How To Get Rid Of Heat Pimples Naturally

Soothe those body heat-induced breakouts with some simple and effective home remedies.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. CP Thajudheen, MD
By Shaheen Naser

The red, rash-like pimple that appears on your face can be due to the internal heat of your body, and it is known as heat pimples. It often occurs right on your cheeks or forehead, making you conscious about it. If you are wondering how to get rid of heat pimples, we have the answer.

If you are struggling with heat pimples, it is crucial to learn the reasons behind them. Once you know the causes, it gets easy to control them. This article explains everything you need to know about heat pimples. Keep reading.

What Causes Heat Pimples?

We all know what pimples are. But there is another, more menacing form of this skin problem that, at first, seems like a rash. Heat pimples or acne mechanica are red boils that appear on your skin in patches. These pimples are caused due to exposure to excessive heat or pressure. It may also occur if your skin is rubbed and as a result of frictional stress. The condition worsens when the skin is wrapped under tight clothes.

Your internal body heat is what causes them. It is observed that some people have low or normal body heat, while others have high internal body heat. This encourages overproduction of sebum that clogs your skin pores. This ultimately leads to heat pimples.

Other causes include:

  • Infection caused by bacteria
  • Clogged sweat glands
  • Poor diet
  • Poor hygiene
  • Tight-fitting clothes
  • Alcohol consumption
  • A weak immune system

In the next section, we will explore a few simple home remedies that can help heal heat pimples.

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Heat Pimples

1. Castor Oil

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As we know, pimples are caused by a microbial infection. The major constituent of castor oil is ricinoleic acid, which exhibits anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. This can decrease the inflammation associated with the heat pimple (1).

You Will Need
  • 2-3 drops of castor oil
  • A few drops of sandalwood oil
  • 250 ml of boiling water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix a few drops of castor oil with sandalwood oil.
  2. Add the mixture to boiling water and keep it aside for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Apply this oil mixture to your face.
  4. Pat your face dry and wash it off the next morning.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this two times a week.

2. Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera gel exhibits antimicrobial properties that can help mitigate any bacterial infection that causes pimples. It also promotes faster healing and even has a soothing effect on the heat pimple (2).

You Will Need

Aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Take some aloe vera gel in a teaspoon.
  2. Apply this to the pimple.
  3. You can leave it on overnight and rinse off in the morning.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat once a day until the pimple is healed.

3. Honey

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Honey has always proven to be effective in fighting infection. Its antibacterial properties may help in reducing the infection that causes pimples. It also has a cooling and soothing effect on your skin (3).

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • A clean gauze
What You Have To Do
  1. Using one end of the gauze, apply honey to the pimple.
  2. Repeat this several times with a fresh gauze.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat 3-4 times daily.

4. Lemon Juice

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As we are aware, lemon is rich in vitamin C and has antibacterial properties (4). These properties can help in reducing heat pimples and soothing the skin surrounding them.

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • Honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the lemon juice and honey.
  2. Apply this to the pimple and leave it on for 5 minutes.
  3. Rinse off with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once daily.

Stylecraze Says
Instead of lemon juice, you can also try other vitamin C-packed citrus juices made from tangerine, grape, or lime paired with honey to reduce pimples.

5. Turmeric Powder

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Turmeric contains curcumin that is anti-inflammatory. A mixture of turmeric and yogurt can reduce the swelling associated with heat pimples and soothe your skin (5), (6).

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons of yogurt
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a teaspoon of turmeric powder and make a thick paste by mixing it with the yogurt.
  2. Apply to the pimple and allow it to dry.
  3. Wash off with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This

For the best results, apply this paste two times a day.

6. Neem Leaves

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Neem possesses antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties (7). These can help alleviate the swelling and infection that arise with a heat pimple. The paste can also have a cooling effect on your skin and promote faster healing.

You Will Need
  • 8-10 neem leaves
  • A teaspoon of sandalwood powder
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil some neem leaves in water, strain the decoction, and let it cool.
  2. Add a teaspoon of sandalwood powder to this decoction to make a fine paste.
  3. Apply the paste to the heat pimple.
  4. Wash it off with cold water after it dries completely.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply once daily to see a visible change.

7. Cold Compress

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Studies show that a cold compress can help mitigate heat pimples. The low temperature of the compress can have a soothing effect on the inflammation associated with pimples (8).

You Will Need

Ice water

What You Have To Do
  1. Soak a clean washcloth in ice-cold water.
  2. Wring out the excess water and place it on the area with pimples.
  3. Do this for 10 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this procedure 3-4 times a day.

8. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Owing to its antimicrobial properties, apple cider vinegar can effectively combat bacterial infections (9). This may help get rid of the pimple and aid faster healing.

You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and dilute it with water.
  2. Dab a bit of this solution on a cotton ball and apply it to the heat pimple.
  3. Leave it on and secure it with surgical tape or band-aid.
  4. Wash it off after a couple of hours.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this once a day.

9. Cucumber

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Cucumber extracts are rich sources of bioactive compounds that can reduce the appearance of lesions or pimples that arise as a result of body heat. It has a cooling effect on your skin (10).

You Will Need
  • A fresh cucumber
  • Cold water
What You Have To Do
  1. Grate a fresh cucumber and collect the pulpy mixture.
  2. Use this on the pimple.
  3. Wash it off with cold water after 15 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this paste once a day to achieve fast results.

This was a list of the home remedies that you can use to treat heat pimples. Next, we will see what lifestyle changes you can adopt to avoid heat pimples.

Other Lifestyle Changes To Avoid Heat Pimples

  • Ensure that you have a balanced diet, replete with nutrients and fiber.
  • Avoid excessive intake of processed dairy products and fish.
  • Drink more water as this promotes the circulation of essential nutrients to your skin, making it look healthy and supple.
  • Avoid getting stressed easily as this can result in the appearance of pimples. You can try a few simple relaxation techniques, like deep breathing, to relieve anxiety and stress.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes that do not cause skin irritation.
  • Do not touch your face with unclean hands. Our hands carry a large number of bacteria that can cause infection.
  • Get adequate rest and sleep every day.
  • Wash your face after exposure to dust and pollution. Exfoliate once every week to avoid pimples.
  • In case you observe heat pimples frequently, seek immediate medical help. Consult your dermatologist to ensure a safe and effective treatment.
Fun Fact
Keep your skin cool with ice, ice packs, cooling lotions, and cooling wipes to prevent heat pimples. You can also drink cucumber juice or use a cucumber or rose water face mist to keep your skin cool.

Heat pimples are common during summers and are painful, sore, and uncomfortable. However, you can easily avoid them or relieve the symptoms by following the recipes and methods discussed in the article. These remedies may soothe the redness and discomfort associated with heat pimples.

However, everyone may not see the same result. So, consult a doctor if you do not notice any difference in the pain, inflammation, and discomfort.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a heat pimple last?

Heat pimples can last up to two to three days. However, in severe cases, they may last for a week.

What do heat pimples look like?

Heat pimples are small inflamed, blister-like (with pus), and have a constant pricky and itchy sensation.

What is a good cream for heat rash?

Hydrocortisone creams may manage heat rashes. They can be applied twice or thrice a day.

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