If you have acne, you may have tried treating it with medication from the drugstore, but special store-bought products aren't always necessary to get rid of pimples. Everything you need to treat zits is likely already in your kitchen pantry or refrigerator. These natural treatments don't contain any chemicals, colorants or artificial fragrances, so they're less likely to irritate sensitive skin. Many at-home remedies cost mere pennies per application, so they're gentler on your wallet, too.
Add a few pinches of brewer's yeast to a small bowl, then add several drops of lemon juice and water. Mix well. Blot the mixture directly on pimples. Allow it to set for 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Lemon juice dries out acne and yeast fights bacteria.
Fill a small pot with water, then bring the water to a boil on the stove. Remove the pot from the heat. Drape a towel loosely over your head, then hold your face a few inches above the pot for several minutes or until the steam dissipates. If you get too hot, move your face away from the steam. Splash your face with cold water when you're finished. The steam helps open and clean your pores.
Crush one aspirin into a powder, then mix the powder with 1 tablespoon of honey. Dab the paste directly on blemishes. Let it set for a few minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Aspirin eases inflammation and honey has anti-bacterial properties that ward off zits.
Boil 1 cup of water, then remove the water from the heat. Add 3 tablespoons of dried basil to the water. Allow the solution to cool, then strain out the basil and discard it. Pour the solution into a spray bottle. Mist your face with the basil water every day before cleansing. Smooth the solution over skin with a cotton ball. The basil tones skin, improves circulation and kills bacteria.
Stir together 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt and three or four mashed strawberries. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Strawberries contain salicylic acid, which you'll find in many store-bought acne medications.
Dab witch hazel or tea-tree oil directly on pimples with a cotton pad. Witch hazel cuts through oil and soothes skin. Tea-tree oil works similarly to a 5-percent benzoyl-peroxide solution.
Cover an ice cube with a sheet of plastic wrap, then press it against blemishes twice a day for 5 minutes each time. The cold reduces inflammation and redness.
Combine equal parts baking soda and water in a cup. Stir until a paste forms, then dab the mixture on each pimple with a cotton swab. Rinse it off after 10 minutes. Baking soda helps dry up pimples and shrink pores.
- Allergies to certain foods, such as wheat or dairy, may contribute to acne. Talk to your doctor if you suspect an allergy.
- Don't clean your face too much -- frequent washing can irritate skin and aggravate acne. Wash no more often than twice a day, and use a mild soap that's free of fragrance or chemicals.
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