What’s the Medical Research Behind Natural Acne Remedies?

Homemade facial masks with natural ingredients, on color wooden table, on light backgroundHomemade facial masks with natural ingredients, on color wooden table, on light background

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Any Pinterest fans out there?  You know those pins you always see on your feed, those “at-home,” “all-natural,” “really-works,” pins about acne remedies?  Well, most of us have probably seen those and wondered if there’s any actual medical science behind those natural remedies.  The three most common natural acne remedies are probably lemon juice, aloe vera, and apple cider vinegar.  But before you head into your kitchen and start rooting around in your cabinets for some tid-bits to slather all over your skin, read on and find out if those remedies will help, do nothing, or possibly even make your acne worse!

 

Aloe Vera:  Aloe vera can often be treated as a heal all product, good for sunburns and whatever else ails you!  But in one study it was shown that there was a minimal decrease in acne when compared to the placebo gel patients.

Lemon Juice: It is possible that lemons can help with acne.  It has a low pH balance which may help to destroy the bacteria that are causing your acne, however sufficient studies have not been done to determine the effectiveness of lemon juice.  It is also important to keep in mind that lemon juice is not going to magically cure all of your acne overnight.  With any sort of acne treatment it can take three months to show any solid results, and so people claiming that lemon juice “cured” their acne overnight probably shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is often used as an ingredient in home-made toners, and it is true that vinegar has anti-bacterial properties.  However, in no way does this mean that it is a miracle acne cure.   Again, sufficient studies have not been done to determine this, and if used improperly apple cider vinegar can actually harm your skin and make your acne worse because of its high acid content.

Overall, home remedies might be a fun way to experiment with skin care, but if you are serious about getting rid of your acne, a consultation with a dermatologist is by far the best way to go.  Luckily, there is now an even easier way to get that consultation, anywhere and anytime!  DermCheck App is a virtual dermatologist visit right through your phone.  All you do is download the app, take a few photos of your skin condition, answer a few medical questions and submit!  A board certified dermatologist will get back to you in just 24 hours with a treatment plan, and even a prescription sent electronically to the pharmacy of your choice.  So why wait? Download DermCheck App today and get submitting!

 

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