Sometimes the most annoying part of finding a new pimple is not the actual pimple itself, but the blemish it leaves behind that doesn't seem to fade until weeks, often months later. Even if only one pimple appears at a time, the fact that each one leaves a dark scar that takes forever to disappear creates the illusion that my complexion is covered in zits. Then I discovered tea tree oil.
Simply dilute a few drops of tea tree oil with rice or white vinegar (the ratio should be at most 20% tea tree oil to 80% vinegar), then use a cotton swab to apply the solution on the offending pimple or blemish after you've cleaned your face. This is actually similar to the face toner I make, just in a stronger concentration. I usually do this before bed and let it work its magic while I'm sleeping at night. When applied to acne, the anti-inflammatory properties of the tea tree oil works wonders in reducing any swelling and redness, which means you'll wake up finding the pimple will be smaller in size. I've also found that pimples come to a head much quicker after being treated with tea tree oil, and the skin lightens and heals much faster after the zit has been properly expelled. Since tea tree oil also has anti-bacterial properties, it reduces the chance of infection and more zits spreading around the area as well.
Some people say pure tea tree oil is safe to use on the skin, but I say err on the side of safety, and never use any essential oil directly on the skin. Doing so can cause irritation or possibly other severe auto-immune disorders.
One more great thing about about tea tree oil is one small bottle lasts forever, and it is all natural, so I don't have to worry about putting any harsh chemicals on my face. However, do be careful of over-applying, as tea tree oil itself is quite strong and it may cause problems for those with sensitive skin.
So if you're looking for a natural remedy to treat your acne, I highly recommend using tea tree oil.