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Homemade Remedies for Pimples

Updated on June 19, 2013
Homemade Remedies for Pimples
Homemade Remedies for Pimples | Source

Zap the Zits

never squeeze those spots no matter HOW tempting.
never squeeze those spots no matter HOW tempting. | Source

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!

Save Your Cash

homemade remedies for pimples are in the kitchen.
homemade remedies for pimples are in the kitchen. | Source

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

mustard is great for the skin and your health.
mustard is great for the skin and your health. | Source

Citric Lemon

pimples hate lemon and soon disappear.
pimples hate lemon and soon disappear. | Source

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:

Rosewater and Lemon Face Wash Recipe

Homemade Lemon and Lime Hand Scrub

DIY Hair Treatments

Healing Lavender

lavender's benefits include being anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antiseptic.
lavender's benefits include being anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antiseptic. | Source

Which zit buster do you fancy trying the next time you get one?

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A Rare Sandalwood

species Santalum haleakalae lanaiense.
species Santalum haleakalae lanaiense. | Source

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:

How to Make Lavender Oil

Lavender Insect Repellent Recipe

How to Dry Homegrown Lavender

Lavender and Patchouli Body Wash

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:

Homemade Sandalwood Bath Salts

Antioxidant Rich

tomatoes are an excellent source of the antioxidant lycopene.
tomatoes are an excellent source of the antioxidant lycopene. | Source

Garlic Wards Off Pimples

mix garlic with a little honey for pimples.
mix garlic with a little honey for pimples. | Source

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:

How to Make Sugar Facial Scrub With a Tomato

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.

Green Tea

full of health benefits green tea is soothing and healing on red swollen blemishes.
full of health benefits green tea is soothing and healing on red swollen blemishes. | Source

Chamomile Tea

soothing, calming and will help spots heal.
soothing, calming and will help spots heal. | Source
if using a few tea bags, pop a couple on your eyes after making your tea.
if using a few tea bags, pop a couple on your eyes after making your tea. | Source

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:

5 Cooling Face and Body Sprays

Cool Ways to Use an Ice Cube Tray

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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