Pimples or acne as they are better known in medical terminology is essentially a superficial skin condition characterised by eruptions. These eruptions usually appear on the face, shoulders, neck, chest and the back. Although pimples are a relatively normal skin condition they are usually diagnosed by eruptions accompanied with inflammation of the skin. Concurrently the oil glands or the sebaceous glands become infected due to invasion by bacteria and this leads to blocking of skin pores. The final outcome is invariably swelling and pus formation.
Statistics at a glance
Although pimples first surface during puberty no age is exempt and they may continue to erupt in adult years even when someone is in their 50s.
If statistics are any index this is arguably the commonest skin disorder in the United States with well over 40 million Americans being affected by this condition at any point of time. What makes it even more disconcerting is the fact that at least 85 % of the population is affected by this condition at least once in their lifetime.
8 Ways to Treat Pmples Naturally
There are innumerable medications and lotions presently available however they take time to act. On the contrary natural treatment options are far more effective as they act in a relatively short period of time.
1. Ice and pimples
One of the quicker ways of getting rid of pimples is by repeated application of ice. The mechanics are simple considering the fact that ice cleans out the skin pores and removes oil and dirt from the region.
You can use ice cubes or even crushed ice depending on personal convenience. All that you need to do is to wrap the cubes in a clean piece of cloth and keep it over the affected area for a few seconds. Repeat the process after a few minutes for better results.
2. Lemon reversal
Scientific studies have now proved beyond doubt that freshly squeezed lemon juice can help dry pimples faster. This could be attributed to the fact that lemon juice is a rich source of vitamin C which helps control inflammation and swelling which is commonly associated with pimples. A word of caution being that bottled lemon juice must be avoided as this contains a preservative which can damage the superficial layer of the skin.
Lemon juice must be locally applied to the pimples by dipping a clean cotton swab in lemon juice and simply applying it over the pimples. The procedure is best done just before going to sleep.
On the contrary if you do not have a sensitive skin then you could make a paste of lemon juice with cinnamon powder and apply the mix over the affected area overnight. Washing the area with lukewarm water next morning invariably leads to significant reduction in size and spread of pimples.
Pimples can be infective and it is in situations such as these that your physician may advocate a course of antibiotics. If you would like to avoid conventional medications then honey would prove to be particularly beneficial.
Honey is considered to be a natural antibiotic thus it can control infections and also speeds up the healing process. A clean cotton swab dipped in honey and applied over the pimples should be left in place for about half an hour. Then wash the area with lukewarm water.
Alternatively honey may be mixed with cinnamon powder and applied over the affected area and left overnight. Washing the area with lukewarm water the next morning would result in a glowing skin with a reversal of inflammation and swelling which is typically associated with pimples.
4. Toothpaste therapeutics
There is more to toothpaste than merely cleaning of teeth. Applying toothpaste directly over the pimples can work wonders provided that it is applied immediately after ice therapy. When applied in the night and washed out with water the next morning a significant reduction in swelling and pimples has been observed thus making it an all – time favourite.
5. Garlic options
The therapeutic benefits of garlic are innumerable and range from antiviral and antiseptic properties to even being an antioxidant. The fact that it is effective in reversing of pimples could well be attributed to the fact that garlic is a rich source of sulphur.
When it comes to local application it is advocated that a clove of garlic should be cut into half and the pieces are then rubbed over the pimples and left in place for five minutes. The skin is then gently rinsed with lukewarm water and the procedure is repeated several times during the day for optimal results.
6. Steam therapy
Steam treatment continues to be the pick of options and not without reason considering that it helps open up the pores in the skin and thus allowing your skin to breathe more freely. Thus dirt and oil in addition to bacteria are dislodged and removed from the pores. This has led to quick reversal and pimpled have been known to subside within quick time.
The procedure is simple and all that is required is to fill a large container with hot water and let the steam come in contact with the face for 15 to 20 minutes. This is best followed by rinsing the face with lukewarm water and applying a moisturiser which is preferably oil – free.
7. Oatmeal and pimples
A cup of cooked oatmeal mixed with juice from a freshly squeezed half lemon and a teaspoon of honey can work wonders for even the most resistant pimples. This could be attributed to the fact that this mixture can clean out the pores and concurrently absorbs excessive oils thus leading to a pimple free and glowing skin.
Turmeric is more than an antiseptic considering that it is also an antioxidant which can reverse inflammation and hence cure pimples. Simply make a paste of turmeric powder with water and apply it directly over the pimples for a few minutes. Wash off the mix with cold water and repeat the process at least twice a week for best results.
Thus if you avoid squeezing or bursting of pimples and adopt some or more of these simple home remedies getting rid of pimples is not a great challenge.