Pimples are a nuisance. Unsightly and painful, they pop up at the most inconvenient of times. At their worst – as cystic acne – they cause serious pain and permanent scarring.
Acne is one of the most widely-spread skin conditions. For many people, outbreaks will follow whenever they’re stressed or going through hormonal changes. Unfortunately, ridding yourself of the crater-scape on your face is a challenge.
Lifestyle adjustments – like changing your diet and exercise habits – can help you fight acne. And of course, the right skincare routine is key. But where expensive beauty products and elaborate diets fail, some unusual home remedies could be your new secret weapon.
Here are the most effective, and slightly unusual, home remedies for pimples – for emergencies and the long run.
Honey is a truly ancient natural beauty product. It’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. On top of that, it’s also chock-full of antioxidants boosting your skin health.
To leverage honey’s power for your glow-up, use it as a mask. Take 2 tablespoons of natural (not synthetic!) honey, apply to your face after your regular cleanse, and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with clear water afterward.
Tip: Add a little cinnamon or lemon juice to your honey mask for extra antioxidants and vitamins.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Made by fermenting apple cider or juice, this vinegar is a trusty anti-bacterial substance. Medical studies found that it contains various organic acids that can exterminate acne-causing bacteria.
Plus: Some of these acids, like succinic and lactic acid, can keep down inflammation and prevent or reduce acne scars.
You can apply apple cider vinegar externally. Dilute 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water – or more if your skin is very sensitive. Apply gently using a cotton ball. After a few seconds, rinse with clear water.
However, rather than sipping Sencha for months, you can get more immediate effects by applying it externally. That’s because green tea contains flavonoids and tannins that help fight bacteria and inflammation.
What’s more, the antioxidants in green tea dial down the production of pore-clogging sebum. Especially in acne-prone individuals.
For this home remedy, brew a strong cup of high-quality green tea for 3-4 minutes and let it cool off a bit. Then, use cotton balls or a small spray bottle to apply it to your skin. Let dry, then rinse off.
Like green tea, aloe vera is omnipresent when it comes to natural remedies. For good reason. But rather than buying expensive aloe vera creams or masks, you can make your aloe beauty fix at home.
Aloe vera is not as mystical as it’s often made out to be. Essentially, it’s a tropical plant with gel-filled leaves. This gel is full of skin health boosters like salicylic acid (think aspirin!) and sulfur. It’s also extremely hydrating.
To harness these benefits, get an aloe vera leaf at a natural store (sometimes even regular supermarkets have them). Simply scrape out some transparent gel with a spoon. Apply directly to your skin, leave on for a few minutes, then rinse off.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is another natural remedy that can significantly reduce acne. This essential oil is produced from the leaves of the tea tree, native to Australia. Over the past few decades, several studies have shown its effective anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
As a home remedy, it’s extremely effective in emergencies and perpetual problem zones. If you have a few areas where pimples just will keep on sprouting, or if one has appeared just before a big work presentation or a date, tea tree oil may be your savior.
To apply it, dilute it with a carrier oil, then apply it to affected areas with a Q-tip. Tea tree oil can be super strong, so you have to dilute it. 1:9 is a good ratio to start off with, but depending on your skin and the severity of your pimple problem, you can alter it.
Getting rid of pimples is never easy, but using natural zit killers rather than full-out chemical warfare on your skin will help.
Home staples like honey, vinegar, and green tea can work wonders. More elaborately, aloe vera leaves and tea tree oil are excellent weapons in your skincare arsenal.
At the end of the day, with these tools and a bit of patience, you will be glowing up all-natural in no time.