Some people have clearer skin than others. Every now and then, though, it’s possible for a rogue zit or pimple to appear and cause a little panic. How will you get rid of it? Will it scar? How long will it take to go away? Will you ever be able to show your face in public? We may not be able to put an immediate stop to your blemish panic, but we can provide you with an effective DIY acne spot treatment.
Why Do You Get Zits/Pimples Out Of Nowhere?
A sudden acne breakout with one or more pimples or zits can result from several causes. While it can be attributed to a hormonal change or imbalance, it’s often due to the high cortisol levels from stress or excessive sebum production. According to dermatologists, there’s no reason to fret when you see a rogue zit or pimple. It’s naturally jarring to see a zit in the center of your forehead, but stressing about it can actually make it worse. More often than not, you can address the problem easily.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Acne
When you use apple cider vinegar (ACV) to help get rid of acne, it’s very important to purchase raw ACV with “the mother.” The fermentation process of raw ACV creates acetic acid, which is a compound that has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Researchers attribute most of apple cider vinegar’s health properties to acetic acid and malic acid. When you apply ACV to the skin, the various acids exfoliate the skin, helping to remove bacteria and layers of dead skin cells.
Tea Tree Oil For Acne
Most people know of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide for acne treatment, but tea tree oil is a great natural alternative. Known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties, tea tree oil works to fight against Cutibacterium acnes, a common bacteria on the skin. This bacteria is normal, but it does contribute to the formation of acne. This is why tea tree oil helps to reduce acne, specifically red bumps or pimples. The terpinene-4-ol in tea tree oil also helps to clear up non-inflammatory blackheads and whiteheads. Finally, dermatologists say that tea tree oil helps encourage white blood cell production, which helps to accelerate the healing process.
A Quick Note: Before you use ACV or tea tree oil on your face, please do a spot test on your arm or less sensitive area on the skin. You don’t want to have an adverse reaction on your face and make the zit even worse and more noticeable.
DIY Spot Treatment
- 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon filtered water
- 4 drops tea tree oil
- We recommend using a dropper bottle so that you can carefully apply the spot treatment when you are ready.
- Add all of the ingredients to a small bottle, screw on the top, and shake it up to combine the mixture. The mixture should look opaque.
How To Use:
- When you see a pimple or zit, wash your face and pat it dry.
- Get the spot treatment and gently dab a drop or two to the affected area. Do not use more than twice daily.