Unsightly pimples have a knack for showing up at the WORST possible times! Weddings, big job interviews, prom dates…you know what I mean! It’s a terrible cycle: you stress about an upcoming event or occasion, which can lead to pimples, which then causes you even MORE stress! But luckily for us, there are several great options for naturally treating pimples in a hurry! Including this powerhouse zit zapper paste!
Zit Zapping Paste
adapted from Holistic Health Herbalist
- 1 tsp clay (I highly recommend Redmond Clay!)
- 1 tsp raw honey
- activated charcoal, contents of 1 capsule
- white willow bark, contents of 1 capsule
- 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil
Mix ingredients together in a small bowl, adding a few drops of water as necessary to form a paste. The paste will be thick and sticky! Apply a small amount of the paste to the problem area(s), and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse well with water.
This paste contains FIVE powerhouse ingredients for fighting acne. Clay and activated charcoal are great at drawing out impurities, while honey and white willow bark help soothe irritation and reduce inflammation. Tea Tree oil rounds out the bunch by fighting acne-causing bacteria!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Malic and lactic acids found in apple cider vinegar help to soften and exfoliate your skin, reduce red marks, and treat acne on both your face and body. ACV also tones your skin to the proper pH.
Use a cotton ball or pad to dab a bit of apple cider vinegar to the area, and leave overnight. Rinse with water in the morning.
Apply an ice cube to inflamed blemishes. The cold temperature will help reduce redness and swelling, making the blemish look better. This is also a cool trick for those blemishes you can feel starting under the skin.
You never want the ice cube directly touching your skin, so first wrap it in tissue or a soft cloth, and don’t ice the pimple for too long. Ice for 20 or 30 seconds, followed by a minute or so of rest, a few times per day or just before you go out.
The antibacterial properties of aloe vera gel are very effective in treating acne and reducing the redness caused by it. The astringent property of aloe also removes excess oil and dirt from the skin to prevent acne breakouts.
Aloe vera gel (store-bought or straight from the leaf if you have a plant) can be applied to help treat pimples overnight, or anytime throughout the day.
Baking soda corrects the pH imbalance of the skin that contributes to acne formation. What’s more, baking soda has mild anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that enable it to lessen the irritation caused by inflamed acne.
A paste made from baking soda and a little bit of water can be very effective in drying out large pimples. Apply to the area and let it sit for around 20 minutes at first, to see how well your skin tolerates it. If you tolerate it well, you can try leaving it on longer.
Egg white is great for tightening and toning skin. It works wonders for greasy skin by shrinking large pores on the skin surface, thereby reducing excess sebum. Egg whites also contain an ingredient known as lysozyme, an enzyme that kills acne-causing bacteria.
Apply egg whites directly to a pimple to shrink a breakout. The protein in the egg will help dry out the pimple.
You can also apply honey to a breakout to calm redness. Honey is a naturally soothing ingredient with anti-inflammatory properties that helps heal the skin. Leave it on for five to 10 minutes, then wipe away with a damp cloth.
Lemons contain a natural astringent and antibacterial agent that acts as an exfoliant to help remove dead skin cells faster and prevent clogged pores. Apply lemon juice via a cotton ball to the infected area before you go to sleep. In the morning, wash your face as normal.
Everyone is different, and it may require some experimentation to find what works best for you! But don’t give up!