Pimples and Acne are one of the worst nightmares for any woman. They have been haunting us since our teenage days and sometimes even after. They use form on the face, back, shoulders, neck and chest. When the pores of the face gets clogged up due to the accumulation of sebum, dead cells and dirt, it leads to pimples. It’s pretty common for oily skin types, but even people with dry and normal skin sometimes face it.

But do you know why do they pop up suddenly on the face?

Our skin has lots of pores on the surface which are connected to the sebaceous glands present just below the surface. These sebaceous glands produce sebum (an oily substance), which is released on the skin through the pores, along with the dead skin. Sometimes these sebaceous glands are over-active and end up producing a lot of sebum. This in turn clogs the pores of the skin, forming a red spot on the skin. When the bacteria on this red spot begin to multiply and grow, it leads to the formation of pimple.

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What Causes Pimples/Acne?

The most common reasons which leads to the development of pimples are-

1. Heredity:

If you have a genetic problem, then the pimples on face will reoccur through your life time. The genetic rationale behind it is the hyper-active sebaceous glands which produces a lot of sebum, leading to a pimple formation. In this case, you should consult a skin- specialist, as home remedies and natural methods may not provide a permanent solution to your problem. For serious acne or pimples, oral medication is necessary for a particular time period. Procedures such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion can be very effective as it reduces the occurrence of acne and also reduces the acne spots and blemishes.

2. Hormonal pimples/acne:

If you think you have passed away your teenage years and wont fear pimples anymore, you may be in the wrong perception. Adult pimple or acne is caused due to the hormonal imbalance in the body. It is very common symptom of PMS and also occurs during the menopause period.

However there are many hormonal therapies to treat adult acne effectively and safely.

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3. Oily food:

This is the most important reason of pimple formation in today’s generation. Eating a lot of fried and processed food; trigger your oil glands and thus producing sebum which leads to pimples, blackheads and breakouts.

Try to include foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, protein and iron rich diet to get a glowing skin. This is one of the most important tips on how to avoid pimples in the first place.

4. Skin care products:

While using your favourite beauty products, you often forget the fact that these can also cause pimples and blackheads. Using products which are not suitable for skin type, is a complete no-no.

Switching products very frequently causes a lot of harm to skin, as the new ingredients in the product can irritate your skin causing pimples and breakouts.

5. Make up removal:

How often have you felt tired and lazy to remove your make up before you hit the bed??? But do know that sleeping with your make up on, can lead to clogged pores and trap acne-causing bacteria which lead to the formation of pimples. At the end of the day, the dirt, oil and make up add on triple pressure on your face.

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6. Travelling:

When you travel far, the change in the environment like the weather, temperature, humidity, water etc triggers the formation of pimples. You cannot change the climatic factors, but can always wash your face with bottled water.

7. Stress:

When you worry too much, it is reflected on your skin prominently. Stress cannot alone cause pimple, but it aggravates the problem by releasing inflammatory chemicals neuropeptides.

Exercise daily for at least 20 minutes and practice yoga and meditation to relive stress.

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Now that you have seen the reasons, let us look at some home remedies for acne.

Daily Treatment For Pimples:

The most important daily treatment or home remedy for pimples is cleansing, exfoliation, toning and moisturising, otherwise known as CTM routine.


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  • Ivy-Silvia

    this is a great post! will definitely be trying some of these out! S,x

    • Ratsyte

      I used to have many pimples on my face, but I use face masks with honey and cinnamon. You need two spoons of honey and a pinch of cinnamon, mix all together and then grease on your face. After 20 minutes wash with warm water. This procedure should be repeated at least twice a week, I used to do this every day for two weeks. By the way, in your country, you call these things “pimples”, “zits”, “acne”, in our country we call them – spuogai , do you gave any other synonyms to this?

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

    Thank you ivy!!!!!!!!! happy that liked it… :)

  • Sowmya

    I have extremely sensitive skin and using the anti pimple creams in the market has never been option for me but all these simple home remedies you have given here look soooo very promising! I am certain that i will very soon have clear skin. Thanks Ankita

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      happy that you liked it.. :)

  • Vishakha

    Hi can u suggest treatments too!! see i have acne issues as in i get too many of white and black heads.. they tend to grow inside of the skin.. and hardly pop out.. if they do.. they cover a huge area to trouble the skin.. i get cleanups every 20 days!! but the very secnd day my face is bak to that.. can u help me.. i avoid using cosmetics and ohter creams on my face.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Try using natural scrubs for your face.. use oatmeal scrub or chocolate scrub if you have oily skin..

  • Anindita

    This article imparts a lot of knowledge on pimples Ankita.. It will be of real help to me and my sister.. :) Thanks a lot for sharing this article..:)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Thank you!!!!! happy that you liked it..:)

  • christi

    These are some amazing tips for acne ankita:) will surely try these soon:)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      do try and let me know!!!! :)

  • Ashita

    Style Craze you guys post really good articles… your beauty experts seem to be well versed with all most all thngs.. really glad to come to your website often.. :) thnks for being there. Ankita Mam.. your article is really helpful. Thanks a lot for rescuing me of the brutal acne torture..

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      ashita.. *hugs* *hugs*….
      thank you for your kind words!!!!!!

  • Urvashi

    Hi, can you please suggests some tips to remove some black and white heads naturally? I am facing a lot of issues with them.. because my skin is very oily.. i dont have those pimple like pops on the face.. just too mch of black and white heads..

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      to remove blackheads and white heads, scrub your nose and face well, with a scrub of your choice. try the chocolate scrub or the oatmeal scrub or the besan and rice flour scrub..

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/babitharao/ Babitha

    good one:) Drinking loads of water is the simplest way to flush out toxins from the body !

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Exactly babitha!!!!! :) :)
      make water your best friend.. :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/pavitrabanerjee/ Pavitra

    Hey Ankita! Another brilliant article! Pimples have plagued me ever since my teenage years and i have never really put much faith in home remedies before. But it seems like i am at my wits end now! Can you let me know which would the best combination to use for extremely oily and problematic skin?

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      heya pavitra…
      happy that you liked it… :) :)

      you can try the neem and multani mitti face pack for your skin… do try and let me know!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.brook.984 Ashley

    what a brilliant and well informed article you have posted with so many good tips

    • http://www.facebook.com/ankita.biswas.50 Ankita Biswas

      Thank you!!!!!!
      happy that you liked it.. :)

  • Spandhana Cutey

    i have black spots on my face …would u suggest some tips for their removal

  • sukanya

    hieee…m suffering from acene problem would u suggest me the best treatment….which will gently recover my face….

  • Faz

    Hi Ankita, thank you for this very informative post! It is exactly what I was looking for. I am planning a cleansing regimen using natural homemade remedies. Do you have any recipes for a good moisturizer? I have oily to combination skin, my forehead gets really oily midday and i’m prone to some acne on my cheeks. I get a few really painful zits when i’m pmsing. As a cleanser i’m trying a oil cleanser in the evening (using olive oil) and a honey cleanser in the morning. As a toner i’m using ACV with alcohol free which hazel. Now to find a good moisturizer…

    Thank you

  • shree

    HI I am facing acne and black marks now a days and mine is dry skin so please help me out which is the best home remedies for me

  • Deepika

    hey can u tell me how to remove pimple marks?? Thanks

  • Ritika Jain

    i m suffering from many pimples , red scares,nd black heads also plz suggest me to remove the all skin problm nd for clear skin . i have also suggest with dermatologist bt there is no improvment on my face. so plz tell me what should i do……

  • Deepak

    I am suffering from many pimples,can u tell me the best way to get rid of it

  • umar

    Good information home made tips. i like tis..

  • lovely

    for pimpal problem tips

  • lovely

    my marriage is after 6 months plz give me a tips for pimpal i am sufferring form many pimples

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  • shantha

    i m having pimples on my face .. if these steps are followed will it be reduced..

  • http://www.amazon.com/Mia-Gordon/e/B00CKMD9XQ/ Mia Gordon

    Great recipes my favourite used turmeric, tea tree, lavender and honey

  • nikkey

    I used the orange peel pack method. By mistake i took more quantity of orange peel and now my face is a bit burning. what should i do now..? will it have any side effect on my face..?

  • Rekha

    Hey Ankita, brilliant article. Thank you for sharing these easy homemade tips which actually work. The article is thoroughly researched and well written.

  • puja

    how to get rid of acne fastly by home made remedies…..plz kindly reply….

    • harsh

      for acna to can make a paste of sandalwood (for scars) and honey
      n drink lots of water…h

  • Suman Chakraborty

    Hi m Suman,

    I m suffering pimple marks from very long time, my skin is oily. I take maximum water in a day. I am doing job, that’s why i don’t have enough time to take care of my skin, I am use only face wash for my face, please give my simple home remedy suggestion for erase all marks from my skin fast.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Suman, there are few simple remedies that you can try to get rid of your marks.
      1. Lemon is a natural bleach. Vitamin C in lemon helps in rebuilding collagen. When you use lime juice on your acne scars, the spots get lighter day by day. Take a fresh lemon and squeeze out its juice. Apply this juice directly on your scars with finger tips or a cotton ball, leave it for ten minutes and wash it off with water. Do this once a day for two to three weeks during which you can see your scars diminish considerably. If your skin is very sensitive, dilute lemon juice by mixing some rose water and then apply on your scars.
      2. Honey-aspirin mask, put 2-3 aspirins in a few drops of water till they get dissolved into it and form a paste. Add honey to this aspirin-water paste and mix. Apply on your scars and leave for 15 minutes and then wash it off.
      Hope you find these tips to be useful !!

  • anna

    HI im anna,

    i have pimples on my forehead and it is getting worst now.. some of it is now dark spotted and some are clogging pores. please help me to cure this part. before i used honey and lemon before i sleep and now i am using lemon and rose water but they did not work. please help me.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Anna, the best remedies to remove pimples from forehead are:
      1. Apple Cider Vinegar – You need to swab a bit of the apple cider vinegar once or twice a day onto the affected area. This works best on a single beastly zit or blemish.
      2. Mustard Powder With Honey – Mustard contains natural salicylic acid that is an active ingredient in most over-the-counter pimple medications. While you can use bottled mustard, it is best to make your own mustard pack, by grinding together mustard and honey. Leave this pack on the zits for 15 minutes and wash off.
      For more info and remedies, you can check our other article given below.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze
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