Pimples and blackheads plague many people and leave them feeling insecure about their appearance. While a dermatologist can prescribe medications to treat acne, many cases are not severe enough to warrant the possible side effects of treatment. In many cases, you can deal with your zits and blackheads naturally at home, possibly even getting rid of them overnight.

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Exfoliate your face by mixing 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small dish. Gently rub the mixture onto your skin in soft, slow circles. Pay extra attention to areas where you have the most problems, such as an oily T-zone (the nose and above the eyes).

Use a hot compress on painful acne lesions. Heat water in a large dish in the microwave until it is hot, but not scalding. Dip the end of a washcloth into the hot water and hold it to the pimple. Hold the compress on your face for least five minutes. Dip it back into the water periodically as the temperature of the compress decreases. This process will speed up your pimple’s maturing time and bring it to a head faster.

Steam your face to loosen blackheads. Heat water to boiling in a large pot. Move the hot pot to a heat-safe surface and hang your head over it. Your head should be close enough so that you feel the steam coming off the water, but not close enough to burn or scald your skin. Drape a towel over your head and around the pot to keep the steam from escaping.

Use a face mask specifically designed for acne. Look for face masks that include ingredients such as calcium bentonite and sulfur. For a homemade face mask, mix 2 tablespoons of oatmeal with 1 tablespoon of honey and apply it to your face. Leave this mask on for 20 minutes before thoroughly rinsing.

Use a toner on your skin to remove any traces of the mask or bacteria. To make your own toner naturally, mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons of water. Dip a cotton ball in the mixture and gently swipe it over your face.

Apply a hemorrhoid cream to any cystic acne lesions to reduce their swelling. Place a bandage over the cream to hold it over the lesion while you sleep.

Apply a moisturizing face lotion over your entire face to protect your skin while you sleep so you can awaken with a brighter and clearer face in the morning.