Pimples always seem to emerge at the worst times. Whether you have a date, an important meeting, or a special event, the last thing you want is to be dealing with a pimple. You want to get rid of it fast, but you know popping it is not the right answer. Are there DIY acne home remedies that work? What is all this talk I’m hearing about using potatoes for acne?
Fortunately, there are natural home remedies that can reduce a pimple fast using ingredients you likely already have. That said, you should use these home treatments carefully. When selecting a DIY acne remedy, first test it on a small area. Also, know your skin. If your skin dries out quickly, look for solutions that are less likely to dry out your skin. Here are five natural DIY remedies that can help banish your pimple quickly.
5 Natural Spot Treatments for Acne
The latest TikTok video craze about using potatoes for acne does have some merit. The starches in potatoes can soothe the inflammation and absorb oil. The vitamin C can help boost collagen production and the niacin can help with skin lightening of dark spots.
To use, first cleanse your face as you usually would, our preference is the use the Clear Skin AHA BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. Next, gently apply raw potato to your pimple or acne and massage it in for about 10 minutes. Leave the residue on your skin and let it do it’s work overnight. When you wake up cleanse your face the same way you always would and enjoy your improved skin. This also works well for dark spots on skin.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
When you need a quick fix, hydrogen peroxide can help treat a pimple fast. It can remove the acne-causing bacteria on your skin and oxygenate your pores. Be careful not to use too strong a solution.
Some people can use a 3 percent strength solution, but I you have sensitive skin you can dilute it up to 3-1 with water. Dab a small amount of the solution onto your acne with a cotton ball and hold there briefly.
However, use this natural remedy sparingly. Hydrogen peroxide is not a long term solution. If used too frequently, it can irritate your skin and dry it out. Don’t get this mix into your eyes. Also, avoid your hair and eyebrows as it can bleach them.
One of the most accessible home remedies to use for a pimple is ice. The cold can help soothe the area, reduce the redness and the size of the pimple, and help close your pores.
To use, wrap a piece of ice in a thin cloth. Apply it to the area for about 15 to 20 seconds and then remove it for the same amount of time. Repeat this process for about 20 minutes.
- Medical-Grade Honey
Medical grade honey, such as manuka honey, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help treat your acne. If you don’t have access to medical-grade honey, raw organic honey should also work as long as it doesn’t have any additives or processed sugars in it.
To use, you can apply the honey directly to the pimple. After a few minutes, gently rinse the honey off with warm water.
The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric can help soothe your skin and reduce the appearance of pimples. It also may help reduce acne scarring.
To treat your acne, make a paste using turmeric powder. Combine turmeric powder with Greek yogurt and a small amount of honey. Apply the paste to your skin, and leave it on for about thirty minutes. Rinse it off with cool water.
While turmeric is good for your body, some people can be allergic to it. If you’re not sure, apply a small amount on your skin to test for adverse reactions. Also, turmeric can stain your clothes or your skin.
Natural Remedies to Prevent Acne and Keep Your Skin Clear
These five DIY spot treatments for acne work well in a pinch. However, they aren’t a long term solution for your acne, especially if you’re having breakouts regularly. To address acne, it can help to get to the root of the problem, so you can prevent acne before it starts.
Research shows that many vitamins and minerals can help address some underlying causes of acne, including zinc. While applying zinc directly to your skin does not help reduce acne, taking a zinc supplement can help reduce acne.
If vitamin and mineral deficiencies may be contributing to your acne, consider Innate Skin’s Clear Skin Vitamin Pack. This supplement includes a variety of acne-fighting vitamins and minerals, such as zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D, and more, to help keep your skin clear and acne-free.