I often see girls and boys applying lemon juice, tomatoes and even garlic paste on their pimples. These are highly acidic and can cause irritation. They can also leave burns, blemishes ugly scars on the skin. Toothpaste can also cause an irritant reaction.
Tips from the kitchen
Neem and honey
Make a paste of neem leaves. Add half a teaspoon of honey to it. Apply this on the pimples for ten minutes. rinse with cold water. Honey has been used topically for centuries to heel wounds and burns. In vitro, honey has been found to carry out antibacterial and antifungal activity against organisms that commonly infect surgical wounds. Neem leaves have antimicrobial effects and will kill the germs that cause acne. They also help cleanse the skin.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil, an essential oil extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree indigenous to Australia, is also beneficial. It reduces blackheads and whiteheads as well as dryness, itching and burning. It can be applied once a day and left on for about four hours and should then be washed. Tea tree oil is also used as an astringent or a toner.
Witch hazel (hamamelis virginiana) bark extract is considered very safe for topical use as an acne treatment. A decoction can be made with 5gm of the herb in one cup of water, and then applied on the affected area. It should be left for about twenty minutes and then rinsed. Tannins present in witch hazel have natural astringent, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
Green tea bags
Green tea bags can also be applied on acne. Tannins present in green tea have natural astringent, anti- inflammatory and antiseptic prperties.