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Simple Acne Solution

Simple Acne Solution

Here is a simple yet true way to treat acne. It contains just two ingredients, both of which are found in most kitchens. The combination cleans, exfoliates, and kills bacteria.


Salt is one of the best antibacterial ingredients, and it is slightly abrasive. Lemon juice exfoliates as it cleans.

1/4 cup sea salt
1/4 cup lemon juice

Combine the ingredients in a bowl.

Dab on the face with a cotton ball.

Massage into the skin, being careful to avoid your eyes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Makes 1/4 cup

Preparation time: About 1 minute

Shelf life: Discard leftovers

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10:21AM PDT on May 1, 2014

I love your tip! Thanks. My friend uses Proactiv to get rid of acne:

8:56PM PDT on Apr 14, 2014


8:52PM PST on Dec 29, 2011

Thank you.

1:28AM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

Helpful tip. Thanks.

10:56PM PDT on Aug 19, 2010

Sheila, for a natural moisturizer I would use extra virgin olive oil. :D

7:34PM PDT on Jul 25, 2008

What do you use after the treatment as a mosturizer?

10:20PM PDT on Mar 9, 2008

is sea salt the same as the salt we use in food in the kitchen?

7:32PM PST on Jan 11, 2008

I use slightly less salt when doingt his, but I have found that in just a few days (along with applying buttermilk to my face afterward) my face has become noticablly clearer.
And to you, Holly, toothpaste will work for the day before picture day or a big date, but if you use it a lot you may end up with an extremely dried out face. It is better to practice good hygene than to make blemishes disappear with a magical paste of tooth (toothpaste for those without my strange state of mind) :)

8:51PM PST on Jan 10, 2008

For Quick healing of pimples :make a paste of fresh neem leaves(margosa leaves) and turmeric powder apply on the pimples.

8:53AM PST on Dec 19, 2007

Be VERY careful w/ using toothpaste. I'd done so while in military boot camp. Apparently I used the tried-&-true method too often. I now have a constant dry patch there w/ more blackheads than before!

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