The best way to start the morning is with a strong cup of coffee and an outfit that slays. But even when you have both those bases covered, a zit staring back at you in the mirror can be a total buzzkill. And since we’re so familiar with that feeling, we did some research on how to treat pimples in the comfort of our own home. Here is a list of some of the most effective home remedies and quick fixes we turn to in an acne crisis…


1. Causes of pimples

Causes of pimple

Here are some of the major causes of pimples:

  1. Excessive oil production by the sebaceous glands can lead to pores getting clogged by dirt and dead skin cells, causing acne and pus-filled pimples. 
  2. Bacterial infections are caused by a certain kind of bacteria called P. acnes which lives at the base of the hair follicle and leads to the development of breakouts. 
  3. Skin inflammation is a defensive response of your body towards both external and internal aggressors like allergies and other infections. It is the major cause of many skin issues, including pimples and breakouts. 
  4. Certain dietary staples, like aerated drinks, white bread, white rice, and processed sugar can lead to breakouts and pimples. This is because the carbohydrates in these foods raise the glycemic index in your body and disturb the blood sugar levels. 
  5. If your skin is overly sensitive to the testosterone hormone, it results in excessive sebum production. This, in turn, leads to increased hormonal acne and breakouts, more in some people as compared to others. 

2. How to remove pimples at home

How to remove pimples at home

Now that you are familiar with the causes of pimples, here are some natural ways of getting rid of them at home. Do make sure to not overdo these home remedies and always do a patch test before applying any kitchen ingredient on your face.


- Turn to aloe vera and garlic

Turn to aloe vera and garlic paste

Aloe vera is an excellent hydrating agent for the skin and combined with the antiseptic and clarifying properties of garlic, can be a good detox mask for curing pimples. Allicin, an active compound found in garlic is anti-bacterial in nature. When combined with the antioxidant properties of aloe vera, they fasten healing and help treat pimples.

How to use: Crush two cloves of peeled garlic to form a paste. Add the 1 teaspoon of fresh aloe vera pulp to it and mix thoroughly. Apply the mixture on the affected area, leave it for 20 minutes and wash it off with warm water. Repeat this once a day until the pimple subsides.


- Go bananas!

Banana Peel

After you’ve gobbled down a banana, don’t throw away the peel! We say that because bananas are rich in potassium, vitamins, and minerals; many of which are stored in the peel. It is this nourishing group of nutrients that will help strengthen the barrier of your skin and protect it from damage and breakouts. 

How to use: Cut out a small portion of a ripe banana peel and place the inner white side over your skin. Rub it gently for 10 minutes and wash your face. Repeat this twice a day and within a couple of days, you can say goodbye to pimples!


- Go with cinnamon and honey

Cinnamon and Honey Paste

If you’re wondering how to reduce pimples at home, turn to the trusted combination of cinnamon and honey. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of cinnamon and anti-bacterial honey, your pimples will soon be non-existent.

How to use: Combine ½ teaspoon of cinnamon with 2 tablespoons of honey to create a thick paste. Apply it all over the affected area and leave it for 30 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and repeat the treatment once a day.


- Ice it away

Ice Remedies

A surprising yet effective method to get rid of pimples is using ice cubes. The temperature of the ice cube constricts the blood vessels beneath the surface of the skin, which reduces its size.

How to use: Place a single ice cube directly on top of a pimple and keep it there for about 3 minutes. Repeat the method twice a day until your pimple is gone.


- Opt for baking soda

Baking soda

The next time a zit troubles you, remember that baking soda isn’t just for cakes. With its excellent exfoliating powers, baking powers strips away oily residue, balances the pH level of the skin and eases irritation.

How to use: Gently rub a paste of baking powder and water directly on your pimple and leave it for 10 minutes. Wash it away thoroughly and repeat it every alternate day.


- Use apple cider vinegar

Use apple cider vinegar

Raw apple cider vinegar has been known to contain acetic, citric, lactic and succinic acid, all of which are capable of killing acne-causing bacteria on your face. 

How to use: Dilute some raw ACV with water in the concentration of 1:3. Wash your face with a mild cleanser then apply the ACV solution on your pimples with a cotton ball, let sit for 5-10 minutes and wash with cold water. Follow up with a moisturiser and repeat everyday week for best results. 


- Spot-treat with tea tree oil

Spot-treat with tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is one of the most popular spot treatments that is used for acne. Combining its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, this essential oil can help reduce the size of acne lesions and cure them in a gentle way. But make sure to check you are not sensitive to the essential oil before applying it on your face. 

How to use: Mix 1-2 drops of tea tree oil with 10-12 drops of jojoba carrier oil. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry. Spot treat with the diluted oil just on your pimples with a Q-tip. Allow it to dry and follow up with your regular moisturiser. Do this twice a day for best results. 


- Tone your skin with witch hazel extract

Tone your skin with witch hazel extract

Witch hazel is a natural astringent and has been used in skincare remedies for ages. When it comes to pimples, witch hazel can dry out blemishes and clear blackheads and whiteheads from your pores too. 

How to use: Take a couple of drops of witch hazel toner on a cotton pad and apply all over your face. Do this every day after cleansing your face and follow up with a moisturiser to avoid over-drying your face. 


- Use green tea to soothe inflammation

Use green tea to soothe inflammation

Infused with the antioxidant compound called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), helps regulate sebum production, fight inflammation and inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria in your skin. 

How to use: Spritz some water on a couple of tea bags and put them in the fridge. When the tea bags are nice a cold, plop them on your blemishes and keep for about 10 minutes. Wash off with cold water and repeat any number of times you want throughout the day. 


3. FAQs about home remedies for pimples

FAQs about home remedies for pimples

1) Does water help acne?​

A. Yes, drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day can ensure that your skin stays hydrated all the time. Skin dryness is one of the major causes of excessive oil production, which further leads to breakouts. 

2) Does toothpaste help shrink pimples?

A. Yes, while the benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid content of toothpaste will shrink it fast, it can quite irritating to the skin. This quick-fix has also been associated with developing post-acne scars that are stubborn and difficult to get rid of. 

3) Can coffee cause pimples?

A. A single cup of morning coffee will not harm your skin, as long as you are consuming it without milk and sugar. But, drinking too much coffee throughout the day can certainly dehydrate your skin and cause breakouts.