DIY Spot Treatments

Wonder Years pimple

“Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” Lady Macbeth may have been a bit psycho but I can relate to her hysteria over spots. When a pimple recently surface on my chin I was like, “Cruel world, why hath thou bestowed on me crow’s feet and pimples? Woe is me.”

So I decided to try a couple of DIY recipes based on whatever I had in my pantry.

DIY pimple treatment

Cinnamon/Honey Spot Treatment

Why: Cinnamon is supposed to dry out acne and works as a natural antiseptic. It’s also can be irritating to sensitive skin. Honey works as an anti-inflammatory agent.


  1. Mix 3 parts honey to 1 part ground cinnamon powder.
  2. Stir until it becomes the consistency of a paste.
  3. Use a q-tip to dab it on to affected area. Or if you are lazy like me, use a clean finger.
  4. Leave the glob on there for at least 20 minutes before rinsing off.
  5. Don’t expect the pimple to have miraculously vanished. Instead go watch some Parks and Recreation – or just gifs of Ron Swanson. That will make you feel better.

Outcome: I got this recipe from Ecouterre, a sustainable fashion website. It had a list of acne-busting treatments and this was the one with most accessible ingredients.

The first time I tried it with Coles honey and the area became really itchy and sore. I tried again with a Manuka honey and it was okay. If you have sensitive skin like mine proceed with caution.


Lemon Juice (vegan)

Why: This one’s a little controversial. On Makeup Alley some people swear it helps while others say it gave them a rash. I’m here to be your human guinea pig.

  1. Cut up a lemon and squeeze into a glass, mug or bowl.
  2. Dab a q-tip into the juice and apply directly to the pimple.

Outcome: What the hell possessed me to do this freaking madness? Seriously, is one tiny pimple causing damage in my brain? This burnt like hell. After ten minutes of stinging I had to refrain from madly scratching my face.

So my hunt for a DIY pimple-treatment recipe continues. Have you got an effective pimple solution? If so, please share in the comments below. 

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4 thoughts on “DIY Spot Treatments

  1. My girls use apple cider vinegar & water it’s brilliant.
    I part apple cider vinegar 10 mls & cooled boiled water 30mls, if you find it to strong add another 10 mls of water it’s great as a toner.

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