ice cubes for acne

ice cubes for acne

Are you tired of your never-ending acne problem? Have you used expensive treatments and medicines to get rid of it but failed? The reason is that you never really looked for the root cause.

The excess oil, dead skin cells and other toxins are the major causes of acne. All these causes may take place due to hormonal imbalances, poor diet, poor hygiene, medications, and other factors. Almost everyone will experience acne at some point in their lives, but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing.

Fortunately, you don’t need to spend tons of money on them anymore. You can cure the problem with proper diet, skincare routine and a few natural ingredients present in your kitchen. One of such ingredient is ice. We’re about to tell you exactly how to use ice for acne, but first, take a look at the reasons why it’s such an effective treatment for acne.

Does Ice Help Acne?

  • Icing a pimple reduces redness, swelling, and inflammation.
  • It shrinks the pores, and by extension, the size of the breakout.
  • Using ice cubes for pimples on a regular basis keeps pores small so they’re less likely to get clogged. This also makes skin firmer and smoother.
  • It diminishes the size of skin pores by constricting the blood vessels underneath the skin . Smaller, tighter pores means bacteria are less likely to get in and cause infections that lead to acne.
  • It washes away dirt, dead skin cells, and other impurities that clog pores.
  • Ice makes the surface of the skin more permeable so that topical acne treatments become more effective.
  • Putting ice on a pimple helps relieve pain, itching, and burning.

How To Use Ice To Treat And Prevent Acne:

Ice can be used alone and in combination with other natural ingredients that heal and prevent acne breakouts. Try all the methods below until you find the one that works best for you.

1. Ice Pack

  • Wash your face with a mild cleanser, rinse with warm water, and pat dry with clean towel.
  • Do not scrub vigorously as this spreads bacteria to other pores.
  • Place ice cubes in a plastic bag or clean towel.
  • Place the ice on pimples for 5 minutes, remove for 5 minutes, and replace for 5 minutes.
  • Continue alternating between ice and no ice until your ice cubes melt.
  • Repeat 3 times daily.
  • Note: You can pour few drops of any of the essential oils like lemon, lavender and tea tree oil on cloth and place it on the pimple.

2. Ice Cube Massage

  • Wash your face with a mild cleanser, rinse with warm water, and pat dry.
  • Gently massage your entire face with an ice cube, rubbing in circular motions.
  • Once ice has melted, pat skin dry.
  • Apply topical acne medication products that have salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
  • Repeat 3 times daily.

3. Green Tea Popsicles

Green tea contains anti – oxidants that protect against the free radicals that cause acne, and it helps heal breakouts.

  • Brew green tea using a store-bought organic tea bag.
  • Stir in the oil from 2 vitamin E capsules.
  • Allow tea to cool in the refrigerator.
  • Pour tea into ice trays and freeze.
  • Wash your face with a mild cleanser, rinse with warm water, and pat dry.
  • Use green tea ice on pimples, rubbing in circular motions and concentrating on breakouts.
  • When ice has melted, pat dry.
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day.

4. Rose Water Popsicles

As a natural astringent, rose water tightens pores, evens skin tone, and reduces the size of breakouts.

  • Pour rose water into ice trays and freeze.
  • Wash your face with a mild cleanser, rinse with warm water, and pat dry.
  • Ice pimples with rose water popsicles to massage the skin, rubbing in circular motions and concentrating on breakouts.
  • Once ice has melted, wait 5 minutes, then rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day.
  • Rose water can be replaced with cucumber juice or mint, chamomile, or parsley tea.

5. Lemon Juice Popsicles

Lemon juice kills the bacteria that cause acne, and it bleaches away acne scars.

  • Mix the juice of 4 lemons with 2 cups of water.
  • Pour into ice tray and freeze.
  • Wash your face with a mild cleanser, rinse with warm water, and pat dry.
  • Use lemon popsicles to massage skin, rubbing in circular motions and concentrating on breakouts.
  • Once ice has melted, wait 5 minutes, rinse with cool water, and pat dry.
  • Apply sunblock if you go outside right after using this treatment.
  • For added benefit, mix 2 tablespoons of raw honey into your lemon-water before freezing.
  • Honey kills bacteria, relieves inflammation, and moisturizes skin.

6. Ice Pack with Multani Mitti Paste

This paste kills bacteria and removes toxins from pores.

  • Wash your face with mild cleanser, rinse with warm water, and pat dry.
  • Do not exfoliate, as this spreads bacteria to other pores.
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder, 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, and enough multani mitti or fuller’s earth to make a paste.
  • Apply paste to breakouts and leave on until dry as it shrinks the pimple’s size and stops new breakouts.
  • Use an ice on pimples and massage gently in circular motion for 5 minutes.
  • Wait for 5 minutes again massage with ice on acne for 5 minutes.
  • Wash your face with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily to get relief from pimples.

7. Ice Cubes with Lavender Oil and Lemon Juice

Lavender oil soothes and moisturizes while lemon juice kills bacteria and shrinks breakouts.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon each of fresh squeezed lemon juice and lavender oil.
  • Apply on the acne affected skin, massaging gently in circular motions for 5 minutes.
  • Leave on 15 minutes.
  • Use an ice cube to massage skin, rubbing gently in circular motions.
  • Once ice has melted, rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.

8. Ice Cubes with Baking Soda

Baking soda balances the skin’s pH levels and exfoliates to remove oil, dead skin cells, and other toxins that clog pores. It also dries and shrinks breakouts.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with enough water to make a thin paste.
  • Wash your face with a mild cleanser, rinse with warm water, and pat dry.
  • Apply paste to skin, focusing on breakouts.
  • Leave on 25 minutes, then rinse with cool water, massage with an ice cube, and pat dry.
  • Repeat 3 times a week.

9. Ice Cubes with Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is great for acne. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic. It kills bacteria and regulates oil production.

  • Mix 5 drops of tea tree oil with ¼ cup water.
  • Wash your face with a mild cleanser, rinse with warm water, and pat dry.
  • Use an ice cube to massage skin, rubbing in circular motions and focusing on breakouts.
  • Once ice has melted, pat dry.
  • Use fingertips to massage tea tree oil mixture into breakouts.
  • Leave on 5 minutes, then rinse with cool water and pat dry.
  • Repeat daily.
  • Before using tea tree oil on your face, do a patch test to find out if you are allergic to it.

Tips and Precautions:

For best results, follow the advice below when using ice to treat acne.

  • Topical acne products will be more effective when applied after ice massage rather than before.
  • Do not apply heat to emerging breakouts as it causes inflammation.
  • Ice is an effective tool for treating and preventing acne, but it is best used in combination with other ingredients and other topical acne remedies.
  • Ice is most effective when applied 2-3 times per day, especially first thing in the morning and right before bed.
  • Massaging with ice before applying make-up lessens the likelihood that make-up will clog pores and cause breakouts.
  • Begin massaging with ice right when you notice a new breakout forming.
  • Massage with ice for about 2 minutes at a time, but stop once skin feels numb.
  • If acne persists after 8 weeks, consult your dermatologist.
  • Ice treatments are not for everyone. Results will vary from person to person.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to flush toxins from the body and prevent breakouts.
  • Orange and pomegranate juices are great when you want to ice your pimples. Try freezing them and using the ice cubes to massage skin.
  • When left on skin for too long, ice can cause frostbite and break capillaries beneath the skin.
  • As with other acne treatments, ice works best when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
  • Avoid excess sugar and carbohydrates and eat plenty of protein and leafy greens.
  • Get plenty of sleep and avoid stress.

Have you tried using ice for pimples? There are many other DIY acne remedies you can try, such as lemon, banana, or even toothpaste. Do you know of any methods we haven’t mentioned? Share your experience with us!

54 comments
  1. I used ice wrapped in cucumber face wipes on my chin for to long and it is all welted and blistered, so be careful how long u leave the ice on it

    1. Don’t keep ice for too long as it can cause blisters. Apply according to the specified time mentioned in the article.

  2. I have acne mark on my face.skin so soft not fit for acne product.when apply acne product makes problem difficult more.cxcept natural. Ingredients. My skin oily and fair infected with impurities frequently. Advise me

    1. Try 1, 6, or 8 method mentioned in the article. Apart from that exfoliate your face regularly, avoid using harsh soaps or face wash, include vitamins rich fruits in your daily diet.

      1. If you have sensitive skin then try Neutrogena clear pore with 5% benzoyl peroxide. If you have normal skin then you can use Oxy Face wash 10% benzoyl peroxide. However we recommend trying a patch test before using it regularly. For more information and best face wash for acne, you can read this article – http://homeremediesforlife.com/acne-face-washes/

  3. I have little bit red marks so i want permanent solution for that and want glowing skin……& i have oily skin

    1. Try the methods mentioned above. Apart from that boost your immunity system by eating a nutritional diet, drink plenty of water to flush out toxins, exfoliate regularly and remove make up before going to bed. If you are not a fan of keeping ice on your acne face, then you can try remedies mentioned in this article – http://homeremediesforlife.com/acne/

    2. This may sound weird as heck, but to get rid of oily skin, get one of the toilet seat covers, take the waxy side of it, and just rub it on your face ( don’t worry it’s sanitary ). It works perfectly as i did it too.

  4. I have slightly oily skin and now my face is full of pimples and pimple marks as it was so fair a month ago ..plz help me what should I do…..

    1. Try methods mentioned in the above article. If you are interested in trying ice methods to reduce pimples, you can try the methods mentioned in this article – http://homeremediesforlife.com/pimples/. Apart from that exfoliate your face regularly, reduce oily food and eat nutrition rich diet, remove make up before going to bed, wash your face regularly and drink plenty of water.

  5. my face is full of small pimples and in my chicks there is red pimples. Plzz Tell me the 1 sollution of this i have tried to remove this many times bug it is not hapening plzz tell me solution

    1. Pimples are a result of an inner problem so our main focus should be dealing with it instead of depending only on topical applications. Digestive problems, hormonal imbalance and weak immune system can be some of the reasons. To solve the inner problem, consume healthy diet which include fresh fruits and vegetables.

  6. Hii mam…
    I have some small pimples on my chicks..n m gettng marry aftr ten days…so plz suggest me how can I reduce the pimples asap..plzz suggest me

    1. Choose any method as per your convenience and try it regularly. Apart from exfoliate your face regularly and include vitamin rich fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. You can also use toothpaste for more effective results. For remedies related to toothpaste for pimples, you can read this article – homeremediesforlife.com/toothpaste-for-acne/

  7. Hello,
    Lemon put directly onto acne is proven to be affective but is harmful for the skin. You might not want to try the remedies that have lemon. If you’ve tried the lemon methods up top with lemon, how does it affect your skin?

    1. People with sensitive skin may experience burning sensation and irritation. I don’t have sensitive skin. I do apply lemon juice regularly and it didn’t affect my skin.

  8. Hello
    I have pimples on my forehead i need to get rid of them I’m trying many things but it just doesnt work please tell me which one of these methods works fast and really really works not just like this please!!

    1. We cannot tell the exact time of healing the pimples as everyone is different. You can try any method as per your skin type and preference. Repeat the process regularly without fail to notice the results.

  9. i’m a 13 year old female with acne all over my face. i want to clear my face asap, and increase my immunity to breakouts. for my situation, which method do you recommend for me?

    1. You can try any method as per your preference. To prevent future breakouts, you have to make changes to your diet. Include foods rich in vitamin A, B, E and C, iron and potassium. Avoid eating oily, fatty and junk food. Exfoliate once in a week. Remove makeup before going to sleep.

  10. My daughter has struggled with acne since 7th grade. (She is now a Senior in HS). We have tried almost everything. She is so sensitive to medications she was unable to take antibiotics or even consider Accutane. Proactive and other benzoyl peroxide made her situation worse. She was somewhat successful with Tretinoin Gel microsohere 0.1% but then that was not working! At this time she still uses the Tretinoin, but we added the diluted lemon in ice cubes to her routine and it has been a miracle so far. Highly recommend this non-toxic way of killing the bacteria that causes acne. Thank you!! Will write an update later if it continues to work.

  11. I have pimples on my skin but little when I get a heat or heat of a sun my pimples getting bigger. I used all products but still no changes. And my skin is too much oily also is sensitive I don’t even use make-ups. What can I do to get rid of it.

  12. Does ice really be halpfull or not and I am to much tired about pimples I consult with many doctors bit not helpful for me please advice me a good treatment

    1. Yes, ice is really helpful in treating the existing pimples. If you want to avoid new pimples, then you have to follow a healthy diet, reduce stress levels and exfoliate your skin regularly.

  13. I have acene on my face I have tried.. all thesee but it is not working. now. wht will I do pljj help me

  14. I have so many pimples on my face.so,now I m using lemon and ice cubes.how many days want it to clear pimples from face.

    1. It is difficult to tell the exact time frame as everyone has different skin texture and healing capacity. So, we recommend following the method regularly to achieve the results. However, you should start seeing improvement in a week.

  15. Hi,
    My skin is sensitive and I have acne and acne scars I have lots of hyperpigmentation. I have had this problem ever since I was 8 and I am currently 14. Whenever I use lemon, my skin dries lots- maybe I left it for too long :\ What method do you think would be best suited for me??

  16. My face is suffering from redness and many pimples and acne. Redness is from almost one year. Please tell the solution.

  17. I read a article about applying toothpaste on pimples for overnight I too tried it but next morning when I woke the toothpaste burnt my skin and it looks like a brownish layer what to do to cure it overnight
    Can ice and multani mitti help me

  18. Can i mix water ,rosewater,lemon juice and make a ice cube of it and use it in pimple to remove black spots. ?

  19. Hii.I am having pimples on my face and black heads too much.I tried so many to get rid of pimples. But no use instead I am getting new pimples on my face.Plz give best solution in above article.And so many black heads on my face.plz reply as soon as possible.

  20. I wash my face with a grapefruit cleanser then pat dry. then I get 2 ice cubes and rub one all over my face until it melts, pat dry, then get a cotton ball and add a few drops of Tea tree oil and one drop of water (to dilute it) then pat it around my face, allow it to dry, then go in with my second ice cube and rub it all over until its melted. lightly pat dry and apply your moisturizer. This reduces the size of my pimples overnight. its amazing and makes my skin sooo soft

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