Commercial acne medications and spot treatments may work to treat pimples, but they also frequently dry or irritate the skin and can worsen a severe acne problem. Natural alternatives to these products can cure pimples while nourishing the skin and preventing scarring, irritation and dryness.
It is important to use these natural treatments with clean hands to keep from worsening pimples. Wash hands with antibacterial soap and warm water to kill bacteria and remove oil and dirt from the hands and fingers.
Honey is a substance that has a variety of positive effects, from improving immunity to preventing cancer. Honey’s antibacterial properties are helpful in curing pimples. Open the jar of honey and microwave it for 10 seconds, then apply it to the pimple, using a circular motion to cover the blemish. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Do not use soap or cleansers.
2. Baking Soda
Like honey, baking soda has antibacterial properties that kill the bacteria that infect pimples and cause inflammation, swelling and redness. To create a pimple treatment, mix a thick paste with baking soda and warm water. Apply the paste to any pimples and leave it on for two or three minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
Baking soda is also a useful exfoliant. Its fine grit will help clear away dead skin cells and other debris but will not irritate or damage the skin. The baking soda spot treatment can be used as an exfoliant, or baking soda can be mixed with a cleanser.
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3. Lemon Juice
Citrus fruits are acidic and kill bacteria. Lemon juice is best for pimples and may also help lighten scars. Lemon juice can sting and may need to be diluted before use. People with sensitive skin should use an alternative method.
After normal cleansing, steam the skin to open the pores. Use a cotton ball to apply freshly-squeezed lemon juice to pimples. The juice can be left on the skin for 15 minutes or longer and rinsed off with warm water. If stinging or irritation occurs, rinse immediately.
The active ingredient in aspirin is similar to the active ingredient of most commercial facial cleansers. It can be used to treat pimples without the irritation and dryness that some acne products can cause.
Crush one aspirin tablet and mix it with enough water to make a thick, gritty paste. Apply it to pimples and leave it on until the mixture dries and flakes, then remove with a damp tissue. Do not scrub at the pimple or the mixture.
5. Sea Salt
Salt is another antibacterial agent that can be used as a spot treatment. Sea salt contains antioxidants and minerals that help get rid of pimples.
Use a cotton swab to mix three tablespoons of salt in one half cup of hot water. Press the wet end of the cotton swab to the pimple for 10 to 20 minutes. This treatment can be used once each day until the pimple is healed.