Skincare DIY: acne treatments

We all know we aren’t supposed to pop pimples. Pop a pimple and you risk the bacteria getting into clean pores and causing more pimples or even worse, forcing the bacteria deeper into your pores causing more severe acne. Left alone, a blemish will heal itself in 3 to 7 days. Popped improperly, it can linger for weeks or even lead to scarring. Yet for some reason we can’t help ourselves. Is it an innate need to relieve the pressure and pain that pimples can bring both physically and mentally? Whatever the reason, to resist the urge to pick and pop, it may be a good idea to keep our hands busy with more productive activities, like making our own acne treatments. Next time you get a pimple, before you pop, you should try a little DIY!

To reduce swelling and inflammation:

Aspirin – When applied to a pimple, aspirin may bring down inflammation and swelling. Grind up one or two aspirin tablets and add a drop of water to form a paste. Put this directly on your pimple and leave it on overnight. If it irritates you, leave it on for as long as you’re able. Rinse it off with cool water, and your pimple should be nearly gone!

Ice – Similar to aspirin, ice is often used to bring down swelling and redness on the body. Hold an ice cube wrapped in a clean paper towel over your pimple for 20-30 minutes to help reduce the redness and size.

To kill bacteria:

Garlic – The aroma may not be for everyone, but garlic can be an effective acne treatment because it’s a natural antiseptic and it also contains high levels of sulfur, which is good for drying oil. Either mince a clove of garlic to form a paste, or cut a clove of garlic in half and hold it to your pimple. Leave the garlic on for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse off with cool water.

Honey – In addition to being an all-natural sweetener, honey can kill bacteria on pimples and help to purify skin. Apply a bit of honey to your pimple using a clean cotton swab. Leave it on for an hour. Honey can also be used in a mask for the entire face. To remove, dissolve the honey with a bit of warm water.

Lemon – Lemon juice, which is rich in vitamin C, can help dry pimples up. Be sure to use fresh lemon juice and not bottled juice, which has preservatives. Squeeze lemon juice into a clean bowl. Dip a clean cotton swab into the juice and apply it to your pimple before bed.  Wash off with warm water in the morning. If you don’t have sensitive skin, you can add cinnamon to the treatment. Mix 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Apply to pimple with a clean cotton swab.

To exfoliate:

Baking Soda – Baking soda is known for being an all-natural ingredient in many home remedies. It can help get rid of pimples by exfoliating skin, removing dirt and dead skin cells. To use, make a thick paste by mixing one teaspoon of baking soda with some water or lemon juice. Wash skin and apply the paste on the affected areas and allow it to dry for a few minutes. Never keep baking soda on your skin for longer than a few minutes as it can cause dryness or irritation. Wash your face with warm water to remove. Safe even for sensitive skin, this process can be repeated 2x per day for faster results.

Natural homemade facial masks .

Acne can be frustrating. Popping or picking pimples can give instant satisfaction, but it will do more harm than good in the long run. Home remedies can be an effective treatment for expediting the removal of blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. You should give any at home or over the counter acne treatments time to work. If you have a chronic acne problem, or deep cyst acne, it is worth seeing your dermatologist.

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