6 Of the most bizarre acne remedies people have actually tried

6 Of the most bizarre acne remedies people have actually tried

Acne is a common skin condition that affects many people, most often on the face, back and chest. Acne is known to run in families, and is particularly common in young adults - according to the NHS roughly 95% of people aged between 11 and 30 will be affected by acne to some extent.

Perhaps due to how common a condition it is, many bizarre remedies for acne have been posited over the years, so in the spirit of learning, we've run down some of the most unusual, as well as introducing one that actually can help: Acnecide.

1. Snail Slime

While it seems unlikely that anyone would willingly let a snail slide along their face, Stylist reports that a salon in Thailand suggests that the slime secreted by snails have many benefits. These are purported to include smoothing out wrinkles, and acting against burns, acne and stretch marks. Rather you than me...

2. Sour Milk

Byride.com advises that Ancient Egyptians believed sour milk to be a remedy for acne. However, there is a sort of method behind this one, as lactic acid is derived from sour milk. It's said to be a great exfoliant that helps reduce breakouts...

3. Banana Peel

Bustle tried a load of unusual home remedies for pimples, and found banana peel to actually show some benefit. Says Kristin Collins Jackson, "Let me be the one, without a medical degree, to say that I wholeheartedly stand by using a banana peel for acne." Perhaps consult someone with a medical degree too, though.

4. Ice

Ice is useful for a number of different things, but I'm almost certain you've never considered it as an acne remedy. Dermatologist Rachel Nazarian* told Allure, "Applying an ice cube directly to your pimple for several seconds will constrict small blood vessels feeding the cyst and immediately decrease redness and size."

*Please note that Rachel Nazarian does not recommend any medicinal brands or products.

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5. Leek leaves

According to Listverse, The Romans had many ideas when it came to treating acne, writes Listverse, including leek leaves, which were posited as a solution to remove pimples when rubbed on the skin. If this - and many other treatments - didn't work, court physician of Roman emperor Theodosius advised patients to wipe their face with a cloth while watching a falling star.

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6. Cat litter 

As Cosmopolitan documents, YouTube beauty vlogger Michelle Phan once extolled the virtues of an unscented cat litter face mask. Having tried this one myself I can say it is not a particularly enjoyable experience.

Acne is a condition that requires proper treatment, and you should always speak to your doctor before undergoing any treatments yourself. You might consider trying Acnecide, a treatment that is clinically proven to kill up to 95% of bacteria that causes spots.

Acnecide 5% gel is indicated for the treatment of acne. Contains 5% benzoyl peroxide, always read the label.

This is a sponsored article in association with Acnecide.