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Common home remedies used for skincare by patients

There are a number of home remedies my patients have confessed to address their skin. Read more...
 

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Apple cider vinegar


Apple cider vinegar is a common go-to for at-home remedies. There are a lot of reasons why. Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial properties and is tonight to work by attacking acne-causing bacteria called P acnes.


Toothpaste


Toothpaste is often used to ‘dry out’ a pimple. This can be irritating and harsh for many skin types but is thought to work by drying out acne with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.


Baking soda



Baking soda used directly on a pimple is another go-to for some by drying out pimples.


Yogurt



Yogurt was used by one of my patients. She thought it would bring down the swelling in her pimple. Instead, she developed a yeast infection over the area treated.


Hydrogen peroxide



Hydrogen peroxide is a favorite for some because they feel like the skin reacts by ‘tingling’ making it feel like it’s ‘working’.


Hydrocortisone



Hydrocortisone cream has been used to bring down redness and swelling. The risk with this is it can trigger steroid-induced rosacea.


Orange juice



Orange juice was an interesting choice for one gentleman who read online about vitamin C. Vitamin C can prevent discoloration on the skin from UV-triggered pigmentation by blocking an enzyme that causes hyperpigmentation but may not necessarily work for acne.



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