Two Ways to Fight Acne With CVS and Your Backyard

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I still break out.
And apparently you do too! In the last CVS giveaway, I asked what your biggest pet peeve was about your skin? Adult Acne and breakouts came out on top. Majority of readers were surprised and frustrated about still breaking out as adults.
I reached out to Dr. Dina Strachan, CVS Beauty board advisor dermatologist,  for some insider (FREE) advice!

  • Genetics
  • Hormones
  • Dry skin aggrevates it



aloe vera


I asked my friend, Nadia Ameri at, what she recommends for acne treatments. Nadia is a genius in the garden and looks to nature for everything from food to therapy.


Aloe Vera has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory treatment. Here are Nadia’s tips for getting the most out of Mother Nature’s miracle.

aloe vera acne

  1. Slice off the prickles on each side with a knife.
  2. Lay the leaf on a cutting board and slice horizontally through the length of the leaf.
  3. Using clean fingertips spread a thin layer over affected areas on your face.
  4. Leave on face for a few minutes than rinse off with water.


What’s your favorite skin remedy? Have you ever used aloe vera?



  1. I think sometimes we put too much on our skin, and all those chemicals cause more problems than what they fix. I just use a simple cleanser in the shower, and occasionally I'll put on a mask. If I do more than that, my sensitive skin freaks!

  2. We normally just use witch hazel!

  3. I like to use facial masks as a DIY treatment at home.

  4. I am so glad I saw this post today. I grow aloe and I have an 18 year old who has some issues with her skin. I never would have thought to use aloe! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Isra Hashmi says:

      Shelly, I’m so glad you saw the post! I’d love to hear your feedback if it works. Nadia, recommends doing it once a day. :)

  5. i use toothpaste on a zit that helps sometimes!

  6. I have never used aloe for acne. I know it is very healing. Thank you for an informative post.

  7. My favorite dry skin treatment is aquaphor

  8. My fave is green tea mist for refreshment during summer time.

  9. I love using facial masks.

  10. I have used Aloe Vera on my skin, but my favorite remedy by far is washing my face with raw honey – works wonders!

  11. I use Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser and Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture – Sensitive Skin

  12. I use aloe vera on my skin all the time. Another great thing to do for your skin is to drink lot of water.

  13. I love aloe vera! I’ve used it for years for sunburn and minor scrapes. It is like a wonder plant. Thanks for your interesting article! :-)

  14. I put toothpaste on pimples it does help. I can remember using aloe when I would get a sunburn as a child.

  15. i haven’t used aloe vera, I just wash and moisturize my face. and I drink lots of water. I also find that if I touch my face too much I may break out, so I try not to touch my face.

  16. I use oatmeal, honey and aloe gel as a mask

  17. I’ve never done a DIY skin treatment but I love hearing about it. I’ve heard oatmeal is really good for the skin…

  18. I have used aloe on sunburns, but not for acne. I like to use apple cider vinegar as an astringent. It’s actually a very good anti-bacterial product so it works for acne too :)

  19. I still suffer with acne, and I find exfoliating is the best thing I can do. My favorite way to do it is with baking soda and water mixed into a paste. But you have to be careful and use very light pressure or it will irritate your skin.

  20. I use toothpaste for acne breakouts which usually works. I will definitely give aloe a try though as I would prefer to try a more natural approach! Thanks!

  21. I don’t have any DIY acen (or facial) remedies but now that I’ve seen this, I’m going to have to try Aloe on my acne! :-)

  22. gentle scrub with sugar, moisturize with olive oil or other edible oil

  23. We had a bunch of aloe plants growing in our backyard when I was a kid, so I used aloe then. I don’t use it much anymore, but I would like to get an aloe plant so I’d have some on hand.

  24. When I broke out more, aleo was all the rage and I did try it.. I always hated cutting a plant up though for such a small use! Now my skin is drier and I drink tons of water.

  25. I like tea bags and cucumbers for undereye bags.

  26. I use olive oil when my skin gets dry

  27. I use honey and yogurt as a mask to clarify and hydrate

  28. I have never tried aloe on my face. What a great idea!

  29. I use honey and olive oil in my hair once weekly. I leave it on for around 20 minutes or so and then wash it out. It leaves my hair soft and smooth!

  30. Oops! Just realized that you were asking for DIY skin treatment (sorry, thought it said DIY beauty treatment). For acne I sometimes use an aspirin mask. You mix a couple of uncoated aspirin tablets with a couple of drops of water, then add in some honey. Apply it all over your face, avoiding the eye area. Leave it for about 10-15 minutes, then scrub your face in circular motion for a minute, and rinse!

  31. I’ve used Aloe Vera for cuts/wounds. For acne, I wash with warm water and rub lemon juice on it. Also use oatmeal as a gentle scrub. Thanks!

  32. My mom always had an aloe plant in the house and we’d use it for burns or cuts. I never thought about using it on acne! My favorite home remedy for eczema or rashes is to run a warm bath, putting a clean sock over the faucet and filling it with oatmeal.

  33. I love using coconut oil and baking soda as a facewash. It’s super simple and has really cleared up my face.

  34. I use aloe vera for rashes and skin irritations…. soothing and works great

  35. I don’t have acne. My 2x a day regimen and “as needed” is to use a dabbing of cold cream around my eyes and dry spots. I’ve been doing it for years and it works very well. It is inexpensive, too. When I try products with special ingredients and fragrance, I have a reaction to it, so far, cold cream – never! store brand works fine.


  37. at 48, I finally got my acne under control. I use honey to wash (after steaming with hot cloth) – then use a mix of honey, ground oatmeal and baking soda as a scrub. top it off with coconut oil as a moisturizer. 1-2x per week, I do a mask with crushed uncoated asprin and a small amount of water (10 min). I started using this after trying the oil cleansing method (and earning a face full of blackheads) and then after once again going back to a strong acne product – only to have my aging skin to fill very irritated. My skin feels balanced, clean and finally – acne free!

  38. I have used aloe for burns. We keep plants in the house just for that reason. I like to use a homemade sugar scrub with yogurt, sugar, & a dab of honey.

  39. Thanks so much for this info about aloe! I had no idea! I’ve been using products with salacylic acid and find that it works!

  40. I use toothpaste for breakouts on my face.

  41. I like just the good old fashioned wash your face with soap routine. I have found that all the acne products out there with a lot of added extras actually make my skin worse.

  42. I love when my face is clean and dry. It feels so silky. I use a small amount of Dawn dish soap (worked into a lather) to cut the oil on my face.

  43. My favorite DIY acne treatment is taking a banana peel and rubbing it on my face until it browns, and repeating twice a day. By 3 or 4 days, the blemishes should be gone, if not much less noticeable.

  44. I like using baking soda as a scrub/exfoliator

  45. Just soap and water.

  46. I use cold water. Ever since I was a young girl, my mom told me to always wash my face with cold water to help the pores close up. It helps and it feels good on my face.

    Diana C

  47. (not sure if my last comment published)
    I use cold water to wash my face. Cold water is supposed to help minimize your pores. I can tell it works.

    Diana C

  48. I make a paste with brown sugar and oil sometimes to exfoliate.

  49. Toothpaste!

  50. I just use water and soap

  51. Like soap and water, maybe a no name Acne treatment, if needed.

  52. I use a topical cleaner like Clean and Clear, an astringent. I wash with antibacterial soap first, then use the cleaner, then put a spot of tinted coverup on, which helps to dry it out :)

  53. Grab a few fresh grapes from your fridge, and use as a facial cleanser. Also lemon oil helps with acne

  54. I like using aloe for cuts and burns. Buttermilk is great for sunburn.

  55. I don’t really have a DIY treatment, but I did know aloe vera helps with certain things, though I didn’t know it helps with acne.

  56. I like to make a homemade body scrub that has grapefruit and brownsugar in it!

  57. I use tea tree oil that seems to help cleanse and keep acne away.

  58. For dry skin I like Eucerin Calming Cream

  59. I used it for dry skin in the winter!

  60. This is a great & natural, and not to mention “affordable”, way to help clear your skin from acne. I will pass on this info to my husband and daughter

  61. love it. thank you:)

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