Household Items That Get Rid of Pimples
Many Americans suffer from acne, and while there are a variety of prescription drugs and over-the-counter products available that purport to zap your zits, some don't work effectively and many cost a pretty penny. On the extreme side, at least one prescription acne medication -- Accutane -- has been shown to cause significant health problems, forcing the company to pay out millions of dollars in settlements.
On the bright side, though, there are several household items that can help you get rid of pimples.
Long used as a home remedy for a variety of ailments, medical-grade honey was shown to be an effective topical antimicrobial agent in a 2008 University of Amsterdam study, led by Paulus H.S. Kwakman and published in the journal "Clinical Infectious Diseases."
Honey's anti-microbial property can help fight against bacteria that can contribute to pimples. Smear a light layer of honey on the affected area and let it sit on the skin for 15 minutes before washing off with cold water.
Zinc pills can be had for a few bucks at your local drug store, or you may already have multivitamins sitting around that contain the daily recommended dosage. Zinc has been cited by many as a household remedy for inflamed acne, but keep in mind that you don't need to gorge yourself on zinc pills to see a result.
A 2000 French study led by Jean Meynadier and published in the "European Journal of Dermatology" concluded that there's no added benefit to taking more than the recommended dose of zinc when using it to treat inflammatory acne.
Water can be used to alleviate issues related to pimples. Drinking at least eight cups of the clear stuff every day hydrates your skin and flushes out toxins that may be contributing to the problem.
It also helps to wash you face regularly with water. Use warm water to wash with a gentle soap, and then rinse with cold water to close your pores.
A 2006 study led by Robyn N. Smith and published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" concluded that nutrition plays a role in the severity of acne, and that participants who avoided high-glycemic foods -- food loaded with sugar and starch -- saw significantly better reduction of acne.
A few examples of low-glycemic foods are soy milk, whole grains, yogurt and less-sugary fruits such as grapefruit and apples. Foods to avoid on a low-glycemic diet include potatoes, white breads and watermelon.
A naturally occurring substance derived from the aloe plant, aloe vera is available in lotion form in virtually every drug store, and there's a good chance you have some sitting in your bathroom right now.
Aloe vera is rich in nutrients and anti-bacterial agents that can cleanse the skin. Choose a product that is gentle and fragrance-free, so as not to further irritate your skin and inflame pimples. Before beginning an acne-treating regimen with aloe vera, do a spot test with to check for any adverse or allergic reactions.
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