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What are some homemade treatments for pimples?

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If pimples are not caused by a serious case of acne, they can usually be controlled with care and treatment at home. According to Mayo Clinic, some studies suggest that taking zinc supplements or brewer's yeast may help in healing pimples, although research is not definitive. The mineral zinc helps in healing wounds and inflammation and could also be effective in homemade skin lotions and creams for pimples.

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What are some homemade treatments for pimples?
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Consuming a specific strain of brewer's yeast called CBS 5926 seems to help in healing pimples. Azelaic acid, which occurs naturally in whole grains and animal products, is an antibacterial agent that is sometimes used in acne skin creams. Mayo Clinic states that a lotion that contains 20 percent azelaic acid seems to produce results that are similar to the conventional treatments of oral tetracycline and 5 percent benzoyl peroxide. Lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids, which are found in foods such as apples and grapes, help to unclog pores. Preparations containing 5 percent tea tree oil may be as effective as 5 percent benzoyl peroxide although they can take longer to work. Check with a doctor before using any of these home treatments, as they can have potential side effects.

It is also important to wash affected areas with a gentle cleanser, notes Mayo Clinic. Avoid overly frequent washing and harsher products such as masks, scrubs and astringents that can irritate the skin. Also avoid greasy and oily acne concealers, cosmetics, sunscreens and hair styling products.

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