Skin Care

15 Powerful Home Remedies for Pimples and Acne


Pimples! Just one word that is enough to cause a huge disruptive turmoil in the minds of many boys and girls.

They may be seen as small non-bothering red spots on your face, but they can definitely appear more problematic in our minds. There is no need of enemies when you have pimples to destruct your self-esteem and make you worry about your outer appearance.

Pimples are such an occurrence that can happen in any age group, right from teenage years to adulthood. They might appear, disappear or just keep coming back. And it takes so much effort to get rid of them or prevent them from coming back.

Every teenager has gone through this difficult phase at some point in their life when a small pimple becomes the center of attraction and you begin constantly obsessing over this sudden new appearance. This can irritate, frustrate or just make you shed a tear or two over this new development and I know how that feels.

In this guide written by our experts, you will learn everything you need to know about getting rid of pimples naturally and preventing them from coming back. Without further ado, let’s begin!

What exactly are pimples? And What causes them?

Causes and Reasons for Acne and Pimples

Our skin has pores on its surface. Those pores connect to oil glands under the surface of the skin. Follicles are small sacs that produce and secrete oil and they connect these glands to the pores. Small hair grow through these follicles.

When these hair follicles gets blocked with dead skin cells and built up oil from the oil glands, acne and pimples start to develop.

Acne is an overall skin condition, under which there are different types of issues that occur. It causes various issues like pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and cystic acne.

Acne or pimples normally appear on your face, forehead, back, shoulders and sometimes even chest. It is a skin condition that normally occurs during teenage but it can occur to people of any age group.

There are different types of acne that can affect you depending on your condition. Different types of acne include: Blackheads that are open plugged pores Whiteheads that are closed plugged pores, Pimples that little bumps with pus erupting from their tips, Cystic acne that are painful red pus-filled bumps and lastly large solid bumps under the surface of the skin.

Some factors that can trigger the increase or eruption of acne are:


Hormonal Factors: Androgen is a type of hormone, the levels of which rise when adolescence begins. In women, it gets converted into estrogen. Rising androgen levels cause the oil glands under the skin to grow. The enlarged gland breaks down the cellular walls, causing bacteria to grow. Low amounts of androgen can also cause acne to worsen in certain conditions.

Medications: Certain medicines or drugs containing testosterone, lithium etc. can cause imbalance. Even medicines related to pregnancy can increase acne.
Diet: Unhealthy junk food with high levels of carbohydrates and rich in fat may worsen acne. Chocolates, bread, chips, oily foods may cause an increase in your acne.

Stress and Anxiety: Taking unnecessary stress and worries can also worsen your acne condition.

We can understand the worries of a person suffering from acne and pimples. Constant thoughts of how to treat your pimples and cure them totally or even how to conceal them can run through your mind at all times.

There is no need to go searching too far and spending a lot of money for the treatment of your acne when almost every remedy can be found right in your kitchen!

Yes! You read that correctly. Almost every cure for any problem is available right in your kitchen.

Home remedies were effective in olden times to cure various issues. So why not use them now? Home remedies are the best and the most effective cure for pimples.

Basic skin care tips paired with certain home remedies shall help you better your skin and make your acne disappear forever.

We are here to provide you with some effective yet easy home remedies along with some valuable tips to help lessen your acne condition. These remedies may take time but will surely make your acne vanish. And the skin and health care tips shall help you maintain the correct lifestyle needed for healthy skin, body, and mind.

Home Remedies For Pimples

Home Remedies and Natural Cures for Pimples

Home remedies are the best cures for any skin related issues as they are natural and organic. They are extremely helpful while dealing with any skin conditions as there cannot possibly be any side effect to any home remedy.

One must remember that one cannot expect to see immediate results in just the matter of one or two days. You must give the remedy sufficient time to implement and work its cure on the skin tissue. Home remedies may take some time to start showing results but the results will definitely be long-term and help your skin recover from within.

Some remedies using the most common and available products at your home are presented below:

[NOTE: Always try out a patch test of every remedy on your arm or wrist, to check for any allergic reactions, before directly applying it to your face.]

1) Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Home Remedy for Pimples

Aloe Vera is a very good natural anti-inflammatory agent that will help your face cool down and will also help recover the pimples. The gel inside the aloe vera leaf is a very helpful agent in treating any skin related issue.

What do you need :

  • Aloe Vera Leaf
  • Aloe Vera Gel (Readymade bought from a shop [optional])

How to use it :

  1. If you don’t have an aloe vera plant leaf, you can even buy a bottle of authentic aloe vera gel from any shop selling organic beauty products.
  2. If you have an aloe vera leaf, slice the leaf open using a knife and scoop out the gel of the aloe vera plant. Use that gel to apply on any pimple affected area.
  3. You can also follow the same practice for the readymade aloe vera gel.
  4. Keep the gel on your face for about 10 mins and then rinse it off.
  5. Repeat this every day or every alternate day for better results.

2) Lemon

Lemon Natural Cure for Acne

Lemon is a very effective home remedy to treat pimples. Lemon which is highly acidic in nature helps in drying off the pimple. It also helps in removing excessive oil from the surface of the skin, thus preventing the reappearances of pimples.

What do you need :

  • Lemon
  • Lemon juice

How to use it :

  1. Take a piece of lemon or direct lemon juice and apply it to the pimple affected areas on your face.
  2. You could also try and give yourself a spot treatment with the lemon juice to treat acne scars which were left behind by old pimples.
  3. Leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
  4. Repeat this every alternate day for better results.

3) Papaya

Papaya Home Remedy for Pimples

Papayas are a very good source of vitamins and minerals and therefore they help in making your skin rejuvenated, fresh and healthy. Papayas contain enzyme lycopene which helps in fighting off bacteria and helps in removing dirt and dead cells.

What do you need :

  • Papaya Chunks
  • Papaya Juice

How to use it :

  1. Take papaya chunks and massage it gently onto to your face. Leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
  2. You could also use papaya juice as a spot treatment to cure your pimples.
  3. Repeat this treatment occasionally for visible results.

4) Ice Cubes

Ice Cubes for Pimples

Ice Cubes are very good cooling agents which help your face cool down and also lower your body heat. Sometimes, high body heat or temperature also causes pimples and hence cooling down your body temperature may also help in treating acne or pimples.

What do you need :

  • Ice Cubes

How to use it :

  1. Take an ice cube and gently massage it all over your face till it melts down completely.
  2. You may repeat this a few times a day if you want and have the time.
  3. This treatment will gradually show visible results.

5) Green Tea

Green Tea Home Remedy to Cure Pimples

Green tea is a very effective cure for pimples. It contains antioxidants that help protect your skin cells and help in keeping them healthy. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation and redness caused by pimples.

What do you need :

  • Water
  • Green tea (either sachet or leaves)
  • Plastic bottle

How to use it :

  1. Boil some water and brew some green tea. You could either use a sachet or use green leaves and then strain out the leaves to get the green tea.
  2. Let the green tea cool down. Store it in a plastic bottle. (You can also use a plastic spray bottle.) Apply the green tea on to your face. And rinse it after 10 mins. Use this as a face toner at least twice a day.

6) Honey

Honey Natural Cure for Pimples

The use of raw honey has been proved to be beneficial for treating skin related problems. Honey has antioxidants, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties in it which helps reduce the redness and swelling of the pimples and helps cure the pimples.

What do you need :

  • Honey

How to use it :

Apply honey to the place affected by pimples on your face. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off your face using some lukewarm water.

7) Cinnamon

Cinnamon Home Remedy

Cinnamon has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help fight bacteria off the skin, helps reduce enlarged pores and lastly helps cure acne. Cinnamon along with honey is a magical blend to help fight away your pimples.

What do you need :

  • Cinnamon Powder
  • Honey

How to use it :

  1. Take 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and mix it with 2 teaspoons of honey. Apply this mixture onto your face covering the parts affected by pimples.
  2. Leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes and wash it off your face, with lukewarm water.
  3. Use this mixture on your face, only twice a week as cinnamon can sometimes irritate your skin.

8) Garlic

Garlic Cure Step-by-Step

Garlic is a very impactful agent while treating pimples. It has antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and antibacterial properties which help to kill the bacteria and helps cure acne and pimples.

What do you need :

  • Garlic clove
  • Garlic Paste

How to use it :

  1. Take a garlic clove and rub it against the affected area of the pimple. Rinse it off your face after leaving the garlic residue on for about 5 – 10 minutes. You could also apply garlic paste on the affected areas.
  2. Repeat this daily to get better and quick results.

9) Neem

Neem Step-by-step Home Remedy

Neem is a very powerful ingredient just from your kitchen which can help your acne and acne scars vanish forever. Its amazing antibacterial properties help fight with the bacteria that causes acne and helps its disappear. Some people may remain hesitant while using neem because of its bitter taste. But it is a very powerful tool that helps fight acne.

What do you need :

  • Neem Leaves
  • Neem leaves Paste

How to use it :

  • Make a paste out of the neem leaves and apply it on the affected areas and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it and wiping it off.
  • Repeat twice a week for visible and quick results.

10) Egg Whites

Egg Whites for Curing Pimples

Egg whites have deep cleansing and drying properties in them. It also has the power to reduce excessive oil from the surface of your skin and help dry off the pimples. The drying of the pimples helps in curing them quickly.

What do you need :

  • An Egg
  • A brush ( makeup or any flat brush )

How to use it :

  • Take an egg and separate the egg yolk from the egg white while cracking the egg.
  • Take a brush ( makeup or any flat brush ), dip it into the egg white and then apply it to the affected areas of your face. Let it dry for about 10 minutes.
  • Rinse the mix off your face with cold water and wipe it off.
  • Repeat this method at least once or twice or till the pimple cures.

11) Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar Home Remedy for Pimples on Face

Apple Cider Vinegar is another great tool for treating pimples. Apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature. It helps to restore pH in skin, helps in fighting against the pimple-causing bacteria and also treats it permanently.

What do you need :

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • A Q-tip or an earbud

How to use it :

  1. Pour out some apple cider vinegar in a bowl.
  2. Dip a Q-tip or an earbud in the apple cider vinegar. Apply in on the pimples or the pimple affected areas.
  3. Leave it on for about 5 – 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off your face using water.
  5. Keep repeating this remedy until the pimples dry off and disappear.

12) Tomato Juice

Tomato Juice Natural Cure for Pimples for Oily Skin

Tomato juice has a high level of acidity and is extremely rich in antioxidants. The juice of the tomato helps in drying off the pimples, helps tighten the pores on the surface of your skin and also helps also reduce the excessive oil on the surface of your skin. It is indeed a very effective remedy while treating pimples and acne.

What do you need :

  • Tomato Slices
  • Tomato Juice

How to use it :

  1. Take a tomato slice and squeeze it with force in order to release all the juice and pulp of the tomato. Or you can also buy readymade tomato juice from the market.
  2. Apply the tomato juice and pulp on to your face wherever there are pimples.
  3. Let it dry for about 5 – 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off your face, using water.
  5. Repeat this remedy whenever you see a new pimple.

13) Cucumber

Cucumber Home Remedy for Pimple Marks

Cucumber is such an ingredient which is rich in cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in cooling down, soothes your skin, makes your skin soft and supple and lastly reduces swelling and redness caused by pimples.

What do you need :

Cucumber Slices

How to use it :

  • Take a cucumber slice and rub it on the pimple or acne affected area.
  • Let it sit for around 10 – 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off your face, using cold water.
  • Repeat this remedy once or twice after a pimple appears. It will help cure the pimple and make it vanish quickly.

14) Oatmeal

Oatmeal Remedy for Pimple Scars

Oatmeal has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat acne and treat dry skin. Oatmeal is a natural cleanser that helps reduce excess oil from the surface of your skin, remove dead skin cells and free clogged pores of your skin. Oatmeal along with honey is a great blend to treat acne and pimples.

What do you need :

  • Oatmeal
  • Honey
  • Milk

How to use it :

Take 1 – 2 tablespoon oatmeal. Add 5 – 6 teaspoons of honey and add 2 spoons of milk. Mix well and make a paste. Don’t make it too runny or too dry. Let it have a good consistency.
Apply it on your face. Leave it on for 10 – 20 minutes or until it dries off completely.
Rinse it off your face, using water.

15) Essential Oils

Essential Oils Home Remedies for Removing Pimples Overnight

Essential Oils are not only great cures for acne and pimples but also equally effective mood refreshers and mind relaxers. They help calm your mind and control your stress hormones. The many different types of essential oils benefit your skin in different ways.

Tea Tree Oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties which tackle the bacteria causing the pimples. It improves your skin and controls further acne breakouts.

Lavender Essential Oil helps in soothing your skin, even helps in treating dry skin and reduces dark spots.

Clove Essential Oil helps in treating cystic acne and pus-filled boils.

Lemongrass Essential Oil helps battle pimples on oily skin and control excessive oil turnover on the surface of your skin.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil helps in fading acne scars and blemished left by stubborn pimples on your skin.

You can directly apply the oils to the acne affected area and rinse it off after 5 – 10 minutes. Using this daily would be beneficial for your skin.

Health And Skin Care Tips That Will Help Reduce Acne:

1. Wash your face twice a day.

Always remove your makeup before you go to sleep. And don’t ever go to sleep without washing your face. Skipping this step would encourage bacteria buildup on your skin and increase acne breakouts.

2. Drink Lots of Water :

Drink at least 8 – 9 glasses of water a day. Keeping yourself hydrated will help your skin remain fresh and rejuvenated.
If possible try to drink detox water containing lemon slices, cucumber, any other fruits, mint etc. Drinking this will help in the removal of toxins, balance the PH level of your body and benefit your skin.

3. Eat a Balanced Diet :

Always remember, a healthy body and a healthy digestive system will contribute to healthy skin. Everything in your body is connected especially your digestive systems and your acne. Eat healthy food, maintain a healthy digestive system to maintain healthy skin and reduce acne breakout.

4. Exercise :

You may think how is exercising connected to your acne? There are many reasons as to why exercising can affect your acne. Regular workouts can help reduce hormonal acne by decreasing stress hormone or cortisol in your body and thereby reducing acne breakouts.

Final Words

There you go! These were some of the many home remedies for pimples. We understand that pimples and acne can be very stressing and hence we provided you with this list of home remedies that would reduce your acne.

Living with acne can be a very stressing thing and often cause a lot of anxiety. Yes, acne can affect one’s mental health and also increase one’s stress levels. It also makes one extremely conscious of their appearance and makes them obsessively worry about their outer beauty.

Don’t stress yourself too much behind this acne problem. Don’t worry too much about your acne. Your acne ought to disappear some time in the future. Worrying shall not solve your problem and in contrast increase stress levels and cause more acne.

But always remember, having acne doesn’t make a person less beautiful. Having acne isn’t ugly. Having acne is a very natural and common thing that can happen to you. Your acne has appeared and it shall disappear too. Don’t waste your time obsessing over your appearance. Don’t stress too much. Remember to enjoy life.

And remember to be happy. Happy is the new beautiful. Being happy will never go out of style.

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