Pimples can be annoying, especially when they are visible on your face. While some people would just wait for a few days for their pimples to disappear, there are a few that have chronic pimple problems that them to have a pimple-free face. Luckily, there are actually natural and unnatural ways to reduce pimples, and for this article, we will provide you with the details on the natural pimple-reducing methods, which are deemed to be safer and healthier than unnatural methods like surgery or injections. So, here are a few natural life hacks for pimples.
Almost all people drink green tea because of its various health benefits for internal organs, but green tea also has benefits to the skin once it is applied topically. Green tea has tannins and flavonoids that can help fight bacteria that cause pimples, as well as reduce inflammation. In addition, the epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) found in green tea is an antioxidant that reduces inflammation and also promotes healthy sebum production.
Witch hazel is commonly known as a liquid that comes from the leaves and bark of the witch hazel shrub, and much like green tea, the plant also has plenty of health benefits. The extract of the plant is typically applied on the skin to treat certain conditions, including burns, bruises, insect bites, and acne. However, there is currently no concrete evidence supporting the claim that it can help in reducing pimples. But, there have been a number of reviews and reports that seem to strengthen the claim, so we could consider witch hazel extract as an effective way to reduce pimples and inflammation.
Honey and Cinnamon
When combined, honey and cinnamon will be able to reduce pimples better than any other items or products you can find online. To get the benefits of both honey and cinnamon, you would need to make them into a mask. To make the mask, you would need to mix one teaspoon of cinnamon with two tablespoons of honey until they form a pasty texture. Then, you would need to apply that paste to your face and leave it for about 15 minutes, and after that, you can take off the mask by rinsing it with water. Both honey and cinnamon are known for the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, thus making them great natural remedies for pimples.
The gel found inside aloe vera leaves have multiple health benefits, and one of those benefits is for reducing pimples on the skin. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties or substances that can help heal burns, rashes, or other conditions that can cause inflammations on the skin. As such, it is effective in reducing the number of pimples forming on the face, and it is also effective in subtly reducing the size of existing pimples. To get the benefits of aloe vera, all you have to do is to apply a small amount of its gel to the pimples on your face, but if you want long-lasting effects, you can also apply it on areas not affected by pimples so that your skin will be moisturized.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is becoming more popular nowadays because of its many benefits for the body, but what most people don’t know is that this product that comes from fermented apple cider (unfiltered apple juice) can also reduce pimples. Apple cider vinegar contains citric acid, a chemical known to be effective in killing bacteria that causes pimples on the face. Furthermore, the vinegar also has succinic acid that is known for reducing inflammation and preventing scarring. If you are going to apply apple cider vinegar on your face, make sure you add water to it (1:3 ratio) since the vinegar can be too strong for the skin. For those with sensitive skin, they should add more water. Let the mixture sit for about 20 seconds before rinsing it and drying your face.
Reduce Dairy Intake
Although it is not yet truly proven, researchers suggest that consuming plenty of dairy products can actually cause your skin to produce more pimples. In the studies, it was indicated that the hormones found in dairy products, like IGF-1, are responsible for causing hormonal changes in our body, which can lead to the skin is more susceptible to getting pimples and acne. If you need to reduce the number of pimples on your face, it is best to reduce your dairy intake by not drinking milk every day.
In addition to dairy productions, researchers also concluded that stress is one of the biggest factors in the overproduction of sebum, which is one of the causes of pimples. In addition, stress also causes inflammation in several parts of the body, and that includes the skin that is affected by pimples. By reducing your stress levels, you can control your body much better to prevent inflammation and sebum overproduction, and you will also have a calmer mind that helps in preventing headaches. To learn how to reduce stress, you can attend yoga lessons, or you can teach yourself how to meditate by watching videos on YouTube or reading guides on how to meditate properly.