Q: I have small pimples on my face and have tried nixoderm, but it did not work to my satisfaction. Someone told me that applying coconut oil to my face will only aggravate the condition. Is there something natural that I can eat or use to clear my face of all the pimples and related scars within 7 days?
— Ibrahim via website
A: Pimples are recurrent eruptions caused by multiple factors, which include hormones, diet, lifestyle, products you use, and your skin type. Hence, treatment of pimples is best when it is gradual and long-lasting rather, than a quick fix 7-day therapy.
Among natural anti-pimple remedies, sandalwood paste and multani mitti have some benefits. But you would be better off with visiting a dermatologist who will prescribe a mild retinoid or benzoyl peroxide gel. You need to also watch your diet; reduce your intake of sugar and milk products, include more whole grains and orange coloured vegetables like carrots and drink adequate water. Using a mild, non-oily cleanser will help clear the skin. To clear the pimples without scarring, consult a dermatologist.