There are a number of different home remedies for blemishes that can help to speed up the healing process and begin to eliminate pimples on the skin. First, it is important to remember not to try to pop the blemish; though it may be tempting, this can actually force the oil further under the skin, making the blemish worse, and potentially causing a scar or infection. Instead, apply topical products to the skin that can help dry blemishes and prevent them from returning. Many of the best home remedies for blemishes can be found right in the kitchen, such as lemon juice or honey. Tea tree oil and witch hazel are also popular home acne treatments.
For many people, developing a basic daily skin regimen is one of the best ways to treat and prevent blemishes. A simple cream cleanser, used with lukewarm water twice a day, will help to keep the oil off the skin and cleanse the pores. A daily moisturizer that contains benzoyl peroxide and/or salicylic acid can also help to prevent blemishes. If pimples still occur, however, it may be necessary to take the home remedies for blemishes a step further.
Basic face masks made with items found in the kitchen such as lemon juice or honey can be excellent home remedies for blemishes, and keep the pores clean, preventing future breakouts. Some people choose to just apply diluted lemon juice right to the skin, allow the skin to air out, and finally remove it with water. Raw honey may also be applied directly to the skin and should have a similar effect; again, just allow it to sit on the skin for several minutes, and then use warm water to wash the treated area. A simple scrub made with baking soda and water can also be a great way to gently exfoliate the skin and help to prevent blemishes.
Certain oils can also act as astringents, and often contain antibacterial properties, making them excellent home remedies for blemishes as they work quickly to dry up existing pimples. Tea tree oil is one of the most common home remedies; it may be applied directly to a blemish in its pure form, or there are acne treatment products that contain tea tree oil to apply over the whole face. Tea tree oil would be very drying if it was applied in its pure form all over the skin. The same rules apply for witch hazel; applied directly to a blemish it can help to dry it up, but it should be diluted if it is used as an astringent over larger areas.