5 DIY Ways to Zap Zits

Summer skin got you down? We’re right there with you. Between the dryness and sweat-inducing heat, it’s often hard to keep skin clear come summer. And with so many pimple treatments on the market, it’s even harder to find a potion that works for you and your skin. The solution? Whip one up yourself! We hope the treatments below work as well for you as they do for us to zap zits!

Read on for 5 ways to banish breakouts at home.

Jojoba Garlic Paste

Recipe via helloglow.co

This all-natural treatment blends jojoba oil with garlic and tea tree oil. It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and reduces redness and inflammation. Tip: make this one in small batches, because it needs to be used immediately.


½ clove fresh garlic crushed and finely mashed

½ teaspoon jojoba oil

1-2 drops tea tree oil


Take half a garlic clove and chop finely or mash it really well with the back of a spoon (or mortar and pestle). Add 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil to the garlic. Be sure not to substitute another oil in place of jojoba as some oils can clog your pores, defeating the purpose of the treatment. Add 1-2 drops tea tree oil and mix.

Apply to any acne spots or pimples with a clean finger or Q-tip. Don’t be afraid to leave pieces of garlic on pimples to let them work their magic. Leave the spot treatment on overnight and then wash off in the morning. The mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days, but again, fresh is best for potency.

Coconut & Tea Tree Stick

Recipe via littlehouseliving.com

Coconut oil is antibacterial and anti-fungal, making it perfect to combat redness, puffiness, and bacteria. Tea Tree Oil is antibiotic and antifungal, too, so the two combined pack a serious punch.


Coconut Oil

Tea Tree Oil

Lip Balm Tubes


Melt 1/8 cup coconut oil on the stove, add in just a few drops of tea tree oil. Mix to blend and then use an eyedropper to add the mixture into the lip balm tubes. It should only take a few moments. Store the tubes in the fridge so they don’t melt, and use as needed!

Baking Soda Treatment

Recipe via diyfashion.com

This quick and easy treatment is designed to keep your skin clean and clear.  Baking soda is drying, and cinnamon acts as a natural antiseptic to zap zits quickly and efficiently.


1 Teaspoon of baking soda

1 Tablespoon of honey

½ Teaspoon of cinnamon

1 medium mixing bowl


Cleanse your face thoroughly. Combine baking soda, honey and cinnamon together in the mixing bowl. Apply mixture to your face in one even coat. Let mask set for 15 to 25 minutes. Rinse with warm water and follow with soothing face lotion.

Melaleuca Salve

Recipe via jenniraincloud.com

This healing overnight treatment not only helps zits disappear, but it also combats inflammation, infection, and redness. Coconut oil works hard to regulate oil production, melaleuca oil is antibacterial, and frankincense is incredibly gentle and healing.  



1 tbsp organic non-refined coconut oil

1 tbsp beeswax

10 drops melaleuca essential oil

5 drops frankincense essential oil

Fill a medium pot halfway with water. Place a glass bowl with a spout in the water. Place coconut oil and beeswax in your glass bowl and melt. Once everything is liquid, remove from heat. Add essential oil and pour into a 1 oz tin.

A Little Lemon

And now for the easiest recipe of all! It’s simple: lemon’s super-drying on the skin, so it works well when you’re looking to get rid of excess oils and reduce the redness of a zit. Simply squeeze a little lemon on a cotton ball, and press it against your blemish for 2-3 minutes.