Pesky Pimples: 5 Natural Ways to Destroy Them


Let’s just face zits . . . . . . nobody feels at their best when they have little red bumps all over their face. They’re unsightly, they’re painful and they make us want to take to our bed and only resurface when they’ve gone. Before you attempt to mask them with a thick layer of foundation, give one of these 5 natural pimple remedies a try.

1. Homemade Steam Facial

Whether you’re currently battling acne or are looking to prevent pimples, steaming can do wonders for the skin. I steam my face at least once weekly, usually after a deep exfoliation, as it feels soothing after the necessary roughness of exfoliating. It’s also a really effective way of taking care of lingering blackheads. The warm steam allows the pores to soften and open up so that you can lure them out and give your skin that deeper cleanse.

It’s pretty simple to steam your face. Simply boil some water and place it in a bowl before placing your head above the steam. It’s important not to place your face too near to the steam as this can cause broken capillaries due to the heat. I like to add herbs or essential oils to the water to help boost the effects of the steam; but if you add oils and herbs, be sure to choose ones that are well suited to your skin type. For instance, if you suffer from dry skin use gentle, healing oils such as lavender, rose or chamomile. If you have oily skin, opt for chamomile, tea tree or eucalyptus. If you have combination skin, tea tree is also a great option as well as lavender and green tea. Unsure which oils to use for your skin? Check out our guide to essential oils.

2. Garlic

Garlic is a powerful food. Not only is it rich in antioxidants, but it is also antibacterial and antiviral, helping to kill unwanted bacteria inside and outside your body. To get the benefits from garlic, you can either up your consumption or you could be brave and apply it topically. It really does wonders when applied topically, and also helps to prevent future breakouts.

To use garlic topically, you need to dilute it first, so your skin doesn’t burn and become irritated. Use the juice from a garlic clove, or using a mortar and pestle, crush it into some water, and use on problem areas. Smelly but very effective!

3. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

When I first switched to natural skincare, ACV was the first toner I used. At first I was hesitant due to the smell, but it fades after about a minute, especially if you dilute it in one part water. So why does ACV work so well? Pimples are formed when excess sebum creates blockages in our pores. Dirt and other germs can also get trapped and then the pores become inflamed, causing pimples. Using a toner like ACV will kill off any bacteria living on your skin before it can do any damage.

ACV is also an astringent, much like lemon juice, and using it will help to dry up any excess oil. Be careful that you use it in moderation as you don’t want to dry out your skin (which could have the adverse affect and create more pimples). Dilute with water and use as a toner after cleansing, or simply dab it onto a spot as an overnight treatment to shrink and eventually banish zits. Looking for more ways to use ACV? Check out this list of 24 things you never knew you could use it for (including to banish pimples).

FYI – apple cider vinegar is different from the kind you use on your fish & chips. So be sure you look for apple cider vinegar before raiding the kitchen cupboard.

4. Papaya

You may have noticed that a lot of beauty products on the market are adding papaya to their ingredient list. Why?Papaya is great for treating acne-prone skin thanks to its ability to remove dead skin cells and excess oil from the surface of the skin. Not only will it soften skin, but it goes a long way in preventing zits from flaring up. Papain, the enzyme in papaya, is anti-inflammatory and helps to prevent pus from forming, so we can bid farewell to those painful, yellow spots that make us want to hide.

Plus payaya tastes incredible so you can snack on it as you go. Two birds, one stone, y’know . . .

5. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has been around for centuries, and is beneficial for everything from your skin to your gums. Why is it so helpful for your skin? Tea tree oil is naturally anti-bacterial and actually helps remove excess sebum, unblocking the pores.

Tea tree oil can not be ingested and must be used topically; just keep in mind, it’s pretty potent, and a little goes a long way.

Remember . . .

Its not just what you use on your face that can cause or prevent breakouts. There are several ways you can change your routine to keep them at bay, too. Your diet is one of the first places to start, focusing on anti-inflammatory foods and foods that are helpful in banishing acne. Washing your pillows on a regular basis is helpful, too. Try not to touch your face, especially during breakouts, and don’t be tempted to pick. Picking at your spots will only cause them to spread, and you may end up causing unnecessary scarring.


Lora O'Brien

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