9 Genius Overnight DIY Remedies For Acne

Monika Khajuria
·6-min read

So, you woke up with a nasty pimple on the face. Or it just might be just a throbbing under your skin that is surely going to develop into a full-blown acne attack. While the elders tell you to wait for the acne to finish its term, who has got time for that? Whether there is an event that you want to attend, an important work meeting or not, you do not want to suffer from acne. You want it gone and you want it gone now!

Luckily, with some DIY remedies, you can get rid of acne overnight. Well, kind of! If you work fast and use these remedies before the explosion happens, you can stop the acne in its tracks. These remedies are made up of some amazing natural ingredients replete with skin-rejuvenating properties that work great in healing your skin rapidly and getting rid of acne. Read on to know all about these remedies.

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1. Honey

Honey is the number one choice of many for all of their skin ailments. The moisturising effect and the antibacterial properties of honey is the reason for that. It not only deeply nourishes the skin but also lifts the bacteria off your face. It is, therefore, considered one of the best remedies for acne.[1]

What you need

  • Honey, as needed

Method of use

  • Wash your face and pat dry.

  • Dab the honey on the acne.

  • Leave it on overnight.

  • Wash it off in the morning.

2. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a multipurpose oil that is a one-stop remedy for all your beauty woes, including acne. Tea tree oil has strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties that soothe the skin and wards off the harmful bacteria to rapidly heal the acne.[2]

What you need

  • 2 drops of tea tree oil

  • 10 drops of any carrier oil(coconut oil/almond oil/jojoba oil)

Method of use

  • Dilute the tea tree oil by adding it to the carrier oil of your choice.

  • Dab the concoction on the acne.

  • Leave it on for a couple of hours.

  • Rinse it off later with warm water.

3. Green Tea

Green tea is full of antioxidants that fight the free radicals to heal the skin and boost skin regeneration. The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea help to soothe the inflamed skin due to acne. Additionally, EGCG(epigallocatechin gallate), a polyphenol found in green tea is proven to be effective against acne.[3]

What you need

  • 1-2 green tea bags

  • 1 cup of water

Method of use

  • Brew a cup of green tea.

  • Let it cool down to room temperature.

  • Using a cotton pad, apply the green tea on the acne.

  • Leave it on overnight.

  • Rinse it off in the morning.

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4. Aloe Vera

For an inflamed and aggressive acne breakout, aloe vera comes to your rescue. Aloe vera is a powerhouse of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiseptic properties, all of which impart it an anti-acne effect and also helps you get the skin of your dreams.[4]

What you need

  • Aloe vera gel, as needed

Method of use

  • Wash your face and pat dry.

  • Apply the aloe vera gel on your acne.

  • Leave it on overnight.

  • Wash it off in the morning.

5. Cinnamon And Honey

This is a proven acne remedy. The anti-inflammatory effect of cinnamon coupled with the moisturising and antibacterial properties of honey gives you a powerful remedy to fight acne.[5]

What you need

  • 2-3 tbsp honey

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon powder

Method of use

  • Combine both the ingredients in a bowl.

  • Use a cotton ball to dab the mixture on your acne.

  • Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.

  • Rinse it off thoroughly later.

6. Lemon Juice

Lemon is a God-sent for those with oily skin. This acidic natural ingredient is filled with antibacterial properties that help to keep the bacteria away and dries out the acne. Additionally, the vitamin C present in lemon boosts the collagen production in the skin to make it smooth and flawless.[6][7]

Note: While lemon is a great remedy for acne, it can be harsh on your skin. You can also dilute the lemon juice with some water before application to cushion the harsh effect of lemon. If you have extremely sensitive skin, you should skip this remedy altogether.

What you need

  • Lemon juice, as needed

Method of use

  • Apply the lemon juice directly on your pimple using a cotton swab.

  • Leave it on for a few seconds.

  • Rinse it off thoroughly using lukewarm water.

7. Aspirin

Aspirin is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm the zits and soothe the pain and inflammation caused by acne.[8]

What you need

  • 1 aspirin tablet

  • A few drops of warm water

Method of use

  • Crush the aspirin tablet to get a fine powder.

  • Add a few drops of water to it to get a smooth paste.

  • Dab the aspirin paste on your affected area.

  • Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.

  • Rinse it off later with tepid water.

  • Pat dry and follow it up with some moisturiser.

8. Ice

Rubbing ice on the acne works best to keep the situation in control. The soothing and cooling effect of ice is proven to calm the acne and provide relief from any pain and discomfort.

What you need

  • 1 ice cube

  • A washcloth

Method of use

  • Wrap the ice cube in the washcloth.

  • Gently rub and press the ice on the affected area until your skin starts to become numb.

  • Let your skin dry on its own.

9. Orange Peel Powder, Milk And Honey

The citric acid present in orange peel powder helps to exfoliate the skin, unclog your pores and removes acne and blackheads. Besides, the vitamin C present in it helps to calm the skin and effectively treat the zits.[9][10] Rich in lactic acid, milk also works as a gentle exfoliant for the skin that helps to remove the dead and damaged to make it clear and smooth.[11] Honey aids these two by soothing the skin and making the process faster.

What you need

  • 1 tsp orange peel powder

  • 1-2 tsp honey

  • 2 tbsp milk

Method of use

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl to get a smooth paste.

  • Use a cotton ball to apply this mixture on the affected areas.

  • Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.

  • Rinse it off thoroughly later.

  • Follow it up with some moisturiser.

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