7 Acne Busters in Your Medicine Cabinet
Acne, zits, pimples, cysts, blemishes spots, OH MY!
While expensive cleansers and trips to the dermatologist can help, I’ve found a few common drug store items to be the best products in my arsenal in the fight against acne!
- Calamine Lotion
Calamine lotion is commonly used to relieve symptoms of poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, sunburns, rashes, and insect bites. It can also help dry oozing and weeping skin caused from ivy, oak, and sumac poisons.
What I find Calamine lotion does, is it reduces swelling and redness caused by cystic acne. When placed over a freshly lanced/or open cyst the calamine lotion will also speed up the healing process.
Calamine lotion can be found at any drugstore, I’ve found the cheapest bottles at Walmart.
- Hydrocolloid Bandage
Hydrocolloid dressings, more commonly known as blister bandages, are typically used to draw out fluids from wounds and keep the wound free of bacteria.
These bandages work for acne sufferers by absorbing pus and oil from a pimple. When placed over a clean and open pimple, the bandage will draw out any bad stuff left over, and hasten the healing process. These are particularly great for cysts, the big painful zits, as I find they reduce the pain and swelling accompanied with a monster pimple when worn overnight. Bonus, the bandages also keep your skin form scarring!
Both Band-Aid and Nexcare brands have their own blister bandages. You can find them at Target, Walgreens or any local drug store.
- Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel is most widely used to decrease itching, pain, swelling in skin irritations such as bruises, burns, and insect bites. However, for an acne treatment Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that removes excess oil, clears contaminants, and stop bleeding. I’ve found it reduces the irritation and inflammation of a zit and it’s great for black heads as the liquid seeps deep into pores, preventing acne before it even starts!
Witch Hazel can be found at any local drugstore such as Rite-Aid, Walmart and Walgreens as well as any vitamin shop.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is used to detoxify the body. It has antibacterial and anti-viral properties and helps rebalance the body’s chemicals.
As an acne treatment, Apple Cider Vinegar kills the bacteria on the skin causing pimples and helps to remove dead skin cells clogging pores. Be sure to dilute this, though, as it’s pretty acidic and can cause skin damage if used incorrectly.
You can purchase Apple Cider Vinegar at any grocery store or at Walmart.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is typically used as an antiseptic for cuts, abrasions, burns, insect bites, and stings. The chemicals in Tea Tree Oil kill bacteria and fungal infections, and can be used to reduce allergic reactions.
It works wonders when used topically to treat acne. I find it dries out pimples when applied to an open spot and helps prevent new flare-ups when used as a toner.
You can find Tea Tree Oil at the Vitamin Shoppe, as well as some Walgreens.
Over the counter Aspirin is used to treat pain, fevers, arthritis and inflammation. It’s commonly used to treat aches and pains, but can be used as an amazing acne treatment.
A crushed up aspirin can be mixed with water to create a paste and then placed over a pimple. This will decrease the swelling, redness and pain associated with the zit.
I had a huge cyst the night before my wedding used the aspirin paste to do just that!
- Raw Honey
Raw, pure, unpasteurized, unheated, and unprocessed honey contains vitamins and enzymes that can be used in a variety of different ways. It has scientifically proven antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Applying Raw Honey to a pimple for 30 minutes can cause a pimple to diminish in size.
You can purchase Raw Honey at Vitamin Shoppe or in the organic section at your local grocery store.