By the time summer finally arrives, many of us have been eagerly waiting for months! The warm sunshine, the sandy beaches, the chance to break out our cute shorts and skirts—what's not to love? In a word—acne. Summer can be very drying to skin. It can also be a confusing time for your outermost layer, a time when it’s alternately barraged with steady applications of moisturizer, sunscreen, sunburn ointments, and other unusual "helps." The last thing anyone wants during the summer months is skin blemishes. If you, like me, are prone to summer acne, try these cheap, quick home remedies for instant clearing!

1. Baking soda

Oh, yes. Baking soda can cure acne in addition to all its other miracle-working properties. Just mix one part baking soda with one part water and make a paste. Use a Q-tip to dab it right onto problem spots. Leave on for 10 minutes up to two times per day and watch your acne quickly fade away.

Note: For best results, make sure the baking soda you use is very fresh.

2. Lemon juice

Lemon juice is a natural astringent and contains citric acid, which destroys acne-causing bacteria. All you need to do here is cut a small lemon into two halves. Rub the open half over the problem spots. Alternately, you can juice the half lemon and use a Q-tip to apply the juice to the problem areas. Leave on until the slight "stinging" feeling fades (that means the citric acid is hard at work destroying bacteria). Wash away the lemon with cool water.

Note: While using this treatment, be sure to use sunscreen to prevent skin lightening (what lemon can do to hair—create blonder highlights—it can also do to skin).

3. Toothpaste

Toothpaste is the "big guns" you need for big zits you need gone, like, yesterday. The silica in toothpaste dries out the skin and drastically reduces the zit. This is a great treatment to leave on overnight if you have the time.

Note: If you can, find a toothpaste that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate, which can be irritating for certain skin types.

4. Aspirin

Aspirin, like baking soda, works very well to eliminate acne when crushed and mixed with water into a paste. Aspirin just happens to contain salicylic acid—the same ingredient found in many OTC and prescription problem skin gels, ointments, and creams. Use a Q-tip to apply the paste directly onto zits, then wait 10 minutes. You can do this up to twice per day.

5. Raw potatoes

If you simply slice a raw potato into halves, you tap into the healing powers of potassium, sulfur, chloride, and phosphorus—all found in uncooked potato and all great for healing blemishes. Dampen skin, then rub the raw inside of a half potato over the problem regions for 2-3 minutes. Let your skin dry for 15-30 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and a soft cloth.

6. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has the power to balance your pH (a significant reason why some areas break out and others do not) as well as kill off acne-causing bacteria. It also has astringent (drying) properties. Mix up one part apple cider vinegar and three parts water. Then use a cotton ball or Q-tip to apply the vinegar/water mixture to the problem spots. You can leave it on for 10 minutes for quick treatments, or overnight if you have time.

7. Egg whites

Egg whites can both reduce blemishes and fade scars—yay! Whip up an egg white or two until it’s frothy. Use fingertips to apply to your entire face and let the whites' proteins and vitamins go to work. Let the mask dry for 20 minutes, then wash with warmish water and a soft cloth.

8. Papaya

Summer is a great time to eat fresh papaya—it’s packed with nutrients that are especially good for women. It is also a great time to make a fresh papaya mask to clear up acne-prone skin (for reasons of those same nutrients). Cut a papaya in half, peel, and de-seed it. Mash it up (a fork or potato masher can work well) and use your fingertips to spread the mixture onto your whole face. Leave on for 20 minutes, and then rinse with warmish water and a soft cloth.

9. Honey

Honey has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. While you can mix your honey with a bit of milk or yogurt, you can also use honey solo to clear up acne. Just dab a bit of honey onto your fingertips and spread it across your whole face. Leave on for 10-60 minutes (depending on how much time you have), then rinse with warmish water and a soft cloth.

Note: For best results, try to use raw, unfiltered honey.

10. Tomato

Tomato is another acne quick cure. Tomatoes are high in lycopene and acid—natural drying agents—and also contain the healing vitamins A, C, and K. You can use the skin and pulp in a puree or simply halve a fresh tomato and rub it on your face (see #5 – raw potatoes). After 15-20 minutes, rinse with warmish water and a soft cloth.

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