I know everyone or most people have had a “OMG I have somewhere to be and everyone is going to see this giant zit!”. Been there done that, and no, I don’t want to repeat it. Sometimes I find sulfur mask or purifying mask in general, either do two things to my face: Dry it out or only work once. When my skin has been dried out by a facial mask, my moisturizer has to work over time aka I have to use it 3 times a day. My moisturizer is too expensive for that. So I have found 3 ways to treat areas that are prone to acne or pimples in general. So the 3 ways I treat my skin are simple:
- Drink Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
- Create a 50/50 mix of ACV and water to spot treat
- Crushed aspirin mixed with a little water
- Spot facial mask of Honey, ACV, Baking Soda, and Peppermint Oil
For #1, I mix 3ish tbsps of raw local honey, I have major sinus issues, with 3ish tbsps of ACV. Once it’s mixed together I add water and drink it. I like sour stuff. So if you don’t like sour stuff skip trying #1. I’ve been doing this for about a month now and my skin has been singing praises to the most high. Pimple central, my chin, is clear. My skin seems to have a glow to it that I normally only get after a fresh scrub (#4). I’m not complaining and neither is my skin, so I’m going to keep sipping my sour apple punch.
For #2, you’ll need a little 1 oz glass bottle. You can usually find them in an herbal store or whole foods store. Pour 50% ACV in, then pour 50% water in, cap it, and shake. Take a cotton ball or ear swab, get a bit of the mix on it, and apply it to the problem area. This usually takes 3 days to get rid of everything if you apply it once a day. Make sure you apply it to clean skin for the quickest results.
For #3, this is what I call the “I’m getting married in an hour, this has got to go” fix. Aspirin fights infection and inflammation very quickly. However, use caution when using this because it will dry out your skin if you use it too many times too frequently. This is my go to emergency remedy. Just crush 3 aspirin into the best fine powder you can. Then you’ll need to add a tad bit of water until you have a paste like mix. You want the paste to be thickish so it doesn’t slide down your face. Place on the spot(s) that need attention, and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off and apply moisturizer. Keep in mind the length of time you leave it on has everything to do with the size of the pimple, but I don’t recommend more than 30 minutes.
For #4, be careful if your skin is sensitive. This mask can and will burn if you add more than a drop of peppermint oil. You will need a 1/2 cup of honey, 1 tbsp of ACV, 1 tbsp of Baking Soda, and a DROP of peppermint oil. Mix this together to create a thin paste. Apply it to your face, and be extremely careful to stay away from your eyes. Leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse. Do this once a day every other day. This mask is full antioxidants, infection fighting, anti-inflammatory properties. Using this mask on a daily basis for extreme cases of breakouts is ok, but don’t over do it. Yes, honey is soothing, however too many astringents are in this facial mask to use it more frequently than every other day.
So these are the quick economical and natural ways to spot treat acne/pimple problems. Let me know if you try any of them or if you made adjustments to better suite you so I can share it with others. Tschus!