Pimples are a common skin condition that is manifested by the formation of small pus-filled protrusions on the skin. Typically, pimples are caused by the inflammation of the skin when the oil glands located beneath the skin become infected. This infection is caused by different bacteria, and causes the skin to swell and accumulate pus. One of the most common causes of pimples is the excessive production of oil by the sebaceous glands. This means that people with oily skin are more predisposed to the formation of pimples.

girl squeezing pimple on face in a mirror

Pimples commonly occur on the face, the neck region and the shoulders. Some individuals will get pimples on the back. While pimples are not cause for medical alarm, they are a source of discomfort and often make affected individuals consciously aware of their appearance. This causes misery, and often has the capacity to dent someone’s self esteem. The market is awash with many pharmaceutical products intended to manage and help treat pimples. The downside of the use of these products is that they may have side effects for different individuals. To avoid this, individuals may use natural remedies that are effective in the treatment and management of pimples. Note that while these remedies are effective, the time taken for healing will vary from one person to the other.

1. Ice Cubes :

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Ice cubes and a clean towel.
Difficulty: Easy


One of the simplest remedies for the management of pimples is the use of ice cubes. Due to its extremely low temperatures, ice reduces the inflammation at the site of the pimple. This helps decrease the rate of swelling, while getting rid of accumulated dirt. Ice cubes also have the advantage of increasing the blood circulation to the affected skin, which helps hasten the process of healing.


  1. Wrap a couple of ice cubes in the clean towel and hold to the site of the pimple. The purpose of wrapping the ice cubes is to prevent frost burns that result from instances where the skin is exposed directly to very low temperatures.
  2. Rub the wrapped ice gently on the pimples, and let the pack stay on the skin for about 5 minutes.
  3. Wait for a couple of minutes before repeating the procedure.
  4. Do this until the ice melts. This remedy can be used severally daily.


2. Toothpaste:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Toothpaste (specifically white toothpaste. Avoid gel toothpaste), cotton wool ,clean cloth and warm water to rinse.
Difficulty: Easy


Toothpaste is an age-old remedy that has long been used in the management of pimples. The toothpaste works because it contains ingredients that dry the pimple out, causing it to eventually fade away over a period of time. Some of the ingredients that make toothpaste an effective natural remedy in the management of pimples is the presence of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, both of which may also be used in their natural form.

Take note, however, that the use of toothpaste must be restricted to the white toothpaste and not the gel type. More importantly, individuals must ascertain that they are not allergic to any of the constituent compounds used to manufacture the toothpaste. Overall, this easy-to-get natural remedy may be just what you need to get rid of that pesky pimple on your forehead just before meeting your date!


  1. Clean the affected part of the skin that has the pimple.
  2. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of the toothpaste on a ball of cotton wool and gently apply on your skin.
  3. Depending on how much time you have, you may choose to use this remedy at bedtime so that the toothpaste remains on the skin overnight. Alternatively, let the toothpaste stay on the skin for about 25 minutes.
  4. Once the time elapses, soak the clean cloth in some warm water and apply to the pimple site.
  5. Repeat this procedure twice daily, taking care to avoid excessive use of toothpaste as a remedy because it has a tendency to cause the drying of the skin.


3. Steam Therapy:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Hot water in a bowl, clean towel, warm water to rinse, oil-free face moisturizer.
Difficulty: Easy


Steam therapy is one of the most common remedies for a host of skin conditions, and pimple formation is no exception. Steam therapy works by opening your bores and dislodging any debris that may be causing blockage. This permits the skin to ‘breathe’ with ease. The process therefore helps eliminate bacteria, dirt and oil clogged in the skin pores. When used over a considerable period of time, the steam effectively prevents the infection of the pimple.


  1. Take the bowl containing the hot water and lower your head to allow the steam come into contact with your face.
  2. Cover your head using the clean towel to prevent the steam from escaping.
  3. Remain in this position for about 20 minutes or until the hot water cools.
  4. Use the warm water to rinse your face and pat dry before applying your choice skin moisturizer.
  5. Repeat this procedure at least twice daily until the pimples are healed.


4. Garlic Cloves:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 3 Fresh cloves of garlic, warm water and lemon juice (optional).
Difficulty: Easy


Garlic is a versatile compound whose uses transcend the culinary field, and has been incorporated in skin care with its remarkable benefits as a home remedy. This is because garlic contains a compound known as allicin. Allicin gives the garlic its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. When applied on the skin, this sulfur-based compound not only enhances the speedy healing of the pimples, it also prevents the formation of other pimples.


  1. Peel the garlic cloves to get rid of the flaky outer covering.
  2. Clean the cloves and chop the garlic into two pieces.
  3. Rub the chopped garlic on the specific pimple site and leave it on for about 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse the skin with warm water.
  5. If you are concerned about the characteristic smell of garlic, you can always rinse your hands with lemon juice.
  6. Repeat this procedure thrice daily for best results.


5. Tea Tree Oil:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Tea Tree oil, warm soapy water, cotton ball, a tablespoon of aloe vera gel preferably freshly squeezed (optional)
Difficulty: Easy


Tea tree oil is an effective home remedy for the treatment of pimples as it contains the correct antibacterial compounds that work to treat the infection as well as prevent it in the surrounding skin. These properties sooth the skin and prevent the characteristic inflammation that is associated with pimple formation. Tea tree oil also has the benefits of addressing other related skin conditions such as the formation of blackheads.
Note that tea tree oil may cause adverse reactions in people with sensitive skin, so it is advisable to take a skin patch test first before proceeding with the directions as outlined below.


  1. Clean the skin surrounding the pimple with warm soapy water.
  2. Add the tablespoon of aloe vera gel to he tea tree oil and stir to mix the two compounds evenly.
  3. Take a cotton ball and dip it in the tea tree oil so that the cotton soaks just enough oil for proper and easy application on the affected skin.
  4. Dab the soaked cotton ball on the pimple and let it remain there for some 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse your face using warm water and follow this through with the application of an oil-free skin moisturizer.


6.Lemon Juice:

Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Freshly squeezed lemon juice, clean cotton swab, warm water to rinse.
Difficulty: Easy


Lemon juice is one of the most versatile home remedies, and is preferred due to the presence of Vitamin C. The juice speeds up the healing process of the pimple, and causes it to dry up faster. Note however, that the juice must be freshly squeezed. Avoid purchasing lemon juice/concentrates available commercially. This is because these commercial products contain additives that only add to the irritation of the skin when applied topically. More importantly, this remedy may not be used by people with sensitive skin as it predisposes them to severe irritation.


  1. Dip the cotton swab in the freshly squeezed lemon juice before dabbing it on the pimples.
  2. Let the juice remain on the skin for 20 minutes. In case you prefer to use this remedy at bedtime, allow the juice to remain on the affected skin all night,
  3. When your choice time period elapses, rinse the affected skin using warm water.
  4. Repeat this procedure twice daily for speedy healing.


7. Peppermint:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Peppermint oil (you may use peppermint leaves if you would like to extract the juice), cotton wool and cold water to rinse.
Difficulty: Easy


Peppermint is best known for its remarkable cooling affect when applied on the skin. This is what makes it a perfect home remedy as it soothes the affected skin and reduces the irritation of the same. In addition to this, peppermint also has antibacterial properties that help it fight the bacteria that is responsible for the infection leading up to pimple formation. Overall, this amazing is a great remedy if you would like to deal with pimples naturally.


  1. If you opt for the peppermint leaves, do sort them and crush before carrying out juice extraction.
  2. Soak the cotton wool in the peppermint oil/juice and apply on the pimple.
  3. Let the oil/juice remain on the skin for about 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse the skin using cold water before applying an oil-free moisturizer.
  5. Repeat this procedure twice daily until the pimples are eliminated.


8. Cucumber:

Time Required: 30 Min to 1.5 Hrs
What You Need: Fresh cucumber, water in a shallow bowl, a strainer, warm water to rinse and a clean towel.
Difficulty: Easy


Cucumber is a popular option for the natural treatment of various skin conditions. When it comes to the use on pimples, the cucumber’s soothing and cooling properties go a long way in treating the redness and inflammation associated with pimples. There are two ways you can use cucumber to treat pimples: Preparing a cucumber skin mask or using cucumber pieces to prepare a juice that will be applied on the skin.


Method 1: Skin Mask:

  1. Clean one medium-sized cucumber before chopping it up into small pieces.
  2. Grind the chopped cucumber slices to get a pulp-like substance which is what constitutes the mask.
  3. Apply this substance on the pimple-infected skin and let it remain on for about 15 minutes.
  4. Once the cucumber pulp has dried, rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Method 2: Cucumber Juice:

  1. Clean one medium-sized cucumber before chopping it up into small pieces.
  2. Soak the cucumber pieces in water for about 45 minutes. This allows the cucumber’s active compounds to seep into the water.
  3. Strain the cucumber water and warm the resulting mixture.
  4. It is this mixture that you will use to wash the affected skin.
  5. Let the mixture dry on the skin before rinsing with warm water.


Other home remedies that you can use to treat pimples include orange peels which work similarly to lemon juice, fresh aloe vera gel, baking soda as well as egg whites. To completely get rid of pimples in the long run, it helps to eat clean (avoid junk food and especially fatty foods), get enough sleep, something which has been shown to be linked to stress and drink lots of water to keep the skin hydrated and less prone to pimple breakouts.