If you suffer from acne, no doubt you’ve heard many tips on how to cure acne from well-meaning friends or family. “Don’t eat greasy food,” “use tea tree oil,” “use moisturiser,” “don’t use moisturiser!” The list goes on and is often very conflicting.

Below, we discuss the most popular home remedies for treating acne and why they often fail. We explain how you can achieve clear skin and regain your confidence with medically-based and customised treatments.

Top Home Remedies

Successful acne treatment needs a multi-pronged, tailored approach to unclog blocked pores, kill bacteria, calm inflammation and balance sebum (oil) production. All whilst nourishing the skin, rather than stressing it or compromising the skin’s barrier. 

With varying degrees of effectiveness, the at-home remedies below may be used to address one or more of the factors that cause breakouts. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Washing your face with an apple cider vinegar solution may help to reduce the level of bacteria on your skin. It fails to reduce oil production in the skin and unclog pores however.

Zinc Supplement

Zinc is an important and essential nutrient. Zinc is required for healthy cell growth, metabolism, hormone production and immune system function. Taking a zinc supplement may help to reduce acne, however additional topical treatment is recommended to assist in clearing pores and strengthening the skin.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil is well-known for its anti-bacterial properties. Dabbing spots with 5% tea tree oil may reduce inflammation and fight bacteria that causes breakouts. This approach should be considered alongside other remedies and care should be taken when adding oil to pores that are already clogged with excess oil and skin cells. 

Aloe Vera 

Aloe vera is commonly used for the treatment of burns, rashes and other skin conditions due to its healing properties. Applying aloe vera to acne-prone skin may help to calm skin and reduce the severity of breakouts, however the underlying cause of excess oil production and blocked follicles remains to be treated. 


Acne is the result of clogged pores that become infected and inflamed. Exfoliation or microdermabrasion can be used to remove the skin cells that clog pores. The flip side to exfoliation or microdermabrasion is that it can put already stressed skin under even more stress. A compromised skin barrier makes way for further infection and skin concerns. Microdermabrasion for acne should only be considered in consultation with a skin expert.


We know exercise is good for us, but really sweating and getting the blood flowing can help boost the immune system. The increased blood flow can assist in revitalising the skin. Gently cleansing your skin following exercise is really important to remove excess oil and the potential for increased bacteria growth. 

Dietary Changes

The relationship between diet and acne is controversial. Small studies have shown positive results from a low GI diet, however more studies need to be undertaken. What we eat has a direct impact on gut health and thus our immune system. Keeping a food diary and recording your breakouts may help to pinpoint if you are susceptible to diet-related blemishes.


Why Home Remedies Fail

The obvious limitations with at-home remedies are that many of them, with varying degrees of effectiveness, address just one of the factors that cause blemished skin and that prolonged use is required to see any kind of benefit, if any at all.

A tailored treatment plan in consultation with a skin therapist is required to address all contributing factors, as well as improve the overall condition of the skin. If you’ve tried home remedies and they have failed, come in to see the acne treatment experts at Appearance Clinic Australia.


Professional Acne Treatment

At Appearance Clinic, we offer personalised, medically-based treatment programs for your individual skin condition. Prices are based on a free consultation and assessment. Our skin experts will analyse your skin and discuss treatment options with you.

To address all symptoms including congested pores, bacteria, excessive oil production and overall skin health, a customised treatment plan will be created that may include the following: 

  • Laser Genesis
  • Retinoids
  • AHA Peels
  • Cosmeceutical Skin Care
  • Lifestyle & Diet Recommendations


Book Your Free Consultation

For successful acne treatment, come in for a complimentary consultation with a skin expert at Appearance Clinic Australia. We will analyse your skin, answer any questions that you have and recommend a personalised treatment plan.

Simply click on the button below to book your complimentary consultation online now. Alternatively, you can call our friendly and experienced team on (03) 9331 2566.