We all suffer from the odd spot or two from time to time, but for some people spots can become a major problem.
Whilst getting a pimple every now and then isn’t a big deal, having to live with spots day in and day out is a different story. Not only are regular acne outbreaks sore and irritating, they can also negatively affect your confidence.
Acne is caused by the skin becoming inflamed after the oil glands become infected with bacteria, swell up and fill with fluid, causing spots to occur. Although there are drug-based treatments you can use to improve your skin, they tend to have nasty side effects and take a while to work. Whereas natural treatments have no side effects, are free of chemicals and tend to work quite quickly.
For a guide to all our favourite natural spot treatments, have a read of this.
Ice is one of the best treatments for reducing the redness and swelling of a pimple. Applying ice directly to the spot can help to remove oil and dirt that has built up under the skin and caused the spot to occur.
For best results, it is a good idea to wrap an ice pack in a cloth and apply it to the affected area for 15 seconds. After a minute, repeat the process again.
You may not know this, but garlic has antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, and can be used as a natural treatment for pimples.
Slice a fresh garlic clove in half, rub the garlic onto each pimple and leave it to try. After a few minutes wash the garlic off with a damp cloth and warm water. For best results, repeat this process three or four times a day.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is known across the world for it’s amazing health benefits and antibacterial properties. As well as antibacterial properties, Aloe Vera also has anti-inflammatory properties. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent treatment for acne.
There are two ways you can use Aloe Vera to treat spots. You can either apply inner leaf Aloe Vera gel to the affected area (there is no need to wash off) or you can drink the gel and treat the problem from the inside.
For a short-term treatment to help relieve redness and inflammation, applying Aloe Vera gel to the affected area is ideal. But for a longer term treatment, drinking Aloe Vera gel on a regular basis is the best way to clear up your spots.
Honey is an excellent natural spot treatment, as it contains natural antibiotics and can help to increase the healing process.
Dip a clean finger or cotton bud into a jar of good quality honey and apply to the affected area. Leave for 30 minutes and then gently wash off with a damp cloth and warm water. For best results, repeat three or four times a day.