38 Home Remedies for Inflammatory Acne

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When your face starts to look like the surface of the Moon, it’s time to take action and supplement some of your treatments with the help of Mother Nature. Home remedies for inflammatory acne can help reduce and control some of the symptoms that can turn into more serious conditions.

What is Inflammatory Acne?

Inflammatory acne occurs when the initial stages of acne have been ignored and inflammation has set in. The condition causes more serious blemishes to develop, such as pustules, nodules and cysts [1]. This type of acne is divided into four different categories:

• Papules – Acne papules are small, red formations that measure less than 5 millimeters and are slightly elevated above the surface of the skin. A group of small papules resemble the same texture as sandpaper.
Pustules – Acne pustules are similar to papules, but are more of a dome shape and filled with pus.
• Nodules – Acne nodules are a severe form found deep within the layers of skin. They are painful and can take up to two months to heal. When left ignored, nodules can cause permanent acne scars.
• Cysts – Acne cysts display severely inflamed growths that can measure up to several centimeters in diameter. Scarring is commonplace with this type of acne.

Causes and Symptoms

The symptoms of inflammatory acne include redness, swelling and pain. Certain risk factors affect the chances of an individual suffering from this type of acne.A family history of acne strongly plays a role. Other causes and factors to consider include:

• Using oily cosmetics and hair products that contain vegetable or animal fats
• Hormonal changes (such as pregnancy, menstruation or adolescence)
• Certain medications (like androgens, oral contraceptives and lithium)
• A habit of squeezing and picking comedones (whiteheads and blackheads)
• Constant sweating and friction









Inflammatory Acne Home Remedies

Having an inflammatory acne problem (especially when it affects your face) is something you want to address in the quickest way possible. While you may see a dermatologist to prescribe specific medications, you can still supplement your doctor’s orders with the following home remedies for inflammatory acne:

a) Peppermint:

The natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties associated with the menthol found in crushed peppermint can help treat acne at home. Use a mortar and pestle to thoroughly crush a handful of mint leaves. Rub the leaves and juice on infected skin, and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse well with cold water, and repeat when you need relief from pain and inflammation.

b) Oatmeal and Honey:

Cook a single serving of plain oatmeal and add about ¼ cup of honey to it. Mix the ingredients well, and then allow to cool. Apply the remedy to your face, and leave on for 10 to 20 minutes. Oatmeal can help cleanse your pores by absorbing oil and exfoliating your skin. Honey works towards toning your skin and encouraging faster healing.

c) Clean Bed Sheets:

The dirt and grime that can accumulate on your linens can affect the healing process of your acne. Make sure that anything that touches your skin is clean, including your pillow cases, bed sheets, towels, and clothing.

d) Do Not Squeeze or Pick:

If you pick or squeeze at inflamed acne, you increase your chances of developing an infection or causing a scar to develop. Especially resist the temptation to pop a nodule because they have a reputation for leaving behind large, deep scars.

e) Water:

It is suggested to drink at least eight (8-ounce glasses) of filtered water on a daily basis to help flush out the toxins in the skin that can hinder the healing process of acne. Skin hydration also enhances your overall health and keeps dead cells from clogging up your pores.

f) Skin Care Product Choices:

When choosing skin care products (such as sunscreens, hairstyling gels and cosmetics) – avoid oily, greasy brands. Seek out products that have “water-based” or “noncomedogenic” on their labels.

g) Stay Out of the Sun:

Some people suffer worsened acne when they are in the sun a lot – especially if they are taking a medication specialized for treating skin conditions. When choosing sunscreen, opt for products that do not clog the pores.

h) Wheat Grass:

Juicers can apply the base of their wheat grass drinks to affected skin. Also, drinking 100 ml per day can help purify the blood and deliver antiseptic properties.

i) Cinnamon Powder:

Treat inflammation and pain of inflammatory acne by adding a small amount of water to cinnamon powder to create a healing paste.

j) Decrease Friction:

When you use or wear headbands, back packs, bicycle helmets, and tight shirt collars, you are increasing the risk of agitating your acne with excessive sweating and friction.

k) Aloe Vera:

Apply aloe vera gel to affected skin to encourage a faster rate of recovery. You can use the sap from a broken aloe vera leaf or rub aloe vera juice on cysts. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of the aloe are also helpful for treating pustules. Some people even add aloe to their diet to maximize their results.

l) Honey:

The healing properties of honey are well known and as a topical treatment for acne, it has a lot of promise. One way to use as a home remedy is to mix three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply the mixture on the skin as an overnight treatment that when used for two to three weeks – should bring satisfying results.

m) Coriander:

Add one teaspoon of coriander juice to a pinch of turmeric powder. At night, apply the remedy to affected skin after thoroughly washing your face. Repeat every night to see the best results. If you don’t have any coriander juice, you may use mint juice as a replacement.

n) Ice:

To reduce the swelling of cystic acne, apply ice and leave on for about 15 minutes.

o) Boost Your Immune System:

When fighting acne nodules, it is important to give your immune system a boost. This will help your skin’s ability to repair and rejuvenate. The immune system also fights free radicals, which can worsen your pre-existed acne. An effective approach is to increase your intake of vitamins A, B1, C, E, and zinc.

p) Vitamin A Supplement: [2]

If you are suffering from a vitamin A deficiency – keep in mind that this can cause and worsen acne.

q) Vitamin E:

To lessen the threat of acne scarring, use vitamin E oil on the skin and increase your intake of the vitamin in your diet to promote tissue healing, as well as prevent and heal acne scars.

r) Steam:

You can use steam to deep clean and drain the pus from cystic acne. Steaming your face will open the pores and encourage the elimination of dirt and grime that is trapped under the skin’s surface. Drape a towel over your head as you lean your face over a bowl filled with hot water. Repeat this process at least 10 minutes a day – three times a week.

s) Bacon:

When it comes to cystic acne, some say that bacon fat and Band-Aids are effective. Some people have used bacon fat to stimulate the transfer of moisture in cystic acne, as well as bring boils to a head. Attach half a slice of bacon to an adhesive bandage, and apply to an acne cyst before going to bed. Keep repeating the process until the cyst comes to a head. This will help the blood and pus to drain. Follow up with an application of antibiotic ointment.

t) Figs:

For acne cysts, figs contain a bactericide and antifungal properties that can heal infection and treat swelling associated with cystic acne. Some say that the figs also help reduce inflammation. You can make a poultice out of roasted figs, which are meant to draw out the blood and pus, as well as speed up the healing process. To make the poultice, roast several figs in an oven set to 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Mash up the roasted figs, and then apply them to affected skin for 30 minutes. Rinse well with cool water.

u) Baking Soda:

To help treat cystic acne, use baking soda as a topical treatment. Add equal parts of water and baking soda to create a paste that is applied to cysts two times per day after you’ve thoroughly washed your face. Allow the remedy to sit for 20 minutes, and then rinse off using lukewarm water. This remedy is meant to kill bacteria, exfoliate the skin, and absorb excess oil. You can also use a baking soda and sea salt remedy for your cystic acne by mixing a small amount of baking soda and sea salt water together, and then applying to inflamed skin.

v) Egg White:

To lessen the swelling of cystic acne, apple a small amount of egg white to the skin. Allow it to dry for about 20 minutes, and then wash your face well to remove the egg white.

w) Garlic:

The antibiotic properties of garlic work well for treating a severe acne breakout. Peel and mash fresh garlic cloves, and then apply to the face. Leave the garlic on your skin for about 15 minutes – using a warm cloth to rinse of the remaining juice.

x) Orange Peels:

Pound a bunch of orange peels, and then add to water to create a facial treatment for inflamed acne.

y) Honey and Aspirin:

To treat cystic acne, honey offers antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal benefits that can ease an acne breakout. Aspirin works to control inflammation. You can add enough water to a crushed aspirin to create a paste for your face. Massage the remedy into your affected skin as a facial scrub. Rinse with cool water, and then apply honey onto your cystic acne. After the honey has dried on skin, rinse well with warm water.

z) Mango:

With a reputation for replenishing the skin, fruits and vegetables with an orange or yellow-orange color can be used to treat inflammatory acne. Mango is an effective option for treatment. A paste made out of mango can soften the skin and open clogged pores.

aa) Tomatoes:

The pulp of ripe tomatoes can treat acne-ridden skin when routinely applied to the face. Leave on for about one hour before rinsing off. Cucumber pulp can be used as a soothing substitute for this remedy.

bb) Warm Compress:

Apply a warm water compress to your acne breakout – make sure that the water is not hot.

cc) Apple Cider Vinegar:

Use the acidity of apple cider vinegar to kill the bacteria associated with inflammatory acne, which can also balance the pH level of the skin. The vinegar also absorbs excess oil in the skin. Combine one part vinegar and three to four parts of water to make a diluted solution. Apply the remedy directly to the skin with a cotton ball. Leave it on for about 10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. It is recommended to repeat this remedy three times per day. For severe cases, leave the vinegar on the skin overnight without rinsing.

dd) Lemon Juice:

Treat the inflammation of cystic acne with a diluted mixture of lemon juice and water.

ee) Lemon Juice and Rose Water:

Combine equal quantities of lemon juice and rose water to treat affected inflammatory acne. Leave on for about 30 minutes. Repeat this regimen for about three to four weeks to see an improvement in skin.

ff) Onion:

Treat inflammatory acne with the juice from freshly crushed onions, which provide antibacterial properties that help disinfect inflamed skin.

gg) Zinc:

To treat your acne, taking a zinc supplement is suggested. The antioxidant promotes healthy skin and helps regulate hormones. You may also increase your intake of zinc in your diet by adding foods, such as pumpkin seeds, roast beef, and peanuts.

hh) Witch Hazel:

The astringent powers of witch hazel can help dry out existing pimples and prevent new ones from developing. Apply to acne every morning and night.

ii) Wash Off Make-Up:

It is important to wash off all make-up before going to bed or you may further clog your pores.

jj) Apple and Honey Mask:

Prepare a healing mask for inflammatory acne by combining grated apples and honey. Apply the remedy to the skin for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off the mask with warm water, and follow up with a cold rinse.

kk) Watch Your Diet:

There are certain foods you should limit or avoid when battling a bad case of inflammatory acne, such as tea, coffee, spicy foods, greasy foods, full-fat dairy products, refined foods, and creamy salad dressings.

ll) Toothpaste:

Some people have reduced the swelling of their cystic acne by applying toothpaste – the plain white kind with no additives. Apply directly to cysts and leave on overnight.


[1] http://www.emedicinehealth.com/acne/page2_em.htm

[2] http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002400.htm