Acne is a critical problem that sabotages your confidence, and your skin yells for help.
The small eruptions on your face mean that it’s a hard pass on your weekend outings, selfies and chit-chat with your girl gang. What if you can surpass all that time and money and see whether there was a way to treat pimples naturally and permanently.
Ditch the habits that work against your beauty, and quickly you’re your skin concern with these ten natural ways to effectively treat your pimples.
What exactly are pimples?
Pimples arise when a lot of dirt particles, like excess oil, sebum, and dead skin cells get trapped within skin pores. There are sebaceous glands inside the skin pore, and these are responsible for the production of sebum. In some cases, these combine with dead skin, effectively blocking the pores and the glands of the skin.
It is common in people who have just hit puberty because it is during this time that the skin becomes extra thick. Which means extra sebum and extra layers of dead skin.
Ten years ago, I had an extreme case of acne, and I approached a doctor for this. He prescribed me a lot of medicines. It went away as well. But I thought about this in great detail only after my neighbor developed a severe condition of this. She started developing pain on the right side of her face. She was suffering from a disease that could not be treated at home. She had to take the consultation of a doctor.
The key to preventing pimples naturally is to practice good hygiene.
Nowadays, we have hectic schedules that require us to wear a lot of makeup and travel a lot within minimal protection against the dust. And you come back home and find that a zillion pimples have already popped up on your face.
A range of home-based products are now available that would allow you to treat this condition at home itself.
Simple ingredients like tea tree oil, green tea, chamomile tea, honey, aloe vera, aspirin, omega three fatty acids, and mint, among several others, have proven to be extremely useful for treating pimples.
Here are a few other remedies that you can follow with ingredients that are readily available to you:
1) Using tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a blessed agent. It has anti-inflammatory properties. Doctors usually prescribe benzoyl peroxide solution to clear up acne. But a 5% solution of tea tree oil is far less potent than the former and equally valid. Tea tree oil is useful because it targets S.epidermidis and P.acnes, which are two of the bacteria that causes pimples.
After I’ve tried a couple of oils I finally found the one that works for me: here
But it can take a longer time for your condition to improve if this is the case. You can use it merely on the affected area (in limited quantities), or you can mix a few drops of this beauty elixir with twenty to forty drops of witch hazel. Apply this onto the area two times a day and watch the magic unfold.
However, it is to be noted that the extreme use of tea tree oil onto the affected area can cause redness and irritation. It is always better to dilute it before use.
2) Drink a lot of green tea
We have all heard of the fantastic properties that green tea has. One of the reasons this infusion is so amazing is because of its detoxing properties. It is antimicrobial as well. Chuck your regular tea and replace it with a cup of green tea. Or better, cool it and use it as a face wash or soak a cloth with it and lay it over your face two-three times a day.
Honey is indeed a magical agent. And better still, it is available in almost every household. Honey has anti-microbial properties that make it an excellent skin treatment for acne.
Back when there were no fancy ingredients and advanced medicine, it was honey that our grandmothers suggested as an effective remedy for pimples. You can use it in two ways.
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Either apply it directly on to the affected area for 30 minutes, after which you wash it off, or you can mix ½ cup of honey with 1 cup of oatmeal and apply it on your face in a round movement. This would act as a good scrub.
Mint can be extremely useful in removing the oil that clogs pores, and it is helpful in preventing acne before it develops. And it is yet another staple in the kitchen, available in abundance in almost all households.
Mix 2 tablespoons of mint (finely chopped) with oatmeal (blend it finely before using it) and curd. Apply this onto your face and keep it for about 10 minutes before carefully washing it off.
Native Americans have used echinacea for centuries for treating various infections. It has amazing properties and speeds up healing time. This wonder ingredient also has several anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
There is no concrete evidence proving that echinacea is effective against acne, it has been shown to be highly effective in reducing blemishes. An excellent remedy to combat pimples naturally can be by using the tea as a face wash. You may try this one.
A lot of the anti-acne medication that doctors prescribe contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. However, aspirin contains a unique ingredient called acetylsalicylic acid, which works exceptionally effective against acne. Its drying effects make sure that a lot of the oil and the sebum remove effectively.
At the same time, it prevents new marks from appearing as well. Recently, there has been a lot of research about the effects of aspirin treatment for preventing pimples naturally, all of which show that it is good.
Make a paste out of aspirin and warm water before applying it to the affected area. You can leave it on your skin for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off. Apply a good moisturizer also.
You might all have heard of chamomile tea. Not surprisingly, this can be used for acne related treatment as well. It has several excellent properties; it is anti-inflammatory and soothes the skin as well. The best way to handle this is by combining it in some warm water to make a paste-like form.
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Then apply this onto your face. Another method is to soak chamomile tea bags in boiling water for about 15 minutes. Once all the essence has seeped into the water, take a wad of cotton and dab your face with this extract.
Turmeric is a genie that guarantees magical treatment at your home. Cooking is incomplete without it. For more than hundreds of years, Indians have been using turmeric as a face bleaching agent as well. Then does it surprise you to know that turmeric has properties that help with the inflammation associated with acne?
It is an antioxidant as well. Use turmeric on your face twice a week as a face mask. Clean it off after keeping it on for about 10 minutes. Clean your face thoroughly or otherwise; it would develop a yellowish tinge.
9) Aloe vera
Aloe vera is the solution for everything.
This plant can be quickly grown in our gardens and does not take too much space. Not just that, it has fantastic benefits for the hair, face, and skin! What is impressive about aloe is that it contains certain ingredients that are essential for fighting bacterial, like urea nitrogen and salicylic acid.
It is useful in relieving the pain from burns, for reducing scarring and for fighting infection. Cut a fresh leaf of aloe and let the sap drain for about ten to fifteen minutes. After that, scrape out as much gel as you would possibly need. You can either use it directly on your face, or you can pulverize it to a semi-liquid form and then apply it to the affected area.
Sometimes, you can combine it with any of the other procedures mentioned here, two-three times a week.
Aloe vera is also available in the bottled form in most stores. But make sure that it is pure and does not contain any extra ingredients.
Who knew the humble lemon could help in treating pimples?
But lemon juice has many properties that are anti-bacterial, and it can act as a cheap alternative to expensive medicines. The acid in lemon juice also helps to clear the oil from the skin due to its astringent properties. The liquid contains citric acid which acts as an antiseptic and kills the bacteria in the skin pores.
It is also useful in tackling the redness that acne leaves behind. Over time, it can be beneficial in reducing scars also. However, not everything about lemon juice is good. Watch out for the pain and the dryness.
Usually lemon also acts as a bleaching agent, which means it would automatically lighten that part of the skin where it is applied. And using it is as simple as dabbing small amounts of it onto the surface with a clean piece of cotton.
11) Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another hit ingredient that is readily available in the kitchen! Vinegar is capable of killing many bacteria and viruses. Apple cider vinegar contains a range of acids, like citric acid, lactic acid, and acetic acid, all of which are highly effective in killing the bacteria that causes acne. Even after your pimple has disappeared, you can see your distended, scarred skin.
The organic acids in this magical ingredient can work wonders in reducing the spotty appearance of your face. Use this by diluting it thoroughly, with lots of water.
Do this at least two times a day for the best result. Note, however, that apple cider vinegar is strongly acidic by nature and can even burn the skin if misused.
12) Omega-3 fatty acids
Acne is known to develop on the skin due to stress and the imbalance of hormones on our body system. Omega 3 fatty acid has a lot of anti-inflammatory properties. It is present in abundance in fish, walnuts, etc. but if you do not have the habit of eating any of this, opt for nutrient capsules instead.
13) Watch your diet
All of these solutions would be utterly useless if you did not follow a proper diet.
An adequately regulated food, along with the correct amount of water can do wonders in controlling and curing your skin problems. Research shows that acne is shown to occur less in those people that have an actual amount of carbohydrates, antioxidants, omega+-3 fatty acids, etc. in their diets.
Without a proper diet, certain foods can cause an increase in the amount of blood sugar in the body. And this can cause our body to release extra amounts of insulin, which in turn creates more production of oil from the sebaceous glands.
Such foods include sugar, white bread, pasta, etc. These foods are made up of complex sugars and are hence said to constitute of high-glycemic carbohydrates. In some cases, even chocolate is supposed to increase acne and pimples. Foods with saturated fats, trans fats and dairy are also said to cause acne in people.
In that case, what should you eat?
Foods rich in complex carbohydrates, like legumes, whole grains, and unadulterated fruits and vegetables, would be your go-to foods. Carrots, apricots, fish, walnut, whole wheat bread, pumpkin seeds, etc. would be ideal for you. At the same time, remember to include lots of minerals (like zinc), vitamin A and E to supplement this diet.
Remember that people’s bodies work differently. What causes acne for one person might not cause acne in another. Hence it is up to you to understand what works for you and what does not.
One of the reasons why people are switching towards home measures is to avoid the expense of going to a doctor. Certain medications have long-lasting effects as well. In that case, we urge you to switch to alternatives as mentioned here and go all natural!
Do you use anything else? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!