Acne: Do Onions Help?


I know that onions can help stop nose bleeds that occur due to nasal capillary leaks when temperatures soar. Guess what! Onions are also perfect acne busters. The sulfur in these ‘tear generators’ draws out dirt, bacteria and oil from within the skin, reducing blemishes and acne scars. Onion extracts also help match the skin color of the affected area with the rest of your skin.

Here are a few onion mask recipes that are useful in fighting acne, improving skin tone and whitening skin.  For these masks to work effectively, it’s a good idea to extract fresh onion juice to make a fresh mixture every time.

Plum n’ Onion Mask: Mix a tablespoon of onion juice with the pulp of about 6 – 8 plums and a couple of teaspoons of olive oil. Apply on the face, especially on the acne affected areas, avoiding the eye area. Wash away after about half an hour. Repeat this everyday for about 4 weeks to notice a visible change.

Egg n’ Carrot Mask: Mix a tablespoon of onion juice and carrot juice each. Add an egg yolk and a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply the mixture to the affected area and massage with your fingertips. Wash away after 20 minutes. This mask has a tonic effect and is suitable for people with a lot of acne.

Milk n’ Pear Mask: Blend 2 tablespoons of onion juice with the mashed pulp of a pear and a quarter glass of fresh milk.  Apply on the face and allow to sit for a third of an hour. This mask helps fight acne and whitens the skin.

Have you used onions in your homemade masks? Write in and let us know.

  • Amanda

    This is a fantastic article, actually insightful, and offers simple 2 line recipes. I am going ot try this, and hopefully will help me. Would love to see these natural remedies for acne, anti-aging, wrinkle busters, dry skin, etc.

  • meris

    Wow excellent information. Thanks for sharing your all helpful tips. It’s very helpful about me because i have acne problem. I will definitely follow it.

  • Theresa

    I can’t wait to try this for my melasma, too. Great post!

  • Musarrat

    Great Article, I appreciate all the expertise shared. I never tried onion mask, but it sounds effective. I will definitely try this. Mostly i use cucumber mask, and it is very effective for dry skin. It treats acne easily.It provides your face with all vitamin types which it needed, and it plays a good role in helping the moisture of your skin. Apply the mask then leave it in your face for 15 minutes after that use warm water to rinse it.

  • KenSam@acnecureandtreatments

    This article is so helpful and your blog content is very appealing. It really helped in answering most of my questions about acne. You have done a great job on this blog. I hope to see more fresh content about it when next I visit.

  • mySkin

    Thanks! for all the kind words. Love to hear from you on tips to fight acne!

  • edison

    great article! I love onions when they are mixed with vinegar, but i didn’t know it can cleanse also acne. thanks for this tips. being fair, let me share my treatments too. :) just drinking a lot of water. it is just a simple but very effective resources everyone has. the whole purpose of water is to cleanse the system. So i just add some squeezed fresh lemons (no sugar) for a tasty and refreshing drink! and another one is this treatment im using since last year. It is an entire skin care management system that finds the source of the acne and not only heals the blemishes i have, but also treats future outbreaks that i don’t even see yet! most acne products available today only treat blemishes that you already have, without helping your skin prevent more from forming. This can lead to frustrating and costly efforts. but with this, fast and effective acne cure from inside-out. It is tried and tested for me!

  • Rob@acne treatments that work

    Glad you posted this! I use a lot of natural masks such as manuka honey, green clay etc but I did not think of using onion extract, and I was looking for something that can match the effected area to my normal skin.

    I am going to try the plum n onion mask and will get back to you with the results.

    Have a nice day!

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  • Bob Brantley

    Wow.  These are some really refreshing ideas on home treatment.  The last thing I found an onion really good for was cleaning my grill.  I find it amazing that it isn’t to strong for the face.  The milk and pear mask actually sounds very refreshing, even if just used to revitalize your skin ?  Thanks again for the new ideas !!!

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  • Sumi

    Nice site, very useful.

  • mySkin Inc.

    Thanks for your feedback, Sumi:)

  • how-to-get-rid-of-acne-fast

    I didn’t know that onions is one way to get rid of acne not until I read this blog. Thank you so much for posting this and hope to see updated post of this blog.

  • michaelh90

    Onion is very good for the body when eaten, but I didn’t think about applying it topically!  The commenter that mentions cleaning the grill or barbecue with an onion makes a good point..

  • mySkin Inc.

    Good idea! Cleaning a bbq. with an onion.

  • Kelly

    It is amazing. I heave heard about garlic as home remedy for acne . It seems effective to use onion as of the home remedies for acne. Thanks for sharing

  • stacysmith039

    Thanks for providing home remedies to control acne but in worse condition you need to take appointment of skin specialist so that you can avoid other complications.