The Ones That Work
- Tea Tree Oil
According to many dermatologists, tea tree oil is one of the best choices for zit zapping and it can be very effective in treating pimples. It is best for soothing deep inflamed pimples since it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. You can get a 5 percent tea tree solution and dilute it with equal amount of water and apply it on the pimple by a cotton ball once or twice a day until the pimple is gone.
Apart from its usual and well-known use, the aspirin is also good in treating whiteheads and blackheads. It is a natural form of salicylic acid and it helps in soothing inflamed skin. Thanks to its exfoliating powers it breaks down the whitehead or blackhead that’s plugging up the skin pore. In what way can you use it? Crush 2 aspirins and mix them with 2 tablespoons of water. Apply this to the pimple and wait for one or two minutes before you wash it. Note: make sure the aspirin hasn’t expired.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Although it hasn’t been studied on acne, many skin experts claim that apple cider vinegar can clean a zit due its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It also minimizes oil since it is astringent, and it has several acids that help in exfoliating the dead skin cells. Dilute ACV with equal parts of water and then apply it on the pimple. Leave it to stay for a minute or two. Repeat this once or twice a day until you see improvement.
- Green Tea
Apart from consuming it we can also use the green tea as our helper in getting rid of deep inflamed pimples. It is rich in antioxidants that help in calming acnes and fight acne-causing bacteria. After you prepare a cup of green tea you can use it in two ways: First option is to cool the teabag and directly apply it on the zit holding it for 20 minutes. Or you can just let the tea cool and then soak a washcloth or cotton ball and apply it to your face for the same amount of time.
The Ones That Don’t Work
- Rubbing Alcohol
If you rub alcohol you will just dry your skin, leaving it more inflamed than it already was. It is very likely to make your pimple worse. So, stop using this method in the future.
If you apply toothpaste whenever you have a pimple on your face, you will only cause dryness and bigger irritation of the acne. The skin on your face is too sensitive to endure the concentrated cleanser which is originally meant for the toughest surface in our body, our teeth.
- Lemon Juice
The lemon juice reduces the oil, but because of the acids it contains it can very likely irritate the skin. It can also react to sunlight and leave your skin unintentionally lighter.
Although it is known for its wound-healing properties, the honey is not effective in treating acnes according to a recent study. Honey can only lead to more breakouts because of its thickness, and it will trap more dirt and bacteria on your skin.
So if you haven’t known these facts before, try using the good options and avoid the others if you want to solve your problem with pimples!