Natural Acne Treatment


Some people prefer natural products that use less chemicals or scientific-based ingredients, which also extend to their treatment for acne.

There are products available, and these will be clearly labelled as ‘herbal’, ‘organic’ or ‘natural’.  It’s important to know that there is little research to back up their claims of effectiveness, simply because few clinical trials have been done on them.  It’s not to say that they don’t work – you just have to know that the evidence-based research doesn’t exist.

So what if you’ve found a natural acne treatment product and it seems to be working for you? Well great, stick to it.  What’s most important is that you stick to a consistent routine and do it every day.


Tea Tree Oil

The most common herbal remedy suggested for acne is tea tree oil, which has been shown to have some effect on acne AND there have been some studies conducted on it. When compared to benzoyl peroxide in one study, it was shown to be slower, but still effective in reducing acne.  However, tea tree oil is also a known cause of allergic contact dermatitis, depending on its concentration.
Tea tree oil is still considered an herbal remedy, and though some studies have been done on it, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate the herbal and supplement market.  So, long story short, there’s no government watchdog looking over the shoulder of companies promising natural acne treatment options.
Also keep in mind that any herbal treatment is still a ‘drug,’ meaning that it will interact with your body in some way just like scientifically-based chemical ingredients.  They may even affect other acne treatments you’re using. Every drug has side effects, and many drugs are made from natural and organic substances. ‘Natural acne treatment’ does not necessarily mean safe, just as other chemical ingredients are not right for everyone or are completely safe.

Unfortunately, because they’re not regulated, the quality of herbal acne remedies can vary a lot from one place to another and one manufacturer to another. So the side effects vary depending on what you’re taking, amount of dosage, what your body chemistry is, and numerous other factors.  Hopefully there will be little to zero side effects at all – but again, this varies from person to person.

It is very important that you consult with your doctor or dermatologist before using anything labeled an ‘herbal acne remedy’ to see if they will be right for your skin. Herbs and supplements are not regulated by the government and, as such, may not actually be effective or safe.


Home based remedies

In an attempt to clear their acne cheaply, people have used some inventive ingredients including potatoes, vinegar and lemon juice, toothpaste, garlic, lime juice and basil, and lots of others. Some people claim that these and other home remedies work for them to some degree.

However, in my own experience, these remedies are at best hit or miss and none of them work reliably and consistently.  The best approach is what we’ve consistently found in the research and our own experience – and that is to have a consistent cleansing routine each day, using products that work best for your skin.

We like Zenmed for the reason that it uses more natural ingredients than most other mainstream products.  Click here to read our Zenmed Review.

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