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Six Tips to Reduce Pimples

Updated on May 10, 2012
Pimples can cause stress and anxiety in social situations, but with a little effort they can be dealt with well in advance of big social events.
Pimples can cause stress and anxiety in social situations, but with a little effort they can be dealt with well in advance of big social events.

Exercise

Pimples can be caused by stress or from excess oils and dirt in your pores. Exercise can help burn off some extra energy that you may have while reducing your stress through physical exertion and the sweat that you work up will help clean dirt and oils out of your pores. Taking a shower after you work out is always a good idea as well!

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice has a variety of uses in the household, and can be used to reduce the severity of any pimples that you may have. The lightening properties of lemon juice can make pimples less visible, and the high acidity of lemon juice will neutralize any basic substances that may be clogging your pores, leaving only water and salt behind. These can be easily cleaned out simply by taking a shower.

Vitamin E Cream

Vitamin E can be effective in fighting acne because it is a strong antioxidant, which prevents the creation of free radicals. Free radicals can kill skin cells, leading to infection of the pores and thus pimples. By smearing Vitamin E cream (mixing it with lemon juice can’t hurt) on the affected area before you go to bed, you can ensure that your pimples will fade noticeably by the next morning.

Salt

Swimming in the ocean is a common fix for acne, as the salt in the water can draw out toxins that cause acne. At home, you can mix regular or sea salt, which can be found at any grocery store, into warm water and apply it onto your face with a cotton ball. Hold the cotton ball on your face for four to five minutes, and then remove it. Wash your face with tap water to cleanse your pores. This technique works well right before bed, and when you combine it with any other remedy for pimples.

Oatmeal and Egg Masks

If you mix oatmeal with egg whites and a small amount of water, you can create a paste like substance that you can place on your face or affected area to help remove dirt, oils, and other pimple causing substances from your skin. Simply apply the paste to your skin, and allow it to harden. This will take about twenty minutes, and may be slightly uncomfortable. Once the mask has hardened, you can take a shower or rinse off the mask to cleanse your pores.

Diet

By changing your diet, you can reduce the amount of pimples that you get. Stay away from junk food, especially greasy foods like chips, burgers, and bacon. Drinking sugary soda, like cola or root beer, can also cause pimples. Many fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, which will also help in reducing the amount of pimples that you get in a similar manner to Vitamin E cream.

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