Homemade Remedies for Pimples
Zap the Zits
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Pimples are something many of us experience throughout our years and may be caused by any number of reasons. As a teenager we think we have shut the door on spots, zits and pimples and then they resurface, usually at the most inopportune time. Is there ever a good time in fact?
Many of us get to know our “triggers” and for an example, for women it could be the time of the month or hormonal changes. Pimples are commonly associated with oily or acne prone skins but can easily appear on all skin types and ages in my experience.
The cleansing of the skin is one area we do have control over when it comes to keeping the pores unblocked.
If we do not wash our face and body adequately, pimples form and can vary fast develop into larger, red sore pustules, zits or spots.
Not removing my makeup completely is one “trigger” I learnt some years back and sure as eggs are eggs, a pimple or two would appear and turn red and inflamed, my payback!
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Remedies for Pimples ~
I have had many a pimple or two through the years and no doubt I will get the odd one again but now I am armed waiting for the little buggers with some simple home remedies, using everyday ingredients.
In the past, I have used different branded creams everything from Clearasil to Germolene to Sudocrem which have been at times very effective but abrasive too.
Now I have discovered some quick remedies that really do work fast and cost cents. Keeping it simple is the name of the game and with the right ingredients those unsightly blemishes will be a distant memory.
No major equipment is needed just basic everyday kitchen classics in the cupboard or in the fridge plus a few Q-tips or cotton wool pads.
These 8 pimple fixes are designed for treating one or a few pimples but not all over the face (unless specified or suggested) and are therefore made using tiny quantities.
Salicylic Rich Mustard
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Marvelous Mustard ~
No, your eyes are not deceiving you! Mustard is the new buzz word for fighting pimples and even acne as it contains salicylic acid.
It also contains skin loving Vitamin C, zinc, fatty acids and omega 3.
Mix 1/2 tsp of mustard powder with 1 tsp of honey into a paste and apply it to the pimple or pimples. Leave on for 10 – 15 minutes before rinsing off and pat dry with a piece of facial tissue.
If you fancy making a face mask, mix some mustard powder with a little rosewater, Vitamin E oil or water to a paste and apply it over the face. Remove with tepid water as soon as the skin starts to feel a little warm. Ideal for oily, acne or combination skin types.
Luscious Lemon ~
Lemons have antibacterial properties and contain citric acid which gives them an astringent quality. Also great for diminishing scars, skin lightening, blackheads and acne, lemon is a natural skin exfoliator.
Squeeze the juice of a lemon segment onto a saucer. With a Q-tip or piece of cotton wool, apply the juice directly onto the pimple and leave it overnight.
It is best to do this treatment at night as lemon will make the skin photosensitive to sunlight and may cause the skin to become irritated or damaged.
Some further skin care recipes with lemon you can easily make are:
Which zit buster do you fancy trying the next time you get one?
A Rare Sandalwood
Legendary Lavender ~
I think we all know the enormous healing benefits of Lavender be it in essential oil, infused oil or in dried buds. It is one of the few essential oils that is said to be safe to apply directly to the skin without the need of carrier oil however I would recommend applying this neat now and again, not regularly.
Do not rub it into the skin when applying a drop to a pimple as it may cause a skin irritation.
To apply, apply a small amount with a Q-tip to the spot and leave it. Tea tree Oil is another great one that may be used in the same way for a pimple now and again.
For more recipes and info on lavender check out these easy to follow ones:
Sensational Sandalwood ~
Sandalwood is another gem from the plant world and if you are lucky enough to get the real stuff, mix a little powder with rosewater to a paste and apply it to the spot.
Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off. It is another great blemish buster that may be applied to a larger area for acne prone skin as a face mask and will help provide a brighter, clearer complexion.
Another easy recipe with sandalwood (essential oil) is:
Garlic Wards Off Pimples
Terrific Tomato ~
Tomatoes are a fabulous quick zapper of an offending zit or pimple. Rich in antioxidants tomatoes contain the potent lycopene which is a marvel for the skin.
I use this treatment regularly as an all over mini natural face lift on its own as it has a gentle tightening effect. Rub the top of a tomato all over a cleansed skin and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing off.
For a pimple just cut the top off a tomato and rub it onto the spot and leave it. Apply a couple of times a day.
For a fabulous easy and quick face scrub check out:
Groovy Garlic ~
Maybe not the most appealing but garlic are extremely healing and have antimicrobial properties.
Apply a little garlic juice (smash up a clove to extract some juice) straight to the pimple or mix a little garlic pulp with honey into a paste and apply it.
Garlic juice on its own may cause skin irritations on sensitive skin.
Gorgeous Green Tea ~
This is a superb pimple treatment to reduce any inflammation and soreness.
A fantastic one to always have on hand by making up a cup of strong green tea and pouring the hot tea into an ice cube tray, leaves and all, and freezing it.
Whenever you get the dreaded spot whip an ice cube of green tea out. It is a great pick me up for any under eye puffiness too.
More homemade recipes incorporating green tea include:
Trendy Tea Bags ~
A very handy quick remedy for painful, swollen and red spots.
When you are making your cup of tea (Chamomile, Earl grey, Peppermint or ordinary tea bags) before throwing out the tea bag squeeze the excess out over the sink to avoid drips and place it on the spot.
Leave for a minute, remove and discard. It really does help reduce any swelling, pain and redness.
Avoid using very spicy flavored tea bags.
Use any excess tea bags if making a pot of tea and place the tea bags over the eyes for a soothing eye treatment.
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