Pimples seem to have a cruel sense of humor. Getting rid of pimples fast can be hard. You can guarantee a huge one will appear at the most inconvenient time, just before a date, a job interview, or a family occasion that’s sure to involve photographs.
While taking good care of your skin is great for reducing how often acne breakouts happen, what can you do to deal with an embarrassing pimple once it’s appeared? Here are nine all-natural tips to try.
The quickest way to lessen the appearance of a swollen, red pimple is to keep it cool. Simply wrap a large ice cube in a thin, clean cloth, and hold it gently on the pimple without pressing too hard. After ten seconds, carefully remove it, and press down again using a clean part of the cloth. Repeat until your skin feels numb.
The cold of the ice reduces swelling, and also contracts your skin’s pores to force bacteria-filled grease and grime out onto the cloth.
For this trick, it’s important to use an alcohol-based antibacterial mouthwash. Dab a little onto the tip of the pimple and leave to evaporate before rinsing off with cold water. The alcohol in the mouthwash will dry the pimple, while the antibacterial properties will help clean out the infection.
Taking the dental theme a little further, touching a tiny drop of toothpaste onto a pimple and leaving it overnight can have excellent results. It will reduce inflammation and neutralize bacteria-laden oils. However, make sure you use a non-flavored toothpaste suitable for sensitive teeth, or you may find it causes a mild allergic reaction. It’s a good idea to dab a little of the toothpaste onto the underside of your chin first, to make sure there are no bad effects.
Dotting whisked egg whites onto your skin with a clean finger can combat acne in two ways. First, it will draw out a pimple’s pus and infection as it dries. What’s more, eggs are packed with nutrients, and this will help to nourish the damaged skin to speed up healing.
Pure honey is packed with natural antibacterial agents to fight the underlying bacteria that provoke pimples. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce the painful swelling. You can use it on individual pimples for a quick remedy, or as part of a routine all-over face mask to prevent breakouts.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is a kind of cactus, and the natural oils inside it contain powerful cleansers and healing agents. It’s easiest to use as a gel which can be bought easily online or at your local beauty store. Simply dab it directly onto the pimple’s tip and leave overnight.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has many, many health benefits, and it’s perfect for treating pimples. Mix one tablespoon of vinegar with three tablespoons of distilled water, and apply to the pimple with a cotton ball, leaving it for about ten minutes. The vinegar reacts with the bacteria in the pimple to neutralize it. In the process, it also balances the pH levels in your skin to help prevent the pimple reappearing.
This tip might be stinky, but it works. Fresh garlic boasts four powerful “anti” properties: it’s antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. All of these are great for healthy skin and are strong allies in the fight against pimples.
Simply cut a fresh garlic clove in half, and rub the juicy side gently onto the pimple for ten seconds. Leave for five minutes, then wash off with warm water. Do this in the evenings so that any leftover odor has chance to disappear overnight.
Next time you eat a banana, don’t throw away the peel afterward. Instead, rub the inside of it across your face, taking care over tender pimples, and then leave for half an hour before rinsing off.
This works in three ways. The fibers in the peel work as a gentle exfoliant to remove grease and grime. The pulpy parts that smear onto your skin are full of lutein, which is a powerful natural way of reducing swelling. Lastly, the pulp is also packed with minerals and vitamins to nourish and strengthen your skin.
Pimples might have an unwelcome habit of appearing just when you don’t want them, but they’ll be no match for these nine acne-busting tips.