12 Weird Acne Cures You’ve Never Even Thought Of

You learn something new every day. For example, yesterday, I did not know that Justin Bieber was an adult coloring book enthusiast who also has a penchant for hentai art. Today, I know this to be true. Something else I learned today? Apparently, girls on Instagram are rubbing garlic all over their faces in order to get rid of acne. According to beauty vlogger Farah Dukai, this dries up zits practically overnight.

Sounds crazy, no? But here’s the kicker–this trick actually works. Seventeen asked a dermatologist about the trick, who said that while the exact effects of garlic and acne haven’t been studied, garlic contains allicin, which is a known anti-inflammatory. Since inflammation is a major issue with acne (think a big, swollen whitehead on your nose), reducing it is a great way to make your skin look better. 

Rubbing garlic on your zit isn’t the only weird acne cure out there by a long shot. There are tons of random things that get rid of pimples and keep your skin clear. Interested? Check out instructions for the garlic trick below, as well as some other weird acne cures that you’ve never even thought of before:

1. Garlic:

GET RID OF PIMPLES OVER NIGHT! GARLIC will flatten your pimple and get rid of it overnight, if not instantly! Take a clove of garlic and make some cuts in it to extract some garlic juice RUB the garlic on any pimples that you may have If you have a whitehead like me – itll be gone INSTANTLY and wont come back If you have a larger pimple beneath the surface, rub the garlic on it and leave it on over night. Youll wake up with it GONE! Try this out.. it REALLY works to flatten the pimple and make sure it doesn't come back! #hudabeauty #wakeupandmakeup #vegas_nay #diy #makegirlz #byefeliciapimple *disclaimer – if you have sensitive skin, do a test patch first. If it starts to string or you feel discomfort rinse off immediately*

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For this acne cure, just take a clove of garlic and squeeze the juice over your pimple. It should get rid of it almost immediately.

2. Putting Listerine on a pimple.:



It’s like the toothpaste trick, just faster.

3. Using Visine to get rid of redness:



Visine, which is used to take redness out of irritated eyes, also works to remove redness from pimples.


4. Making green tea ice cubes:



Ice by itself is great for reducing swelling, so adding some green tea is a great way to speed up the anti-inflammatory process.


5. Mixing basil and green tea:



Basil is a natural antihistamine, which is great for reducing swelling and irritation. Mix it some with green tea to speed up the process.


6. Applying aloe vera:


This mixture of aloe vera and lemon will clear up pores, remove excess oil, and clear up your skin without overdrying it.


7. Mixing tea tree oil and coconut oil:



Tea tree oil is an easy, natural way to shrink zits. Mix some with coconut oil to avoid excess drying, and put it on your face overnight. When you wake up, your skin will be clear.

8. Hydrogen peroxide:



This hydrogen peroxide tip for getting rid of blackheads couldn’t be simpler–all you need to do is exfoliate your skin and use a cotton ball to rub some hydrogen peroxide on it. Leave it on overnight, and when you wake up, your blackheads will be gone.


9. Crushed aspirin:



Aspirin contains salicylic acid, which is an ingredient you’ve probably seen in a bunch of acne products. Make your own acne mask by crushing up some uncoated aspirin, mixing with lemon juice, and leave it on your face for about ten minutes.


10. Using tomatoes in a face mask:



Tomatoes are great for your skin–crush up a tomato, mix it with two tablespoons whole milk, and leave it on overnight. In the morning, your face will be bright and glowy.


11. DIY salt water:



Ever notice how your skin looks great after the beach? Emulate that effect with this DIY sea salt spray–spritz it on your face at morning and night and you’ll see the changes quickly.


12. Turmeric:



Turmeric is another great, natural anti-inflammatory–combine some with honey and aloe vera and leave it on for about thirty minutes. After you rinse with water, you’ll notice a difference almost immediately.


What do you think of these cures? Would you ever try any of them? Let us know in the comments!

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