Acne. Just when everything is going great, you wake up with a volcanic eruption perfectly centered on your forehead. And not only does acne have a special gift for popping up unannounced at the worst times it’s also something that affects men and women from their teen years well into their 50’s! Luckily, these acne remedies work fast for everyone-and one of them is the latest pimple treatment known as the Holy Grail of acne remedies!
Acne comes in an assorted variety of nasty shapes and sizes; blackheads, whiteheads, and the absolute worst of them all-painful cystic adult acne.
Back in the day we threw a little toothpaste or Stridex on a zit and hoped for the best. Thankfully, acne remedies have come a long way. Here are ten legit acne remedies you can try tonight to have a breakout and freakout-free tomorrow.
10 Acne Remedies That Work Fast
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You may have heard about the hydrocolloid patches are drug-free, chemical-free acne remedies that people are calling the Holy Grail of overnight acne solutions. These acne bandaids work by absorbing the pus and fluid from the blemish (you can see it working-which is kind of gross & cool). As a bonus, the cover protects & prevents picking.
How to Use Mighty Patch: Following your regular cleansing and toning routine, apply the patch which is smaller than a penny directly to the pimple and boom. You’re done.
Do they work?
YES. I’d buy stock in this company if I could. Just kidding, but if you have a pimple 911, this is a legit acne remedy to try. The Hero Mighty Patch pimple covers are invisible, and you can wear them along with makeup-they even have YouTube tutorials showing you how!
Aspirin contains salicylic acid, a favorite ingredient in over the counter acne products, making it a popular go-to acne treatment.
Applying aspirin will dry the area as well as reduce swelling and redness.
How to Use: Make a paste using 5 aspirin tablets and 2 tablespoons of water. Apply the paste directly to the pimple and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Use once or twice per day.
That’s right. Try icing that pimple before anything else. Wrap an ice cube in a washcloth and apply to the area to reduce redness and swelling. Ice is a vasoconstrictor, so it will decrease blood supply and inflammation. A word of caution-only leave it on for a few minutes. Ice can burn your skin if left on for too long!
Fresh lemon juice acts as an exfoliant, disinfectant, and anti-inflammatory agent.
DIY Lemon Acne Remedy: Use lemon juice as a spot treatment by applying it to pimples with a Q-Tip. Leave on for a few seconds and rinse with warm water.
Only use fresh lemons-steer clear of lemon juice since it contains preservatives and will not be as effective.
Witch Hazel is a shrub that has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes because it works. Witch Hazel soothes irritated and inflamed skin as well as reduces swelling. If you label read, you’ll see it listed on many popular toners and astringents, but why pay more for those when you can go directly to the active ingredient?
DIY Witch Hazel Acne Remedy: Spot treat acne with Witch Hazel by dabbing the pimple with a soaked cotton ball twice a day.
Egg whites are a beauty treatment that have been handed down from generation to generation. As egg whites dry on your face they lift the dirt and debris out of your pores and dry up excess oil. They also act as a mild astringent.
DIY Egg White Acne Mask: Wash and dry your face & tie back your hair. Please tie back your hair-this could get messy! Crack an egg and separate the white from the yolk.
The yolk contains the egg’s fat and is too moisturizing for acne prone skin.
Whisk the eggs until they are fluffy. (This helps make them easier to spread evenly over your face.Resist the urge to make a meringue pie instead. It’s tempting.)
Dip a cotton ball in the eggs and apply to your entire face-but not your eyes! That would be a bad idea. Now, cover your face with a tissue (you can make holes for your eyes, nose, and mouth.) Let sit for 30 minutes minimum and 1 hour maximum.
Warning: You may scare young children and take the romance out of a relationship. But it may be worth it.
When you peel off the tissue you will see blackheads, dirt, and debris that have been removed with the egg whites! Rinse your face with cool water & call all of your friends and tell them how you just gave yourself an egg facial that cost next to nothing. Resist the urge to show them all of the nasty gunk the tissue revealed. Trust me on this one.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil -Known for its ability to fight bacteria and reduce skins inflammation it’s no surprise studies show tea tree oil at a concentration of 5% is effective at treating acne. Tea Tree Oil is one of the most potent oils so diluting it with water is VIP.
DIY Tea Tree Oil Acne Remedy: Mix 1 Part Tea Tree Oil with 9 parts water and apply directly to the pimple with a cotton swab 1-2 times per day.
Turmeric + Honey Mask
Mixing the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric with the antimicrobial properties of honey will reduce the size and appearance of the most unsightly pimple.
DIY Turmeric + Honey Acne Mask Remedy: Mix one tablespoon of honey with a half of a teaspoon of turmeric. Apply this mask to wet skin and leave on for around five minutes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar Contains organic acids that suppress inflammation & help prevent scarring. Apple Cider Vinegar may also help soak up excess oil which is the cause of the acne!
DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Acne Remedy: Mix 1 Part ACV with 3 Parts Water, After Washing Your Face apply gently with a cotton ball, Let sit for 5-15 seconds & rinse with water. Repeat 2 times a day
You may know Green Tea as the healthiest drink on the planet, but did you know that it’s superpowers extend to skincare? Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, but it’s the flavonoids and tannin content in green tea that help fight bacteria and reduce inflammation that of interest to those who struggle with acne.
Green tea can help soothe skin and minimize redness.
DIY Green Tea Acne Remedy: Brew a few bags of green tea and allow to cool. Put on a white bathrobe & put your hair in a white towel. Drink the tea & save around 4 tablespoons for the spritz. Place the cooled tea in a spray bottle and spritz your face after washing and drying.
Rinse with cold water.
Organic Spearmint Tea
Spearmint is known for having anti-inflammatory benefits, and it has been documented that spearmint is the most potent variety of mint when it comes to killing skin disease-causing bacteria and yeasts. Spearmint Tea seems to be especially effective for adult cystic acne.
How to Use Spearmint Tea: Drinking two cups of organic spearmint tea daily can reduce acne by up to 50%.
Final Words & Tips
Before you go, I want to be sure you know why one popular acne remedy (toothpaste) did not make this list.
Back in the day toothpaste contained an ingredient called triclosan-a chemical that helped clear pimples fast because it killed bacteria.
Well, now most kinds of toothpaste have dropped the triclosan ingredient because it has adverse effects on the thyroid. Some of the other active ingredients in toothpaste may help dry blemishes-like alcohol and hydrogen peroxide-but remember the toothpaste formula is for your teeth, not your skin. Most dermatologists agree that using toothpaste as an acne remedy is too abrasive. You’d be better served by using tea tree oil or an over the counter acne product made for skin.
Finally, whatever you do, don’t pick! Yes, it’s tempting. But no you shouldn’t. Applying too much pressure or having a nail that’s just a bit too sharp can lead to more inflammation, infection, and possible scars.
Hopefully these acne remedies will be all you need to clear your skin and get back to your daily routine! I hope you found them to be effective and somewhat entertaining!