Dealing with pimples can be really frustrating and annoying. But do you know that you can control the situation with simple household remedies. Here are 5 natural remedies that you can use to make your face soft, good-looking and free from blemishes.
Cinnamon and Honey Mask
Honey and cinnamon make a great combination in fighting pimples. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties and honey has antibiotic properties. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to form a paste. Apply the paste o your face and leave for 10-15 minutes then rinse it off and pat dry your face.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider has astringent properties that help dry out excess oil. It also has the ability to destroy the bacteria causing pimples by balancing the PH of your skin thus making it difficult for the bacteria to thrive. However, be careful not to use too much of it. Use one part of pure unfiltered vinegar to 3 parts of water and apply it directly to the skin. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes or overnight and use a moisturizer afterward once the skin starts to feel dry.
Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)
Baking soda is a mild but potent antiseptic with the ability to destroy fungus and bacteria causing pimples while sucking up the excess oil. It also stimulates the growth of new skin cells making the skin look soft and more attractive. You can use baking soda to make a facial mask or scrub.
For the mask, mix equal parts of water and baking soda to form a thick paste. Massage the paste in circular motions for 2 minutes and leave it on for 15-20 minutes then rinse with warm water, pat dry and apply a moisturizer. For the scrub mix half a cup of baking soda and 1/8th a cup of water, massage it in on the face and after 5-6 minutes, rinse it off thoroughly with warm water, pat dry, then moisturize.
Aloe Vera can be used alongside other remedies or by itself. It has antibacterial and soothing properties that help fight the bacteria causing pimples while reducing itchiness and pain. You need the gel from the plant to spot treat the affected areas. The gel can be obtained from the plant directly or you can opt for gel sold in stores just as long as you are sure it contains no additives. Clean your face and then apply the gel to the affected area. Do this regularly and you will start to notice change.
Tea Tree Oil
This is a popular home remedy mainly used for hair and skin care. The idea of using oil on pimples may seem unreasonable but tea tree oil contains special properties that make it very effective against pimples. Unlike the natural oils produced by the skin, tea tree oil acts like a solvent and seeps through the excess sebum to unblock the pores and eliminate dead cells.
The oil is used topically and needs to be diluted first. Use one part of oil with 9 parts of water or Aloe Vera gel and apply to the problematic areas, leave it on for 20 minutes then rinse off with water. A moisturizer can be used afterwards as well. Tea tree oil also has soothing and antibacterial properties.