Pimples are one of the most common skin infections or conditions around the globe, affecting more than 80% of people— both male and female, teenagers and adults- at some points in their lives. Acnes are very annoying and the chances are that they happen at the inopportune time. It doesn’t mean that once you’ve passed puberty, you are free from acne. The general method of curing pimples can be expensive and mostly have undesirable side effects. These side effects range from dryness of the skin, redness, peeling, and irritation. Owing to the reason, many have turned to home remedies to treat their pimples and many have been successful in doing it. Before sharing with you these simple home remedies to help treat your pimples, let’ consider what actually trigger pimples in the skin of an individual.
Causes of Pimples
Pimples develop when the pores in the skin of an individual get clogged with oils (sebum) and dead cells. To understand this better, let’s talk about a gland in the skin— the sebaceous gland. Each pore in the body of an individual is connected to a sebaceous gland. The sebaceous gland produces an oily substance called the sebum. Extra sebum, when found on the skin, can plug up the pores, causing the growth of a particular bacterium known as Propionibacterium acnes, popularly called P. acnes. These bacteria live on your skin. They become a problem to the immune system when the pores become blocked, which happens when excess sebum reacts with dead skin cells to form a plug.
Having understood the cause of pimples, I’ll now hare with you some home remedies for pimples, although getting rid of them takes consistency.
- Tea Tree
Tea tree is one of the best natural remedies for the treatment of pimples. According to various studies conducted, tea tree is as effective as the benzoyl peroxide— a commercially active chemical that helps treat pimples. The natural oil in tea tree oil consists of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which act effectively against P. acnes and reduce the swelling and redness of the pimples.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has powerful antibacterial properties which are very efficacious in treating the pimples and reducing the redness found on the skin. Aloe vera contains two hormones, auxin, and gibberellin which provide anti-inflammatory properties, thus allowing the skin to heal quickly.
- Green Tea
Green tea is very good in the treatment of pimples. It’s rich in catechins, natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage. Thus, taking green tea helps the skin to destroy acne-causing bacteria. The anti-inflammatory property it also possesses helps reduce the redness and inflammation caused by pimples.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Another powerful home remedy for the treatment of pimples is the one mentioned above. Apple cider vinegar is very powerful that it helps to kill bacteria, removes excess dirt, and dissolves dead skin cells.
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, an acid which helps fight the bacteria that cause pimples— according to research conducted— and reduce redness and swelling of pimples. However, those who have oily skin are advised to use coconut oil moderately.
Garlic contains an organosulfur compound, allicin which helps to kill the bacteria causing pimples. Also, like other home remedies, some studies conducted have proved that garlic has anti-inflammatory properties which help to reduce the inflammation of the pimples.
Green fruits like spinach are very rich in chlorophyll which creates an environment unreceptive to the growth of germs. This anti-bacterial property of spinach helps an individual to get rid of pimples and its scars.
When turmeric is made into a paste and applied to the areas prone to pimples, its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help destroy the P. acnes and remove excess sebum from the skin.
Tomatoes contain lycopene which increases the skin’s protection factor. Lycopene also helps the cells to regenerate, thus helping to reduce the redness and scars of pimples. It is a great way to unclog pores and get rid of blackheads.