Worried about pimples? Here's the solution! Onmanorama picks a list of natural remedies that you can try out this weekend. Go ahead, stay beautiful.
» Lemon juice
Why: Lemon has natural astringent and antibacterial properties which help in clearing up the skin.
How: Apply lemon juice directly to the affected area and wash off after half an hour.
Note: Lemons are acidic in nature, and hence it may cause a little irritation on the skin when kept for long.
Why: Papaya has properties that fight off pimples, because of which it is widely used in high-end skin care products.
How: Mash the papaya to form a paste and apply directly to the skin. You can leave it on for up to 30 minutes, and wash off with cool water. Moisturize your skin for better results.
Why: Drinking 10-12 glasses of water per day helps you flush out impurities from your body. You can also try steaming your face to help open the pores and flush out the impurities.
How: Boil a pot of water, and place a towel over the pot and your head to get the benefits of steam.
» Green tea
Why: It has antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds that fight pimples.
How: Use a cooled cup of green tea as a face wash or lay a green tea bag over the affected area.
Why: The natural antibiotic properties of honey prevent the growth of bacteria and help reduce pimples and also blemishes.
How: Apply a teaspoon of honey to the affected areas, or make a mask by mixing 1/2 cup of honey with 1 cup of oatmeal. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash off with cold water.
» Aloe vera
Why: Aloe is widely used because of its burn-relieving properties. It can promote healing, fight infection, and even reduce scarring.
How: Scrape the aloe vera gel using a spoon, and apply to the affected areas. As an alternate option, you can also buy a good quality readymade aloe-vera gel, free of other added ingredients
» Apple cider vinegar
Why: Apple cider vinegar contains malic and lactic acids that can exfoliate, reduce red marks, and treat pimples.
How: Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and apply to skin with a cotton ball. Wash off after some time.
» Tea tree oil
Why: It has antibacterial properties, which help to fight bacteria that cause pimples. The penetrates through the extra sebum, unclogging the pores and removing dead cells. Additionally, it helps in reducing the redness and inflammation of pimples.
How: Wash your face clean and let it dry. Now, dip a cotton ball in diluted tea tree oil and apply it on the affected area or on the pimple. Wash your face in 15 to 20 minutes. You can also mix the oil with aloe vera gel and then apply it to the affected area.
Note: Tea tree oil should be diluted always before you use.
» Egg whites
Why: The protein-rich egg whites can help get rid of a pimple overnight.
How: Remove the egg yolk and apply the egg whites on the pimples using your fingers. Leave it to dry and let it remain overnight. Wash your face with lukewarm water in the morning to get a pimple free face.
» Sandalwood Paste and Rose water
Why: Sandalwood cools your skin and soothes pimple-affected areas.
How: Make sandalwood into a paste by rubbing sandalwood stick with rose water . Apply on the affected areas overnight and wash with off with cold water.
Note: In case your skin becomes too dry after removing it, add a few drops of milk to the paste, the next time you use it
Why: Cucumber is a rich source of potassium and vitamins. It also has a cooling and alleviating effect on the skin.
How: Dip cotton balls in cucumber juice and let it stay in the affected area. Wash off after 30 minutes.