7 spot remedies that actually work

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

It’s the evening before your date and despite the fact you’ve spent a quarter of your pay cheque on countless spot treatments each week you’ve still got that ghastly spot staring back at you. The sad thing about it is that it only seems to be getting bigger and as you gawk into the mirror in horror you fear that’s what your date will also be gawking at from across the table tomorrow. But before you get out the tweezers and your old extractor causing further damage, we've got 7 of the best home remedies sure to work on evicting your skins new foe in no time.

Aloe vera

Used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for treating wounds, cuts, and inflammation, Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. It can also help to accelerate the healing process of your pimples and reduce the risk of scarring. Even Cleopatra was believed to use aloe vera as part of her beauty routine.

Lemon juice

Due to lemons high levels of antioxidants, natural levels of citric acid and antiseptic qualities lemon juice is a great contender, some other interesting qualities of lemon juice is that it can also help to fade pigmentation and scarring.

Tea tree oil

If you can get past the strong smell that is tea tree oil you will be met by one of natures best, penetrating the epidermis to help unblock and clean your pores with its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, it will decrease the amount of breakout causing bacteria, clearing your spot before the big event.


Turmeric contains curcumin which naturally brings down swelling and associated pain all while fighting bacteria. To take advantage of this mix with water to create a paste and voila.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is an astringent that works by naturally drying and shrinking blemishes along with your pores. So it comes as a bonus that because it shrinks your pores, dirt and acne causing bacteria will find it harder to clog your pores.

Take probiotics

There is a strong connection between gut health and skin health, by creating a healthy balance of bacteria in your stomach with probiotics you can help decrease overall skin inflammation and encourage healthier skin from the inside out.

Work on controlling your stress levels

When you’re under stress your body pumps out hormones that can trigger the onset of a spot such as cortisol. This hormone causes glands under your skin to produce more oil. This excess oil can get trapped inside hair follicles, along with dirt and dead skin cells and then produce that pesky spot you’re dealing with. So take some time for yourself to do something you love and helps relax you - whatever that may be.

By Melissa Hawkes

Melissa is a freelance writer and skin specialist that loves to travel. She and her partner share a home in Western Australia with one extraordinary little boy and an entourage of animals.
You can follow her work and family life on Instagram @_melissahawkes

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