Acne, blemishes, spots, zits — whatever you call ’em — are goners. We’re going to annihilate every last one, but in a gentle, eco-friendly, earthy-crunchy way. That’s right, Retin-A and benzoyl peroxide, we don’t need you. Later, suckers! You can use any or all of these treatments, picking and choosing which ones you like best:

1. Steam and Aspirin

Hold your face over a bowl filled with boiling filtered water, and let the steam prime your pores. Then, crush an Aspirin tablet and mix it with a few drops of water to form a paste. Apply that paste to every pesky pimply spot and let it stand for five minutes. Rinse your face off and pat it dry with a towel. The Aspirin will help reduce inflammation and redness.


2. Lemon and Salt

Mix two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice with a pinch of salt and apply to your acne-affected areas. Let it stand on your skin for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse your face off and pat it dry with a towel. Lemon is an astringent and will zap that oil right off your face.

3. Cider Vinegar

Dab a bit of cider vinegar on your spotty areas and leave it on overnight. This treatment has a bit of a stank factor, so apologize to your honey-bunny in advance before hitting the hay. Rinse it off in the morning and pat your skin dry with a towel.

4. Witch Hazel

Soak a cotton ball in witch hazel (another all-natural astringent) and generously apply it to zits. Let it air-dry.

5. Garlic

Okay, I saved the stinkiest remedy for last (you’re welcome). Did you know garlic is a zit-zapping wonder? It’s antiseptic and antibacterial. Smash one clove of garlic and mix it with 1/3 cup (75 milliliters) of warm water. Apply the mixture to your face and let it stand for three to five minutes. Rinse your face off and pat it dry with a towel.


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Recipes reprinted from The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty, Published by Robert Rose.