Our skin is one of the first things that someone notices when they first greet us, which means having a zit can make an appearance before you do. Unfortunately, hormones, stress, and other factors can leave our skin breaking out and irritated.
Treating pimples is something many of us have attempted in the past, but harsh over-the-counter medications can irritate your skin even more. If you’re looking for a natural way to reduce the appearance of your zits, there are a few remedies you can try.
Here are fifteen of the best home remedies for pimples that you can try.
1. Banish Breakouts with Tea Tree Gel
Reader’s Digest tells us that tea tree is a classic breakout-busting natural treatment. Because tea tree is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, the use of tea tree gel can help bring down the appearance of a pimple while also killing the acne-causing bacteria on your skin.
When using tea tree gel, you will want to dilute it. To create a powerful gel that won’t irritate your skin, put about ¼ of a teaspoon of tea tree oil in one tablespoon of aloe vera gel. To use this to bring down the size of your pimples, apply it directly to the breakout.
2. Create an Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
Apple cider vinegar is a powerhouse for keeping us healthy and killing off any unwanted bacteria, but it is also great for keeping our skin clear and healthy. Apple cider vinegar works to get rid of pimples because it dries up excess oil, balances the skin’s pH, and kills off bacteria that causes us to break out.
To use apple cider vinegar as a toner, you’ll want to create a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water. You can then use a q-tip or cotton ball to apply the toner to the blemish or swipe it all over your skin. Be careful not to overuse your apple cider vinegar mixture – it can lead to drying.
3. Use Aloe to Calm Irritation
We usually to think to reach for aloe vera gel after we’ve had a sunburn. But aloe vera is actually extremely beneficial for all skin irritants and breakouts. Aloe vera can help sooth breakouts because it is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, meaning it will bring down redness and swelling while also killing unwanted or harmful bacteria.
To use aloe vera to calm irritation, you can begin with either an aloe plant or a store-bought bottle of aloe. Apply a drop of the gel directly to your blemish or all over the irritated area of skin. You can leave the aloe on overnight for the best results.
4. Make a Sweet Mask of Avocado and Honey
Avocado and honey don’t only make a great snack – it also makes an excellent mask for banishing pimples. Because avocados and honey can bring a punch of vitamins and nutrients to your skin, it can bring down the irritation of a breakout and help you maintain clear and beautiful skin. Because avocado and honey are not irritating, they can make a great mask for someone with sensitive skin.
To make your avocado and honey mask, you only need the two ingredients. Begin my mashing one small avocado. Then add in one tablespoon of raw honey. Mix the two together and apply directly to your skin. Leave the mask on for about twenty minutes before rinsing it away.
5. Try a Cup of Milk and Honey – On Your Face
If you’re having a breakout, StyleCraze says applying a dairy product straight to your skin can actually help you reduce your breakout. The lactic acid in the milk can help bring down the swelling and redness and eliminate the pimple.
To create this mask, you can use 1 tablespoon of full-fat milk or yogurt and mix it with 1 tablespoon of raw honey. If you choose to use milk and find that your mask is a bit runny, you can apply it to your skin with a brush or cotton ball.
Otherwise, you can use your fingers to apply the mask. Allow the mask to dry on your skin for about 15 minutes then wash away.
6. Kill Acne with Cinnamon and Honey
In case you haven’t caught on, honey can be mixed with many different things to give you great skin. In addition to milk and avocado, honey can also be mixed with cinnamon.
To make your cinnamon and honey mask, you’ll want to take two tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon. Create a mixture that can either be used as a spot treatment or as an entire face mask.
7. Create a Strawberry and … You Guessed it! – Honey Mask
Strawberries are another great mask ingredient because they naturally contain salicylic acid – a classic acne-fighting ingredient in store-bought products.
To create a strawberry and honey mask, you should begin by mashing about 3 fresh strawberries. Make sure to wash them well first! Then, add in 2 teaspoons of raw honey.
Leave this mask on irritated areas for about 20 minutes. The video below can also walk you through making a strawberry and honey mask.
8. Steam it Out
Livestrong says that steam is a great way to soften the skin and allow whatever acne-causing bacteria that is deep down to make its way out of your pores. This means it can help speed along the pimple recovery process.
To effectively steam your skin, you’ll need a pot of boiling water, a towel, and a large bowl. After your pot of water comes to a boil, transfer it to your bowl.
Then, place your face above the bowl with the towel draped over you so the steam cannot escape. You can do this about 15 minutes a day until your skin has cleared.
9. Find Calming Relief in an Oatmeal Mask
According to Livestrong, Oatmeal is one of the best things you can use for broken out skin.
To create an acne-fighting oatmeal mask, you’ll want to begin with about ½ cup of cooked oatmeal. If you’re looking for a soothing – yet effective – acne treatment, leave the plain oatmeal directly on your breakouts for about 20 minutes.
10. Keep Your Pillowcases Clean
While this may not be a mask or cleanser recipe, dirty pillowcases are one of the main reasons you may not see your pimples disappearing.
To ensure you’re not resting your head on a dirty surface every night, you’ll want to switch out your pillowcases regularly. For some, this means a new pillowcase every night.
11. Give a Potato a Chance
While you may feel a little silly rubbing a potato on your breakouts, Everyday Roots says that a potato is full of ingredients that can kill acne and reduce the appearance of your blemishes.
To use potato on your skin, grate a potato, making sure you’re catching the juice that comes away. Rub the grated potato – including pulp and juice – on your face. After about 20-30 minutes, you can wash the mixture away with water.
12. Green Tea is Great for Your Skin – Even Topically!
The benefits of drinking green tea are widely talked about, but did you know that green tea can even bring you benefits when put directly on your skin? According to Acne Einstein it can reduce inflammation and control sebum production.
Brew a cup of green tea as you normally would if you were drinking the beverage. Then either spritz the cooled tea right on your face or use the tea bag over irritated areas.
13. Feel Right at the Spa with a Clay Mask
Natural clay masks aren’t something you can only get at the spa. With Kaolin Clay or Bentonite Clay, you can get a spa-worthy acne treatment right at home.
This pimple remedy only uses the clay and water to create a spot treatment or entire face mask. Usually, you’ll want half a teaspoon for a spot treatment or one teaspoon if you’re creating a full face mask. Wait for the clay to dry, then rinse away with warm water.
14. Rub a Banana Peel On Your Face
No, we’re not kidding. According to David Wolfe, a banana peel really can help eliminate your acne. This is because the peel from the banana has many of the same vitamins and nutrients that the actual banana has.
To get the most from your banana peels, take a portion of an empty banana peel and rub the inside on your face. Massage for about 10 minutes and allow the nutrients to absorb for about 20. Then either wash your face or head to bed to wake up to a beautiful complexion.
15. Keep Your Hands Away
When you’re breaking out, you may be tempted to touch your pimples to see how big they are. But your hands are dirty, full of germs, and contaminated with oils that will make your breakouts worse.
Keep your hands away from your pimples and resist any temptation to pick. You’ll only irritate your zits more and make them more noticeable!
Try One of These Home Remedies For Pimples Today!
Acne is something that happens, but it isn’t something that you need to live with. With these pimple remedies, you can have clearer, happier, and healthy skin.
Using ingredients you probably already have in your home, you can reduce the appearance of a pimple and regain your confidence.