Skip to main content

A Natural Approach to Pimples

Charlene was a caregiver and is really good at researching in order to help her loved ones navigate their illnesses/conditions.

"Dear pimples, if you're going to live on my face, I need to see some rent." — Mary B. Dunn



Let us paint a picture real quick (before you show off your mad De Vinci skills let me just point out that I meant it metaphorically)...

It is the moment you have been waiting for your whole life, the moment you pledge ‘till death do us part’ to the one you owns your heart. You have been planning this moment for weeks, no months, from the cake and flowers right down to the guest list. Nothing can go wrong, you have backup plans for your backup plans and to look your best even had a luxurious, decadent spa experience fit for a queen the day before. You stretch like a contented kitten before you leap spritely to the closest mirror to see the rosy happy glow you are confident you will surely see but to your horror you see a pimple.

To make matters worse not only has that one unwanted guest arrived on your face but it just so happened to have brought an even bigger friend. Together they emanate their own heat signature and are the size of your thumb. Dismayed, you start squeezing at it with all your might which you quickly realize is a monumental mistake because it does not pop as you expect it would. No, it seems to slowly grow larger and start glowing as it turns an even deeper shade of red. At this point, you are bawling buckets and would happily call off the wedding.


Too dramatic, okay I admit maybe a little, I didn’t call off the wedding and I couldn’t get rid of the pimple. Yes, that scenario did kinda happen to me. Thanks to the very quick thinking of my hairdresser, we were able to hide the red monstrosity and I was able to say my ‘I dos’ to my husband of almost 18 years to date. We have all had one or even many moments similar to this, unfortunately, it is a lot worse than just a pimple or two for some people. Constant picking and touching make the condition worse by causing infections, as a result, scaring. I am sure if it were me I would be walking around with a brown paper bag on my head because the temptation to pick a pimple within an inch of its life is way too strong for me.

So, if you are tired of being a slave to pimples and want to try relief that you won’t have to sell a kidney for, then try a natural approach. These ways lighten the pimple stress load using natural remedies found right in your pantry but be aware that like all home remedies it only works overtime AND one at a time FOR a time.


Five ways to help you fight that pimple/pimples:

  1. Make a rinse by soaking a lettuce leaf in a bit of water for a couple of hours then apply it liberally to infected areas.
  2. Another soothing mixture is fresh lime juice and milk. Boil 125ml of milk; allow cooling then adding 125ml of fresh lime juice mix thoroughly. Apply gently to affected areas with a clean cloth.
  3. Over-ripe tomatoes are also good tools to use as a remedy for a pimple or two. Cut the tomato in half and use a fleshy wet side on the pimple or pimples. You can leave that moisture on for as long as you can stomach. Another good approach is to use tomato paste.
  4. Aloe Vera, my tried and tested favourite in Summer when it comes to calming relief for irritated skin (also sunburn) especially when applied in the pure form directly onto the skin.
  5. Then there is Bicarbonate of soda AND coconut oil (my Winter choice), my trusted favourites that work like a bomb on my face.
Scroll to Continue


Over the years (I am 40 years old ), I have always seemed to get that enormous pimple somewhere on my face (as mentioned above) on important occasions, on important dates, or when I’m stressed, get my period, or when I just NEED to look good. However, since I have been using my three favorites on my face, my ‘friend’ has not been seen in years. I wash my face with a teaspoon of bicarb mixed with water to form a paste then once I rinse it off properly, I then dab a tiny bit of coconut oil onto my face in Autumn/Winter and use a generous portion of Aloe Vera in Spring/Summer. Also as an added tip, change your pillowcase on your pillow regularly as it is a good approach especially if you have sensitive skin.

DISCLAIMER: Now like all advice you are not obligated to do any of this nor am I saying it is guaranteed to work on you specifically. Just remember everyone is different so it might aid in helping you with your affliction or it might not make a difference at all. So, before you sue me for creating another Frankenstein, I suggest that you try them one at a time for a time at good intervals of time and make sure you try them WAYyyyyy before a special occasion (just in case).


Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on September 11, 2021:

Thank you Umesh:)

Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on September 11, 2021:

Thank you Pamela:)

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 09, 2021:

Well presented. Interesting.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 09, 2021:

At my age pimples are long gone. however, I enjoyed reading this light-hearted article, Charlene. I like your suggestions for getting rid of pimples.

Related Articles