11 Home Remedies for Pimples in 2022

Pimples start when skin pores are blocked with oil and dead skin cells.

Pimples occur due to increased secretion of oil from the sebaceous glands. The excess oil traps the dirt & other impurities and blocks the pores. These blocked pores cause the growth of a bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes.

Pimples are of two types
1. Non-inflamed acne pimples – do not cause swelling and are not very painful
2. Inflamed acne pimples – cause swelling of the surrounding skin and more severe

Causes of Pimples

  • Hormonal changes
  • Menstruation
  • Improper diet
  • Irregular hours of eating
  • Excess starches and sugar
  • Excess of fatty foods
  • Chronic constipation
  • Oily skin
  • Greasy cosmetics
  • Excessive consumption of oily and junk food
  • Increased androgen levels in the body
  • Medications that contain androgen and lithium

Best Home Remedies for Pimples in 2022

#1. Tea Tree Oil for Pimples

Tea Tree Oil

The anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil help to reduce the redness and inflammation of the pimples. They also help in drying out the blackheads and whiteheads.

The antimicrobial and pore cleaning properties of the tree oil help in reducing the present pimples. The oil also prevents the occurrence of pimples in the future. The antibacterial properties of tree oil also help to kill bacteria.

How to use

Procedure 1: Tea Tree Oil + Water

  • Mix 3-4 drops of tree oil in half cup of water
  • Dip the cotton pad in this mixture
  • Apply on the affected areas or the entire face
  • Leave for 20-25 minutes
  • Use 2 times a day for better results

Procedure 2: Tea Tree Oil

  • Add 3-4 drops of tea tree oil on a cotton bud and gently press against pimples
  • Leave for 2 hours or overnight to reduce the redness and swelling

Procedure 3: Tea Tree Oil + Aloe Vera Gel

  • Mix tea tree oil with 1 teaspoon of Aloe vera gel
  • Apply the mixture on your pimples
  • Leave for 20 minutes and later rinse off

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#2. Ice for Pimples


The application of ice on acne or pimples shrinks the blood vessels and thus reduces inflammation. The numbing effect of ice slows down the blood flow on the affected area of skin and thereby reduces the pimple size, redness and swelling.

The pore shrinking quality of ice helps in clearing the clogged pores and thus prevents future acne breakouts.

Ice packs also help in tightening the skin pores so that bacteria and other irritants cannot clog them and thus prevents future acne breakouts.

How to use
  • Wrap an ice cube in a soft clean washcloth
  • Place the cloth on your pimples
  • Hold ice wrap on the affected area for not more than 2-3 minutes
  • Remove ice, wait for 5 minutes and then repeat the process
  • Use at least 3-4 times in a day
  • Optional: You can use crushed ice in place of ice cube

#3. Honey as Remedy for Pimples


The application of raw honey on acne can draw out the excess fluid and reduces the swelling of acne. Honey also soothes the skin and reduces the redness of acne.

The antibacterial properties of honey kills the germs outside as well as inside your skin. The antimicrobial and wound healing properties of honey are helpful in removing acne.

How to use

Procedure 1: Honey

  • Dip a cotton pad in 1 teaspoon of honey and apply on the affected areas
  • Leave for 30 minutes and then wash the skin with lukewarm water
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day

Procedure 2: Honey + Oatmeal

  • Make a paste by mixing a half cup of honey with a cup of oatmeal
  • Apply on the affected areas and cover your face with a warm washcloth for 30 minutes

Procedure 3: Honey + Cinnamon

  • Mix honey and cinnamon and make a paste.
  • Apply the paste over your pimples before going to bed.
  • Wash the skill with cold water

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#4. Green Tea

Green Tea

The green tea contains catechins which are antimicrobial and help in killing bacteria causing pimples.

The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea reduce the redness and inflammation that is caused by acne. Consuming green tea also help cut down the production of sebum and reduces inflammation caused by pimples.

Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals and nurse the damaged skin. Green tea acts as a skin toner and helps in unclogging and refining the pores.

How to use

Procedure 1: Green Tea

  • Brew some green tea and allow the mixture to cool down (retain 2-3 teaspoon for this treatment, rest can be drunk)
  • Pour in a spray bottle
  • Clean your face with a facial cleanser and pat dry with a towel
  • Spritz the green tea and leave for drying off
  • Wash your skin with cold water and dry with a towel
  • Apply this 2 times a day

Procedure 2: Green Tea as a Face Wash

  • Use cooled cup of green tea as our face wash

#5. Lemon


The lemon juice can help in reducing the number of bacteria that are living inside or on top of the skin which causes pimples.

The acid in lemon juice has mildly astringent qualities that restrict the body tissues and push the oil out of your skin thus helps in drying out the pimples.

The citric acid in lemon helps to remove the dead skin cells and prevent the formation of new pimples. Lemon juice is also helpful in reducing the redness caused by acne.

How to use

Procedure 1: Lemon Juice

  • Dip a clean cotton pad in lemon juice
  • Apply over your pimples and leave for overnight
  • Wash your skin well with lukewarm water on the next morning

Procedure 2: Lemon + Cinnamon (not suitable for sensitive skin)

  • Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and create a mask
  • Follow the remaining process similar to lemon juice

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#6. Aloe Vera for Pimples

Aloe Vera

The antibacterial properties of aloe vera help in reducing the redness and swelling caused by pimples. Aloe vera prevents bacteria from infecting acne wounds and accelerates the process of healing.

The astringent properties of aloe vera remove excess oil and dirt from the skin and thus prevent acne breakout. Aloe vera not only prevents acne but also help in removing acne scars.

How to use
  • Chop the aloe vera leaf and extract the gel present inside.
  • Apply the gel on the affected areas
  • Leave for 10-15 minutes and later rinse your face off

#7. Multani Mitti as Remedy for Pimples

Multani Mitti

Multani mitti is a rich source of magnesium chloride that helps in fighting acne and prevents breakouts.

Multani mitti acts as an exfoliating agent which helps to remove dead skin cells and eliminates the excessive production of oil in your skin thus prevent the pores from clogging.

Multani mitti also improves blood circulation and helps in treating fade acne scars.

How to use
  • Mix 2 teaspoons of Multani mitti, 1 teaspoon of rosewater and 4-5 drops of lemon tea in a bowl
  • Prepare a paste
  • Apply evenly over your face (Before applying dampen the affected area)
  • Let the paste dry and then you wash the face pack after 15 minutes

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#8. Papaya


Papaya contains a special enzyme called papain that removes the dead skin cells and other impurities in the skin. Thus papaya unclogs the pore, removes excess oil from the skin and prevents pimples.

Papaya is a good source of antioxidant and contains high amounts of vitamin A and C that help in reducing inflammation.

How to use

Procedure 1: Papaya 

  • Extract the juice by blending the cut pieces of papaya
  • Apply the juice over the pimples
  • Leave for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water
  • Repeat the process

Procedure 2: Papaya + Organic honey

  • Extract the papaya juice and add 2 teaspoons of raw organic honey
  • Apply the juice over the affected areas
  • Leave for 30-45 minutes and allow the mix to dry
  • Rinse off and apply moisturizer

Procedure 3: Papaya (Skin Rubbing)

  • Rub your skin with freshly chopped papaya pieces.
  • Rubbing will help in closing pores.

#9. Cucumber for Pimples


Cucumber reduces the size of skin pores and thus prevents the blocking of pores. The cooling and soothing effect of cucumber also helps reducing redness and swelling caused by acne.

Cucumber juice helps clearing up unwanted acne wounds and prevents the formation of new acne wounds. The astringent quality of cucumber help lightening the appearance of acne as well as acne scars.

Cucumber helps in opening the pores, remove the dirt, make-up, oil, and bacteria that can cause acne breakouts.

How to use

Procedure 1: Cucumber Water

  • Chop 1 or 2 fresh cucumbers into pieces
  • Soak them in water for 30 minutes
  • Consume the water after straining or use the water to wash your face

Procedure 2: Cucumber Mask

  • Make a mask by grinding one cucumber and apply on your face
  • Leave for 15 minutes to dry
  • Wash skin with lukewarm water

#10. Cinnamon and Honey

Cinnamon and Honey

Cinnamon and honey both possess antibacterial properties which reduce the inflammation and kill the bacteria causing pimples.

Wound healing properties of cinnamon and honey help the body in fast healing of the pimple. Regular application of the paste is the fastest way to get rid of acne.

How to use
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 2 teaspoons of honey in a bowl (Add more honey, if the mixture is thick)
  • Stir well and make a paste
  • Apply the paste on your face(clean your face before applying)
  • Leave for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water

#11. Garlic


Garlic contains allicin which helps to kill the bacteria causing acne and improve blood circulation. The anti-inflammatory properties of garlic help to reduce inflam sulfur of acne.

The essential vitamins and minerals in garlic help to combat acne. The allicin present in garlic contains sulphur and promotes the quick healing of pimples.

How to use
  • Mash 2-3 fresh garlic cloves and add some water to form a paste
  • Apply the paste on the affected areas
  • Leave for 10 minutes
  • Wash your skin with lukewarm water
  • Follow the above treatment several times a day


The above home remedies for pimples nourish and cleanses the skin and can be easily prepared at home without having any side effects.

Use the remedies to get relieved from pimples. If your pimples are severe then consult a doctor.

About Shilpa Gupta

Shilpa is a banker-turned-content creator who plays the role of editor-in-chief at BeingHappyMom. She talks about organic ways for skin & health care.

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