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Top 20 Home Remedies for How to Get Rid of Pimples Fast

Top 20 Home Remedies for How to Get Rid of Pimples Fast

Like countless others, I have spent years battling stubborn acne. There is so much information available about treating acne that it’s easy to get lost in research as you try to find a real acne solution. To save you some time, I put together this list of the top 20 home remedies for how to get rid of pimples fast.

1. Change Your Diet

The best way to get rid of acne fast and to keep it away is to clean your body from the inside out. Avoid dairy products which can cause breakouts. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Eat foods rich in vitamin E and healthy fats, such as avocado and almonds.

Consume leafy green vegetables to load up on fiber and vitamins. Start by skipping sugary cereal with milk for breakfast, and have a green smoothie instead.

You will need:

- 1 ½ cups of coconut water

- 1 cup of raw spinach

- 2 peeled kiwi fruits

- ½ of a peeled avocado

Directions:

Throw all the ingredients in a smoothie and blend until smooth.

Note:

Add some protein powder or a cup of yogurt for extra protein.

2. Oatmeal

The absorbent properties of oatmeal allow the oats to gently soak up the excess sebum on your acne-prone skin.

You can either use ground oatmeal, known as colloidal oatmeal, or regular unflavored oatmeal available from any supermarket. An oatmeal mask is a gentle way to cleanse and refresh your skin.

You will need:

- ¼ cup of oatmeal

- 2 tablespoons of water

Directions:

Mix the oatmeal with the water until the grain is wet. Apply the mixture directly to your face. Allow it to remain on your skin for about 20 minutes, or until the oatmeal feels dry to the touch.

3. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a potent essential oil that is known for its antibacterial properties. It's powerful enough to kill MRSA, a severe bacterial infection that is often resistant to antibiotics.

You can find it at health food stores and online. It has been proven to be just effective at treating acne as benzoyl peroxide. Make a soothing mask to zap those pesky pimples and be on your way to clear skin.

You will need:

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- A few drops of tea tree oil

- 1 tablespoon of honey

- 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply the mask to your face, then wait about 15 minutes. Rinse well. Apply a thin layer of oil-free moisturizer.

Note:

Tea tree oil is very drying, so don’t use this mask more than three times a week.

4. Omega 3 Fatty Acids

The benefits of adding omega 3 fatty acids to your diet are innumerable. Not only is it an excellent brain food, but it is also effective at treating acne and repairing damaged skin. One way to add these beneficial acids to your diet is to whip up a delicious blueberry and flax seed smoothie. The antioxidants in the blueberries will work in tandem with the flax seed to brighten and clear your skin.

You will need:

- 1 frozen sliced banana

- ½ cup of frozen blueberries

- 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed

- cup of yogurt (any flavor works, but I prefer vanilla)

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a cup and enjoy.

5. Baking soda

Baking soda acts as an exfoliant, sloughing off dead skin cells to pave the way for new skin cells to develop. Another remarkable thing about baking soda is that it kills the harmful bacteria that causes acne to develop in the first place. You can make a simple two-ingredient exfoliant with baking soda and water.

Baking Soda

You will need:

- 2 tablespoons of baking soda

- 2 tablespoons of water

Directions:

Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl until you form a paste. Apply the paste to the troubled area and allow it to remain on your skin until it becomes hard and crusty. Rinse well.

Note:

You can also use the baking soda paste as a spot treatment instead of a whole face mask.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is another of one of nature’s super bacteria killers. It’s powerful enough to prevent the growth of the deadly E. coli. It can even prevent the growth of new bacteria. For that reason, it's often used a food preservative.

Use apple cider vinegar as a toner to get rid of pimples fast. Purchase high quality, organic apple cider vinegar with the mother, a murky brown swirl at the bottom of the bottle.

You will need:

- 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar

- 3 tablespoons of water

Directions:

Mix the ingredients in a small bowl. After cleansing your face with your regular method, use a cotton ball to apply the mixture to your skin.

Note:

Always dilute apple cider vinegar. Using it straight may cause harm to your skin.

7. Steam

Steam is an effective way to open your pores, allowing you to wipe away dirt and excess oil with ease. Since acne is the result of clogged pores, this method is an easy way to zap pimples before they happen. The bonus is that unlike the drying effect of harsh over-the-counter remedies, your skin will be clean and hydrated after treatment.

You will need:

- A bowl filled with steaming hot water

- A towel

Directions:

Lean over the bowl. Then, place a towel over your head to trap the steam. Turn on some fun music and relax for about 10 minutes. Use a clean, dry washcloth to wipe away the moisture and loosened dirt.

Note:

Use this method two or three times a week (http://homeremediesforlife.com/cystic-acne/) for noticeable results.

8. Moroccan Rhassoul Clay

Moroccan Rhassoul Clay comes from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Unlike bentonite clay, Rhassoul clay is lead-free. It has unique properties that allow it soak up dirt and oil, gently removing unwanted impurities while simultaneously moisturizing your face. You can make your own spa-quality mask at home.

You will need:

- 1 teaspoon of Rhassoul clay

- 1 teaspoon of water

- ¼ teaspoon of green tea leaves for oily skin or ¼ teaspoon of chamomile leaves for dry skin

Directions:

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Add the water slowly as you mix. You may need to add more or less water to achieve the perfect consistency. Slather the mask on your face, then allow it to dry for about 10 minutes. Rinse well.

9. Matcha Green Tea

Green tea is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world. In addition to being a weight loss booster, it can also be used as an acne fighter both internally and externally.

Matcha powder, the most potent and least processed form of green tea that you can buy, is found at health food stores and online. Use matcha powder and coconut oil to make a soothing mask.

You will need:

- 1 tablespoon of organic matcha green tea powder

- ½ teaspoon of organic coconut oil

- A few drops of water

- A washcloth

Directions:

Place the powder and the oil in a small bowl and mix the ingredients. Slowly add a few drops of water until the mixture turns into a creamy paste. Smooth the mask onto your skin and let it stay on for an hour. Wipe it off with a wet washcloth.

Note:

Add a cup of green tea to your daily diet to further increase the benefits to your skin.

10. Lemon

Because of the high concentration of ascorbic acid content, lemons are another valuable antibacterial product straight from nature. As a result of their antibacterial powers, lemons can get rid of pimples fast.

Lemon juice can also visibly shrink your pores and lighten hyperpigmentation caused by acne scars.

You will need:

- A lemon cut into quarters

Directions:

After cleansing your face following your typical method, take one of the lemon quarters and swipe it over your problem areas. Stay away from the delicate skin around your eyes. Rinse with water to remove the stickiness of the fruit. Follow up with an oil-free moisturizer.

Note:

You can store the remaining lemon quarters in the refrigerator for later use.

11. Lavender

You probably know that the scent of lavender promotes relaxation, but did you know that lavender essential oil has the power to stop pimples in their tracks? The antibacterial properties of lavender oil can kill the bacteria that causes acne and prevent its return.

For best results, dilute it with a carrier oil and use it as a spot treatment.

You will need:

- 2 or 3 drops of lavender essential oil

- ¼ cup of almond or coconut oil

- a small jar or container with an air-tight lid

Directions:

Pour the almond or coconut oil into the jar. Carefully add two or three drops of lavender oil. Mix well. After cleansing your face following your regular routine, use your finger or a Q-tip to apply a small amount directly on the problematic pimple.

Note:

You can store the mixture in a cool, dry place for up to six months. If you use coconut oil for your concoction, the mixture may solidify and separate. Run the jar under a stream of warm water to melt it before use.

12. Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a gentle, non-irritating remedy for clearing up acne. The catechol tannin contained within the bark and leaves of the witch hazel plant act as a mild astringent to disinfect and cleanse the skin.

It cleans your skin without removing too much essential oil from your pores. Witch hazel also has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe redness. You can either purchase a bottle of witch hazel toner or make your own.

You will need:

- ¼ cup of alcohol-free witch hazel

- ¼ cup of water

- 10 drops of rose oil

- a small jar or container with an air-tight lid

Directions:

Combine the ingredients in the jar. After washing your face with your usual cleanser, apply the homemade toner with a cotton ball. Follow up with your favorite oil-free moisturizer.

13. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is in the spotlight lately as a healthy alternative cooking oil. Its benefits don’t stop there. You can use coconut oil to get rid of acne. Because it is rich in vitamins A, D, and E, as well as calcium, Vitamin E is especially beneficial for skin.

It’s a natural moisturizer that helps skin heal faster and regain elasticity lost from sun damage and age. Your skin may be producing too much oil as a result of dehydration. Use coconut oil every night to keep your skin soft and clear.

You will need:

- Organic coconut oil

- A soft washcloth

Directions:

Use your fingers to apply the coconut oil directly to your face. Massage the oil into your skin using circular motions. Soak the washcloth in hot water, then wipe off the excess oil.

14. Toothpaste

This one sounds crazy, but it really works! You know those little packets that come inside purses that say “Do Not Eat”? They’re silica packets. Silica is a drying agent that sucks the moisture out of whatever it’s used in. Toothpaste just happens to contain silica.

This substance can not only keep your brand new leather bag from collecting moisture, but it can also dry out stubborn zits. Toothpaste also contains triclosan, an antibacterial agent.

You will need:

- Plain white toothpaste

Directions:

Before going to bed, use a Q-tip or your finger to apply a small amount of toothpaste to the pimple. Leave the toothpaste on the zit until morning. Wash your face as usual.

15. Cucumber

cucumber

Cucumbers are often used to reduce the wrinkles around tired eyes. Cucumbers contain ingredients such as Vitamin B1, Potassium, and Biotin that naturally hydrate skin, soothe inflammation, and reduce swelling.

If you suffer from cystic acne, this remedy may be particularly helpful for you. Make your own simple cucumber face mask to refresh your skin and heal pimples fast.

You will need:

- ½ of a cucumber

- 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt

Directions:

Place the ingredients in a blender and blend until the cucumber is mashed. Wash your face with warm water. After your face is dry, apply the cucumber mixture. Allow the mask to stay on your face until it is completely dry, about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Note:

You can store the mask mixture in the refrigerator for two days.

16. Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil is an excellent treatment for those suffering from hormonal acne. Evening primrose oil has the power to balance hormones. The benefits don’t stop there; it’s also an effective anti-aging product. Who doesn’t like having fewer wrinkles?

To gain the benefits of evening primrose oil and see a noticeable difference in your hormonal acne, purchase it in the form of a supplement and take it once a day.

You will need:

- Evening primrose oil supplements

Directions:

Take 500 mg of evening primrose oil once or twice a day, depending on your preference. Start with one tablet in the morning, then add the evening tablet if you don’t start seeing results.

17. Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera plant contains saponin, a natural chemical that reduces inflammation, kills bacteria, and prevents fungus. Aloe Vera can erase acne scars while moisturizing the skin and reducing redness. If you buy a small plant, you can snip off leaves as needed.

Aloe-vera-juice

The plant will continue to grow, providing you with a lifetime supply of its potent healing leaves. You can also buy Aloe Vera over the counter as a gel to use as an ingredient in facial masks and cleansers.

You will need:

- 1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel

- 1 tablespoon of honey

Directions:

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly. Apply the concoction to your whole face or just your problem areas. Allow it to dry for about 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.

18. Honey

Honey features prominently in several of these homemade acne recipes for good reason. When you apply honey to the skin, it releases hydrogen peroxide. It also forms a protective layer over a wound, preventing bacteria from entering.

The high amount of glucose in honey helps heal acne scars. The best type of honey to use on your skin is medical grade honey, but if you can't find any, you can use organic, unprocessed honey. Use honey as a spot treatment or make your own mask.

You will need:

- 1 raw egg

- 1 tablespoon of honey

Directions:

In a small bowl, beat the egg, then add in the honey. Put the mixture all over your face. Leave it on for about 20 minutes. Rinse well.

19. Banana

With high concentrations of manganese, potassium, Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, bananas are a superfood. Bananas also contain Vitamins C and K, and they’re a good source of folate.

You can use bananas to get rid of pimples fast. You can make a soothing acne fighting mask with banana, or you can use it as a spot treatment.

You will need:

- A banana peel

Directions:

Cut a small piece of banana peel. Place the inside part of the peel on your pimple. Rub the peel on your spot until the skin turns brown.

Note:

For noticeable results, use a banana peel on your problem areas three times a day.

20. Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide is the active ingredient in the best-selling acne product Proactiv. When used as a spot treatment, benzoyl peroxide can quickly dry up a pimple. There are several other products besides Proactiv that feature benzoyl peroxide, in varying levels of concentration.

For best results, start with a low concentration, used only once a day. If excessive drying does not occur, you can use the product twice a day. I recommend only using Benzoyl Peroxide as a last resort spot treatment. It’s much too harsh to use over the entire face.

You will need:

- A benzoyl peroxide spot treatment, such as Acne Free or Proactiv

Directions:

Use a Q-tip or your finger to apply a tiny amount directly to the pimple. There is no need to rinse afterwards.

Note:

Benzoyl peroxide will stain colored fabrics. It's best to use a white towel and sleep on a white pillowcase when using one of these products.

4 Extra Chinese Recipes for Pimples

At last, I'll share 4 extra Chinese recipes to help you get rid of pimples naturally. You can just choose one or two recipes below and add it to your daily diet.

1. Chinese Yam and Jujube Porridge

Ingredients

  • 100 grams Glutinous rice
  • 75 grams seed of Jobs tears
  • 25 grams Water chestnut powder
  • 50 grams Chinese Yam Powder
  • 5 dried Jujube
  • 20 grams crystal sugar
Chinese Yam and Jujube Porridge

Derections

1. Wash the glutinous rice and seed of Jobs tears. Let them soak for 3 hours in cold water; remove the stone of the jujube.

2. ​Put glutinous rice, seed of jobs tears and dried jujube into a pot or rice cooker. Add about 5~6 cups water. Cook about 30~40 minutes.

3. Add Chinese yam powder, mix with the ​porridge well. Cook for another 20 minutes. At last, just add crystal sugar and water chestnut powder and mix them well.

2. Bubur Pulut Hitam with Coconut Juice

Ingredients

  • 200 grams Black glutinous rice
  • 10 grams crystal sugar
  • 120 grams Coconut Juice
Bubur Pulut Hitam with Coconut Juice

Derections

1. Wash the black glutinous rice and add it into a pot. Add about 6 cups of water. Use a low fire after boiled and cook for about 30 minutes.

2. ​Add crystal sugar, keep cooking for 2 minutes. After all sugar melted. Then turn off the fire.

3. Wait for a while until the porridge cool down. Transfer it to a serve bowl and add some coconut juice and Mango (optional) above it. Enjoy.

3. Pineapple & Bitter Gourd Soup

Ingredients

  • 35 grams Bitter gourd
  • 5 grams carrot
  • a little salt
  • 25 grams pineapple
  • 600 ml water
Pineapple & Bitter Gourd Soup

Derections

1. Cut the pineapple into small sections; Remove seeds of bitter gourd and slice up; peel the carrot and cut up as well.

2. ​Put carrot, pineapple, bitter gourd and water into a pot. Turn your stove to a medium temperature.

3. Cook for about 10 minutes. You can add a little salt after taste it.

4. Apple & Aloe Vera Juice

Ingredients

  • 20 grams Aloe
  • 50 ml Water
  • 1 Apple
  • 4 ice cubes
Apple & Aloe Vera Juice

Derections

1. Cut the aloe into small sections; Peel apple and cut up.

2. ​Put the aloe, apple and water into the juicer. Stir to mix well.

3. Transfer the juice into a glass cup and add ice cubes into it as well.

Conclusion

I hope that this list will save you some of the trouble I went through during my years of searching for home remedies for acne. Please don’t try every method at once. Instead, try one product for a week, then switch to a different remedy the following week.

Did you enjoy my list? Feel free to share and leave me a comment to let me know what you liked and which methods you have found success with.

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Comments:

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  • Gabriel White
    December 7, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Hi Mandy. Thanks for your article. I find so many useful ways here to get rid of pimples. I’m trying coconut oil for cleansing my face. So happy it works. It doesn’t only help to remove those ugly spots but also makes my skin brighter.

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