10 Simple home remedies for pimples
Don’t squeeze it! Squeezing a pimple, especially one that doesn’t want to come out, will inflame the skin, spread bacteria, and it could even leave you with a scar, so you’d be far better off dealing with a pimple another way. You could, of course, use over-the-counter treatments, but they can be really harsh on the skin and they can cause irritation. Fortunately, there are better ways to treat a pimple, so read on, and you will find ten simple, but very effective, tricks that will cure a pimple fast.
You can encourage a pimple to come out, all of its own accord, with nothing more than a bowlful of steaming water. Hold your head over a bowl of steaming water and it will soften the skin, open up the pores, and that will allow whatever has blocked the pore and cause the pimple to come out of the skin naturally.
2. Ice cubes
For the smaller pimple that has only just appeared, a quick application of ice can stop it developing into a full grown spot. Wrap an ice cube in some cloth and then hold it against the pimple for thirty seconds. The cold of the ice will reduce inflammation and cause the pores to contract, which will help push out any bacteria, dead skin cells, and excess oil.
3. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is another one of good home remedies for pimples. It will reduce inflammation, fight bacteria, and it will help clean out the pores as well. You should never use tea tree undiluted on the skin, so mix it with six parts water and then apply that on the pimple and leave it on for thirty minutes. It will bring down the redness and swelling of a pimple and help it to clear it up quickly.
4. Lemon juice
The acidity in lemon juice will work as an antiseptic on the skin and kill the bacteria that cause pimples and it also works as an astringent, so it will reduce the excess oil on the skin. For the best results, dab lemon juice onto a pimple before you go to bed and leave it on overnight. You might want to give this treatment a miss, though, if you have very sensitive skin.
Papaya contains an enzyme that helps to remove dead skin cells and excess oil from within a blocked pore and it also contains an ingredient that will reduce inflammation. To use papaya to treat pimples, mash up the flesh of a ripe fruit and then apply the pulp to your face, leave it to sit for about half an hour and then wash it off with warm water.
6. Orange peel
Orange peel is another one of fabulous home remedies for pimples. Simply rub the inside of an orange peel on a pimple and the ascorbic acid and Vitamin C will get to work unclogging the pores and reducing the inflammation. For the best results, wash your face in warm water first, so that the pores open up a bit, and don’t use the same piece of orange peel on more than one pimple, or you will just be spreading bacteria around your face.
White toothpaste, not the gel kind, will dry out a pimple and help it heal. If you notice that you have a pimple in the evening, treat it with an ice cube first, as we described earlier, and then apply a small dab of toothpaste and leave it on overnight. Wash it off with cool water in the morning and, with a bit of luck, the pimple will be gone.
8. Baking soda
Baking soda is another one of inexpensive and natural home remedies for pimples. Add some lukewarm water to baking soda to make a paste and then apply it to your face and leave it on for an hour. It will reduce inflammation and exfoliate the skin. You should be left with much clearer skin after just a few applications.
Surprisingly, honey also makes one of great home remedies for pimples. Honey has amazing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and it won’t dry your skin out at all. To use honey to treat a pimple, apply it directly to the affected area and leave it on for thirty minutes. Honey also has healing properties, so it will help to avoid any scars being left on the skin as well.
10. Green tea
For people who suffer regularly with pimples, green tea, applied externally can make a very good treatment. Just apply cooled green tea to your face and leave it on overnight. It will reduce inflammation, reduce the production of sebum, and fight bacteria on the skin as well.
What are your favorite home remedies for pimples?