No matter if it’s acne or just a case of a pimple outburst, it needs to go.
Like, right now.
But since it doesn’t plan to go away on itself you need to help it go on it’s merry way.
And by any chance, never ever come back. Never. Ever.
And you might not want to use any chemicals or pills to do it either.
You could though.
If you use verified products that have been tested to be safe, then the “cure” rate is the highest with these products, especially those that contain a well known ingredient called Benzoyl Peroxide which is safe to use and one of the most effective ingredient to use against acne.
However, many people have been able to remove their acne using only homemade remedies. Either scars or pimples, it doesn’t matter. And it might be a bit faster if you want to do something right here right now without waiting another second. Just remember however, that all of these treatments can take weeks to show results, so patience is a required virtue if you tackle these home remedies.
Let us begin with the biggest, best list of homemade acne treatments!
- A Lemon – yup. We’re starting with a lemon. Why could this work? Lemons contain an safe ingredient called Glycolic acid which is safe to use in small amounts. So juice a lemon, add water to it. Basically make yourself some lemon juice. But instead of drinking it all, apply it to your face for 10 – 20 min. After you’re done, wash face with water.
- Oatmeal Mix – Combine a teaspoon of honey, juiced lemon and add it to a cup of oatmeal. Rub the resulting mix on your face and leave it there for at least half an hour. When done, wash it off.
- Potato – Pretty straightforward, cut it in half, then squeeze the juice inside on your face. Best features? A ton of vitamin B and C which help the skin regenerate itself.
- Garlic Mix – The ingredients inside garlic’s help clean your skin. To make it work, crush a few cloves into a small bowl of water. Apply said mixture to face and leave it for at least 30 minutes. Then rinse and repeat at least once per week.
- Egg Whites – Proteins, vitamins, minerals. So much good. First thing to do is to separate the yolks from the whites. See here how to do it painlessly. Then mix the whites in a bowl for a few minutes and let them rest for 10 min. Then apply the first layer, let it dry, then the second one and so on, until you hit the fourth or fifth layer. Half an hour later, wash it with a soft cloth of your choice(towel). Here’s how to easy separate the egg whites.
- Tea Tree Oil – Like for stretch marks, skin tags, tea tree oil appears even as a remedy for acne and pimples! While using oil on your skin sounds counterintuitive, since it’s too much oil that is causing your acne, in this case it is not. This oil has a different texture from your skin’s oil and works great as a counter, opening up clogged pores. While the first step is to obtain said oil(you can always buy it online), the next one is to mix it with water. A drop of tea tree oil for every 10 drops of water. You don’t need to be precise, as long as it’s sufficiently diluted. Apply with any cloth or cotton bud and rinse after 20 minutes. If it’s hurting you, increase the water amount until it drops to a manageable level.
- Aloe Vera – almost a miracle plant, it has been used for almost any skin related disease since the roman empire. You can either use a store bought gel or just grow your own and apply it raw, both works well. Again, let it rest for at least 20 minutes before washing it off your face.
- Baking Soda – exfoliates, kills bacteria and clears your skin. Why not use it? Simply mix the same amount of water and baking soda and apply the paste that you receive, on the acne spots themselves. You could apply it on your whole face, but in that case you would need to make more of the paste.
- Strawberries – The key word here is salicylic acid. If you take a look at the ingredient’s list, you’ll notice that a lot of acne products have this ingredient in them. And for a good reason, as it works well against acne. So instead of buying it, use it at it’s source! Mix a few strawberries with some yogurt. Preferably a regular one. Apply on face, then 15 min later, wash gently with a cloth.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Chemical dermabrasion at it’s finest. The vinegar gently clears your skin and makes your acne less irritated. Either apply it directly in it’s raw form, or add an equal amount of which hazel and apple cider vinegar to the mix.
- Lavender Oil – Pretty much the same effect as the tea tree oil. Mix with water, 1/10 lavender oil, 9/10 water, apply to face. If you are limited in supply, apply it only on the acne itself and leave it for at least half an hour. Rinse afterwards.
- Honey – Even honey makes it on the list. Apply a small amount once, let it dry a bit, then apply again. Repeat a few more times, then let it be for at least 30 minutes. Rinse.
- Oranges – Very high in vitamin C and very high in acid. Bingo! What you will be using is not the insides though, but the peel. Prepare the peel by drying it out then grind it and add water to form a paste texture. Apply this paste to the acne or pimples and leave it for 10 – 20 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water.
- Salt Mix – If the lemon didn’t do it for you and want your skin to be ultra clean (completely free of oil), add a pinch of salt to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Then apply it on the individual acne spots. Leave for 15 minutes or less if it starts to become uncomfortable.
- Sugar Mix – While by itself not acidic, it is very useful as a exfoliating substance. You can either mix it up with other ingredients such as honey for example, or just plain water. Apply once and leave it to for 10 – 20 minutes. Remove afterwards using a warm cloth.
- Mint Leaves – You have 2 options for this one. Either a) Crush a few leaves and add it to some honey or b) Crush the leaves in between your hands. In either options, apply the resulting mix/juice to the face a leave for at least half an hour then rinse it off.
- Toothpaste – the main ingredient of toothpaste is silica which will dry out the acne or pimple when left on. If you sleep on your back(so the paste does not get smeared all over the pillow) you can leave it overnight. Otherwise, reapply it during the day when the time allows it.
- Aspirin – Like in strawberries and many other acne removal products, it contains salicylic acid which is great anti-acne ingredient. Now instead of consuming it like you’d normally do, crush it to dust in a small bowl. Keep adding small amounts of water until it forms a paste-like texture. Apply this paste on the acne or pimples.
- Tomatoes – tomatoes have an excellent amount of vitamin C, making it a great skin problem solver. As it’s almost in a liquid form, grind the whole tomato and apply the juice on your acne or pimples. Let your skin soak up all that vitamin C for about a quarter of an hour, then rinse off.
- Cabbage – Grind a few leaves of cabbage then smear the resulting pasta over your face. Leave for 20 minutes then wash off with a wet towel.
- Your Pillow – While not a ingredient, your face is in some contact with your pillow almost 1/3rd or more of your day. So it is very important to keep it clean and bacteria free. Consider cleaning the pillow sheets regularly, almost daily. Consider also changing your pillow.
- Your Hands – You might not even realize it, but subconsciously we touch our faces all the time. An itch, scratch and there goes the hand to do it’s work. But if you have acne, you might be irritating the acne or even adding bacteria to the mix. So make sure to clean your hands and keep them away from your face.
- Warm Water / Steam – Warm water or even steaming opens up your pores which makes it easier to use exfoliate the skin. Best used in conjunction with other exfoliating methods, such as the sugar mix.
Whoosh! And there we go.
With any luck after you try a few you’ll already see improvements. If not, maybe letting the scientifically proven solutions do their part, is not such a bad idea after all.