Breaking out is frustrating. One minute your skin is clear and, the next, a tiny red pimple appears. Before you know it that pimple infects nearby pores and you have a full-blown breakout on your hands.
Before you grab the first bottle you see at the drugstore or buy a celebrity-endorsed product, do your research to make sure you get the safest and most effective one for you. Too often desperate acne sufferers will opt for brand recognition and not take into consideration that many Proactive reviews tend to be rather critical.
A good first step is to try going natural first. At the first sign of a pimple, try using these natural at-home methods to nip a zit in the bud. The best part is that you probably have most of these things in your kitchen right now!
- Lemon Juice
This method is easy, and very cost-effective. To heal acne and lessen the appearance of scars, apply lemon juice from a fresh-squeezed lemon using a Q-tip or a cotton ball.
Warnings: Don’t apply lemon juice to any open lesions. This will sting! Lemon juice will make your skin more susceptible to sunburn, so it’s best applied at night.
Plain, all-natural toothpaste is a good way to dry out an oozing cystic pimple. Simply apply a layer of toothpaste and leave it on overnight, and the pimples should be under control by morning.
Warnings: Only use this for spot treatment. Users of this method have reported various results, so only use on small areas until you know how you react.
- Olive Oil
Olive oil tastes great, but many people are skeptical about putting it on their skin. Pimples are caused by oil, so why add more? As it turns out, olive oil has many anti-bacterial properties; in fact, it’s traditionally used as a food preservative for this very reason. Olive oil can help make your skin inhospitable to acne bacteria. Applying olive oil can also help slow your skin’s natural oil production that causes breakouts.
Warning: The grade of olive oil you use matters greatly. Only apply quality extra virgin olive oil to your skin. Lower grades of olive oil have higher acidity, which may disrupt your skin’s pH and worsen breakouts.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has disinfectant properties that can help reduce infections. For redness and scar reduction, apply a small drop of oil to the pimple. Tea tree oil will produce fast results and help prevent the bacteria from spreading to new pores. One added bonus is that it makes your face smell great.
Warning: Tea tree oil is irritating for sensitive and dry skin. Only use in small amounts until you know how your skin reacts.
Did you know that honey was traditionally used as an antiseptic to heal wounds? Honey-based face washes are a popular alternative to over-the-counter chemical washes; however, simply applying a honey mask won’t cure your acne. For honey to work, your skin needs to be properly exfoliated; otherwise, the honey won’t be able to enter your pores and take out infections.
One great recipe is to mix raw (unpasteurized) honey with brown sugar to use as a facial scrub one to three times per week. The brown sugar will gently clear away dead skin cells and open up pores so that the honey can do its work.
Warning: Honey is unlikely to cause any undesired reactions. However, it is very sticky. Tie back your hair and roll up your sleeves when applying.
Why Try Natural Cures?
First, natural cures will cause fewer side effects throughout your body, unlike oral acne medication.
Second, natural cures are better for the environment. Washing chemicals down the drain every day creates a buildup of chemicals in our environment, degrading water quality and harming wildlife.
Third, natural remedies are usually much cheaper than oral medications and face washes. You owe it to your skin (and your wallet) to give natural acne remedies a try