A flawless face reflects a confident personality but it needs a lot of hard work to maintain it. The more you take care of your skin, the better it looks. Sometimes, even after following a proper skin care regime, we get to suffer from annoying skin conditions like acne and pimples. Mostly, it is due to our lifestyle or stress while for others, it may be caused by some health conditions such as hormonal imbalance or excessive oil secretion from the glands due to some bacterial infection. The pores on the skin get clogged by the excess sebum production which causes breakouts.
There are many products available in the market to treat acne and pimples. But you need to remember that there are certain chemicals present in these products that may damage your skin more. The best way to cure this skin problem is to use home remedies that really work wonders without causing any side-effect. So, here we go.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
There are a lot of health and skin conditions that can be treated by apple cider vinegar and thankfully, acne is one of them. ACV is antibacterial and alkaline in nature which helps to kill the pesky bacteria in your pores and maintain the pH level of your skin. It also possesses astringent properties that is why it can remove the excess oil.
You can dilute ACV with fresh water in equal parts and then, apply it using a cotton ball. Leave it on your skin for around ten minutes. Rinse it off thereafter. Repeat this few times a week to see the noticeable changes.
Note: Don’t use it in excess quantity as it may dry out your skin.
Ice is actually very useful to decrease the swelling, redness, and inflammation caused by pimples. It removes the dirt and pulls out the extra oil. Ice also tightens your skin pores and gives you a fresh appearance.
Take some ice cubes or crushed ice in a piece of cloth and keep it on the affected skin areas. Let it rest for few minutes and then repeat the process.
Note: Don’t apply the ice directly on your skin to avoid any damage to your skin tissues.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil works amazingly well when it comes to skin problems. It has antibacterial properties that cure the acne. It also soothes the inflammation caused by the bacteria and dries out whiteheads and blackheads.
To cure the pimples, soak a cotton ball in the tea tree oil. Put it on the acne-affected area. Wait for 15-20 minutes and wash off with fresh water after that.
Also, you can also mix a few drops of this essential oil to a teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Apply and then wash your face after 20 minutes.
Note: Avoid using tea tree oil if you have sensitive skin.
Papaya makes your skin softer and smoother by removing the dead skin and pulling out the excessive lipids. It also reduces inflammation due to the presence of the enzyme papain.
Mash the pulp of the fruit to a suitable consistency. Clean your face with water and pat it dry before applying the pulp on it. Wait for around 20 minutes after the application. Rinse it off properly afterward.
Note: Apply a moisturizer if you have dry skin.
Orange is full of vitamin C and citric acid along with the astringent properties. Using orange peel not only opens your clogged pores and removes the excessive oil from your skin surface but also helps to rejuvenate the skin by promoting the growth of new cells.
Blend the orange peel and mix some water in it to create a paste. Clean your face with clear water to avoid itching. Smear it on the affected parts and leave for about half an hour. Wash it off and apply moisturizer after patting dry.
Just like oranges, lemons are also rich source of vitamin C. It is a great exfoliator for the skin. Lemon juice dries up the pimples as it contracts the tissues due to its astringent properties. It also helps to get rid of the redness caused by acne and pimples.
Squeeze out fresh lemon juice and apply it on the pimples using a cotton ball. Wash your face after few minutes with cold water.
Note: Don’t step out in the sun just after the application of the lemon juice as it may cause tanning.
7. Green Tea
Green tea is popular for its antioxidant properties. The presence of an antioxidant named EGCG helps to reduce the production of excessive sebum. It is also antimicrobial in nature that helps fight acne. Green tea also soothes the inflammation.
Take a few green tea leaves and pour some boiling water over them. Let them sit for about 5 minutes and then strain it. Wait for it to cool down to room temperature. Now, dip a cotton swab in it and apply it on your pimples. Use fresh water to clean your face.
Alternatively, you can put tea bags on the acne-affected area.
Garlic possesses many qualities like antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant. Along with that, it has an ample amount of sulfur which treats pimples quickly.
Mix some garlic juice to a teaspoon of water. Smear it on your face with a cotton ball and then wash it off after few minutes. Alternatively, aloe vera juice can be used at the place of water to give it a paste-like consistency.
Or, you can mash 2-3 cloves and let it sit in water for ten minutes. Then apply it to the affected skin area, rinse it off after 5-10 minutes.
Additionally, 1-2 garlic cloves can be ingested daily to heal the problem internally.
Generally, we use toothpaste to clean our teeth. Do you know that it is an amazing remedy to treat pimples quickly? It reduces inflammation and swelling and dries up the pimples.
Take some toothpaste on your finger and spread it over the affected skin area before going to bed. Wash it off in the morning. You can use ice to remove it to see better results.
10. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is known to cure various skin problems. It promotes healing, reduces scars, and combats infections as well. Aloe vera also heals swelling and inflammation while killing the acne-causing bacteria at the same time.
Take out some fresh aloe vera gel from the aloe plant and use it on your skin to treat acne. You can also purchase aloe vera gel which are available in the market.
Note: Make sure that you use aloe vera gel without any additives which may probably cause side-effects to your skin.
Taking steam is a common practice to heal cold and loosen up the built up mucus. Surprisingly, it shows great benefits for skin as well. Steam opens up your clogged skin pores and removes dirt and oil from them.
Simmer water in a large container. Place it on a firm surface. Cover your face with a towel. Bring your face near water so that it can come in contact with the steam. Do it for about 10 minutes. Wash your face using lukewarm water. Apply some moisturizer to it after patting dry.
Note: Avoid going too close to the container to prevent any burn onto your skin.
Honey is a great remedy for many ailments. It has got some wonderful natural antibiotics that promote healing and keep a check on infections. Soak a cotton ball in some raw honey and apply it on the affected skin. Wait for half an hour. Rinse it off with lukewarm water. Repeat this few times daily to treat acne.
Alternatively, make a mask by mixing 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 tablespoon of plain oatmeal. Leave it for half an hour and wash off afterwards.
13. Baking Soda
Baking soda is an amazing exfoliator which removes dead skin cells along with the dirt and oil. It also possesses antiseptic properties that speeds up the healing process. Use water or lemon juice to make a paste with baking soda. Before applying this mask, wash your face properly. Massage this paste for about one minute and then leave it on for few more minutes. Use warm water to rinse it off. Pat your face dry and moisturize it to avoid dryness.
Or, add 1/8 cup of water to half a cup of baking soda. Scrub your face with it for 3-4 minutes. Wash your face with warm water and apply some moisturizer once it dries.
It is a magical spice with many antimicrobial qualities. You can use it along with honey to reduce your acne and pimples in no time. This mixture also helps to provide relief from swelling and redness.
Mix two tablespoons of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon. Blend them thoroughly to give it a paste-like consistency. Clean your face properly before the application. Smear this paste over the affected skin. Wait for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water. As it is a sticky paste, you would have to work harder to remove it completely.
Note: Apply this paste before going to bed to get the best results.
15. Milk or Yogurt
Milk can do wonders to your skin. It gives a soothing sensation and tones down the redness. You can also use yogurt at the place of milk as it possesses antibacterial properties.
Mix equal quantities of milk or full-fat yogurt and raw honey. Put this mixture on your acne-affected skin. Apply 3-4 layers of it and wait for the older one to dry before putting the newer one. Leave it on 15 minutes. Wash your face with fresh water. Then use a washcloth to scrub in a gentle circular manner. It will remove the dead skin and rejuvenate your skin. Apply some moisturizer if you feel some dryness on your face.
Known to many, cucumber shows stunning benefits for skin rejuvenation. It is a great source of vitamin A, C, & E and potassium. It gives a cooling sensation to the skin and soothes inflammation. It is advantageous in both the ways i.e. topically and internally.
Cut a cucumber into pieces and soak them in water for about half an hour. The nutrients of cucumbers will get transferred to the water. Strain it after that and either wash your face or drink it to get the results.
Or, a face mask can also be prepared by grinding the cucumbers. Spread it over your face. Let it dry for around ten to fifteen minutes. Use warm water to clean it up. All the dirt and bacteria will be removed by this face mask.
Potatoes are full of nutrients like sulfur, potassium, chloride, and phosphorus. It tones down blemishes and reduces acne along with promoting the growth of new skin cells.
Take a raw potato and grate it. Rub it’s juice and pulp on your face in a circular motion for five minutes. Let it sit for half an hour. Rinse it off with warm water afterwards
A great anti-inflammatory agent, mint soothes irritation and discomfort caused by pimples. It also removes clogged-up oil from the skin pores. To use it as a preventive measure for acne, finely chop fresh mint leaves and mix it in equal quantities with plain yogurt and oatmeal powder. Apply this concoction on your face and leave for ten minutes before rinsing it off with fresh water.
Alternatively, crush a few mint leaves. Rub the juice and crushed leaves on your face for some time and then wait for 10 minutes. Wash it off with cold water thereafter.
Avocados are rich in antioxidants that make them able to rejuvenate the skin cells. It works great for the people having sensitive skin as it is mild in nature. This fruit is also full of vitamins and minerals.
Cut an avocado in two halves and scoop out the pulp. Mash it properly and put some honey in it. Keep on mixing the ingredients until there is paste-like consistency. Put it on your face and let it dry for 20 minutes. Take some lukewarm water and rinse it off properly. Pat your face and moisturize it well.
Sugar is one of the most easily available things in your kitchen. It works as a great scrub for the skin. You can use both the white and brown sugar for this purpose.
Take one and a half cup both of white and brown sugar, a vanilla bean, three tablespoons of coarse sea salt, half a cup of virgin olive oil, and 4-5 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract. Mix sugars and salts. Scrape out the caviar from the vanilla bean and add it to the mixture. Take 2 cups of sugar, salt, and vanilla mixture and pour olive oil into it. Add it to the rest of the mixture and mix 4-5 tablespoons of vanilla extract in it. Scrub your face with this exfoliator and get rid of acne.
Tips and Cautions
1. Avoid touching your face again and again to prevent the spread of acne breakout.
2. Clean your skin regularly to stop the clogging of dirt and oil into your skin pores.
3. Keep yourself hydrated to promote detoxification of the skin.
4. Eat nutritious food and maintain a healthy lifestyle.