Pimples are easily considered as a girl’s worst enemy. Although a normal skin condition like any other, pimples on the face and neck can make you look rather unsightly. The main cause for these puss filled boils is the excess secretion of sebum by the oil glands present on the skin’s surface. So if you are desperately trying to get rid of those pimples in time for that party next week, here are some sure shot home remedies that would get rid of them as quickly as possible without a trace whatsoever.
Get rid of a nasty pimple quickly with an ice compress. Wrap some ice cubes in a soft cloth and place it directly above the pimple for about 10 seconds. Remove the compress, wait for a minute and then, place the compress on the pimple again. Repeat this process for at least an hour or so. Follow it up with another 3 rounds throughout the course of the day. The ice would help freeze the skin pores and remove the oil and dirt collected on the skin surface, thus making it easier for the pimple to simply fade away eventually.
2. Use Honey
Applying some honey on the pimple can help reduce the inflammation caused by it as well as prevent the pimple from spreading. Soak a small cotton swab in fresh honey and place it on the pimple. Leave it on for about 30 minutes and the rinse off the honey with lukewarm water.
You can also make a paste containing honey and cinnamon powder and apply it on your face overnight. The potent antimicrobial properties of honey would soothe your skin and fight off the infection as even as you sleep. Rinse off the paste with cool water the next morning.
3. Use Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is a rich, natural source of Vitamin C which can cure pimples really fast by drying them out quickly. Make sure you use only fresh lemon juice as the bottled variety may aggravate the condition.
Soak a cotton swab in lemon juice and place it on the pimple before hitting the bed. Remove the swab and rinse off the dried juice with cold water in the morning. You can also add some cinnamon powder to the juice and apply the paste on the pimples. Wash off the paste with lukewarm water in the morning. Repeat this remedy for a couple of days and your pimple will vanish into thin air.
4. Use Garlic
The potent antifungal, antioxidant and antiviral properties of garlic make it a very effective natural remedy for several skin related issues, including pimples. Garlic also contains sulfur which can help the pimples heal faster.
Pretty simple! All you need to do is peel and cut some fresh garlic cloves and rub them on the pimple. Wash off the residue with lukewarm water after about 10 minutes. Follow this remedy at least 4-5 times a day to get rid of the pimple quickly.
5. Use Toothpaste
Did you know that you can get rid of that nasty zit with just a dab of toothpaste? Simply apply a small amount of toothpaste on the pimple overnight and wash it off with lukewarm water the next morning.
You can also opt to apply toothpaste on the pimple during the day, provided you let the paste rest on the pimple for at least an hour or so before washing it off. And make sure you use only white toothpaste and not the gel based ones.
6. Use Baking Soda
Baking soda can be considered as the best way to get rid of those nasty pimples in case you have very sensitive skin. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda powder with lemon juice or water to form a thick paste. Apply this paste directly on the pimple and let it dry completely (would take a couple of minutes). Wash off the paste with lukewarm water afterwards and apply a moisturizer on the affected area immediately. Follow this remedy twice a day to get rid of the pimples quickly. Note: Don’t keep the baking soda paste on the skin for too long a period as it may cause dryness.
7. Use Cucumber
Cucumber can soothe your skin to a great extent, offering relief from the inflammation and pain caused by the pimple. It also contains plenty of potassium as well as Vitamins A, C and E that can get rid of the pimple effectively. Grind a cucumber to form a coarse paste. Apply this paste on the pimple and let it dry for about 15 minutes. Rinse off the paste with lukewarm water afterwards.
The paste would cool the skin as well as remove any dirt or grime that might have collected on the surface. You can also cut a cucumber into small pieces and soak them in a bowl of water for an hour or so. Strain the solution and drink the juice to cleanse your system from inside as well.
8. Use Potato
Have a potato in the house? Simply cut it in half and place the fleshy part directly on the pimple. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and rinse the affected area with cool water. You can also grate/grind a potato and apply it on the pimple overnight. This would effectively reduce the inflammation and pain caused by the pimple. Wash off the paste with cool water the next morning.
9. Use Peppermint Leaves
The antiviral and antibacterial properties of these leaves can help reduce the inflammation and pain caused by the pimple in addition to eliminating it very quickly. The menthol content in the leaves would also soothe the skin and quicken the healing process.
Extract the juice of some peppermint leaves and apply the same directly on the pimple for about 10 minutes. Rinse off the juice with cool water afterwards. Repeat this remedy at least thrice every day to get rid of the pimple quickly. In case you can’t find peppermint leaves, you can opt for peppermint oil which is equally effective in dealing with pimples. Simply massage some peppermint oil on the affected area and rinse it off with cold water after about 5 minutes.