Dab a bit of lemon juice on the spot and leave on overnight. The astringent properties in lemon juice will suck out some of the oil and shrink the blemish. If you want even more drying power, dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, rub into the zit and leave on. But remember: lemon juice makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, so don’t go out into the daylight without sunscreen!
MAKE AN ASPIRIN & HONEY FACIAL MASK
Dissolve 6 tablets of aspirin in half a tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Add 2 tablespoons of honey to the mixture and stir well. Apply the mixture to a clean face; let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse off well with warm water, scrubbing gently. Aspirin contains a mega dose of salicylic acid, which is one of the main ingredients in most store-bought acne products. Use this mask once or twice a week, else it will dry out your skin.
OPT FOR EGG WHITES
Separate the yolk from the white, whip the white and dab it on spotty areas with a Q-tip. Leave on overnight and wash well in the morning. Boost the treatment by first dabbing on lemon juice, letting that dry, and then covering it with the egg white.
SLAP ON SOME MUSTARD
Mix 1/4 teaspoon of mustard powder with 2 teaspoons unfiltered honey and stir well. Apply on the affected areas, leave on for 20 minutes and then rinse off. Mustard contains natural salicylic acid, vitamin C, omega 3 and 6 plus zinc, all of which are great for banishing blemishes and soothing the skin.
Ah! Another one of my all-time favourites. While it is normally a no-no to use undiluted essential oils on your skin, lavender and tea tree essential oils are okay to use “neat” if applied occasionally and only on the pimples themselves (not on the entire face!). So, put one tiny drop of either oil on a Q-tip and dab on the blemish; leave on overnight.
OPT FOR APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Dab a bit of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar on the affected area and leave it on for at least 20 minutes (or overnight if you can stand it!). But don’t overdo: once or twice a day (and only on the blemishes) is plenty. Do you have a favourite pimple remedy? Something you’ve tried and loved? Share it here!