Far from being a teenager, I still experience the occasional bout of acne.  It’s already frightening to look in the mirror when I wake up; drool crusted cheek, eyebrows smashed in the wrong direction and hair tangled as if I thrashed around all night.  As I rub the sleep from my eyes and begin to see properly I finally spot it; a big, honking, huge pimple in the middle of my forehead.  Not only is the bugger big, it’s an angry red.  Homer Simpson’s face says it all.  Doh! 

Now I know most everyone’s reaction is to squish the bugger dead, but that’s not a good way to deal with it despite the temptation.  Squeezing a pimple opens the door to infection, a pimple worse than before, scarring or even spreading more pimples to other areas of your face.  

If you’re in a hurry and don’t have the time to address it properly, a quick home remedy is to use an ice cube.  Take an ice cube and wrap it in a towel and hold it on the pimple for a few seconds.  Remove and let your face rest for a bit and repeat again.  Ice will sooth the inflammation and tone down the redness.  Do this process again during your lunch hour if the redness comes back.  Resist the urge to touch the pimple as you’ll only exacerbate the situation; hands off.  

Once your day is done, you can devote extra time to pampering your face and clearing acne with two steps.  The first step is the use of steam from hot water which opens the pores to allow for a deeper cleaning and exfoliation.  The acne busting ingredient comes from a papaya which contains antioxidants, exfoliates and hydrates the skin and reduces acne.  

Acne Busting Recipe

  • Hot water
  • Heat proof bowl
  • Towel
  • ½ A peeled and mashed papaya


  • Pour enough hot water into a bowl to fill it half way
  • Place the towel over the head and lean over the bowl to create a tent (Be sure to keep the face several inches above the bowl to keep from steam burning.  For sensitive skin, keep the face at least 12” above the bowl.)
  • With eyes closed, allow the steam to gently do its work for about 10 minutes
  • With clean hands, rinse the face gently with lukewarm water and pat dry
  • Apply the mashed papaya to the face and allow it to sit for 15 minutes
  • With clean hands, rinse the face gently with lukewarm water and pat dry

Easy, squeezy right?  Reserve the papaya treatment to no more than once a week.  What will go a long way towards a clean complexion is to keep your hands off your face, else you’ll be doing a Doh!

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