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Unusual Natural Ingredients for Acne

     Here at blissani we prefer ingredients such as lavender oil, aloe and jojoba.  Yet, the desire to reduce acne naturally has led many down strange paths.  This is understandable as prescription and over the counter acne medications can cause side effects

Excessive dryness and itching are some of the more benign symptoms of certain acne medications.  Dizziness, depression and organ damage are the most serious.  So, in the quest for something healthier, people have put yogurt on their face.


    Yes, yogurt.  Which isn’t that crazy when you think about it.   Yogurt contains lactic acid as it’s derived from dairy.  Lactic acid can shrink and tighten your pores.  Tighter pores means smoother looking skin and less blemishes.  Additionally, yogurt contains a healthy dose of Vitamin B for your skin. 

Vitamin B (or B2 also known as Riboflavin) contains organic compounds that aid in cell regeneration and skin hydration.  This study seemed to think it worked.


     Stay cool and use ice.  Ice is a cheap and easy way to treat inflamed acne.  Try applying ice directly to a cyst or pimple which has become red and irritated.  About 15 minutes a day for three days should help.  It’s important to not fiddle with the blemish in the time you are not applying ice. 

The oil from your hands and other chemicals can further irritate the zit and inflame the blemish all over again.  A little ice for 15 minutes a day, pat dry with a clean towel or tissue, and apply a little bit of natural spot remover.  We’re obviously partial to blissani Naturals Clear Spot Solution, but a little dab of diluted tea tree oil would work for those of you more into DIY remedies.

Typical Acne or blemish cycle - clogged pore - sebum swells - eruption by blissani


     Think Zinc.  Some studies have shown people with lower levels of zinc in their blood have higher levels of acne.  We’d caution everyone to remember that acne has no single cause, but with that said...it’s worth a shot.  Try adding a zinc supplement or multivitamin (which contains zinc) to your diet everyday. 

Although this seems an all too simple solution, it is well studied by the National institute of Health.   A few other studies have corroborated these findings, and that’s enough for us to recommend zinc to anyone trying to battle acne naturally.

Fish Oil

     Reduce acne with the power of the superhero known as Omega-3.  You’ve probably heard of Omega-3 oils and their role in heart health.  It's great for reducing inflammation, which can cause acne to look red and swollen.  Omega-3 oils are commonly found in fatty fish, walnuts and chia seeds. 

However, if you’re all out of chia seeds, taking a fish oil supplement is a popular way to add more Omega-3 oil to your diet.  You’ll want to make sure you choose a fish oil with a good balance of EPA and DHA.  The recommended guidelines can be found here.  

Tea Tree Oil

One of nature's gifts for skincare is tea tree oil. Derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, tea tree oil has been used for centuries to treat various skin conditions, including acne. It possesses powerful antibacterial properties that can help fight the bacteria responsible for acne breakouts. Additionally, tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce redness and swelling associated with acne.

To use tea tree oil for acne treatment, dilute it with a carrier oil like jojoba oil or coconut oil. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply it to the affected areas using a cotton pad or your fingertips. Be cautious not to apply tea tree oil directly to the skin, as it can cause irritation. Leave it on for a few hours or overnight and rinse it off with water. Regular use of tea tree oil can help reduce acne breakouts and promote clearer skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar being poured into a spoon "Apple Cider Vinegar is Antimicrobial"

Apple Cider Vinegar

Another natural remedy with potential benefits for acne is apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial properties that can help kill the bacteria responsible for acne. It also has the ability to balance the pH levels of the skin, which is crucial for maintaining healthy skin and preventing breakouts.

To use apple cider vinegar for acne, mix one part apple cider vinegar with three parts water. After cleansing your face, apply the mixture to the affected areas using a cotton pad. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, then rinse it off with water.

It's important to note that apple cider vinegar can be strong and may cause irritation if not properly diluted. Therefore, it's recommended to start with a lower concentration and gradually increase it if your skin tolerates it well.

In addition to these natural remedies, it's important to maintain a healthy skincare routine. Cleanse your face twice a day using a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type.

Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.  Use a natural toner with anti-aging properties. Moisturize your skin to keep it hydrated and protected. And don't forget to wear sunscreen to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.

Remember, what works for one person may not work for another, so it's essential to listen to your skin and adjust your skincare routine accordingly. If you're experiencing severe acne or if natural remedies don't provide satisfactory results, it's advisable to consult a dermatologist for further guidance.

ACV is a complicated acne remedy.  Many experts believe it will dry out a pimple and not actually treat the problem.  At blissani, we tend to agree with the science.  We don't include apple cider vinegar in our products (yet), but people are firm believers in this remedy, and we're always open to change.  If it's in your cabinet, and you feel like trying it, seems worth a shot.


In conclusion, natural remedies like tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar can be valuable additions to your acne-fighting arsenal. These remedies offer antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce acne breakouts and improve the overall appearance of your skin.

However, it's important to be consistent and patient when using natural remedies, as they may take time to show visible results. And as always, remember to embrace a holistic approach to skincare by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet, and managing stress levels.

Here at blissani, we believe in the power of natural ingredients and their ability to promote healthy, radiant skin.

Whether you choose to treat acne externally or internally, we appreciate you taking the time to find a natural solution.  We at blissani don’t fault anyone for choosing prescription remedies or over the counter methods, but we are concerned about the side effects they cause. 

In both what we eat and what we put on our skin, we prefer natural and organic.  If you’re in search of a three step acne method utilizing all natural ingredients we invite you to check out our blissani Naturals Clear Line.

A woman touching a blemish on her chin "the blissani naturals anti-acne collection"


For Further Reading on Acne:

blissani   Acne: The Hard Truth

For Further Reading on Natural Ingredients for Acne:

blissani  Natural Ingredients for Acne


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