Flawless, glowing skin is an indicator of beauty and health. On the other hand, unhealthy, blemished skin can hide your best self. So, it’s no wonder that no one wants to go out into the world with a raging zit on their face.
Making skin health a priority is a must to minimize your chances of battling a breakout at the absolute worst time. It is advisable to thoroughly wash and exfoliate your skin every day using an effective and high-quality cleanser. Keep an eye out for products containing skin-strengthening alpha hydroxy acids, antibacterial properties to prevent blemishes, as well as rich and nourishing moisturizers to keep skin soft and smooth.
Still, despite your best efforts, even the most vigilant of skin health enthusiasts may face a pimple every now and then. Luckily, there are plenty of DIY spot treatment and natural spot treatment options to help tame an inopportune breakout. Some tried and true remedies include:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a DIY spot treatment that you likely already have in your kitchen pantry. Filled with antibacterial and antifungal properties to help clear up problem skin, this easy solution can be applied directly to the affected area with a cotton ball or swab. Since apple cider vinegar is very powerful when fully concentrated, you may want to dilute to one part vinegar to two or three parts water when you first start using. As you get acclimated to the treatment, you may use undiluted vinegar if a stronger solution is needed.
As a powerful astringent with antibacterial properties, lemon juice is one of the most popular DIY spot treatment options. Simply dab lemon juice directly onto skin, then let it sit for up to one hour. Lemon is great for clearing blemishes and lightening leftover dark spots left from acne.
This is a natural spot treatment that doesn’t just taste great when seasoning your favorite entrees, but it can help eradicate acne too! If you can get past the scent, garlic is another excellent chemical-free option for treating pimples. Sliced garlic cloves may be rubbed onto the skin to receive natural antibacterial healing properties. Just let the juice from the garlic rest upon skin for about half an hour, then rinse. You should start seeing rapid results in the following days.
Baking soda is a great exfoliant, and it helps to minimize redness and inflammation. These properties make baking soda a powerful breakout fighter. Fortunately, this DIY spot treatment is also inexpensive, natural and readily available. To make a quick and easy skin-clearing paste, apply a few drops of warm water to a tablespoon of baking soda, then mix until a toothpaste-like consistency is achieved. Apply the paste, let it dry, then rinse after 45 minutes for remarkable results. Some people with sensitive skin may feel a burning sensation. As with any facial product or treatment, if you feel this, please rinse well with water. Baking soda is not for everyone!
Honey has been known for its amazing healing properties for thousands of years. This potent natural antibacterial eases inflammation and helps to soothe wounds. Coat your pimples with honey, then let this DIY spot treatment do its work for about an hour. Rinse, and get ready for clearer and calmer skin in the morning. Honey works with all skin types, and can be used for a weekend moisturizing mask as well!
Find this natural astringent at any drug or dollar store, and cure your skin woes without breaking the bank. Witch hazel contains tannins that effectively remove excess oil from skin. So, if you’re battling breakouts as a result of getting overly oily, this is the natural spot treatment for you.
When dealing with angry, inflamed blemishes, sometimes the best option is to cool them down – literally. Calm red and puffy pimples by applying ice wrapped in a cloth in intervals of 15 seconds on, then 15 seconds off for about twenty minutes. This should help close up pores and push out accumulated gunk and bacteria.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a remarkable natural healer with many therapeutic properties, especially for those with acne-prone skin. This dynamic oil helps to clear pores by breaking up clogs of residue that get trapped in the skin. Simply dilute one part tea tree oil with six parts water, apply to trouble spots with a cotton ball or swab, then rinse after half an hour. Remember, oil and water do not mix, so you will have to whisk this briskly, and apply quickly to avoid all of the oil ending up in one area of your face! If your skin can tolerate oil, consider blending the one drop of tea tree essential oil with a neutral carrier oil instead. Our favorites are coconut oil or avocado oil. This DIY spot treatment should reveal clearer skin in no time.
Moisturize and Tone
After applying spot treatments to eliminate blemishes, your skin might be in need of some extra TLC. Make sure to follow up your acne applications with plenty of moisturizer and a great toner to hydrate, nourish and soothe the skin. Taking these steps will ensure supple, revitalized skin that you can be proud to show off!
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