Acne, also known as pimples, zits, spots, papules or pustules, is a very common skin ailment that affects teenager more often than adults and children. It is common in teenagers due to the hormonal changes that occur within them at that age.
Acne is skin inflammation that occurs when the skin’s sebaceous gland gets infected with bacteria.
Factors that can increase the chances of having pimples or acne include; sleep deprivation, genetic factors, puberty, bacteria infestation, unhealthy eating habits, stress, and skincare products especially the oily ones.
Below are 23 natural home remedies and treatments to get rid of acne and pimples fast;
1. Lemon Juice
Apply freshly blended lemon juice paste on the affected area of the skin. Leave on the skin for about 30 minutes before rinsing off. Lemon can clean out dirt from skin pores. Lemon also has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a good remedy for acne and pimple removal on the neck, back, and body. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16435583)
Apply a small amount of toothpaste on the affected area. Toothpaste would dry out the acne and reduce swelling. Toothpaste’s antibacterial properties help to quicken the disappearance of the acne.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Apply diluted tea tree oil to the affected area. Wash off after 30 minutes. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that fights acne-causing bacteria and disinfects the skin pores. You could mix aloe vera to this remedy to make it more effective.
Apply cooked oatmeal paste to affected acne area. Leave on skin for 30 minutes. Rinse-off, with water, thereafter. Oatmeal is effective as an acne removal home remedy because it exfoliates the skin, cleanses the pore as well as being a good absorbent of excess skin oil. You can make this remedy more effective by adding honey or fresh lemon juice to the oat paste.
5. Aloe Vera
Apply aloe vera gel to the affected area. Aloe vera has healing, soothing, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it effective in getting rid of acne and acne scars.
6. Baking Soda
Apply a paste of baking soda and water to face or other acne areas of the skin. Sodium bicarbonate or baking soda has exfoliating properties that help remove dead skin cells from the surface and open up pores. Also, its alkaline nature helps to stabilize the pH balance of the skin. Baking soda also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to protect the skin from microbes as well as reduce the acne swelling. You could also add cinnamon powder, honey or fresh lemon juice to make this home remedy more effective.
7. Fenugreek Seeds
Apply a pasty mixture of ground fenugreek seeds and water to the affected area. Leave on the skin for 30 minutes. Rinse-off thereafter. Fenugreek seeds have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activities that make it an effective remedy for getting rid of acne. (http://www.imedpub.com/articles/antimicrobial-activity-of-trigonella-foenumgraecum-l-fenugreek.php?aid=18371)
Apply crushed and pasty neem (Indian lilac) leaves to the affected part of the skin. Leave on skin for 20 minutes. Rinse-off thereafter. Neem soothes the irritated acne skin as well as kills the acne-causing bacteria due to its soothing, antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
9. Crushed Aspirin
Apply a paste of crushed aspirin to the pimple. Leave on the skin for 40 to 60 minutes. Rinse-off thereafter. Salicylic Acid, the active ingredient in aspirin, has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce the acne swelling. Aspirin is also capable of drying out the pimple. However, do not use this remedy too often especially if you have dry skin. (http://www.cas.org/news/insights/science-connections/aspirin)
10. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apply diluted apple cider vinegar to acne area of the skin. Leave on skin for 15 minutes before rinsing off. apple cider vinegar has astringent and antibacterial properties that kill acne-causing bacteria. Also, ACV’s mildly acidic nature helps stabilize the skin’s oil production.
11. Hydrogen Peroxide
Apply diluted hydrogen peroxide on the acne using cotton swabs. Leave this on the pimple for 5 minutes. Rinse-off thereafter. Hydrogen peroxide has antibacterial properties that can kill the bacteria causing the acne. However, do a skin patch test to ensure the concentration of the hydrogen peroxide is diluted enough. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC186138/)
12. Milk Of Magnesia
Apply milk of magnesia to the acne area of the skin. Leave on the skin for 30 minutes. Rinse-off thereafter. Milk of magnesia draws out excess oil from the skin as well as disinfects that area of the skin. (http://agris.fao.org/agris-search/search.do?recordID=US201300284058)
13. Fuller’s Earth
Apply a pasty mud pack of fuller’s earth to face. Leave on face for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash off thereafter. Fuller’s earth is effective for acne and acne prone skins because it absorbs excess oil from the face, with severely drying the face, unclogs greasy pores and also tones the skin.
14. Sea Salt
Dab cotton ball in warm saline (sea salt) water and apply to affected area. Leave for 20 minutes before rinsing off. Sea salt has mild antimicrobial properties and also contains antioxidants that heal the skin.
15. Coconut Water
Apply coconut water all over the face. Leave for 40 to 60 minutes. Rinse-off thereafter. The vitamins and mineral contents in coconut water hydrates and nourishes the skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of coconut water reduce the swollen lesions as well as heal any acne scars or marks.
Put a coarse paste of ground or mashed garlic cloves on the acne. Leave on skin for 15 minutes. Wash off thereafter. Allicin, in garlic, has antimicrobial properties that make garlic effective in fighting bacteria-causing acne. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10594976)
Apply honey to affected parts of the skin. Leave on skin for 30 minutes. Rinse-off, with water, thereafter. Honey has antibiotic and hydrating properties that kill bacteria on the skin as well as moisturizes the skin. This makes honey an effective remedy for acne on forehead, cheekbones, chin, lips. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/)
Dab rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) on the pimple. Leave to evaporate. Rubbing alcohol is an antiseptic that disinfects the skin from bacteria. It also cleanses and soothes the skin. This makes it a good acne remedy. However, don’t use if you have a sensitive skin. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC88911/)
Dab Listerine on the pimples using a cotton ball. Leave for 20 minutes before rinsing off. Listerine has antibacterial properties that kill bacteria present on the skin and disinfects that area. However, do not use if you have sensitive skin.
Apply a paste of turmeric powder and water to the affected area. Rinse-off after 20 minutes. Turmeric is a topical antiseptic that kills bacteria on the skin as well as heals the skin. You could also add honey to this remedy to make more effective. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92752/)
21. Egg White
Apply egg white to face and neck. Leave the egg white mask on face for 30 to 40 minutes. Rinse-off thereafter. The enzymes in egg whites regulate sebum production. Egg whites also draw out dirt and impurities from the face and drys out the acne.
22. Green Tea
Drink freshly brewed green tea often. Green tea is rich in antioxidants that protect the body from skin-damaging free radicals. Green tea also stabilizes hormonal imbalances. You can add honey to the green tea while drinking it to make this remedy even more effective for acne on the forehead, chin, and chest.
Apply 2 or 3 drops of glycerin, with a dropper, on the acne. Glycerin has an active component, trihydroxy alcohol, that is a humectant (preserves skin moisture) and an emollient (soothes and relaxes the skin). Glycerine also has antimicrobial and healing properties that make it effective for getting rid of acne.
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