7 Simple Ways To Use Banana Peel To Treat Acne

Next time, don’t throw away the peels. Instead, let them help you manage your breakouts.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Suchana Marahatta, MBBS, MD (Dermatology) Dr. Suchana Marahatta Dr. Suchana MarahattaMBBS, MD (Dermatology) facebook_iconlinkedin_iconinsta_icon
Written by , BA (Literature & Psychology), PG Diploma Arshiya Syeda BA (Literature & Psychology), PG Diploma Experience: 7 years
Edited by , MA (English Literature) Ramona Sinha MA (English Literature) Experience: 11 years
Fact-checked by , MA (Journalism & Mass Communication) Monomita Chakraborty MA (Journalism & Mass Communication) Experience: 4 years
 • 

The several benefits of banana make it a special ingredient that can keep your acne issues at bay. Using banana peel for acne treatment is an effective solution. Wondering how to treat acne with banana peels? We can help you. It is like the holy grail for acne management that will have excellent results on you. In this article, we have listed the 7 best ways to use banana peel to heal acne. Keep reading to know more about how banana peel may help with acne issues.

Is Banana Peel Good For Acne?

Banana peels are loaded with antioxidants such as lutein and vitamin A that help provide sun protection. Bananas are also a great source of zinc, which helps combat acne (1), (2). Adding it to DIY skincare masks may even boost your overall skin health.

protip_icon Did You Know?
Banana peels are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants that help reduce redness and inflammation associated with acne.

How To Use Banana Peel For Acne

1. Rub Banana Peel

Banana peels for acne
Image: Shutterstock
You Will Need
  • Banana peel
Prep Time

1 minute.

Treatment Time

30 minutes.

Method
  1. Wash your face with a cleanser and pat dry with a towel.
  2. Massage your face with the banana peel, with the inside of the peel on your skin, for about 10 minutes.
  3. If the piece turns brown, replace it with a fresh piece.
  4. Wait for about 20 minutes and then proceed to rinse your face.
How Often?

Once a day. Results will be visible within a week.

Why This Works

Banana peel helps boost your skin’s health with its fatty acid and antioxidant content. It helps get rid of redness and soothes your skin so it can heal from a breakout much faster. It may also help prevent future breakouts, thanks to its antimicrobial properties (3). To boost skin moisturization, you can also apply a bit of jojoba oil on your face and massage it with a banana peel.

Emily, a beauty and lifestyle blogger, tried using this remedy to treat her acne breakouts and saw visible changes in a day. She writes, “Also, bananas that are browning are best…they are the most potent. So don’t throw away your gross bananas! Use them on your face!”

She further advocates for banana feels, stating, “They say to use banana peels several days in a row to see results if you are treating bad acne. I find that one overnight use zaps a pimple trying to form pretty quickly (i).”

protip_icon Did You Know?
Leaving banana peel paste overnight on the skin can effectively help combat acne and the associated skin redness.

2. Oats And Banana Peel For Acne

Banana peels and oats for acne
Image: Shutterstock
You Will Need
  • 1 banana peel
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • Non-comedogenici  Any particular cosmetic ingredient or skin care product that does not clog one’s skin pores . , oil-free moisturizer
Prep Time

2 minutes.

Treatment Time

10 minutes.

Method
  1. Blend the banana peel, oatmeal, and sugar until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture onto your face and then gently massage your skin in circular motions.
  3. Do this for about 10 minutes.
  4. After 10 minutes, wash your face with warm water and pat dry.
  5. Apply an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer.
How Often?

Once a day. Use this regularly to get the desired results in a week or two.

Why This Works

This treatment acts as an excellent anti-acne scrub that helps exfoliate your skin while also nourishing it and boosting its ability to ward off acne. Ensure that you do not scrub too aggressively as that might worsen the acne. You can also add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil like lavender oil to help reduce spots.

3. Lemon Juice And Banana Peel For Acne

Banana peel and lemon juice for acne
Image: Shutterstock
You Will Need
  • 1 tbsp mashed banana peel
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Cotton pad
Prep Time

2 minutes.

Treatment Time

15 minutes.

Method
  1. Combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Using a cotton pad, apply the mixture onto the affected areas of your skin.
  3. Leave it on for about 15 minutes.
  4. Proceed to rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.
How Often?

Once a day. You can see the results in a week.

Why This Works

Lemon is naturally acidic, which helps kill off any acne-causing bacteria that may be present on your skin.  It is also an excellent bleaching agent that can boost skin brightening, which helps get rid of acne scars with regular use (4). It may help reduce hyperpigmentation caused by acne spots.

4. Baking Powder And Banana Peel For Acne

Banana peel and baking powder for acne
Image: Shutterstock
You Will Need
  • 1 tbsp mashed banana peel
  • ½ tbsp baking powder
  • Non-comedogenic, oil-free moisturizer
Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

2 minutes

Method
  1. Combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture onto the affected areas of your skin.
  3. Leave the mixture on for about 2 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
  4. Pat dry and apply a non-comedogenic and oil-free moisturizer.
How Often?

Once a day. You may start seeing the difference within a week.

Why This Works

Baking powder eliminates toxins from your pores. It also helps exfoliate your skin while drying out the acne and reducing redness. Its antibacterial properties may have a role to play here (5).

5. Turmeric And Banana Peel For Acne

Banana peel and turmeric for acne
Image: Shutterstock
You Will Need
  • 1 tbsp mashed banana peel
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • Non-comedogenic, oil-free moisturizer
Prep Time

2 minutes.

Treatment Time

15 minutes.

Method
  1. Combine the ingredients until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply this mixture onto your face and then gently massage your skin in circular motions.
  3. Do this for about 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, wash your face with warm water and pat dry.
  5. Apply an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer.
How Often?

Once a day. Results start showing after 3-4 days.

Why This Works

Turmeric has excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatoryi  A substance that reduces inflammation, redness, swelling, or pain. properties. In combination with banana peel, it helps reduce swelling and kills off any acne-causing bacteria that may be present on your skin (6). Curcumin in turmeric may help boost collagen production. Collagen keeps the skin elastic and firm, making you look youthful. This, thus, helps in pimple prevention, blackhead removal, and whitehead removal.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar And Banana Peel For Acne

Banana peel and apple cider vinegar for acne
Image: Shutterstock
You Will Need
Prep Time

2 minutes.

Treatment Time

10 minutes.

Method
  1. Combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture onto the affected areas of your skin.
  3. Leave the mixture on for about 10 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
  4. Pat dry and apply a non-comedogenic and oil-free moisturizer.
How Often?

Once a day. You will notice the difference in a week’s time.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar is an excellent astringenti  An ingredient applied to the skin as a lotion to reduce bleeding from minor abrasions and/or as a compound to reduce excess skin oiliness. and helps regulate the production of sebumi  An oily or waxy substance produced by the sebaceous glands to keep skin moist and avoid dryness. in your skin. It is also a rich source of antioxidants, which help kill any acne-causing bacteria that might be present on your skin (7). ACV may provide anti-aging properties as it is said to boost skin elasticity.

7. Honey And Banana Peel For Acne

Banana peel and honey for acne
Image: Shutterstock
You Will Need
  • 1 tbsp mashed banana peel
  • ½ tbsp raw honey
  • Non-comedogenic, oil-free moisturizer
Prep Time

2 minutes.

Treatment Time

15 minutes.

Method
  1. Combine the ingredients until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture onto the affected areas of your skin.
  3. Leave the mixture on for about 15 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
  4. Pat dry and apply a non-comedogenic and oil-free moisturizer.
How Often?

Once a day. It may take a week or two to treat acne.

Why This Works

Honey has excellent antibacterial properties. It is also a humectanti  Any substance that promotes moisture retention and helps keep things moist (generally used in lotions). that boosts skin hydration and helps moisturize your skin while its mild bleaching properties fade acne scars with regular use (8).

Note: Choose the recipe you like and follow it for several days in a row. Your acne might start to clear up or at least look less red after a few days.

Infographic: 5 Ways To Use Banana Peel For Acne

While bananas provide several health benefits, many people do not know that banana peels may help keep acne at bay. It is rich in antioxidants and essential vitamins that help fight acne-causing bacteria and fade acne scars. To help you out, we have rounded up some simple ways to use banana peels to reduce acne in the infographic below. Check it out to know more!

5 ways to use banana peel for acne (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Takeaway

Bananas have several benefits for your skin and hair. Even the banana peel is a very useful ingredient in skin care. Natural remedies like using banana peel are one of the most effective ways to combat acne issues. It is loaded with potassium, antioxidants, and fatty acids and helps manage acne issues. A healthy lifestyle, stress management, regular exercise, quality sleep, proper water intake, diet, and nutrition also helps with skin health and skin rejuvenation. A few recipes are listed above to help you understand how to treat acne with banana peels. Following them will aid in acne management and improve your skin texture. Consult a doctor if you do not see any results in two months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any side effects of using banana peels for acne treatment?

You may experience an allergic reaction like hives, skin irritation, or redness. Anecdotal evidence suggests that extended use of banana peels may exacerbate skin dryness.

Can I use banana peels alongside other acne treatments?

Yes, you can apply a weekly homemade banana peel mask along with your oral medications or topical acne treatment creams. However, consult your healthcare provider first to ensure you do not face any adverse effects.

Are there any lifestyle changes that may be beneficial when using banana peels for acne treatment?

Staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, reducing stress levels, following a healthy balanced diet, and exercising regularly are some lifestyle changes that may help manage acne effectively.

Key Takeaways

  • Banana peel is related to acne treatment due to its antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin A.
  • Use a mixture of banana peel and lemon to apply on acne scars.
  • Rub the banana peel on your face may soothe the skin as it has antioxidant properties.
  • A ground mixture of the banana peel with oatmeal and sugar is an excellent anti-acne scrub and may help exfoliate the skin.

Learn how to treat acne with banana peels! Check out this video to find out the easy and natural way to reduce acne flare-ups and improve your skin.

Personal Experience: Source

References

Articles on StyleCraze are backed by verified information from peer-reviewed and academic research papers, reputed organizations, research institutions, and medical associations to ensure accuracy and relevance. Read our editorial policy to learn more.

  1. Evaluation of Antifungal activity of Banana peel against Scalp Fungi
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214785317318527
  2. ACNE-CAUSES AND AMAZING REMEDIAL MEASURES FOR ACNE
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/340874478_ACNE-CAUSES_AND_AMAZING_REMEDIAL_MEASURES_FOR_ACNE
  3. Phenolic compounds within banana peel and their potential uses: A review
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1756464617306783
  4. Study Antimicrobial Activity of Lemon (Citrus lemon L.) Peel Extract
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236217959_Study_Antimicrobial_Activity_of_Lemon_Citrus_lemon_L_Peel_Extract
  5. Antibacterial activity of baking soda
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12017929/
  6. Potential of Curcumin in Skin Disorders
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6770633/
  7. Apple cider vinegar
    https://www.publish.csiro.au/hc/Fulltext/HC19561
  8. Honey: A Therapeutic Agent for Disorders of the Skin
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5661189/
Was this article helpful?
thumbsupthumbsdown
Dr. Suchana Marahatta

Dr. Suchana MarahattaMBBS, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Suchana Marahatta is an associate professor and permanent faculty in the Department of Dermatology in B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), Dharan, Nepal. She has 10 years of experience, and her special interest areas are dermatosurgery, hair restoration, aesthetics, and tropical dermatology. She is also the deputy editor of the Nepal Journal of Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology....read full bio

Latest Articles