Well+Good readers’ 5 best natural acne remedies

acne remedies Welcome to our every-so-often series of questions to discover how you, our readers, live a super interesting, healthy life. We totally invite you to dish on your habits, preferences, and know-how in the Comments, and we may even use our favorite ones in an up-coming article!

This week we asked you, our super-savvy readers, to tell us which all-natural acne remedies actually work.

The consensus was pretty clear (no pun intended): You’ve said goodbye to chemical-laden skincare products and gotten creative with ingredients that are not only easy to pronounce and already in your pantry, but also deliver serious results.

Keep reading for the five Well+Good reader-approved, all-natural tricks for clear, glowing skin.

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apple cider vinegar Remedy #1: Apple cider vinegar, your new favorite toner
This vinegar works wonders, far beyond the kitchen. Its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties help to ward off unwanted blemishes.

Readers say: “Apple cider vinegar diluted with water in a glass bottle is my go-to. I put it on a cotton round, dot it around twice/day, and let it dry before moisturizing.” Ann

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milk and cookies Remedy #2: Reducing sugar, gluten, and dairy intake
No matter how diligent you are about washing your face, foods can still cause flare-ups. Refined sugars, starchy carbs, and dairy can cause insulin levels to spike… and, a few days later, a new frenemy is hanging out on your face.

Readers say: If you have acne, food choice can be incredibly important, but it takes work to figure out what the triggers are. For me specifically, giving up processed food, sugar, dairy, and tomatoes completely changed my skin.Sarah

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One Love Organics Oil Remedy #3: Cleansing with oil
This beauty trend is big for all the right reasons: Oils effectively break down the dirt, oil, and other acne-causing debris that builds up in your pores over time, cleaning the skin far more gently than harsh scrubs.

Readers say: “Oil cleansing was a complete game changer for me—balanced greasiness and shine, and eliminated dry skin almost completely (especially combined with oil to moisturize after).” Maeve

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honey Remedy #4: Honey turmeric face masks
You don’t need to spend a day at the spa to enjoy the benefits of a skin-nourishing, acne spot-busting face mask. Well+Good readers love slathering their skin with ingredients easily found in kitchen cupboards for this complexion-enhancing DIY.

Readers say: “Using manuka honey as a facial cleanser and turmeric powder as a mask does help to heal skin and lighten acne spots.”Anastasija

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tea tree oil Remedy #5: Tree oil for breakout emergencies
The worst kind of surprise is the pimple-on-your-chin-the-day-of-an-interview surprise. Which might explain why so many of our readers keep this antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial-packed essential oil in their beauty bags; it’s a secret weapon in the fight against unwanted zits.

Our readers say: “If I already have a pimple, tea tree oil is my go-to fix. Apply a small amount directly to area and the antibacterial properties will help clear the cyst or pimple.” Sarrah

This expert explains why you might wake up with a giant zit on your face—and what you can do to stop it.

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