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How to Get Rid of Pimples Fast

Pimples are a normal skin condition that affect many people. Pimples are an inflammation of the skin in which the sebaceous glands (oil glands) become infected with bacteria, swell up, and fill with pus.

pimple on forehead

Excess sebum secretion by the oil glands is the primary cause behind this problem. Pimples generally occur on the face, neck, back and shoulders. Though not a critical condition, pimples can make a person feel miserable due to their appearance.


There are a lot of lotions and medicines on the market to treat pimples but they can take time. Many natural methods are effective in treating pimples within a very short time period.

how to get rid of pimples fast

Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of pimples fast.

1. Ice

Ice can be used to quickly reduce the redness, swelling and inflammation of pimples. It helps in improving blood circulation to the affected area, and in tightening the skin pores and removing dirt and oil accumulated on the skin. You can use ice cubes or crushed ice, whichever is convenient.

Use Ice to Remove Pimples
Use this Ice Remedy to Remove Your Pimples
  1. Wrap the ice in a piece of cloth and hold it on the affected skin area for a few seconds.
  2. Wait a few minutes and repeat the process.

[Related: Top 3 Face Masks for Acne (Pimples)]

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2. Lemon

Another quick way to get rid of pimples is the use of lemon juice, which is rich in vitamin C. Lemon juice helps pimples dry up faster. Be sure to use fresh lemon juice and not bottled juice, which has preservatives. There are a couple of ways to apply this remedy.

  • Dip a clean cotton swab in fresh lemon juice and apply it to the pimples before going to bed.
  • You can also mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and put it on the pimples overnight. In the morning, wash the skin well with lukewarm water. However, this particular remedy is not suitable for those with sensitive skin.

3. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is excellent for treating acne and pimples. It has antibacterial properties that help fight the bacteria that cause these skin problems.

tea tree oil for pimples

Plus, its soothing properties help reduce the redness and inflammation of pimples. It also helps dry out blackheads and whiteheads.

  • Just dip a cotton ball in tea tree essential oil and dab it on the affected area. Rinse your face after 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Another option is to mix a few drops of tea tree oil in 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Apply it on your pimples and blemishes, leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse it off.

Note: Steer clear of tea tree oil if you have sensitive skin.

4. Toothpaste

The toothpaste that you use every morning to clean your teeth also can be used to treat pimples quickly. It is most effective when used following the ice remedy. You must use white toothpaste; avoid using gel toothpaste.

pimple home remedy

  1. Apply some white toothpaste over the affected skin area before going to bed.
  2. In the morning, wash your face with water and you will see a significant improvement in the swelling.

If you wish, you can repeat the process in the daytime also. Just make sure the toothpaste remains on the pimples for at least half an hour.


5. Steam

Steaming is wonderful for your skin at any time, but particularly when you have pimples. The steam will open your pores and allow your skin to breathe. This helps get rid of oils, dirt and bacteria trapped in the pores that can cause infection or inflammation.

  1. Fill a large container with hot water and allow the steam to come in contact with your face for a few minutes.
  2. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and, after drying, apply an oil-free moisturizer.

6. Garlic

Garlic is an antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and antioxidant agent that can help in the fast treatment of pimples. The sulfur in garlic also promotes quick healing of pimples.

  1. Cut a fresh garlic clove into two pieces.
  2. Rub the garlic on the pimples and leave it for five minutes before washing the skin with lukewarm water.
  3. Repeat the treatment several times a day.

Eating one raw garlic clove daily can also help purify your blood. But do not to eat too much raw garlic as it can upset the stomach.

7. Baking Soda

baking soda

Baking soda is another effective home remedy to get rid of pimples because it helps exfoliate the skin to remove excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells.

  1. Make a thick paste by mixing one teaspoon of baking soda with some water or lemon juice.
  2. Wash your skin well, leaving it slightly damp. Apply the paste on the affected areas and allow it to dry for a few minutes. Never keep baking soda on your skin for longer than a few minutes as it can cause dryness or irritation.
  3. Wash your face with warm water.
  4. Repeat the process twice a day for quick results.

8. Honey


Honey is a source of natural antibiotics that can speed up the healing process, as well as help prevent infections.

  1. Dip a clean cotton swab in honey, put it directly on the affected area and leave it on for half an hour.
  2. Wash the skin well with lukewarm water.
  3. Do this a few times a day.

Another option is to mix honey and cinnamon together to make a paste and applying it over the pimples before going to bed. In the morning, there will be less inflammation or swelling. Wash the skin well with cold water.

9. Cucumber


Cucumber is a rich source of potassium and vitamins such as A, C and E. It also has a cooling and soothing effect on the skin.

  1. Cut one or two fresh cucumbers into pieces and soak them in water for about an hour. The nutrients, such as vitamin A, potassium and chlorophyll will transfer to the water.
  2. Strain the water and drink it, or use the water to wash your face.

You can also make a face mask by grinding one cucumber. Apply the mask on your face and allow it to dry for 15 minutes. Wash your skin with warm water. This will help clean dirt and bacteria from your pores.

10. Papaya


Papaya fruit has a number of properties that help in the treatment of pimples. It is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin A, and it has enzymes that help reduce inflammation and make your skin soft and smooth.

  • Crush raw papaya pieces to extract its juice and apply it over the pimples. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
  • To make a exfoliating face mask, mash some papaya pieces and add a little honey. Apply this paste on your face and massage gently. Leave it on until it dries completely and then rinse it off.

Also Check: Top 3 Face Masks for Acne (Pimples)

How to Get Rid of Pimples Fast was last modified: August 8th, 2018 by Top10HomeRemedies

981 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Pimples Fast”

  1. omg yall are doing it all wrong XD my names jasmine and also to get rid of people try toothpaste mixed with lemons and honey its weird but also mix in some clearasil it really orks for me yall should try it somtimes also use ice it makes it better ;D

  2. hey guys, wanted to say, kurkumin is really the best. it gets rid of redness, pimples and tones your face. there are tongs of face masks online using kurkumin, find one that fits for you!

  3. Have been battling with pimples for d past 12 years ,I try usin ice with sensodyn toothpaste last nite after washing my face,it work great.Thank you so much you guys for the great information you shared on these platform…….Love you guys ??????????

  4. Mix lemon juice baking soda and glue that works for me leave it on for an hour .it feels like it’s burning but it actually makes your skin soft and reduces the size of the pimple. when I’m done I put ice

  5. The toothpaste works but I don’t know about the lemon juice. I am afraid it will only make the zit worse than it already is.

    1. Toothpaste really works? I tried but it burns, and got abit red and my skin is dry, pls tell me, i abit scared now to use toothpaste, i use the brand colgate.

  6. Ok so honey did work for me and so does the toothpaste but what really works is aloe Vera gel it really helps with or without the tea tree oil!

  7. Try applying dry orange peel mixed with two to three drops of lemon add a bit of turmeric and honey and add milk to it to make a thick paste.
    Then you first need to clean your face with warm water rub this mixture gently all around your face and leave this mixture for about 15 to 30 min and then wash your face with warm water and apply oil free moisturiser. It works.

  8. I think that the toothpaste works the best. The icecube is very helpful though, about 30 minutes before work or school, just put an icecube on your pimple, and it will be less redin about 10 minutes. So the icecube does work, but not to clear acne for me. I have heard to use garlic though, so I will be trying that with some crushed garlic. For those who need more tips I suggest:
    1. Wash your face with cold water, not hot. This will help reduce redness.
    2. Try using honey for an overnight mask. This hasn’t worked for me in specific, but I know that it has for others.
    3. Drinking lots of water. I dislike this one, but it does help. Everyday try to drink about a gallon of water, if you can get into that routine, you’ll never have a break out again.
    4. Don’t with with dirty hands or fingers/fingernails. This is put bacteria into the blemish, and will cause more blemishes in the surrounding area.
    5. Try to live in a clean environment. Living clean will help you to collect less bacteria.
    6. Go outside and breathe fresh air. Fresh air has shown to help acne clear, if you sit in the house you won’t clear your acne much, but just cause more. You could even just sit outside on your phone for a few hours.
    7. Not touching your face. By touching your face, you will get more bacteria into your pores and cause more breakouts.
    8. Be extra careful about your acne situation near your period. Near your period it is common for you to break out more, don’t be alarmed by that one time a month.
    9. I suggest doing masks from the store, like charcole masks, or clay masks, even a baking soda mask. All of these help to reduce redness and minimize the size of breakouts. The charcole mask just completely removes blackheads.
    10. Don’t use scrubs to often, they will begin to irritate your skin. If you are going to use them though, I suggest that you use it very gently, but for a longer period of time.
    11. Eat healthy. Your diet can effect you lots, if you eat lots of sugars you are likely to get more breakouts because your body can’t break down all that sugar. But eating a bunch of fruits is also not the answer because they have natural sugar, so it would be the same situation.
    12. If you play an intrsument that touches your face, you may find that you get breakouts in that certain area that your instrument touches. I highly suggest that you have a cloth that you can use to clean your intrument’s mouth piece or chin piece before actually putting it on your chin.

  9. Dr. Felderhoff showed me this when I was 14 (63 years ago)
    Avoid pork, (don’t know why) Avoid soft drinks (sugar ?)- especially Coke and Pepsi

    & Do this:
    1)Apply very hot facecloth to affected area – then soap the area thoroughly (heavily)
    2) Allow to dry until face feels almost stiff
    3)Wash off and apply hot face cloth for 1minute to draw out the soap as well as the excess oil & grease

    4)Repeat steps 1-3… then …..
    5) Apply very cold face cloth in order to close the pores
    I did all the above daily for almost one year and watched my skin become unbelievably better. Pork? Pepsi? Don’tknow but I followed the doctor’s orders. Hope you do too

  10. I find washing my face with a wash, and then using toner and moisturiser and in a week, your face will be clear. Also, exfoliating twice a week helps

  11. I just applied the lemon juice, on the bridge of my nose in between my eyebrows, concidering I have acne and dry skin there. It burned for a few seconds but quickly went away. I’m pretty young and my first day of school is in about five days so I’m hoping it’ll clean it a little for school. I wouldn’t mind, or care if I still hadn’t a little acne but I need most of it cleared up. Hoepfully this works!

  12. I’m going to try the honey remedy. After I try that for the half an hour thing I’m going to take my shower and before bed use the ice and toothpaste trick (classic).Hopefully after trying this for three weeks it will solve all my problems. If the toothpaste trick does not work I will switch to the ice and lemon remedy before bed. I can’t wait to try this because I’ve had enough acne problems in my life. Because believe me… walking into school everyday looking like I had eaten a pepperoni pizza wrong and having all the pepperoni’s left over on my face is not fun. Not fun at ALL! Anyway guys thanks for all the reviews and thoughts from all of you… and wish me luck! I’m seriously hoping this stuff works. Fingers crossed!!!! 🙂

  13. I am a fourteen year old girl with pretty bad acne problems who just started a couple of the remedies today… wish me luck guys!!! plus, thanks for all the great reviews. It made me think on what I should use to help me and my skin. Thanks guys!

  14. Well I’ve had this pimples for years now,I’ve used so many facial creams to remove them but they only disappeared for a week after a week they come back i hope the toothpaste will work I’m actually trying it out now……..i also had that asprin n baking powder works is it true?

  15. Guys am very much behind of baking soda….. Is it the same soda we use for in our daily cooking of traditional relish called umulembwe (delete) or the one which they use for making fritters? Please help me guys.

  16. Another remedy that really works but is kind of weird is using Listerine a dip on each pimple and they disappear leaving you with clear skin.

  17. I made a facial scrub with sugar, honey, baking soda, coffee and oil. All I can say is, I’ve used it 3 days this week and my face is SO CLEAR

  18. Hi friends.I read your comments and i decided to use toothpaste from today.i hope it wiil worm and remove my pimples.will it be harmful if i keepvit over night and remove in the morning

  19. I find that the WHITE toothpaste was really helpful i had a dinner party for work to go to and i had four pimples so i went on this website and saw toothpaste!

    I went to hve a half our nap and woke up washed off the toothpaste and all four pimples were completlay gone it was great

    *the tooth paste does leave a bit off redness jst from the minty ness of it and i recomend using colgate and only WHITE toothpaste 🙂

  20. All these upcharnuskhe are very useful for remove Pimple. I have bookmarked your website. Thanks for sharing such a great article. keep it up.

  21. does steaming work?if yes then how long does it take?
    pls dont try lemon and honey if u have acne..it transforms them into big pimples ..i tried it and it was a horrible expirience

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