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Getting a pimple or acne rash is so annoying. They pop out of nowhere, uninvited and can completely ruin your day. There are actually no permanent remedies known for acne, which means all you can do is manage them when they pop up.

So how can you effectively get rid of unwanted pimples and acne rashes? Well, the answer may lie in your kitchen only.

Related: How to treat cystic acne
These are topical remedies that can help control acne flare ups. For more permanent results, consult a doctor for ingestible medications.

1. Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 1-2 drops tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba/olive/coconut/vegetable oil.
Preparation and application-Mix the two oils together and store for later use. Apply a few drops of the mixture on the skin where it is affected and let it sit.

Why it works

Tea tree oil can be found as an active ingredient in a number of remedies for acne, especially acne pertaining to the cheeks, forehead, chin or even the lips. It is very versatile and potent with a good level of anti-microbial action and can help provide antioxidant benefits, making it amazing for acne treatments.

It can also help treat any type of cystic pimples or rashes and acne spots. For best results keep reapplying the mix till the acne clears up.

Precautions-Do a patch test to test for any allergies before using any essential oil.

Skin types-All but sensitive skin

2. Epsom Salt

  • 1 tsp Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Cotton rounds or cotton ball
Preparation and application

Add the salt in the water and mix it very well. Soak up the mixture with the cotton ball and apply onto affected area. Leave on the skin for a few minutes and rinse with lukewarm water followed by splashing cool water on your face.

Why it works
Epsom salt can help exfoliate dead cells on the skin and kills bacteria. It also helps in balancing the pH levels of your skin. Use the remedy for back and butt acne. Repeat once/twice every day for best results.

Precautions-Epsom salt can be drying on the skin. Use a lightweight moisturizer after the remedy.

Skin types-Oily, combination and normal skin.

3. Milk Of Magnesia

Ingredients-Liquid milk of magnesia

Preparation and application-Apply a thin, even layer of milk of magnesia on the pimple/acne rash and let it dry completely.

Why it works

Milk of magnesia can help disinfect the acne area and kill any germs as well as draws out the excess oil from the skin without stripping the skin dry. Leave it on for around 30-40 minutes or overnight for best results.

Precautions-Do not use the remedy for too long as it can dry out your skin.

Skin types-Dry, oily and combination.

4. Fish Oil

Ingredients-1 bottle of good quality fish oil pills or as recommended by your doctor.

Preparation and application-Consume internally with water or pop open the capsule and apply topically over affected area.

Why it works

The presence of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can help the body control the skin inflammation when you get pimples and can help in quickening the process of healing.

Time Duration-You will need to take the pills for a few months to keep the acne in control.

Precautions-Do a patch test and talk to your healthcare practitioner to ensure no allergies exist before taking the capsules.

Skin types-Dry, oily, combination.

5. Coconut Oil

Ingredients-2-3 drops of coconut oil.

Preparation and application-Rub the oil between your palms to warm it up. Apply the warmed-up oil with the fingertips onto the affected area, massaging the skin in circular motions.

Why it works

Unlike popular belief, acne can be caused from dryness of skin and you need to hydrate the skin to keep it healthy and help it heal. Coconut oil acts as an emollient and provides antibacterial benefits.

The antioxidants can help heal the skin and regenerate skin cells. This is suitable for adult or teenage acne and acne caused by different causes. For best results, leave it on for a few hours and reapply twice daily.

Precautions-Safe for use by people of all ages.

Skin Type-Dry, oily, combination