Acne is bad, for some people acne is a constant companion throughout their entire life. If you’ve tried all the creams and potions out there and have applied as many toxic, skin stripping chemicals to your face as you can stand, then try some of these more natural, alternative, home remedies for acne and pimples instead:
Lemons contain a high concentration of citric acid, which attacks the bacteria that causes acne. Try cutting a lemon in half and gently rubbing your spots with lemon juice (apply lemon juice only on acne spots, avoid applying it on your entire face, as it can be too harsh). If it stings, that’s good! It means that it is working. Rinse your face with lukewarm water in 5-10 minutes.
2. Baking Soda
Mix water and baking soda in equal parts to create a paste and apply to the surface of each spot with a cotton bud and wash it off ten minutes later. The baking soda will help to dry and close up the pores.
3. Wash with Honey
Honey has antibacterial properties but doesn’t dry out the skin. Gently massage some honey into your face in the mornings and rinse with lukewarm water. (This treatment is not recommended for sensitive skin.)
4. Strawberries and Yogurt
Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid, which is an ingredient found in many commercial acne remedies. Mix some crushed strawberries with a few tea spoons of natural yogurt and leave on your skin for around 5-10 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.
5. Tea Tree Oil
One of the most efficient and well known home remedies for acne is Tea Tree oil. This oil is well known for its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and is a recommended treatment for mild to moderate outbreaks of acne. Apply it on your acne spots (only on your acne spots) and leave it work its magic overnight.
6. Keeping your towels and linen clean
Be sure to regularly change your bed linen and towels, as the bacteria that causes acne can build up here and be spread to other areas of your skin.
Raw papaya is a great and natural acne treatment that can help remove dead cells from skin surface, leaving your skin soft and glowing. Papaya also helps reduce inflammation. Mash up some papaya flesh (you can also use your blender), apply it on your clean skin for about 10 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.
8. Try mint leaves
Crush mint leaves into a paste and mix it with slightly warmed up honey. Apply this mixture on your clean face for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off.
9. Crushed aspirin
Aspirin can help reduce inflammation and prevent your pimples from expanding. Mix crushed aspirin with a little bit of honey, apply this treatment on your acne spots and wait for 5-10 minutes, then rinse.
Some of these ideas may seem a bit wacky, like walking around in the morning with strawberries and yogurt plastered to your face, but sometimes natural home remedies are better and far gentler on your skin, than harsh, man-made chemicals.
(Make sure you are not allergic to these natural skin care products and ingredients before trying any of these treatments.)
10. Ice Cubes
If you have spots that are especially swollen and red, ice can be a great way to reduce inflammation and reduce the appearance of blemishes. Just rub an ice cube on the trouble spots,and not only will your pores close up, the bacteria will be pushed out as well. Win/Win!
And my final tip would be: if your acne problems persist, I recommend visiting a dermatologist, as they are very experienced and can quickly find solutions to your particular problem.
What other home remedies for acne and pimples do you know? What worked out well for you? Feel free to share your tips and natural skin care products that worked for you in the comment section below.