Best Natural DIY Face Cleansers For Your Acne Prone Skin

natural cleansers for acne prone sin

Skin is the largest organ of your body, so it’s imperative that we take good care of it! Issues like acne can leave us feeling insecure and having to cover up pesky scars for months.  When it comes to preventing breakouts and maintaining a clear and glowing complexion, cleansing is an important step to prevent blemishes especially when your acne is caused by an accumulation of oil, dirt, dead skin cells and impurities in the skin pores.

Many people spend a lot of money on expensive chemical based cleansers; however, these products hardly meet their requirements. Even worse, they contain harmful chemicals and questionable ingredients that may cause unwanted side effects on their skin.

Have you tried natural face cleansers for your acne prone skin?  Check out the below natural ingredients that are simple yet effective at treating acne and pimples by removing oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and impurities from your skin.

Natural Cleansers For Acne Prone Skin

Olive Oil

It may seem strange to put oil on your face if you have breakouts, as many believe that oil will just clog the pores even more. But hear us out: olive oil contains antibacterial and moisturizing properties (and sometimes blemishes can be brought on because your skin is overly dry and irritated). Regular application of olive oil can help prevent and reduce acne due to the antibacterial effects of olive oil. Olive oil when applied topically may be effective at reducing swelling, redness, and inflammation of acne breakouts. I know it seems crazy but putting olive oil on your acne prone skin can help gently cleanse away dirt, dead skin cells, toxins and impurities that otherwise clog your skin pores.

How is olive oil used? Check out a simple routine at cleansing your skin with olive oil:

  • Apply about 2 teaspoons of olive oil to your skin
  • Let it sit for about 3 minutes
  • Take a warm towel and lay it over your face
  • Allow the steamy towel to pull impurities out of the skin pores for a few minutes
  • Rinse off the remaining oil with lukewarm water

Castor Oil

Like olive oil, castor oil is also used as an ideal home acne cleanser. Castor oil comes from a tropical plant and has been used for hundreds of years throughout different cultures for medicinal purposes. But when it comes to skincare, it is also a great natural cleanser.  Here’s an interesting idea: our skin contains oil, and using water or oil-free products can not remove the oil from your skin because water cannot dissolve oil. Oil is dissolved by oil. Using castor oil can remove oil and dirt from your face. 

Here’s a simple routine to cleanse your face with castor oil:

  • Apply about two teaspoons of castor oil over your face
  • Splash a little water over your face
  • Use your fingertips to massage your skin for a few minutes
  • Remove the remaining oil with warm water

You can repeat this procedure daily.



Honey is often used as an ingredient in masks and natural moisturizers for your skin. It seems strange but honey is one of the best natural cleansers for sensitive and blemished skin as well. The antibacterial properties of honey can fight against bacteria that cause acne, and regular use of honey can hydrate the skin, making it glowing and flawless.

Here’s how you can cleanse with honey:

  • Massage some natural honey into your skin
  • Allow it to sit on your skin for about 20 to 30 minutes
  • Wash it off with warm water


Not only is oatmeal a nutrient dense breakfast staple that’s loaded with essential nutrients, it can also be used for your skin! Oatmeal can be used topically as an excellent cleanser. The vitamins found in oatmeal can reduce inflammation and redness caused by acne.

Here’s how to create a quick cleansing mask using oatmeal:

  • Add a cup of oatmeal into a cup of boiling water to create a thick paste
  • Wait for a few minutes until the oatmeal cools down
  • Spread the paste over your skin
  • Massage your skin gently with your fingertips
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water

You can cleanse your  skin daily with oatmeal if your skin is especially red and irritated


Milk can rejuvenate and cleanse the skin as it has natural enzymes, nutrients, and acids that can help tone, cleanse, and exfoliate the skin. It is recommended that combining the raw milk with orange peel powder gets an even better result. This facial cleanser can help unclog, tighten and control oil production in your skin.

You will need:

  • 1 teaspoon of orange peel powder
  • 3 tablespoons of raw cold milk

To create the paste:

  • Combine the orange peel powder and raw cold milk
  • Apply the paste over your face
  • Massage into your skin and let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water

Tomato And Cucumber

Both tomato and cucumber contain cleansing properties. Using tomato is effective in removing grime and dirt, healing sun damage and lightening skin tone. Application of cucumber can freshen your skin because of its cooling effects. Its combination can control the greasiness and get rid of impurities from your skin as well.

You will need:

  • 1 small tomato
  • ½ cucumber

To make the cleanser:

  • Grind the tomato and cucumber and then mix them together to create a smooth paste
  • Spread the paste over your skin
  • Allow it to sit for about 10 to 20 minutes
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water

Apple Cider Vinegar

People also use apple cider vinegar for cleansing. Apple cider vinegar contains malic acid which acts as a natural exfoliate that helps remove  dead skin cells and impurities from your skin. It can balance the skin’s pH and control oil production.

Here’s a simple way to add apple cider vinegar to your routine:

  • Dilute some apple cider vinegar with water
  • Splash water on your face first
  • Use a cotton ball to apply apple cider vinegar to your skin
  • Massage your skin for a few minutes
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water

We hope that you can find these above natural cleansers useful and amazing! If you have any questions to ask, you can leave them in the comment section and the author will answer them soon.

About the author: Mai Hoang

Mai Hoang –  I am a writer and blogger, with over 8 years of experience in the beauty & skin care industry. I work for VKool and All Remedies- reliable resources assisting people to resolve their health and life issues, as a content coordinator for categories including Health & Beauty. I also focus on fitness, women’s issues, relationship, and lifestyle.

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