Before we find out how to treat pimples with our natural and home made remedies first let’s find out what causes acne.
This is a great video explaining the how and why pimples are formed.
Essentially pimples are created by the combination of 3 things Sebum, Bacteria and, Enclosure.
Sebum is a naturally occurring oily substance that lubricates the surface of the skin and hair. Your body needs sebum to stop the skin from becoming dry and cracked. Usually acne is produced when your body has an excess of sebum (which bacteria feed on), an over production of sebum often occurs during puberty which is why acne often affects teenagers.
Bacteria feeds on excess amounts of sebum.
When the sebaceous ducts become inflamed (bacteria feeding on sebum can do this) the sebum is unable to expel from the skin and becomes trapped, or as in the video enclosed. This forces pressure to build in the sebaceous duct and the bacteria feeds, white blood cells are sent to the area and create pus that has nowhere to go because it is trapped, or enclosed.
With the combination of all 3 of sebum, bacteria, and enclosure pimples are created.
Dealing with acne, should I be popping those pimples
The almost universal answer is to not pop those pimples, although some may thing it fun or can’t resist, or just need to relieve the inflammation pressure popping pimples is not the best way to treat acne. Popping pimples can lead to scarring and further infection.
In most people pimples that are treated by means other than popping will disappear in a few days to a week.
Top 3 pimple home remedies, cheap and simple to treat the pesky pimple outbreaks
So now that we know what causes pimples if we remove any of the key ingredients or in other words break the cycle of pimple creation, sebum bacteria enclosure, then we have the knowledge to treat pimples and stop them returning.
Best part is these home remedies are quick and cheap, we don’t have to buy expensive potions and lotions that may or may not work.
#1 Sea Salt
The application of sea salt is probably the simplest of the home remedies. Add sea salt to a moist pad or cotton ball, apply to the affected area for between 3 to 5 minutes, and wash off with cool water. The sea salt aims to kill off the bacteria and draw out the sebum. This method usually has quick results, don’t expect miracles though, you will notice the pimple is still there but it starts to work noticeably over a few hours in most cases. Apply twice per day when breaking out, and a quick wipe over trouble areas once per day to keep pimples at bay.
# 2 Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is one of those plants that many people advocate for many remedies, and we will do so here as well for acne. Aloe Vera contains a property called saponin, which is used for anti-inflamation, anti-tingal, and anti-bacterial. All good things for treating acne.
The method is to make an aloe vera paste, apply to the skin as a face mask for 15 minutes, and wash off with cool water.
Continue once per day until all acne is gone. Experimet with how often per week you need to reapply to prevent acne reoccurring.
# 3 Baking Soda
Mix up some baking soda (not baking powder) with water into a paste that can be applied onto the skin.
Massage onto the effected area and leave it to dry for 15 minutes. Remove with water. Repeat daily as necessary.
The baking soda works because it dries out the skin which draws out the oil, leaving the bacteria nothing to feed on.
Ok, bonus section for those that can’t resist popping pimples
Warning, these videos are not for everyone, especially the squeamish. Don’t let this be you.