This week I woke up with 4 random pimples on my face. And not just in one place, oh no, that would have been too easy. Nope, this week I had one pimple on my nose, one on my chin, one on my forehead, and one just above my lip. Yeah, doesn’t that sound sexy?
While this may not sound like a big deal to some people, for a girl who has never really got that many pimples, 4 in one day is an action signal.
So naturally I hit the web, searching and scouring for a good DIY solution that would help me get rid of these nasty bastards without having to dish out the cash for a store-bought acne treatment that I’ll hardly use.
Being the pro (web) surfer that I like to THINK I am, I found a gazillion treatments, 7 that somewhat worked, and 5 that worked wonders on my skin-vaders. See what I did there? Skinvaders? I amuse myself.
And what’s so freakin’ awesome about these home acne treatments is that most of them only use ONE ingredient, making your life that much easier. You. Are. Welcome.
Honey has been used medicinally for a few millennia, dating all the way back to 2500 BC, meaning our ancient ancient ANCIENT ancestors knew what was up when they start using this sticky and sweet solution.
Used for it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, this sweet little natural nectar is great for zapping infectious bacteria in and around your blemishes.
All you have to do is dab a small amount of organic, unprocessed honey onto your pimple and leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
It is important you use organic, unprocessed honey which can be found in any health food store as the processed honey simply doesn’t have as powerful of an effect.
If you stay consistent in your application of honey, you should see your pimples drying up and fading out.
Yeah, you read that right, aspirin. It’s not just for pain relief anymore baby!
Simply mash up one uncoated pill with a few drops of water until you have a thin paste. Then just apply your paste directly to your pimples and leave it on for up to 10 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
Not only will this help to reduce any swelling or redness you may have but it should help to clear up your skin in a few short days.
Mmmmm sweet, delicious home acne treatments!
Strawberries are an underused resource for battling acne and the only reason I can think this might be the case is because they are just so damn yummy!
To banish your blemish either cut a strawberry in half and apply one half directly to your pimple for around 10 minutes which could work OR mash 1/2 cup of strawberries and mix with 1 beaten egg white, and 2 teaspoons of honey.
Give it a stir to ensure it’s well combined and then apply your mixture to your target areas, and leave on for up to 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Strawberries are packed full of natural salicylic acid which will help to dry up your zits, while the honey in the mask will help to rid them of oil and bacteria.
And hey, if you have some left over, give it a taste! I mean, strawberries and honey? Yummy!
One of my most favourite smells of life, it makes me hungry just thinking about it! But garlic is a fan-freakin-tastic solution for zapping zits. In fact, I maaaay have already raved about the acne-fighting benefits of garlic, but I’m feelin’ craazaaay so I’m gonna say it again!
Garlic, or more specifically the juice found in your garlic, is a solid disinfectant and antiseptic solution when applied directly to your skin.
All you need is a clove of garlic and a knife. That’s it!
Then just slice your garlic in half and apply the cut end directly to your pimple for up to 10 minutes each day. The antibacterial properties found in the garlic will help to cleanse your pores of the bacteria our pimples feed off of, causing them to dry up.
Yet another culinary staple turned acne fighter.
This yellow spice not only makes your curries taste amazing but it can be applied topically to help cleanse your skin, reduce any inflammation caused by breakouts, and calm down any redness you may be experiencing thanks to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Just mix some turmeric with a few drops of water, cucumber juice, or coconut oil to create a paste.
Then just spot-treat your pimples by applying your yellow paste directly to each blemish, leaving it to soak in for up to 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
You can choose to leave the paste on your skin for longer if you have really stubborn acne, but you run the risk of leaving your skin with a yellow tinge.
Not exactly the sexiest skincare look for us, now is it?
And there you have it. 5 insanely simple acne fixes you can find around your house, that hardly cost anything, and best of all, are natural.
It’s like a gift from Mother Nature herself, that sassy little minx.
Now I want to hear from you!
Do you suffer from acne and if so, do you like using natural home acne treatments or are you more comfortable buying a product that will do the hard work for you? And if you are the DIY type, do you have any other solutions that I didn’t mention but we should all know about?
Share your thoughts, tips, or even questions in the comment section below!
Or if you would rather buy than DIY then check our list of the best acne treatments available today. The kits over at Zenmed acne currently hold the number one spot as of now, but things may change shortly.
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