Don’t you just hate waking up to a swollen, red, Volkswagen-sized pimple? Let’s not even talk about their well-crafted positions on our face. They strategically place themselves to make sure we get spotted even in a thousand-numbered crowd.
Sure, we put on a brave face and find interesting ways to deal with our zit face. Like addressing a forehead pimple as a “unicorn horn growing out.”
Here are seven natural remedies to nip our pimples in the bud.
1. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an amazing way to get rid of those nasty pimples. The oil contains magical antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that takes on the bacteria causing pimples. Applying tea tree oil also reduces the urge to go at your pimples with your finger nails. One study reveals that applying the oil helped to significantly reduce acne in people during a 12-week experiment.1
Put a few drops of tea tree oil onto a clean cotton swab, and apply it on your the affected areas. Make sure you first do a patch test to find out if tea tree oil suits your skin. If it causes a slight irritation, you could go ahead and dilute it with water.
Lemons are very effective to fight against bacteria. They work as a detoxifying and as antibacterial agent. Even the extract from a lemon peel has the power to take on bacteria. But it is the juice of a citric lemon that’s most effective against reducing nasty pimples. Because it contains L-asorbic acid.2 When it is directly applied to the skin, the acid in the lemon helps to remove excess oil and gets rid of dead cells.
Wash your face with warm water, and use a clean cotton ball to apply lemon juice over your face. Let it rest for 15-20 minutes, and follow it up with a cold water rinse. Moisturize your face after this treatment because it could leave your skin feeling dehydrated. You would see results in no time!
3. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is great at tackling any skin related issues. Burns, wounds, inflammation – just leave it to the powers of aloe vera. Like ancient Greeks and Egyptians have been using it for centuries as a part of their beauty regime.
The aloe vera plant contains antibacterial enzymes like gibberellins and polysaccharides. These guys are responsible to reduce inflammation commonly associated with pimples. Also, since aloe vera is great in the skin rejuvenation department, regular use of the ninja plant helps to fade away leftover marks from pimples.
Just lay a thick layer of the gel on the affected area. Let it rest overnight and wash it off in the morning.
4. Baking soda
Baking soda helps to exfoliate the skin because of its mild antiseptic properties, and it works to reduce inflammation as well. It’s great to balance the pH level of your skin. Mix baking soda with water, and apply it on the face. You could do it twice a week.
People with sensitive skin should be careful while using baking soda. Always do a patch test before applying anything to your face.
Mint has a cooling and calming effect on your skin. It’s an anti-pruritic and anti-inflammatory solution to reduces pimples. The vitamin A present in mint leaves help to reduce excessive oil production that results in pimples.
Just crush mint leaves and add a little water to form a paste. Leave the paste on your face for a good 15 minutes, and wash it off with cold water.
Oh, the wonders of honey don’t seem to end! If you are looking to give your skin a natural fix, honey is the way to go. It contains an enzyme glucose oxidase that aids in antibacterial activity. Honey is also popular for its anti-inflammatory feature.3
Apply honey onto your face, and let it rest for 15 minutes. Wash it off with cold water. You could even mix honey with a few teaspoons of lemon juice or even a teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
7. Apple cider vinegar
Sometimes with the appearance of pimples, your pH level balance could get off-track. ACV helps to bring back the pH level of your skin. Also, thanks to their natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties, ACV could get rid of acne-causing bacteria. Another plus would be the content of malic acid and lactic acid that helps to gently exfoliate the skin.
Do make sure you pick an organic apple cider vinegar. Just add one teaspoon of ACV with three teaspoons of water. Before applying it, make sure you have cleansed and dried your face. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture, and gently spread it all over the face. Rinse it off after ten minutes.
Also, you need to know
Resist the urge to touch the pimple every now and then. Unless you want to aggravate it. Most of us love investigating our pimples by poking at it. Imagine mixing up the dirt from your fingers and the bacteria from the pimple. Just be strong!
Pick a remedy that suits your skin the most, do it regularly, and wake up to a pimple-less face soon!
|↑1||Malhi, Harsimran Kaur, Jenny Tu, Thomas V. Riley, Sujith Prasad Kumarasinghe, and Katherine A. Hammer. “Tea tree oil gel for mild to moderate acne; a 12 week uncontrolled, open‐label phase II pilot study.” Australasian Journal of Dermatology (2016).|
|↑2||Shinkafi, S. A., and H. Ndanusa. “Antibacterial Activity of Citrus Limonon Acne vulgaris (Pimples).” International Journal of Science inventions Today 2 (2013): 397-409.|
|↑3||Mandal, Manisha Deb, and Shyamapada Mandal. “Honey: its medicinal property and antibacterial activity.” Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine 1, no. 2 (2011): 154-160.|