Natural remedies that are easy peasy and super budget-friendly!
Pimples. Acne. Zits. However big or small, just one of them making a cameo on our faces could instantly send us into panic mode. OMG, PIMPLE! Of course, sometimes it’s not their fault for appearing. Stress, eating pimple-friendly foods and many other factors can be blamed. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent them and there are ways to zap them away! For the times when you run out of pimple gel or if you’re looking for a more natural pimple cure, we’ve found a few simple home remedies you can try and you’ll be surprised at how they’re items you already have in your kitchen!
Psst… remember to use these remedies with care and in moderation. OVER-using them might make your skin worse or cause dryness.
You always hear about how eating tomatoes are great for your skin but did you know that applying it externally also works wonders? Just cut a tomato in half and rub some of the juice on the spot(s) once or twice a day! Wash it off after an hour.
2. Lemon juice
They make great lemonade, but on their own, just dabbing some on a pimple could help shrink it thanks to their astringent properties. Word of caution: wash it off before heading out into the sun; it could bleach your face and make your skin extra sensitive.
3. Green tea ice cubes
While ice cubes are known to reduce swelling, freezing green tea turns it into an extra astringent power-up. Rub one over a blemish for several minutes to reduce inflammation and for antimicrobial action.
4. Egg white
Time to crack an egg! Use your (clean) fingertip to swipe a little of the gooey raw egg white left from the egg shell and apply it on your zits. And then, err…scramble that egg or something.
If you see the pimple head, it means it’s time to dab a little honey on it and then put a band-aid over it. Go to sleep. When you wake up, it’ll be smaller, or better yet, gone!
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Simply dab some apple cider vinegar on a pimple once or twice a day with a cotton bud. Leave it on for a minimum of 20 minutes. Be sure to ONLY apply it on a raging zit as it’d otherwise be too strong for your skin.
Whether you use them sliced, grated or juiced, potatoes are great for pimples, dark circles and puffiness! Well, for the latter two, you can only use potato slices. Leave it on your pimple for 5 to 7 minutes to reduce the swelling and inflammation!
Boil, mash and then apply the now-carrot-paste onto your pimples. Rinse it with cold water after 15 to 20 minutes. Seems too tedious? You can try carrot juice too.
While these aren’t your average household fruits, this trick will help maximize its usage when you DO buy them. Slice the top part of the strawberry (with the leafy bits) and rub the remaining itsy bitsy flesh on your pimples. Leave it on for 20 to 30 mins. Rinse.
While we’re not THAT sure if it can really kill vampires, it can most certainly kill bacteria. Peel a garlic clove, smash it into mush and apply it (or the juice) on the blemish. Leave it for 20 mins or so, and rinse.
You’ve heard of the toothpaste remedy, but it turns out this mouthwash works too! Just dab it with a cotton bud and hold it there for 2 minutes before letting it air-dry OR you can rinse it off after 1 minute. However, there are two things you should note – make sure you use the original Listerine and not the other flavours, and it’s best not to try this if you have sensitive skin.
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