Acne vulgaris is the medical term for those pimples of adolescence that are caused by the hormonal changes that increase the production and secretion of oil and sweat during the teenage years. While acne usually clears up after the teenage years, it can make your teen's life pretty miserable and it sometimes persists into adult years. If you want to try treating your teen's acne at home, start by providing your teen with enough pillowcases to change the linen on the pillow daily. Your teen should also keep hair and hands away from his or her face.
Home remedies for acne that are applied to the skin include a paste of ground orange peel and water; lime or lemon juice diluted with water and dabbed on the skin; slices of garlic; or the juice, seeds and pulp of fresh papaya. You can make a mask of egg white, leave on for a quarter hour and wash off, or leave cucumber pulp on your face for 15 to 20 minutes a day. If you use egg yolks, wash it off with cold water after 15 to 20 minutes. Other ideas are to leave ripe tomato on your skin for an hour, then wash off, or to mix up a half cup of mashed potato, a half cup of cooked oatmeal, an egg white, and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Spread this mixture on your face, leave it on for about 15 minutes, and then wash it off with cool water.
Want more ideas? Drink wheatgrass juice or break open an aloe vera leaf and spread the gel on your skin. Some people find that apple cider vinegar works well, either as a drink or to be dabbed on the face when diluted with three parts water. Wash off after 10 minutes. If you want to leave it on overnight, dilute it even more. Using a home remedy once probably won't improve your teen's acne significantly; you have to be consistent to get results.