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  1. Going to read more about strawberries and teeth whitening. I’m not sure what happened to the colour of my teeth but I’m not happy about it.

    • Crunchy Betty

      Yeah … that was pretty much it. Strawberries whiten your teeth. I did watch a video a few weeks ago about making your own (one use) strawberry toothpaste, which really just involved mushing up a strawberry, adding some baking soda, and brushing your teeth. I have yet to try that, because I really do think just straight up rubbing strawberries on your teeth works well enough.

      I remember reading someone say that you shouldn’t do that, because strawberry wears at your enamel. But then I was, like, “So then you shouldn’t even EAT strawberries? I mean, what’s the difference, really?”

  2. Aloe vera is amazing healing plant. It can do more then rid off pimples. Anyway, thanks for nice long list of home remedies. Great job.

  3. Yay! So many to choose from, maybe I’ll use multiple at once. Unfortunately, I can do that. :)

    • Crunchy Betty

      You and your pimples were so in my heart when I was writing this (over the course of, like, eight-thousand hours).

      I hope one of these things works! The one I want to try next? Milk, nutmeg, and cloves.

      And then I want to drink it.

      After taking Lactaid.

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    Thanks for the cool information.

    • Crunchy Betty

      Thanks! It FEELS great, too. Amazing what a little makeover can do, yeah?

      PS – Ms. Mayhem sounds like a character on Dick Tracy. You know, one with a deep, growly voice and long, sexy legs. Probably with hair flopping over one eye.

      You’re too cool. Hehe.

  5. Wow – pretty amazing what Stumble Upon can do for a post….

  6. Such a great list. Almost time for the monthly hormone swing when I will have several fantastic opportunities to try some of these out!

    • Crunchy Betty

      Sadly, I haven’t found any homemade beauty recipes that stops the hormones from doing what they do to my face. At least we can reign it in a little though, yeah? A small solace, but a solace nonetheless.

      If you try one and it works, I wanna know about it!

  7. I can SO use these….have SO many zits, and it’s so unfortunate at my advanced age….

    • Crunchy Betty

      Ha. Yeah. I know what you mean. I remember having conversations with friends in high school about how much we couldn’t WAIT to be middle-aged, so we wouldn’t have zits anymore.

      Funny trick there, life. Very funny.

  8. Kim

    My daughter just recently tried honey and it is a miracle worker!

    • Crunchy Betty

      Isn’t it lovely? There’s just about nothing it can’t do.

      My new obsession right now, though, is powdered honey. It’s so good on your face, and in tea, and on cereal. With blueberries.

  9. Ed

    I first tried tea tree oil about 3 months ago – it’s amazing. I put all my Clinique away, and switched to zap-it line.

  10. The raw honey and cinnamon tip seems to be working well for me!

  11. Diane

    So, last month I got one just before my period and it was a fairly big red one, I tried the cinnamon and honey and it minimized the size but made it look like a small bruise (meaning it got darker). I tried honey on one I just got over the weekend since that time of the month is creeping up on me and it did nothing. I left it on overnight with a bandaid and nothing!

  12. Lauren

    Oh. My. Gosh.
    A remedy that worked like magic…
    I know I know… EW. That’s what I thought as I dabbed a little toothpaste on an angry red pimple. Believe me, I too was very doubtful as I placed a band-aid over the toothpaste and pimple. But now, I just have a small red mark that is easily covered up by a bit of makeup.
    What you do: dab a small amount of toothpaste(not gel) on the pimple. If you tend to roll around in bed, I suggest covering it with a band-aid. Your call. Leave it on overnight and voila! Your pimple is non existant! Yippeee!
    Thanks for this site, also. I plan to make the cream and smear it all over my nose. (-:

  13. Hannah

    Are there any good remedies specifically for blackheads? The little buggers won’t go away!

  14. Anne

    Hey Betty I’ve been loving your site! I started using lemon juice as recommended for acne breakouts and it worked amazingly! I was literally days away from going to a dermatologist when I started using it and it worked wonders. I never woven went to the doctor. And because of my success I decided to try and stop using my store bought face wash and go for natural remedies. I replaced the wash with the honey mask and kept up the lemon juice. It’s been about two months and up until a week ago my skin was looking great. Now I’m breaking out again.

    I was wondering for you or any other readers, what’s your experience going from commercial products to natural remedies? Is there an adjustment period? How long? Obviously my store bought wash wasn’t really working cause I broke out all the time when I was using it. I don’t want to go back to it. Should I keep going with my current lemon juice routine and let my face adjust or do I need to change things up?

    • Miss Amy N

      I completely agree with you, I’ve been having issues as well with the adjustment period. I’ve been using the Oil Cleansing Method for the past 6 months. Before switching over to the OCM my skin was constantly breaking out. The reason I tried the OCM is because I was suffering from perioral dermatitis and was trying anything and everything to fix it… the OCM worked so well that I kept it up. NOW, I’m having random issues with zits popping up since I’ve been exploring differet scrubs on this site. I used the oatmeal/almond scrub, which works great for exfoliation, but now I’ve got 3 zits (!) it’s frustrating since you think you’re going to be just fine since it’s all natural remedies. I don’t know how long it will take but I know I don’t want to go back to storebought… as for zit remedies, I’m going to try the lemon juice!! In crunchy solidarity, good luck :)

  15. Kayla_jean01

    I have been wanting to try honey for my acne for awhile now…I just have one question, does it matter what type of honey it is?  I bought organic Acacia honey..will this work the same as regular organic honey? Thanks!

    • NehaN

      I use honey on my face all the time and I don’t think it matters what kind as long as it’s not one of the commercial ones with artificial sweeteners and whatnot. Anything that says raw, pure or natural should be good.

  16. Ehr

    Can these be prepared ahead of time and left to keep using? Specifically the honey and cinnamon (in a way that it won’t dry out).

  17. Mark Ellis

    Wow! What a great list of natural remedies for acne treatment .
    I’ve known that honey, lemon, aloe Vera, apple cedar vinegar and lemon do
    really help to cure pimples and I am amazed that strawberry, garlic and green
    tea can be used too. Thank you so much for sharing this. Another home remedies
    for me to try.

  18. anneline singh puskas

    amazzzzzzzzing advice!! :) thankyou

  19. In the last year, I’ve started having some issues with acne, which I haven’t really experienced before. (I”m 23 now.) After starting to read posts on Crunchy Betty, I’ve made myself a facial mask that has almost completely gotten rid of my acne, something which no commercial product was able to do! Here’s how it works!
    In one jar: Fill halfway with green cosmetic clay, add dried ground thyme to 3/4 full, add dried neem leaf to 7/8 full, and add a little bit of dried cinnamon.
    In another jar: Put contents of one single-serve container of plain yogurt, four or five strawberries, a handful of blueberries, one or two eggs, a few spoonfuls of used coffee grounds, one or two spoonfuls of unsweetened cocoa powder (optional, though it seems to make my skin a bit softer), a couple spoons of honey, a few drops each of tea tree, lavender, rosemary, and eucalyptus oils, and a little witchazel in your blender, and mix well. I don’t bother with exact measurements, here, but it comes out to the consistency of a thick liquid, like a smoothie. Store in fridge.
    To use, mix small amounts of the contents of your two containers in your hand to form a thin-ish paste. Apply to clean face and wait for it to dry, about 15 minutes

  20. Katrina h

    This is fantastic! I’ve become an overnight fan. I do have a question, though. How does the galic cure work?

  21. Katherine

    I had have acne for so long and had to be dragged to doctors to buy treatments and stuff that did almost more bad than good… Now, I’m reading this and I am gobsmacked :) Really, I am going to hunt down some cinammon to try the honey-cinammon remedy! I really hope it’ll work. I tried the other day a scrub nutmeg+milk mask and it did wonders:) THANK YOU!

  22. Alicia

    I also use the inner skin of an egg for the nasty ones. But have almost all these ingredients at home right now. It kind of smothers the zit, always works great!

  23. Ashlin Lewis

    I absolutely love Mountain Rose Herbs! I have been buying from them for years and their quality is incredible. And they somehow manage to do it without jacking up the prices. I know I sound like a commercial, but it is so true. I used their carrier and essential oils in my massage practice. I use their clay, salt, spices, henna. All of it has been awesome!

  24. Lale chanel

    I think certain things work for different people and you use what you think will work for you. I use store products and it works but It wears off so I do home remedies, sometimes its good switching it up but use it the right way. Also if you going through periods of changes then try working through those as well cause we all need to take care our bodies as well. Continue finding things that will work for you and keep healthy

  25. shobhana

    Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am inspired! Extremely helpful information particularly the ultimate section :) I maintain such information a lot. I was seeking this certain information for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

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  26. kelsey

    Loved the lemon juice and salt solution… I have spurts of break outs and pro activ no longer works for me, im going to try other suggestions from here since this worked so well: )

  27. Anne

    Hi just to let you know, garlic applied directly onto skin will cause further irritation and even skin burning. If you’d put hot chili directly onto your acne, then by all means proceed with the garlic, since they are very similar in chemical properties.

  28. mitzy

    the lemon worked wonders for me… n i cant imagine how could i possibly thanku for this…all this while i tried so many things..but none really helped until i read this article n experimented.. :) THANKYOU

  29. Rachael

    Okay, thanks so much for this! I mean it, I have a date soon and my face decided to hate me today so I tried something that wasn’t here, Sugar, honey and lemon juice, rubbed all over your face, I left it on for twenty minutes and then scrubbed it off, and it worked so well! Another good remedy you forgot is rolled oats, heat ’em up, scrub on your face, wait, and rinse! Works wonders!

    Best cure of all though, don’t stress!! Stress is the leading cause of pimples, followed by sweat. Stress less princess! If you feel stressed, remember stressed backwards is DESSERTS! Treat yourself to some fat free delish yogurts or a nice fruity cheesecake!

  30. Word of advice, tie hair back securely before using the honey cinnamon treatment lol not fun when you have baby hairs!

  31. Megan

    My 11 year old son has just started getting small pimples on his nose and I’d much rather he use something natural than something full of chemicals. We just now applied some apple cider vinegar and I’m very interested to see if there will be a difference tomorrow. Thanks!

  32. prema

    garlic is brilliant, works out in over night , no doubt in it but for heaven sake dont use garlic, i tried and the spots wherever i used it left burnt scar. after nearly 2 months i got back to normal skin.

  33. Mari

    Do you have any suggestions for chest and shoulder acne? Would using some of these same techniques work for that as well or would finding something else work better? Thanks for any help!

  34. mary


  35. ANU

    I had pimples for a week in my chin it is painfull but it is small can i erradicate this within 2 days plz say any fast remedies

  36. monu punjabi & pooja bihari

    these quick & crunchy ideas are just fake these are not effective & useless

  37. Joyjoy Silvestre

    Thank you for the tips!! I didnt know only honey would work! Is baking soda useful in removing pimples?

  38. Lexa

    I just wanted to say thank you sooooo much for this it is so helpful! I have been trying to get my face to clear up for weeks now while preparing for my senior prom and I was successful with my store bought face cleaner until 2 days ago. 4 days before prom. suddenly a massive zit right above my upper lip centered in the middle of my face! I’ve been freaked out all week but I tried the lemon juice and it literally zapped the zit in front of my eyes. I am eternally grateful!

  39. Rachel

    I have on the honey and cinnamon just now :)

  40. Johnny. InstaG: juujuubees

    I’m a guy and I’m gonna try some of these since I have some mild acne at the moment. This is definitely helpful

  41. mamamac

    So glad I found your site! I’m looking for natural skin care options and love your suggestions!

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