30 Amazing natural home remedies for pimples and acne

Pimples are an unfortunate part of most people’s lives. We all go through it at some point but what do you do when you can’t seem to get rid of them? Sometimes those expensive creams just don’t work, because there are many different things that can cause pimples, so you need to treat the reason for the pimples in order to see long lasting result, not just continue treating the pimples themselves. In fact, pimple creams have even been known to make the problem worse in some cases. If you’re sick of the spots and ready to see a difference, read these 30 all natural home remedies to treat the cause for the pimples and see longer lasting results:

1. Ice cubes

Ice is a good remedy if you want fast results, especially for those really big bumps. It can improve blood circulation and remove dirt and oil in the skin. Make sure you wrap the ice in a cloth before holding it to your skin, so it doesn’t burn you. Then hold it in place for about 30 seconds, aiming straight and only on the pimple, don’t apply ice all over your face, as it can burn you! You can do this a few times a day to see fast results and it also works well in numbing the pimple, if you have some of those really painful ones.

2. Ice cubes and toothpaste 

Our next one of home remedies for pimples is especially good, if you’re really in a hurry to see results: apply some toothpaste straight on your pimple, following the ice remedy. You’ll need to leave it on for at least half an hour to be effective though, so you don’t need to do it multiple times in the day, if you have things to do. Just do the ice cube treatment and then apply the toothpaste before you go to bed, so it will have all night to dry your pimple.

3. Lemon juice (fresh, not bottled)

Fresh lemon juice can help your pimples dry up faster, so if you’ve got oily skin, this may work for you. Apply lemon juice right on top of your pimple with a cotton swab before bed time (don’t apply it all over your face) and then, wash off gently in the morning.

4. Honey

Honey is one of nature’s miracles and one of the good home remedies for pimples and acne! It is a natural antibiotic, so if you’ve got sore, scratchy pimples, it can speed up the healing process. Leave it on your pimple for half an hour before washing off with warm water and dabbing dry with a towel. Never dry your skin by wiping the towel over your face, as this can cause irritation and strip all the honey back off, along with some of your skin’s natural oils.

5. Yogurt and honey

If your skin is very dry and at the same you have pimples, making a little face mask of yogurt with a bit of honey is a really good way to relieve it. This will give you all the health benefits of honey and the yogurt will reduce the pain and leave your skin feeling soft.

6. Steam

Home remedies for pimples and acne also include steam. If clogged pores are your problem, steam is a really good remedy that will open them up and help get rid of oils, dirt and bacteria deep within. Just fill a container with hot water and hold it under your face for a few minutes at a time, two or three times a day. Not only will this improve the appearance of your pimples, but it can give you a nice glow as well. Just don’t overfill the container and be very careful not to burn yourself! You should never continue to hold your face over hot water if you feel discomfort or pain. Be extra careful, as you have only one face!

7. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is another good way to clean and hydrate the face deep within without throwing off your skin’s natural balance. Coconut oil has wonderful antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-frugal properties and can do wonders for your skin! It also does wonders for your hair. Use it as your daily face and body moisturizer or add it to homemade facial and hair masks and treatments.

 8. Apple cider vinegar bath

Apple cider vinegar is actually a good remedy for many skin and hair problems, because it is good for balancing the natural oils your skin produces. Many factors like diet, makeup, soap and other products can throw out this balance and apple cider vinegar can help restore it. If you have a problem with bodily acne, take a bath with about a cup of apple cider vinegar mixed into the water every day or every other day. After you’re done, apply some coconut oil to the skin to hydrate and nourish it.

9. Egg whites

Eggs are another one of great home remedies for pimples and acne and one of those things that have many benefits. When used on pimples, they can help rebuild your skin cells and soak up excess oil. Remember to moisturise afterwards because, while effective, they can leave your skin a bit dry.

10. Papaya

To reduce inflammation and get rid of dead skin cells, apply raw papaya to the skin. If you are pretty pimple prone and have been suffering from spots for a while, papaya is probably going to be a good long term treatment.

11. Cold water

If your skin is dried out, it might be because your showers are too hot. If you don’t have a fear of being submerged, fill a container with cold water (but it shouldn’t be iced water, it shouldn’t be burning cold!) and dip your face in for about 2-3 seconds, 5 times a day. This can also help to improve blood circulation in your face and improve the look of inflammation. You should start to see results pretty quickly.

12. Baking soda

Baking soda is a rather strong chemical that has antiseptic properties to fight off fungus and exfoliate skin at the same time. If your pimples are rather bad, mix up a paste from equal parts baking soda and water, and apply straight to your pimple (not all over your face) and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing with lukewarm water and patting dry. If this remedy starts to itch, just remove it and try something else, because baking soda has been known to irritate some people’s skin, but if you have a long-term pimple problem, it is worth giving a try.

13. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is another one of wonderful home remedies for pimples and acne. For mild acne, tea tree oil can help reduce inflammation lesions and soothe sore areas. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, so works well on very red skin. Be careful not to get any in the mouth or eyes, as it’s not safe for consumption. Mix one part of tea tree oil and 10 parts of water in a spray bottle, and mist your face with it throughout the day to diminish inflammation of your pimples, get rid of bacteria and dirt, refresh your face and prevent pimples and acne from occurring.

And here is another very effective anti-pimple mask with tea tree oil: just mix one tablespoon of white or green clay powder with some distilled water to create a paste and add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil. Apply the mask to your face or only on your pimples, avoiding eye area, keep it on for about 5-10 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.

14. Chlorine pools

Going for a swim in a pool can actually help dry up acne and leave your skin feeling clearer. Remember not to overdo it though or you may end up over-drying your skin and even damaging your hair.

15. Raw potato

Next one of good home remedies for pimples and acne is raw potato. Grate a raw potato and gently rub the pulp and juice onto your face and let it dry for 5-10 minutes, before washing off with warm water and patting dry. Potatoes contain many components that reduce blemishes and encourage the growth of new skin cells for a longer term effect.

16. Salt spray

A spray bottle with a mixture of salt and water applied to the face a few times a day will help to dry your skin and you should see results within a few days. Just mix one tablespoon of sea salt into 8 ounces of distilled water and spray on your face or apply using a cotton ball, 2-3 times a day, especially concentrating on areas with pimples and acne. Some people swear by this acne treatment, as of one of the most effective home remedies for pimples!

17. Garlic 

Garlic has many antibacterial properties, so it can help prevent breakouts. It can be used either by mashing up the garlic and applying it straight to your pimple mixed with water, or eating it regularly can help you benefit from its effects too.

18. Wash with olive oil

Washing your face with olive oil might sound strange, but it is also one of the effective home remedies for pimples and acne. If you think your soap might be to blame for your pimples, try washing your face with olive oil instead. We know that it sounds weird but it’s actually a very effective product for removing dirt and blockage from the face and your skin will feel nice and soft afterwards too. Just massage olive oil all over your face and then, wipe it out with a washcloth dampened with warm water.

19. Banana peel

Home remedies for pimples also include banana peel. To reduce inflammation and encourage healthy cell growth, peel a banana and gently rub the peel on your face, then leave it on for 5 minutes, before washing it off and patting dry with a towel. It will help especially with redness and pain caused by acne. Plus, you get to eat the banana afterwards, which is great for digestion!

20. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has long been used to treat cuts and burns, because of its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. To reduce irritation and redness, mask the pimples in Aloe Vera. As a bonus, your skin will also feel nice and soft afterwards. Before applying Aloe Vera to your face, make sure you are not allergic to it!

21. Cut back on sugar

Too much sugar in the diet has been known to cause pimples for a long time. Cut out the sugary soft drinks and candy bars and try to drink water and eat healthy snacks instead, like fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. Not only can it improve your pimples but you might find that you have more energy throughout the day too!

22. Be sun safe

Getting sun burnt severely dries out the skin and can cause you to break out in pimples. Always use sun block and stick to shady areas during the hottest parts of the day.

23. Wash but not too often

It’s important to wash your face about twice a day but if you’re covered in pimples, you may be tempted to do it more than is necessary. This can cause irritation and drying out of the skin, which will only make things worse.

24. Be gentle

While you may be anxious to get rid of your pimples, it’s not worth it to pop or pick at them. Doing this might make one pimple look a little better immediately but shortly thereafter, the bacteria that was inside it will spread to the surrounding areas and you’ll end up with more pimples that look even worse! Also, it can possibly lead to long term scarring. Always be gentle with your face and love your skin: when you wash your face, when you exfoliate and when you do your facial masks – do it all with love!

25. Exercise regularly

Home remedies for pimples also include exerting and moving. Exercise is known to increase blood flow, which can help unclog pores. Plus, the endorphin rush you’ll feel after a good work out can help, if your pimples are stress related.

26. Get enough sleep

Poor or irregular sleeping habits can result in an imbalance of your hormones, which is a big cause of pimples. Try to get your 7-9 hours a night.

27. Make time to relax, meditate or pray

Stress is another big cause of pimples. If you’re feeling overwhelmed in your life, try to set aside time to relax, mediate or pray each day. You’ll feel better and look better too.

28. Consider your medication

Some medications, like the pill, which is extremely common for women to take, can throw out your hormones big time and which is a big cause of pimples. Talk to your doctor if you think your medication may be the reason for your acne to learn what other options are available.

29. Dandelion tea

While some things like bad diet and medications can throw off your hormones, dandelion tea can help balance it. Drink it every day with a little honey, if you don’t like the subtle flavour.

30. Macca root supplement

Macca is another thing that is especially good for hormone balancing. For example, if you’re just getting off the pill, so your hormones are all out of whack, take macca root daily to give yourself a big hormone boost. Within a few months, you’ll be back to normal and pimple free. Incidentally, they can also help with period pain and increase your hair growth.

Important note: Before trying any home remedies for pimples and acne, make sure your are not allergic to the ingredients and the best option would be to consult your doctor and get a professional advice!

What are your favorite home remedies for pimples and acne?

Stay beautiful and be happy!


  1. Saltean
    March 26, 2018 at 7:34 am

    I love natural skin care home remedies. I’m using Himalayan salt scrub from saltean. This scrub have reduced my skin acne problem. Thanks for sharing your informative article with us.

  2. ittefaqco
    March 16, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Thanks for these acne treatments. Can I use Himalayan salt for that salt spray treatment? I have read so much about its benefits and even purchased a Himalayan salt lamp as well. You can get more information about it on the website of ittefaqco .

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