So you have a hot date planned, including a romantic chocolate wrap for two perhaps? You’re excited, ready to go and then, you look in the mirror and a pimple rudely popped up on your face in a most noticeable place. A normal reaction is to pop it –but don’t do it! It will only invite more bacteria in, make it look worse and worse yet, create an acne scar. Here is what you can do.
Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski, Founder of AcnEase®, an all-botanical acne treatment, shares with us her top 5 at home remedies to get rid of pimples quickly.
Remember to have all of these ingredients handy so you don’t have to scramble the day of your hot date. Isn’t it enough to have to figure out what we’re going to be wearing that night?
Five Home Remedies to Get Rid of Pimples
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1. Oh Honey!
For AcnEase® clients (if you have 10-12 hours until the date), Dr. Agnes recommends one extra “kick this zit” dose of AcnEase® (six tablets), and a 20 minute pimple drying honey compress applied ONLY on the pimple itself. Remove any make-up and/or concealer first, and then dab a bit of honey on the zit using a clean q-tip. Wait for 20 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water. Do not rub. It will help to dry the pimple fast.
2. Mask & Relax
Our Evening Primrose Mask nourishes the skin and reduces inflammation. It can be used for all skin types but is especially good for dry, acne damaged, scarred and sensitive skin. Evening primrose is rich in gamma linoleic acid and contains all the therapeutic properties of the essential fatty acids; and helps rebalance sebaceous secretions. Use the mask once a week or as desired.
· 3 tablespoons all natural, plain yogurt
· 1 tsp potato starch and/or steel-cut natural oats (not instant oats)
· 2 capsules of evening primrose oil
· 1 teaspoon of honey (organic if possible)
· 2 capsules of vitamin E
· Rosewater (may be bought in natural food stores as rose hydrosol). This is to be used after the mask.
Open the capsules of evening primrose and vitamin E and place the oils in a bowl. If you’re using oats, grind them in a grinder to make them in to a powder form. Add all the other ingredients except the rosewater. The paste should be the consistency of chocolate icing on a cake, easy to spread but not “soupy”. Apply the mask to a clean face and neck and leave to absorb for 20 minutes. Relax.
Rinse off with warm water and pat-dry delicately, preferably with a cotton towel. Finish by toning your skin with the rosewater or even our chamomile astringent.
Discard any remaining mask and make a fresh batch for each treatment.
3. Oh, How Smooth You Are!
You will then need to close your pores. Chamomile is recognized as having benefits similar to that of drugs with painkiller and anti-inflammatory effects. When applied topically, chamomile can help the inflammation associated with acne.
You can make your own chamomile astringent by taking 3-4 chamomile tea bags (or 2 handfuls of the dry chamomile) and brewing a very strong (infusion) tea. When cooled, use on a cotton pad all over your face twice a day. Keep the leftovers in the refrigerator, but use or discard in two days.
4. Be a Sexy Witch!
If you have at least 10-12 hours until the date, use witch-hazel on a Q-tip 3-4 times on the pimple (no rubbing, just dab on the pimples for 3-4 seconds). The bark and leaves are astringent; the extract, also referred to as witch hazel, is used medicinally and helps in reducing inflammation and irritations. Again, no popping the pimple! This will create a BIG mess no makeup will cover.
5. You Are Hot Enough!
If you are a “hot and spicy” food lover – sacrifice! For about two weeks before the BIG DAY, keep away from fried, greasy and spicy food. Keep to a diet full of fresh veggies (all green leaf products are great) and fruits (those with less sugar like berries) and eat fish rich in omega 3. Also, keep from drinking too much orange juice and other juices high in sugar content.
BONUS TIP #6: Chocolate Indulgence.
You’ve of course heard the saying, ‘everything in moderation.’ Well, the same holds true in the case of chocolate and problem skin. Too much heavily sweetened chocolate isn’t good for your skin (but this is sugar rather than chocolate you should worry about) however, if you eat a small piece of dark low sugar chocolate every week, it’s not going to have an negative effect on your skin. You may want to hold off on a that chocolate wrap you have planned for Valentine’s Day if you have severe acne or even sensitive skin, but one hour one time per year won’t do much damage – so enjoy. 😉
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Tammilee Tillison says
Thank you! These are perfect tips leading into a date with my Husband. I of course woke up with a broken out face.
Wow honey surprises me – you hear so many people claim that a sugary diet causes acne.
Dawn Lopez says
How cool! I love checking out natural remedies at home! Luckily I don’t have too much acne, but I love face masks! My son has started getting black heads, so we’ve been trying things out to prevent them. Fun fun!
I love trying homemade remedies.
Angie Agerter says
I have heard a lot of these before, but totally forgot about them. My favorite is the one for Chamomile tea like a “toner”. I love the honey one too though!
Great ideas! The primrose mask sounds heavenly!
Honey? Wow, I had no idea!
Alaina Bullock says
How neat! I knew about the honey, but not the others! Thanks for sharing!
Julie Wood says
I am surprised about honey getting rid of pimples, but that is a natural remedy that I need to try. Also, the Our Evening Primrose Mask sounds like a great benefit for my skin. I really like the recipe for this!
The best 2 things I’ve found you can use to get rid of acne are:
1) Daily mask of clay + water/lemon juice for a week, then 1-2 times weekly until you get rid of it. This is a natural, ancient remedy used to this day in my country – I live in Eastern Europe.
2) Get rid of the toxins! Clean diet & lots of water. A great way to detox is with clay water as well – we do it in 21-day diets every couple of months.
These really are the best things I’ve found to work after trying everything for years. Yes, Witch Hazel and other things work wonderfully but the “trick” to having a clean skin is having a clean body on the inside.
devin macmahon says
these are great! i need to try this out next time i have a pimple!
Kitty Iecvan says
Thanks for the tips! I’ve should try masks soon!
Great tips, I didn’t know about the honey or the tea. I’m going to assemble those and the mask ingredients and keep them on hand. I admit I am terrible about popping and I pay the price. I’ve gotten better as I get older, knowing there is a ‘treatment’on it will also be a good deterrent. Thanks so much for the post!
Thanks! I didn’t know you could use honey for this. Good to know, as that’s something I always have around the house.
Jovanna Morgan says
Also, olive oil works amazing for getting rid of acne. At first I didn’t want to try it because it seemed like putting oil on my face would only make it worse. But I had my whole forehead covered and after to weeks of use olive oil I seriously don’t have ANY.
Cynthia R says
last year i’ve had an onslaught of pimpers, driving me crazy, i’m 32! go away pimples, thanks for this article, I’m definitely trying out the honey idea!
amanda whitley says
these are good tips.i have always used toothpaste on the pimple and it works great.
Michelle H. says
I like the chamomile tea idea.
natalie parvis says
Great tips!! I need to do facial masks more often.
Jasmine P says
Calamine lotion also works to dry out the zit! I love your tips here too!
Sarah L says
I could have used these 50 years ago when I had pimple problems. Thanks for the tips.
Thank you for the great advice, never would have thought of honey!!
This is so cool, thank you!
alona y says
Great tip on how to use honey for this, I have heard this but wasn’t sure how to do it. Honey is mentioned as a cure-all for so many things, it’s amazing.
Rhonda Martin says
Great tips thanks for sharing them. I will pass this info onto my teenagers.
Robin Wilson says
I knew that honey has been used for thousands of years as somewhat of an antibiotic but didn’t know about this. Love to use home remedies whenever I can.
Laurie Lynch says
This mom is going to treat herself to an at-home spa day…starting with some chocolate. Love that it’s a beauty treatment!
Amy Orvin says
Great tips! I hope this helps me.
Emily A. says
Thanks for sharing. I only have an occasional breakout but those stick out pretty badly on an otherwise clear face!
rochelle haynes says
This is nice to know,thanks for the review
Great tips! Witch hazel has always worked well for me, as has a white toothpaste!
Thanks for the tips. I also prefer home remedies whenever possible. I had acne when I was younger and had the bad habit of popping them. I’m paying for that with my acne scars.
I just recently had a pimple and resisted popping it. I wish I would have read your tips sooner. Oh well, next time.
Robin Wilson says
I knew that honey has been used for centuries as a medicine, so to speak. But I had no idea that it could be used in this capacity. The other remedies are great too!
Laura Ohlrogge says
Tea tree oil is the onlu thing that jas helped my acne!
I have to show this to my little sis!
Marti Tabora says
Some of these I had heard of and some of them I had not, thanks for the great ideas.
Love everything except keeping away from the “good food”… lol
Rachel Beltz says
I never knew that chamomile could help solve zits! I’ll have to try this one– I drink so much tea, so I literally could brew some tea and then use the cotton pad on my face while enjoying my tea hah! Killing two birds with one stone!
Can’t wait to try this!
I love the witch-hazel idea and will share it with my teen!
rochelle haynes says
This is nice to know thanks for sharing