How To Get Rid of Pimples

So if you’re on this page, chances are you may look like this and want to get rid of pimples!


I know whenever I get a pimple, I just want to hide and wait for it to go away. But that’s not always possible, unfortunately. However, I’ll go through a list of things you can use that will help get rid of pimples fast or that can serve as a pimple treatment. If you haven’t already, read our page on What Causes Acne. Remember, we are not medical professionals, so please only use these suggestions at your own risk. Let’s get started!

The Basics

Everyone should already know and do this one: wash your face! You should be washing your face at least twice a day, in my opinion, first thing in the morning and right before bed. Exfoliating occasionally is also a good idea in order to really deep clean your pores and help prevent pimples. I personally use St. Ives Apricot Scrub and PanOxyl for my face, but feel free to use what works for you. Just make sure your products are non-comedogenic so you won’t block your pores.

Bonus tip: stop touching your face! Sometimes we touch our face during the day, depending on what you have on your hands, you may be applying it to your face and pores as well.


It sounds simple, but water can do wonders for your skin and helping get rid of pimples. Making sure you stay hydrated everyday can help flush out impurities from your body which could effect acne and blemishes. Also, steam is a great way to help open your pores.

Now here’s a list of items and products that can help you, many of which you probably have lying around your house!

Lemon Juice
Many people don’t know it, but lemon has anti-bacterial properties. It also contains Vitamin C and citric acid, which are both beneficial for your skin.

How To Use: Apply lemon juice directly to the trouble spot. Keep it on for no more than 30 minutes and rinse, due to the acidity.

Who doesn’t love honey? Smells great and tastes even better! Did you know, though, that it has anti-bacterial properties and antioxidants? That makes this sticky, sweet treat a staple in the how to remove pimples game plan.

How To Use: Apply a small amount of honey to the problem area, not too much that it drips. You can leave it on for as long as you want, but I usually rinse it off after 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Apple Cider Vinegar
appleApple Cider Vinegar is a favorite of mine because it actually has many health benefits. It has both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Luckily it’s good for pimple treatment as well if you’re wondering how to get rid of acne! 

How To Use: Just dab a small amount on the pimple, and rinse it off after 10 minutes. My favorite apple cider vinegar can be found on Amazon.


Tea Tree Oil

tea tree oil

Taken from the leaves of a small tree native to Australia, tea tree oil has many uses, and definitely helps get rid of pimples. And it has a great fresh scent!

How To Use: Make sure you dilute the oil, as it can be aggressive and burn your skin. Just mix one part tea tree oil with nine parts water, and apply it to your skin with cotton balls or Q-tips for pimple treatment.

If you’re curious, grab a bottle of my personal favorite.

Epsom Salt
epsom salt
This is another one of my favorite methods and not very well-known I believe, but it’s a great way to get rid of pimples fast. Epsom salt relieves inflammation and can help dry a pimple out.

How To Use: I heat up a cup of water, mix in a teaspoon of Epsom salt, and then soak a cotton ball. I then hold the cotton ball on the pimple for 10-15 minutes. The heat will help open up the pore and the salt will help pull and dry the sucker out. Make sure it’s not too hot before you touch it to your face!

garlicIt’s stinky, but it does a pretty darn good job for pimple treatment. Garlic has a load of health benefits, but namely anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

How To Use: Crush up a clove of garlic, dab some of the garlic juice on your trouble spot, and rinse off after 20 minutes or so. You’ll ward off vampires, too!

Really? Does it work? Applying ice to your pimple can help reduce swelling and inflammation, which helps diminish the size and redness.

This is a great pimple treatment if you couldn’t hold off and already popped the pimple, leaving it inflamed. No how to use section for this one as it’s pretty self-explanatory!

There you have it, a full list of mostly everyday items that can be used to get rid of pimples. If you decide to use any of the methods above, I would recommend that you do one method 2-3 times throughout the day for best results. However, I would not do all of these suggestions on one day, that would be too much for your skin to handle.

I hope these recommendations prove to be helpful for those both wondering how to treat pimples and how to prevent pimples.

Have any suggestions or ideas for other treatments? Let us know and we can check them out!