Most of us will fork out over the odds for creams and gels that claim to get rid of acne.
But what if the secret to perfect skin was already lurking in your kitchen cupboard?
Experts claim that certain everyday ingredients can actually be turned into DIY treatments to help treat breakouts at home.
From orange peel to honey, here are just some of the recipes you can mix up to clear spotty skin.
1. Orange peel
Most people throw their orange peel in the bin without thinking twice.
But the rind is actually packed with nutrients that can be really beneficial to the skin and even prevent spots from forming.
Experts say it is as simple as rubbing it straight onto the skin, but if you’re feeling a little bit more fancy you can turn into your own treatment.
“The peel of an orange is packed full of antioxidants, which also have antibacterial properties that stop spots from forming,” Sanela Lazic, founder of natural skincare brand Saint Iris Adriatica, told Women’s Heath.
“It can also work to reduce pain and swelling of pimples.
“Use it fresh and rub it all over the affected area. Make sure you use a clean piece for each section of acne to stop any bacteria transfer.”
To make it into a DIY treatment, she advises drying the peel and grinding it down into a powder, before mixing it with warm water to create a paste.
Then apply it to the affected area, leave for a few minutes before washing off with cold water to tighten the pores.
For centuries, honey has been used as ones of nature’s best medicines as well as in the kitchen.
But you may be buzzing to hear it can treat more than just a sore throat or a cough.
In fact, experts have previously said that because of its antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, honey is actually great for acne.
It’s been shown to help kill bacteria, heal the skin and apparently prevent scarring.
Theories suggest it works because of its high sugar content – honey is 69 per cent sugar – it is able to reduce water content within the pore lining by drying it up.
With less water, the main bacteria that causes acne can’t thrive deep in the skin, according to skin experts at Paula’s Choice.
Apply the honey directly to the fact and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes before washing off.
You’re probably more familiar with chucking this one in a curry and, sure, there will be some concern with staining due its deep yellow colouring.
But just like honey, turmeric has long been touted for its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Recent studies have shown that the primary component of turmeric, known as curcumin, can decrease inflammation which in turn can be effective on acne.
The best way to use it is to create your own face mask by mixing half a teaspoon with a tablespoon of honey and some warm water in a bowl.
This should form a paste with can be left on the skin for 15-20 minutes.
Another ingredient you may have lurking somewhere in your kitchen cupboard is an old pot of thyme. But don’t dismiss it.
Researchers testing its effectiveness in the lab found it could be one of the most naturally effective ways to treat acne.
The team from Leeds Metropolitan University said that an extract of the herb can kill the bacteria that causes pimples, and even work better than some prescribed lotions.
Ms Lazic recommended grinding or finely chopping thyme – you can used dried but fresh is better – and mix it with pure witch hazel oil.
Leave it to steep for a little while then pop it on your skin before bed and let it do its work while you sleep.
5. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is believed to have many health benefits, including lowering blood sugar levels, weight loss and has even been said to reduce the risk of cancer.
Some have also claimed it could kill acne-causing bacteria due to the different acids it contains, but there’s been little research.
One of the main benefits that has been found is that the organic acids in the vinegar can help with skin discolouration and scarring caused by spots.
It can also balance pH levels if used as a toner – by pouring a splash onto a cotton pad and smoothing over the skin.
To create a soothing face mask, mix half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon of honey and aloe vera gel.
Apply to the skin and leave for 15 minutes before washing off.
6. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is pretty well known for its ability to soothe and cool the skin when it’s burnt.
When applied to the skin it’s shown to fight bacteria, reduce inflammation and promote healing.
For that reason, aloe vera is great for helping to repair skin damaged by the painful effects of pimples.
And it’s easy enough to get your hands on too from local pharmacies and supermarkets.
7. Chamomile tea
Another great natural anti-inflammatory, chamomile tea can help calm redness caused by acne and rosacea.
Simply press cooled tea bags onto the pimples to reduce swelling as and when needed.
Alternatively, you can create your own treatment by popping three tablespoons of dried chamomile in about 200ml of boiling water and allowing the steep for three minutes.
Strain the mixture and let it cool before saturating a clean washcloth in the tea, wringing it out and then applying to the affected area for about 15 minutes.
According to Livestrong, you can even try applying the tea with you fingers and gently rubbing at acne scars.
Just keep it away from your eyes.
It’s one you’ll have heard time and time over but drinking more water really will help improve acne.
Not only does water flush out toxins that can lead to blemishes, it also promotes your skin – and every other organ in your body – to work properly.
You don’t need to drink two litres a day – the amount doesn’t directly affect your skin, says Dr Sara Brown, Professor of Molecular and Genetic Dermatology at the Wellcome Trust and the University of Dundee.
“Water is supplied to the skin by blood flowing through the dermis, the inner layer of skin; water is lost from the epidermis, especially in a dry environment,” she said.
“Water is needed to maintain skin hydration and when you become seriously dehydrated your skin appears dull and is less elastic.
“In a healthy person the internal organs – kidneys, heart and blood vessels – control the amount of water reaching the skin.
“There is no fixed volume of water that you need to drink, it simply depends on the amounts you are using and losing.”
This article was republished with permission from The Sun