How to get rid of pimples Quickly ?
Pimples. They tend to appear at the most inappropriate moments – just before an exam or an important date, and can totally ruin your mood! They are irritating, painful and tend to come in dozens all at the same time. And if you try to pop them with your hands you may create ugly scars and blemishes.
So is there a way to get rid of those pimples and Acne? The good news is there are highly effective ways to solve the problem. Most important – they are natural, and do not entail side effects.
So without further due, here are the best 16 treatments for pimples
and a detailed description on how to apply them to get the best results!
1) Apply toothpaste on the pimples
This is a natural grandma’s remedy of getting rid of pimples and also helps in preventing scarring.
When I was in high school that was my favorite remedy for pimples – 95% of the times it worked, and I never have had any irritation or negative effect on my skin.
Did you know that toothpaste contains ingredients like baking soda, which hazel and even alcohol which are great for zits or pimples. Toothpaste can pull out excess oil from the skin leaving your pores clean and free from debris and sebum.
Gently rub in some toothpaste all over the acne and let it sit for 5-6 hours. Wash off the paste with tepid water. This is one of the best natural remedies for getting rid of pimples overnight. It is especially recommended for pimples around the chin and forehead. So the next time you have a photo-shoot and see an ugly pimple rearing its head, try the toothpaste trick!
2) Use honey
Honey is a natural antibacterial and it also provides an astringent-type action that draws out blackheads and impurities which develop into pimples.
Apply honey literally all over the skin area affected with blackheads and pimples. Let it air dry, wait for 30 minutes and then wash off with warm water. Follow this natural acne remedy with a gentle non-comedogenic (one that does not clog pores) moisturizer.
Surprising as it may seem, Ice is an excellent remedy for pimples and acne scars.
Ice causes the skin pores to contract and tighten, facilitating blood flow, reducing inflammation, and forcing out the excess oil, dirt, and microbes.
Here’s how to go about it
- Wrap 1 or 2 ice cubes in a small cloth
- Place on the affected area for a few seconds
- Repeat after a few minutes
- Repeat this procedure as often as you wish and in two days you should see results
4) Baking Soda/Sodium Bicarbonate
Baking soda will greatly ease the swelling because it helps in skin exfoliation, the removal of dead skin cells, excess sebum and dirt. How to use:
- Make a smooth paste by mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda with enough water or lemon juice
- Cleanse your face but don’t dry the entire wetness, then apply the paste
- Leave it to absorb for only a few minutes since it will irritate and dry your skin if it stays longer
- Finish off by washing your face with warm water • Do this twice in a day for quicker results
5) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple vinegar (ACV) is an amazing natural substance that contains many essential minerals and elements such as phosphorus, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chlorine, sulfur, copper, iron, silicon and fluorine essential for a healthy body. Natural apple cider vinegar is produced by crushing fresh, organically grown apples and cooked in wooden barrels.
You will need:
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup of juice
- 3 balls of cotton wool
In a small bowl, mix apple and water vinegar, and use cotton wool to rub on the eczema. Repeat until the eczema has completely disappeared. In the case of sensitive skin, add a teaspoon of vinegar and half a cup of water.
6) Tea Tree oil-one of the best natural acne fighting oil
Tea tree essential oil is obtained from tea tree-native to Australia. It is naturally antimicrobial and an effective bacteria-killer-so it kills off bacteria which caused acne. It breaks up clogged pores, cleans dead skin cells which
help avoid acne from coming back.
To use tea tree oil on acne, you can either mix it up with some carrier oils like sweet almond or coconut oil.
Alternatively moisten some cotton pads and wring out excess water. Now put two to three drops of the essential oil on the pads and place them on the acne and zits. Leave the pads on the inflamed skin for few hours. You can use an adhesive tape to hold the pads in place. Wash off with a mild soap. Repeat this at least 3 times a day for 2 weeks and see the acne blemishes disappear.
7) Garlic cloves
For a long time garlic has not only been known for giving food that lovely taste and aroma but also for its vast medicinal purposes. You see, garlic has antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties that make it a powerful remedy for pimples and other conditions. Moreover, it contains sulfur that speeds up the healing process. You will need:
- Take one garlic clove and cut in two
- Gently rub the pimples with the cloves
- Leave undisturbed for 5 minutes then wash off with moderately warm water
- As garlic smell is strong, consider using a mild soap
- Redo the whole process severally daily
- To help in purifying your blood, eat a clove of garlic daily.
This tropical fruit is extremely used in the alimentary industry, because of its unique taste. However, papaya can also be used in beauty-care, because of its antioxidant properties. Apparently, this fruit is ideal against pimples, and everybody who’s been using it, was extremely pleased with the results.
Take a papaya and chop it, until you will get a thick paste. Put the paste into a bowl, and mix it with a spoon, until the texture becomes uniform. After that, you just have to take the paste with your finger, and apply it on your pimples. At the beginning, it will feel uncomfortable on your face, but you will soon get used to it. Let the paste on your skin for at least an hour and then, wash it off. Because it has no side effects, you can repeat this process for as long as you want.
Cucumbers have been used for many years in the beauty industry. This vegetable is known for its anti-ageing properties and many women use a cucumber mask on a daily basis. But cucumber is effective even against the pimples. It has to be applied in a different manner, but the results will come fast.
All you need to do is crush a cucumber and mix it until you will obtain a paste. For faster results, you can use a mixer or a shaker. After the cucumber paste becomes thicker, you can apply it directly on your pimples or on your whole face, as a mask. The paste will make you feel extremely comfortable, and you will enjoy this treatment. Let the formula work for at least half an hour and then, wash your face with cold water. You should use this treatment once a day, preferable one hour before going to sleep.
10) Use Olive oil
Olive oil contains lots of great ingredients to help prevent acne, and help to reduce to symptoms of existing acne:
- Vitamin E – helps to repair the skin, reducing scarring
- Antibacterial – pimples are exacerbated by bacteria, so killing those bad bugs is a great way of preventing more
- Antioxidants – these are great to use on our skin as we age, (adult acne can appear as we grow out of our teens into our twenties and thirties!) they help to restore broken or weak skin
- Moisturizing – it’s important to keep skin moisturized, even with acne. If you deprive the skin of moisture, it thinks it needs to create more…which can cause more breakouts!
- Unlike some other oils, olive oil won’t settle itself into your pores, causing blockages and more pimples
Here is how to use it:
- I chose a high-quality, extra virgin olive oil. EVOO is the purist olive oil, and your skin deserves the best! You won’t need a lot of it, so you can buy a small bottle of good oil to use just for your skin
- I massage into my skin for an overall moisturizing treatment, then wash the excess off and let the oil do its magic
- Spot treatment: you can get a small cotton bud or swab, dip it into the oil and gently rub over each a pimple or affected area if you don’t want to use the oil on a large area
11) Lemon juice and almond oil acne remedy for arms, legs and face
Acne can affect any part of the body and not just the face. For soothing away acne and acne blemishes on the face, neck, back and arms or legs a natural mixture consisting of lemon juice and almond oil is found to be highly effective.
Here is how to do it:
Take juice from half a lemon or lime and mix it with equal quantities of pure almond oil. Rub the mixture on the acne and scars. Leave it on for an hour before washing off with warm water. Should have a great effect within a few days.
12) Strawberry and mint leaves
Strawberry contains tons of Vitamin C-an antioxidant. Mint is a natural antibacterial.
Crush some leaves of strawberry and mint. Take the juice of the resulting mixture and apply all over the acne blemishes. You can even use the crushed leaves as a gentle non-abrasive scrub on the face, arms or legs where you have acne. This will help clear away pores and remove the debris and bacteria.
13) Egg Whites
There are many cosmetic products that contain egg whites, but it’s for the best to make your own, natural product. Egg whites are extremely helpful in fading any kind of micro scars and removing pimples.
Before getting started, you will need to wash your face from any makeup or impurities. This treatment will require the whites of three eggs, which will have to be mixed together. After the solution becomes uniform, you will have to apply one layer of it, directly on your face. It’s advisable to use a small brush or a tissue for that. After the first layer has hardened, repeat the process and add another one. Let it sink for half an hour and then, wash your face with plenty of cold water. However, you should know that egg whites tend to dry out the skin. That’s why, it’s mandatory to use a moisturizer after you remove the mask. The treatment can be followed twice a week.
14) Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera has been called the “miracle plan” and for a good reason! It has an amazing antibacterial abilities and contains more than 200 healthy substances which include a variety of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and amino acids. Aloe Vera is great treating pimples – It gives you an incredible soothing feeling, while diminishing the swelling and irritation caused by the pimples. Highly Effective recommended remedy!
You can use Aloe Vera in two ways:
- Applying Pure Aloe Vera Gel – Simply apply the aloe Vera gel on the pimples for 15-20 minutes.
- As a Mixture – Simply mix some gel from the lead of an Aloe Vera plant with some lemon juice and turmeric (readily available in health food stores). Apply the mixture all over the pimples and let it dry naturally. Wash off after 30 minutes for smooth, glowing skin. This acne mask also helps you prevent new pimples while taking care of blemishes and marks.
15) Drink water- by the gallons
Dehydration not only gives rise to symptoms like dizziness, fatigue and constipation- it can even lead to clogged skin pores which result in pimples.
So by drinking at least 10 glasses of water daily you can keep your skin clean and zit free and also prevent new acne scars and blemishes to appear. Also, you can use steam to open the clogged pores and push the bacteria out. So boil a pot with water , place a towel and your head over it. It can have an amazing effect!
16) Green tea – Highly effective treatment
Green tea is full of flavonoids and antioxidants which benefit overall health and especially the skin. It’s amazing cure for acne – as it hinder the production of sebum by 50%, It contains tons of essential vitamins and minerals for your skin – including Vitamin A, C, manganese, zinc and selenium.
So drink at least 2 cups of green tea daily (no more-as it can lead to high blood pressure). Also, apply brewed green tea to the face, back or chest where you have acne. This can clean the skin pores and reduce pimples.
But What are the causes for acne and pimples?
Contrary to many beliefs, pimples are not only caused by the kinds of foods you eat, exercise or lack of it or how you wash your body.
In fact, pimples are at most times caused by psychological effects way beyond your control. It is no wonder that despite your efforts to eat the right foods and frequent the gym, pimples have always been your bed fellows.
Now that you know, let’s delve into what causes zits.
Bacteria exist in your skin. They are part of the skin system to keep it functional. However, the problem comes when follicles are plugged. Then follows rigorous bacteria reaction on the affected area. The end result is a pimple.
For those at puberty, androgen is the hormone responsible for all those blemishes on your once smooth baby skin. Normally androgen leads to enlarged sebaceous glands, which is normal to body development. But in some cases, androgen crosses its limit and overly stimulates the glands leading to continued bout of zits. This can go on into adulthood.
Clogging of pores
The number one cause of acne is clogged pores. Excess sebum produced as a result of stimulation by androgen find its way to the skin surface. There it mixes with dead skin and bacteria. The mixture forms obstruction over the skin pores hence the resulting pimples.
Every time you have an inflammation it always leaves that sad, often painful bump on your skin. But you have never known why this always happens. Here is the simple explanation. To every bacteria intrusion, an army of white blood cells are send to that specific area. The response is so abrupt and rigorous that the skin is left with zits. These kinds of pimples are red and very painful.
It is no brainier that people who are often stressed will always have pimples as a reminder of their tumultuous life. Stress causes the skin to break out hence easy for zit to form.
How to prevent acne and pimples from returning?
Avoid picking at the pimples
This is one bad habit which acne-prone people tend to develop. They pull out the scabs on the pimples thinking they are doing a favor to their skin. However, picking and touching the skin spreads the bacteria around. So try and avoid touching your face.
Change your pillow covers
This natural remedy for pimples is especially recommended for women and men who get pimples only on one side of their face. It may be because of dirty pillowcases and covers. If you have not washed your sheets and covers, it is time you do so. If possible, change the entire pillow and replace it with a new pillow and cover. As far as possible, use satin or silk pillow-covers as these are least abrasive to the skin. The same is true with head scarves. If you use one, makes sure you wash it from time to time. Also use a silk scarf when needed.
Could it be allergies?
Pimples can be attributed to many factors: stress, hormones, diet and lifestyle. If you have not had pimples before but are suddenly fighting them, then it could be due to a change in your diet, medicines etc. So try and watch what you eat. If you are taking medicines like oral contraceptives etc talk to your doctor whether they could be cause of your pimples. If needed, keep a food diary and try eliminating foods one at a time. Then watch out what leads to pimple flare-ups. This is the best possible way of eliminating pimples once and for all naturally.
Have a bowel movement daily
Constipation leads to toxin accumulation which reflects on the skin. If you are not eating enough fiber, you might not have a bowel movement daily and this could lead to skin eruptions. So make sure you are regular by having a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Avoid taking laxatives as these lead to chemical dependence. Instead, rely on natural remedies like prunes, raisins and dates etc to ensure having a bowel movement each morning. If possible, start your day with a glass of hot water to which you add some honey, lemon juice and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. This will push down the feces and prevent constipation. Drink plenty of water as stated above.
Check your cosmetics and makeup products
Makeup, cosmetics and even your shampoo could lead to acne. So check to see if these products are triggering the acne. Change your shampoo if you are getting acne on the forehead. Always opt for non-comedogenic and dermatologically tested products. If you have sensitive skin, avoid using makeup completely. Make sure you also clean your makeup brushes from time to time.
The good and bad of sunshine
Moderate sun exposure can help your skin get Vitamin D- the sunshine vitamin which is essential for healthy skin. But you must strictly avoid the sun during peak summers between 10 am to 4 pm when the UV A and UV B rays are harshest. Use a non-comedogenic sunscreen with at least SPF 30+. Go for natural sun-block containing Zinc Oxide. Use a wide brimmed hat or a scarf to protect your face. If you are swimming, reapply the sunscreen every two hours.
Take a multivitamin and mineral supplement
Healthy skin needs certain vitamins like Vitamins A, B complex, vitamin C and E as well as minerals like Zinc. You must also take Omega 3 essential fatty acids found abundantly in walnuts, fish etc. As stated before, drink plenty of water and eat many colorful fresh fruits and vegetables every day.