using your ‘clean’ fingers, apply the treatment directly to your problem areas about 20 minutes before going to bed. Rub in gently in a circular motion.
Step Three: After waking up in the morning, rinse off your face with warm water.
Things To Think About
Although you should notice a major difference after just one treatment of both of these, it will most likely take 2-3 days for your spots to fully heal.
The earlier you apply both of these remedies, the faster the results will be. Personally these three are the only ones that worked well for me, however if you do have another recipe you care to share, please drop me a comment in the box below.