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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!

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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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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Where the hell were these solutions when I was a teenage with pimples so bad that some were named mountains by the National Geographic Society? Huh? Where were they, Suzie, and where were you when I needed you and couldn't buy a date because of the oozing pimple juice???

      Are you laughing yet?

      Of course the first thing I did was go to the end of the hub to see if the tagline was there and of course, it was. Why? Because you are 1000 times the student that the Mickster ever was. Get that boy started on a tagline or I'll have to fly over there and beat him with a wrench. :)

      Way to go, Suzie. I am so happy to watch you grow.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Suzie, I don't know if you read my comment to Bill's article featuring you today, but I have a business idea for you (I thought of you last night for some reason!). As fabulous as your tips are, have you considered selling your home remedies online? You can make them as you receive orders, or ship the ingredients with instructions on how to put them together for the desired remedy. I think you could really make some money. That way people benefit not only from your tips, but from the conconction itself.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Of course my teacher has to be in first to see his handy work!! LOL With so many bits and pieces going through my head, I am delighted I took your advice re doing a tagline. I think this one says exactly what I want, believe and hope to achieve with this niche. I made a start with adding it to a few recent ones but Coco walking and now Micksters dinner as he irons (yes, irons my new blinds!!) take priority! LOL

      Thanks again for your inclusion in your niche topic hub and all your continued support and friendship. This Irish lass is very appreciative and I will do my best with the other half re tagline but don't hold your breath!! LOL

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sha,

      I did, thank you and was going to email you for your thoughtfulness and consideration! I would definitely love to go down this road without doubt! It is something I have thought about for some time as I have sold jewelry on ebay before and done market stalls but never made my homemade remedies for sale yet!! I am very keen to do products, videos and anything else to generate a business and be self sufficient, particularly in Italy when we go. Appreciate your comments and will keep you posted on your suggestions as I will DEFINITELY look into them!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Suzie, I think you could really fly. Your niche is a solid one and very much needed in today's way of green living. Now if I could just find my niche...... sigh!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      As always a super job and I am sure others like me look forward to your next hub...I have been most fortunate--never had breakouts...Maybe I better bite my tongue. My only issue is dry skin...Love this and what is next??? Going to pin in your special section...

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Yeah, I'm with Bill. Where were you when I was a goofy teenager made all the more insecure when the shining bumps on the face that hurt when you touched them, especially the occasional ones around or on the nose, showed up? : )

      Congratulations on being the very pretty model and woman of interest in Bill's hub today. I was so proud of you and thankful that Bill gave you props! (He's a really cool guy, by the way, and I like him a lot! In a very healthy heterosexual way, that is! LOL!)

      All kidding aside, thank you for a wonderful topic and the terrific manner in which you presented it. Nichely done, my dear! Alohahahaha!

      Joe

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      perfect tips for those with pimples, i have been a major sufferer of this, but never felt that such remedies ever existed, thank you so much, voted up

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sha,

      You have such a gift for story telling, I am with Bill on that one for you! You have a really creative style of writing that was so evident in Bill's competition you won. I love fiction and need a good romance novel so get writing your fans await!! Thanks for your support as always!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Many thanks, and how lucky you were and are in the pimple department!! Not having had the pleasure! Appreciate greatly your comment and pin, you are a true star!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Joe,

      Oh how you made me blush . . . thanks you for your kind comments and words. So glad we have connected here on HP, your writing is so stylish and well written, i am learning much! Glad to hear you and Bill are just "good buddies" I dare say Bev and your good wife would have something to say about it! LOL

      Appreciate your support Joe and your wit!! LOL

      Aloha buddy!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is great, you have provided a multitude of solutions. I love it! Most are items I usually have on hand, so I will be trying soon!

      The mustard powder surprised me the most. I have never heard that it contains salicylic acid, or that it would be good for this application.

      I also noticed you have a slogan now. I love it!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi younghopes,

      Delighted you enjoyed this one! So many useful remedies from our kitchens that do not cost the earth and really do work. Thanks for comment and for your thumbs up!!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Ohhhh, I just read Bill's hub, after seeing the comments. I was going to read it soon, so this just got me over there faster. I agree with Joe, congrats "on being the very pretty model and woman of interest in Bill's hub". You are the perfect example of niche writing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I just noticed that my sexuality is being discussed in the comments here....thanks a lot, Joe! LOL Defend me, Suzie!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Glad to hear you enjoyed these quick fixes for those "bumps in the night" that may appear at the most pain in the ass time!! I was surprised too with mustard so it is fascinating the things you find out about in ingredients, looking at their composition.

      So you like my tagline eh???

      Thanks for noticing it is the first "airing" of the new niche writer!

      Worked on this and spoke to Bill the god of writing who gave me an A+!!!! LOL

      Cheers my friend as always!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Thank you so much for coming back to comment! I was so honored by Bill, a man I respect so much and have great joking with but bottom line is he has valuable lessons to teach us all and I for one am delighted to take up the gauntlet and rise to the challenges he gives as I know you are!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Suzie, I've just hopped over here from Bill's hub and my..my!.. I'm certainly not disappointed. You write great informative and useful hubs that appeals to a wide market.

      Well done to you and thank you Mr Billy buc.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      LOL Bill,

      Not my fault . . . . blame Joe in Aloha world!!

      If you got it . . . . flaunt it I say! LOL

      Okay, I will defend my yoda till the bitter end and finish with if Joe starts singing a rendition of Tom Jones "Sex Bomb" to you Bill . . . it could be he has it bad for you bro!

      LOL

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi tobusiness,

      So good of you to hop over from Bill's lovely hub! Thank you so much for your generous comments, so glad that you enjoyed this, appreciate the support!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great tips and anything natural is the way I like it. Thanks for sharing and passing this on.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Gypsy,

      Much appreciate your visit, lovely to see you here! As natural as possible makes sense all around so good to know you are a fan too!Cheers for your comment :-)

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      mylindaelliott 4 years ago from Louisiana

      Those are some great tips to the pimple problem. Surely a teenager or adult will have one or several of these remedies around. I was just amazed when I realized pimples never really stop.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi mylindaelliott,

      Lovely to see you, thank you for taking time to read and comment. Yes, unfortunately I always thought it would disappear after 20's and then in my 30's and now 40's the odd one still occurs. Ah well, doesn't last long now with these finds of mine! LOL

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      Pimples and blackheads have always been a problem for me. I have already tried some of the remedies you mentioned. Now I'm really interested in trying out the others I haven't applied yet like mustard powder, sandalwood, tomato and garlic. Thank you for sharing these useful and great remedies.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Many thanks for trying some of the remedies out and I hope you had success! The oatmeal recipe hub for blackheads is great and I find best done after a shower when skin is warm, pores are open and blackheads easier to dislodge. Mustard is a new discovery for me and I love tomato. The other night as I was cooking, I chopped the top off a tomato, gave it a rub over my face (free of makeup) and left it while I carried on with prep! So easy to fit little mini treatments into busy routines! LOL

      Appreciate your continual support and interest my friend!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Oh Suzie Q you certainly hit the jackpot with this one! There isn't a man, woman or child alive that can't benefit from this. Sorry Bill and Joe, I never had teenage pimples but life can be cruel and occasionally deposits them NOW!

      Your tagline is brilliant, really. Catchy, appropriate and just darn good.

      Voted this hub up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared and pinned to my board and awesome hubs board.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      This hub is so useful. I have children who are already showing some blemishes, and I do not want to use anything toxic or harmful for them. I will definitely give some of these remedies a try for myself as well as my children.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vishakha,

      Welcome and many thanks for your kind words. Glad to hear you found these tips useful :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      Appreciate you checking this out! Bill and Joe are always sure to liven things up!! LOL

      Thanks so much for comments related to tagline, I was thinking about it and with Bills awesome pointers arrived at this one which I feel sums up my "niche"! Thanks so much for all your support in votes,sharing pinning and your constant input and help you have been, whether you realize it or not, you rock my friend!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carly,

      So good of you to stop and check this out. These will be ideal for any of your troops starting to get the odd pimple or two and no added chemicals either. Delighted to see you, much appreciate your interest!!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      This is definitely a keeper for me! I will print it and use it as my personal bible. Up and interesting and incredibly useful.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Awesome information here Suzie. All of these ingredients are at hand most of the time, and how very easy to handle these pimples from now on. I occasionally get them and they are really painful and leave spots. I am glad now that I know how to get rid of them.

      Thank you for sharing this hub with us. Voted up and sharing.

      P.S: Love your tagline! :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Pops,

      Thanks for poppin' in ! Glad this may prove useful to you, printed off as your bible, i am honored!! LOL Appreciate your enthusiasm and positive feedback!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi livingsta,

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment as always. Glad to know these ideas may be of help to you whenever the need arises. They have a habit of just appearing with little or no warning! Appreciate you voting and sharing. Thanks so much for your comment on tagline, glad you find appropriate!

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      I love these natural remedies. I just wish I had some pimples but I rarely get them now at my age. Voted up, useful and interesting and shared and pinned.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sue,

      Lucky you I still get the odd one! Appreciate you reading and leaving me a comment plus votes, shares and pin, many thanks!!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Passing this on to my son..(don't tell him i told you k?)...

      i had so few pimples, i have no say in this discussion...considering i was a sweaty athlete 6 hrs a day and usually fell into bed without washing - i am ONE LUCKY GIRL..

      er..old lady..

      lol

      sharing my friend!

      namaste

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      As a 30 year old, I still fight acne and am always looking for new solutions for my combination skin. I appreciate this wonderful resource!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Such a handy hub! Mustard? I never would have guessed--but it makes sense!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great solutions to cure pimples. Natural remedies are skin friendly and do not cause any allergic creation.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi leslie,

      Oh you are one lucky lady to have avoided the pimple parade! LOL

      Your secret is safe with me (and a few hundred followers or so!) should your son come a knocking for payback!

      Sweaty athlete, that sounds oh so familiar too, something I would have done regularly in my heyday of sports.

      Cheers for the interest and looking out for your son in my recipes!

      Congrats on your 500 followers (just saw the stream announcing it ) well deserved sexy lady!

      Slainte and have a great weekend!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Many thanks for your comment. Good to know these ideas are useful for you and I have been there with my combination skin so know how it feels to be trying different ideas, products and suggestions. Even though I have treated skins in my beauty therapy days things change but basics stay the same. Appreciate your interest always Rose!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Audrey,

      Delighted you found this useful. Mustard was a new one for me I have to admit and love finding these gems! Cheers for commenting!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vellur,

      Glad you found these useful in the pimple fight! For the most part, natural ingredients are safe however allergic reactions may occur when people have certain sensitivities such as citrus, wheat, dairy, nuts and so on. Common sense is needed when this is the case and avoidance of these ingredients is best! Thanks so much for your comment and support of natural skin care remedies!!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Suzie, I´m really glad to know you here in HP. When I have to ask something about beauty care, I just think "why not visit Suzie online, she´ll have the answer." I have done some of your ideas before I have known what I was really doing. For example: I´m fond of drinking green tea and I was thinking, "what is good for my tummy might be good for my face as well. So I always put a used green tea bag with a bit of tea liquid on it and up to the ref for cleaning my face before going to bed." I have been doing that for a decade now before I have ever known the benefits of this tea. Great, is it not?

      Your hubs are always engaging. I love reading them. Thanks for sharing and pinned. Have a lovely weekend!

      I have to see Billy´s new hub now;-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      You are such a sweetie! Thank you so much for your lovely words and compliment. i have learnt much from you too my friend and it has been a pleasure meeting you too with your interesting life between two continents and your time here in Ireland. i am delighted to know you have found my "homemade solutions" beneficial and tying in with what you already know! I am so envious of your gorgeous ingredients like coconut and papaya that grow so freely in your native homeland, Appreciate all your support Thelma, have a lovely weekend relaxing and many thanks for sharing and pinning. :-)

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