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Skincare: 10 Natural Remedies for Pimples(Acne)

Radhika loves including herbs in her diet that have no side effects. They are good preventives too.

Herbs for pimples

Herbs for pimples

Pimples always plague each man and woman with their unappealing effects on the face. College going girls are more concerned with this issue as they outburst more frequent during teenage. Once pimples catch your face, they keep on coming continuously, leaving awful scars all around.

Pimples (acne) are the result of sebaceous glands disorders that create a breaking plug filled with bacteria. This outbreak can be due to several reasons. Hormone growth during teenage, changes in hormones during pregnancy, usage of birth control tablets and other prescriptions, cosmetics and hereditary factors strongly influence acne. Pain, pus and scars follow these unattractive pimples.

If you try to find out some natural ways to remove pimples, there is a bucket list. Let’s discuss just 10 among them.

1. Indian lilac (Neem):

It is best to consume medicines of the herb Neem both internally and externally to remove acne. Its detoxifying property purifies blood. Some methods of applying Neem externally are:

  • Put some Neem leaves in a vessel full of water. Boil and cover it with its lid. Wash face with this water in intervals of 1 hr.
  • Grind Neem leaves to form a soft paste. Mix it with pure micro granular turmeric and rub face with this mixture. Keep this facial mask for 2 hrs daily. Neem oil is an alternative to leaves.

2. Kasturimanjal

This is a powder of the dried rhizomes of turmeric whose scientific name is curcuma aromatica. It not only removes pimples, but helps get a glowing skin. This turmeric is produced in India where some natives have the tradition of dabbing it on the skin as a ritual.

Mix this powder with water and stroke this paste on the face.

Kasturimanjal powder

Kasturimanjal powder



3. Basil (Tulsi)

Basil is a common name for the culinary herb Ocimum basilicum of the family Lamiaceae. It has high therapeutic value often used in homemade remedies. Basil leaves are found to be effective in acne treatment too.

Pick some basil leaves, grind and squeeze to take juice. Apply it fresh onto face and let it be there for half an hour. Powder of dried basil leaves also can be used if you don’t have fresh leaves.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera gel is the inner part of the aloe Vera plant. It has been used for centuries for burns, to heal damaged skin and for several other ailments. It has the ideal polysaccharides necessary to repair the skin.

Apply the watery gel of Aloe Vera plant directly to the face and leave it for half an hour. The severity of acne such as the swelling and redness can be reduced to a certain extent by doing this.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

5. Sandalwood

Sandalwood herb obtained from the Santalum tree is popular for its medicinal and fragrant properties. It is mainly found in parts of India, Indonesia, Australia and the Pacific Islands. It can be consumed both internally and externally along-with other skin care natural products. Sandalwood paste makes wonders in treatment of pimples.

Sandalwood is an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, cicatrisant, disinfectant and astringent. Cicatrisant property is what makes it highly effective for getting rid of acne scars, blemishes and other spots on the skin. Rub the affected area with a mix of sandalwood paste and rosewater and leave for about one hour. Repeating this for one week can help remove acne scars to some extent.

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6. Rosewater

Rosewater is the steam distillate of the concentrate of rose petals. It has been used in perfume making and food flavoring for centuries. It is also found in several cosmetic products. The chemicals Phenyl ethanol and Eugenol present are the natural cure for acne. The anti-microbial and antiseptic properties of rosewater kill the acne producing bacteria, thereby making your skin clean.

Rosewater can be used in two main ways for removing pimples. They are face mask and aromatherapy. The first way is simple. You can apply the rosewater concentrate to the affected area. Otherwise, you can blend rosewater with facial masks and apply.

The second way is using it by means of aromatherapy. In this therapy, a few drops of rose oil are mixed with olive oil to massage the face. Repeating this for a week brings noticeable changes on the face.

7. Cucumber

The nutrients found in cucumbers and other fresh fruits and vegetables can help reduce acne in women. Drinking cucumber juice can prevent the occurrence of pimples periodically in women.

Cucumber paste can be used daily for getting rid of acne. Make the cucumber paste and leave it in the face for half an hour daily. Changes will be visible within one week.



8. Honey

Honey is also included in the natural remedies for pimples. Natural honey obtained directly from beehives is preferred in this treatment. What you buy from the store is a combination of preservatives and other ingredients. Natural honey applied on the face and left for about 30 minutes is found to be beneficial for removing acne scars. Honey would flow while applying, so wipe the spills from the face using a cloth.



9. Orange peels

These are rich sources of Vitamin C.

Crush the dried orange peels to form a fine powder. Now mix this powder with water to make a paste and apply it on face. Let it dry for some time. Rinse off with cold water. Repeat this daily for at least 15 days. The occurrence of pimples can be reduced to some extent in addition to gaining a fair and radiant complexion using this facial mask.

Orange peels

Orange peels

10. Egg

Egg white mask and egg yolk mask are another facial masks found to be effective to remove pimples. The soft and foamy egg white obtained after beating it in a mixer should be applied to face. Leave it for about 15 minutes and wash off with water. Similarly, egg yolk also can be applied in the same manner to treat pimple scars.

Above all, cool water is said to be a natural remedy that can heal pimples. Washing face with cool water in regular intervals helps soothe the skin and helps fade away acne scars.

Caution: If you're allergic to any of these natural remedies, don't use them for treating acne.

Neem turmeric lemon face pack to cure acne


© 2012 Radhika Sreekanth


Forest Man on April 15, 2015:

Correction from last comment... "I can see that the author is from kerala. They know stuff which few people elsewhere knows. Of course one must NOT believe everybody or every keralite blindly. One should use their own brain & should have common sense to know who/what is right & what is wrong. This post is good. Also remember, anything external is only a small supplement. What really matters is what you eat."

Forest Man on April 15, 2015:

Excellent post. There are tons of websites where they mix too many ingredients. That's not right. How do i know? Its common sense.

I have never tried any of these or any natural remedy method since i don't have pimple problem. I am here to know remedies for my friend. I got some advice for whoever reads this.

Earth & nature has everything. Just 'mud' can cure many many things. Animals also do the same things for their problems. Animals never mix up 1 ingredient with other. Of course pimples are not their problem, but whatever problem they get, they just eat the leaves of a particular tree which solves their particular problem.

The author here did not try to mix several ingredients. Stick to i thing. One can use different plants(remedies) for different days. But never overdo it. Skin can heal itself with time if one doesn't fuck with it. Leave it alone. Author also mentioned that one should apply not for more than 30 minutes, because skin has pores & they should be open to function for the skin cell to survive.

Never overdo it. Even a good thing is a torture for the skin when you don't allow it to be in its normal state. Apply once a while.

I can see that the author is from kerala. They know stuff which few people elsewhere knows. Of course one must believe everybody or every keralite blindly. One should use their own brain & should have common sense to know who/what is right & what is wrong. This post is good. Also remember, anything external is only a small supplement. What really matters is what you eat.

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on April 07, 2015:

Hi sushmita,

If you've not recovered even 1%, then I don't find any other way out. Control your diet avoiding food that contains oil and fat. Also continue applying these natural remedies. All the best.

sushmitha on April 05, 2015:

I am 20 and i hv been suffrng frm pimples on my forehead.pimples occurs ma entire forehead.....i hav used many remedies nd also consultd no use...wt should i do??

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on February 06, 2015:

Hi Pavithra,

Consult your doctor for use in pregnancy.

Pavithra teja on January 29, 2015:

I have a jumble in my mind that in pregnant can i use natural aloe vera gel to face for pimples

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on December 30, 2013:

Thank you Jimmy432 for the endorsement.

Jimmy432 on December 28, 2013:

Aloe Vera did wonders for my skin when I was having problem, so it is my honest recommendation for everyone!

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on December 15, 2013:

Hi Viviana,

I've just listed some natural remedies that can help remove acne scars to some extent. For bumps, you better consult a dermatologist.

Viviana on December 14, 2013:

I'm 17 and I have bumps on my forehead that don't have any white stuff like regular pimples do and I can't get rid of it please help me!

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on March 19, 2013:

Hi Natashalh,

Cucumbers would definitely work for your skin. Thanks for the comment and for the positive feedback.

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on March 19, 2013:

Thanks vinay for reading this and for making such a nice comment.

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on March 19, 2013:

Hi Kathryn Stratford,

Thanks for showing your likeliness in trying these out and I wish you all the best. Thanks for the share too.

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on March 19, 2013:

Thanks Rajan sir for making such an engaging comment. Natural remedies heal acne without leaving any side-effects. Thanks for voting this up and for the share.

Natasha from Hawaii on March 19, 2013:

Well, I just had cucumber for a snake - hopefully it helps clear up my skin! I had no idea it helped with complexion. Thanks for all the advice!

vinayt89 from HYDERABAD on March 19, 2013:

useful post

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on March 19, 2013:

I am bookmarking this article, because it is very useful to me! I am trying to use more natural remedies now, rather than chemical-laden products sold at stores. There are several here that would be easy for me to try out, and I have the ingredients already.

Thank you for sharing this information with us. I am sharing this with others!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 19, 2013:

Radhika, I'm always in favor of natural remedies for health issues as far as possible. You have outlined some great natural remedies for acne and pimples.

Voted up, useful and shared.

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on August 05, 2012:

Hi alisharenee,

These are natural remedies that won't do any harm to the skin. You can try them without taking any risk. Thanks for the comment.

Alisha from New York on August 05, 2012:

Thank you for this helpful information! I have been researching different ways to treat acne and there are a few that you talked about that I haven't tried before. Great hub!

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on April 25, 2012:

@Thelma Alberts

Thanks for commenting. These are all home remedies that can help in getting rid of pimples to some extent. May your niece get good results from this information. Thanks for the votes and rate.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on April 25, 2012:

Thanks for this information. I will be able to help my niece now, who is suffering from pimples. Voted up and useful.

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on April 23, 2012:

Hi sangee, Neem is effective for any type of skin. If all these remedies failed, make changes in your diet. Fried foods have negative impact on the skin and try to minimize their consumption.

Normally Kasthurimanjal and Neem work best which I've tried personally.

sangee on April 23, 2012:

I tried all the above but no result.. i have oily skin with pimple marks.. can you tell me.. the one which helps in getting good result?

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on April 04, 2012:

@Om Paramapoonya

Thanks for visiting and making a nice compliment. Basil has high medicinal qualities and orange peels can make your skin glow too.

Om Paramapoonya on April 03, 2012:

I didn't know that basil and orange peels could be used as acne remedies. Very interesting. Thanks so much for sharing these tips. Rated up!

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on March 30, 2012:

Thanks vasmenon for stopping by and leaving a comment. Neem leaves are highly effective for treating pimples and also for treating the scars that some diseases like chicken pox would leave.

Vasanthan R Menon from India on March 30, 2012:

Whole lot of useful information there, thank you for all the information. Some of the information was already known to me, the big surprises being Neem and Tulsi.I knew that they have medicinal properties, but never knew for pimples...thanks for the information

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on March 19, 2012:

Thank you shampa sadhya for reading my hub and voting it as useful. Yes, there are so many natural remedies which can be tried if the rest of them fails. Thanks for sharing too.

Shampa Sadhya from NEW DELHI, INDIA on March 19, 2012:

Voted up useful!

Your hub is certainly useful for those who suffer from pimples. The best part is most of the things are easily available and if a person is allergic to one thing then there are many more natural ways to try. Extremely good hub. Sharing it socially.

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