Herbal Treatment for Acne

In my previous post, I have shared my knowledge on Acne vulgaris. In this post, I will be dealing with some common herbal treatments that have numerous health benefits on skin and repairs the damaged skin. 

Almost each one of us might have experienced acne or pimple issues in our lifetime. It is one of the most common skin problems in the world. In general, teenagers are affected the most but it can also affect elderly people or adults.

Mother nature has gifted us with valuable plants that have phytochemicals and phytonutrients that work miracles on human skin. We generally neglect them or do not prefer to use them because the results take time with organic products. We look for shortcuts and instant results. This harms our skin even more in the long run.

So, let me elaborate on some very common herbal remedies that help to fight acne and soothes our skin. 

Coconut Oil

When it comes to soothing the skin and nourishing the scalp, coconut oil tops the list. The health benefits of coconut oil are numerous due to its antibacterial, antifungal, anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory activities. The essential oils found in coconut oil moisturizes the skin and helps in reducing the inflammation of the skin caused due to acne. 

Coconut oil is a natural cleanser that cleans the skin deep inside, cleaning the skin pores and removing dirt. The technique to use coconut oil on acne prone skin is very simple. Take a small amount of coconut oil in your palm and apply it on the skin. Massage the oil with your fingers in a circular motion for 30-40 seconds and then keep a warm moistened towel on the face for another 30-40 seconds. This helps the pores to open. Take another dry towel to pat dry your skin. 

Lemon Juice

Lemon is another energy booster loaded with vitamin C and other phytonutrients. Like coconut oil, lemon juice also acts as a natural cleanser cleaning the skin deep within. It is the simplest method to clear acne. Squeeze a lemon, take the juice in a bowl or cup and apply the juice on the skin with the help of a cotton ball. Lemon juice is so gentle on the skin that you can keep it overnight and then wash with normal water in the morning. Lemon juice is a popular ingredient in several herbal products for skin care. 

You can also apply lemon with honey to increase the effectiveness of lemon. Make a face mask with lemon and honey and apply on the sin. Keep it for 20-30 minutes and then wash with normal water. 

Green Tea

Green tea is known for its anti-oxidative and antibacterial activities. It acts as a coolant for the skin and soothes the affected area. Green tea can be used as a face wash to treat acne-prone skin. 


The benefits of neem to human skin is known for ages. In Ayurveda, Neem leaves are used as medicines due to its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory activities. 

You can directly apply fresh neem leaf extract or neem leaf paste on your pimples and see the result in a few weeks. Various herbal products are available in the market that contains neem as an effective and primary ingredient for skin care. 


Cucumbers are loaded with water and vital nutrients that can hydrate our body. Similarly, cucumbers can even hydrate our skin and keep it healthy. Eating cucumbers are the best and easiest way of treating acne. Simply slice a cucumber and place the slices on the affected skin. 

You can even rub the slices in a circular motion. Cucumber face washes and cucumber face masks are readily available in the market.

These are just a few of several herbal plants that work best on human skin. You can try these on your skin to treat acne or acne-prone skin. Try to use fresh and locally grown produce to make your herbal remedies. 

I hope, this post helps you to find herbal remedies for your skin type. The best thing about these herbal remedies is that they have no side-effects on the skin but you need to be very patient to obtain good results because good things take time to happen. 

About Dr Namrata, Ph.D.

Author is a PhD in Botany (Environmental Science) with keen interest in Biotechnology and Research work. Currently, she is a full time blogger, posting her views and thoughts related to Science and Life.

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