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5 Everyday Things That Fix Your Skin

Learn some easy, natural solutions to shrinking zits, softening your skin and removing makeup, all using everyday household items.

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Most people will encounter skin problems or acne at some point in their lives. Fortunately, you don’t always need expensive products to treat your skin’s imperfections. We’ve rounded up the best household items and foods for your skin, so take a look and see which ones work with your beauty routine.


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1. Toothpaste

When your teenager moans about a prominent pimple, have him or her dab a bit of non-gel, non-whitening toothpaste on the offending spot, and it should be dried up by morning. The toothpaste dehydrates the pimple and absorbs the oil. This pimple-clearing remedy works best on spots that have come to a head.

WARNING: This remedy may be irritating to sensitive skin. Try it on a small area of skin first.

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2. Fish

A handy and highly effective solution for controlling acne is to regularly supplement your diet with fish. Certain fish, like mackerel, salmon and halibut, contain high levels of Omega-3 fatty acid, which acts as an anti-inflammatory. A diet rich in Omega-3 can help control a variety of health conditions, including eczema and even depression. If you don’t like fish, Omega-3 vitamin supplements are available, including supplements from non-fish sources, such as flaxseed oil and walnuts.

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3. Ice

Nothing is worse than waking up to the tender swelling of a soon-to-erupt zit. Good news: A healthy dosing of ice can help reduce a pimple’s size and swollenness. Simply wrap some ice in a Ziploc bag (or use an ice pack), and place the ice on top of the pimple for five to ten minutes, periodically throughout the day. It’s not a cure-all, but it can help shrink a pimple if you catch it early.

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4. Eggs

For a little facial pampering, head to the refrigerator and grab an egg. If you have dry skin that needs moisturizing, separate the egg and beat the yolk. Oily skin takes the egg white, to which a bit of lemon or honey can be added. For normal skin, use the entire egg. Apply the beaten egg, relax and wait 30 minutes, then rinse. You’ll love your new fresh face.

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5. Shortening

All out of your regular makeup remover? Don’t fret: Just use a dab of shortening instead. Your face won’t know the difference.

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