Many teenagers and their parents ask themselves if there are any home remedies for pimples. The answer is yes, there are such pimple treatment solutions, but they don't necessarily work for each individual. This is why when you suffer from acne, or when you see that your pimples are frequently appearing, that they are big and painful, with those white heads inviting you to have a pimple popping session twice a day, it may be a sign something is wrong with you. In such cases, you'd better see a dermatologist before attempting any kind of home remedy, no matter what your friends may say worked well in their case.

Acne is a tricky disease: if incorrectly treated, pimples would leave you deep scars that would ruin your face. I don't even know if there's cosmetic surgery to fix those acne scars. I've heard that there may be a laser treatment for acne scars, but it's better to try not to get them in the first place. Avoiding acne scars starts with not touching your pimples: never squeeze them and never tear off those crusts that form when lesions get older. Some people want to know how to get rid of pimples fast. Actually you can't get rid of the so fast, so you'd better stop thinking in these terms.

If you've been diagnosed with acne, you have to understand that there's no known cure for it so far. All treatments and remedies are symptomatic. This means they treat the effects such as pustules and papules and not the cause itself. Besides, such treatments are so dangerous that they are prescribed only in very severe cases. The side effects are sometimes stronger than the benefits, so doctors are hesitant in recommending you such therapies.

Because pimples appear as a follow of the sebum clogging your pores, maintaining a strict facial hygiene will help you reduce the frequency of your outbursts. In incipient stages, peeling masks can help you preserve your pores clean and control the quantity of sebum.

Most Common Acne Home Remedies

Medicinal plants bring us a lot of benefits, if we know how they act and how to use them. If we think how our ancestors used to cure diseases, we see that such plants are quite powerful, otherwise they'd be all dead by now and we would no longer exist. Old people in countryside areas or people in less developed regions of the world still use the power of plants to heal themselves. They work, but we've got so used to appeal to alopate medicine that we've lost trust in alternative methods and remedies.

For example, oatmeal is great because it absorbs the oils and exfoliates the skin. If you wonder how to put oatmeal on your face, you could add some honey to make a facial mask which would dry and exfoliate your skin. Oatmeal has to be cooked previously and the mask should be applied for maximum 20 minutes. Beware of not using this remedy more often than once a week, as it may irritate your skin. You should know that being harsh only makes your condition more severe and more painful.

Another soothing remedy is mint. Mint doesn't cure the acne, but it has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, so it will calm your pains and make you feel a bit better. Just crush fresh mint leaves and use the juice by tampering your face with a soft cotton ball damped in it. Leave it on the skin for about 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Mint is also a very good soothing remedy in case of mosquito bites or hives caused by urticaria.

A soothing remedy for acne and for wounds in general is aloe vera. If you tear an aloe vera leaf, you'll see that it's very juicy, and the juice is thick, more like a gel rather than a fluid. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as an antibiotic effect. Many well-known, brand name facial lotions and treatments are based on aloe vera.

Cucumber is another marvel from nature's garden. It's refreshing and it can be applied directly on the face, by cutting the cucumber in thin slices. There's a popular beief that cucmber makes your skin more beautiful, so many ladies peel cucmbers when making salads and use those peels to decorate their face with, for the fun of their kids and husband.

If you suffer from mild acne, or simply you occasionally develop pimples, you can prevent them by regularly cleansing your pores. There are special solutions that help, but if you want a home made one, you can try tea tree oil.

Corn flour is also good, if you want a natural scrub: just take a small amount of flour in your hand, wet it and gently rub your face with it. Remember that I said gently. It's important not to rub too vigorously, because corn flour can seriously irritate your skin and lead to redness. Don't apply this more often than once a month, as it's a very powerful remedy. It's also very good for removing blackheads.

Don't forget that what you eat influences the quantity of sebum your glands produce. It seems that a low glycemic index diet can reduce acne by 50%. Personally, I haven't tried this, but you could schedule an appointment with a nutritionist for advice. She may know more tricks to help you improve your health in many aspects, not only in what acne is concerned.

As a quick conclusion for acne sufferers, you need to keep in mind a few simple things that would help you increase your quality of life:
  • acne can't be cured
  • the dermatologist is your friend, even if he can't cure your acne
  • 90% of teenagers suffer from mild acne which disappears as they age
  • you need to keep your acne under control
  • perfect hygiene reduces acne outbursts
  • what you eat influences sebum secretion
  • no squeezing or popping pimples is allowed
  • home made remedies for pimples are useful if not overused