17 January 2012

Banana Peels Against Acne

Do you remember when last spring I pronounced baking soda my greatest discovery of 2011? I know we are only just beginning with 2012 but I have a feeling I've made an even more revolutionary one! Banana peels!

I know they have long served their duty well and 90% of humanity has already slipped on at least one banana peel in their lifetime but they have another, more powerful ability that concerns our beauty.

Not only you can use bananas in a rejuvenating and moisturizing face mask, but you can keep just a small part of the peel to heal acne. 
Photo: Karl Faktor
What makes bananas priceless in the fight against acne is the potassium and the antioxidants housed within their peel. They have the ability to drastically reduce skin irritation, swelling and redness, as well as to diminish the visibility of scars.

So, right now you are just 5 steps away from an acne-free face:
  1. Eat a ripe banana (you know how beneficial they are for your overall health, don't you?)
  2. Cut a small piece of the peel (approximately 1,5 inch).
  3. Rub the inside of the peel gently over the irritated area. Rub for about 5 minutes or until the inside of the peel gets brown. Replace and throw away the banana peel once it is entirely brown.
  4. Clean the skin around with lukewarm water but let the banana dry out on the affected area to do its magic.
  5. Repeat at least 3 times a day.
Apply daily to visibly reduce your acne. You will be surprised by the fast and glorious results and the clear skin you will be awarded with just a few days later. In fact, you will see the first results just overnight. 

After we discovered banana peels at home we waved goodbye to all commercial anti-acne treatments.

Check out my field study and see the amazing results of banana peels on acne in just 4 days!

Did you enjoy the banana peel method?

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214 comments:

  1. Wow! I've never heard of that before. We often have ripe bananas which usually turn into banana bread, but I might just have to get my teens to give this a try! :-)

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    1. Yes! And you will have banana bread with a twist ;)

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  2. Perhaps not as readily available as banana but the inner side of the skin of Pawpaw (or Papaya)is a fantastic face mask for all skin types. We apply it the same as you reccommend for the banana :)

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    1. Now, that is what I call valuable information. Thank you!

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  3. Sonya, you're a savior! :D

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  4. How cool. I can't remember the last time I had acne, but if you got any ideas for wrinkles let me know :)
    Valerie
    Everyday Inspired

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    1. But of course! you must have missed the anti-wrinkle banana mask anti-wrinkle banana mask I posted early December!

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  5. Wow, that's pretty cool!! Thankfully, I don't have acne...but so awesome to know that there's such a simple, healthy, natural solution!! :D

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  6. thank you so much for this info.
    ive been trying out so many remedies and i cant wait to see how this would turn out on me :)

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    1. Jel, try it out and tell me what you think! Bananas do magic as far as I am concerned!

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    2. I've been trying several different things too, and haven't found anything that works. I'm definitly going to try this.

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    3. Please do, and come back to tell us the results!

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  7. I tried it the same day as you posted it (my skin was a mess that day). I really enjoyed the massaging part - my skin felt irritated and the peel cooled it nicely. blemishes dried out the second day.
    skin repaired quickly and I still didn't get any new acne. it rarely happens that my skin is totally free of acne, even for one day. it may be a coincidence but I'm really happy. :D

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    1. Yay! Thank you for coming back and sharing your experience! I know it is not a coincidence because I have been using banana peels as well and the effect was as fast as you say. :)

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    2. cool! I'll have to buy more bananas at once cause I don't really like eating them if they aren't ripe enough. but my family eats them before they get the way I like them. oh well. :D

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    3. did you use it directly on the acne?

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  8. this is great! Can't wait to try, I have been suffering from adult acne for the past 3 years :(
    Question about the length of time. After you put the banana on your skin and wash the surrounding area are you supposed to leave on all day or rinse the banana off the effected area after a certain amount of time?

    THANK YOU!!!
    K

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, kasher! You can leave the banana for as long as you want. If I don't go out I leave it for a few hours, until I decide to apply again. Good luck experimenting (I know you will be surprised) and I hope you come back and share the results!

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  9. This sounds wonderful, going to try it out. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Wow...that's pretty great! Now...to see if I can convince hubby to do this:)

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  11. I know I analyze too much, but I'm just not sure I follow. In step 3 when you say 'replace' does that mean I rub one section for 5 minutes then get another section for 5 minutes? Do two sections at each sitting? Also, we don't touch the area that had the banana with water? Rinse the other parts of my face? Sorry.

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    1. Thanks for your questions, KDSmith! The best thing to do is experiment and see what works best for you. I try to rub one section for about 5 minutes (if there is a breakout) but if it is a single pimple here and another there, then I rub each for half the time. Even if you rub for less than 5 minutes, the effect will be great.

      We don't touch the "affected area" i.e. the pimple that we rubbed banana on. It is inevitable to have banana around the pimple, which you don't need, so you better wipe it out, but if you don't plan on going out in an hour or two, you can leave the banana to work on the skin around the pimple as well!

      Hope this helped. Don't hesitate to ask if you have more questions!

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    2. thank you! I think I can do this now ;-)

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    3. I am looking forward to your experience!

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  12. I'm interested in how to convert this into something for body acne, large breakouts, not just 1 or2 pimples?

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    1. I think that you can do that. Instead of cutting a piece from the peel, use the whole peel to cover a larger area. The same you do for small are should work for larger too - rub as long as possible (about 5 minutes) and if you can let area stay open for a few hours would be great. Hope this helps, let me know how things are going once you try!

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    2. Cramming a full-sized banana peels into your face? Imagine what would people think of it lol

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  14. thanks so much for this! i tried it today for the first time. when i was rubbing for about 2-3 minutes the brown stuff from the peel would get on the area and around where i was rubbing. did you leave that on or wipe it off? also, did you do it morning, mid day, and night or just 3 times whenever throughout the day?

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    1. Hi Louisa, Yes, the brown stuff gets all over. I try to wipe it out from around the pimple just for the aesthetics of it and because when it dries it starts falling :) If that is not a problem (say, you're staying at home) you can leave it.

      I try to do this 3 times approximately morning mid day and evening to cover a larger period of time.

      Tell me the results!

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  15. so i have acne on all of my face and im getting so tired of trying stuff that doesnt work. Would this work for acne? Not just a pimple here and there? Because then i wouldnt be able to wash my face. And will this make my skin dry because i get dry skin easily. Thanks! :)

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    1. Banana peels are anti-inflammatory, so they will work on your whiteheads before or after you squeeze them. If you want to cleanse your pores, try making a baking soda scrub once a week. You will be ecstatic.

      Bananas are considered to be anti-aging moisturizers, so I don't think your skin will get dry. If you get dry skin easily you might want to try this mask.

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    2. Really great advice here! Thank you!

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    3. Sonya you are so caring 4 the nation. i will try and let you knw the results

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  16. Also, if you are worried that all your face will be brown, do this when you know you will be at home for a longer period and before going to bed.

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  17. I had a really bad breakout not too long ago, my face is pretty much clear now but I have a lot of scaring. Will this work for acne scars as well?

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    1. I haven't tried this method on scars but you can try if your breakout was recent.

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  18. We'll give this a try today! The 1.5" sections, should they be used once and then replaced? Or will one suffice for the 3 daily treatments? Should you wash first?

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    1. One will be good enough just for one use, They could be bigger or smaller, depending on the area you'd like to cover but you will see once you try the method that they get brown and start to disintegrate pretty fast!

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  19. When you cut the 1.5" piece of peel off, can you store the remainder of the peel in a Ziplock Baggie to prevent it from turning brown very quickly, to continue using that peel, or do you just eat three bananas a day to help cover this? Lol, so glad you posted this, because when I breakout, it tends to get bad, and the one thing I use for breakouts, I haven't seen on the shelves at my local Wal-Mart for a very long while!

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    1. I usually use 1 banana a day because I don't need that much for a single treatment. You can try to store the peels as you suggest and use them if they don't get brown. I am guessing this should be only by the end of the day though.

      On the other hand, eating 3 bananas will regulate your blood pressure as well!

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    2. Awesome! Thanks again for this post!

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  20. gonna try this!! i asked my mom to buy me a banana haha.. just cause my skin's breaking out :( btw.. can u like keep the remaining banana peel ? or u have to throw it our right away once you've got you 1.5 inch?

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    1. 1,5 inch is just an example. Once you try you will see that the size of the banana peel can vary depending on the are you want to cover. I usually cut a pieced of banana, eat it and use the peel. You cannot store them for more than a day though.

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  21. Love this. I'm going to go try it right now.
    I've been using baking soda and milk to clear up my skin (its been working wonders!!!), but I still get a few marks here and there. This might be just what I was looking for!
    Plus, everyone eats a banana with breakfast, so we always have banana peels available!

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    1. Yes indeed, the great thing about this is that bananas are everywhere! By the way, you have to tell me about the soda and milk thing, I would love to try it! I have been scrubbing my face with soda once a week - precious - but didn't know about milk!

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    2. Here's a post on another blog about things to use on your face for blackheads (which is what I'm guessing you're using baking soda for): http://www.crunchybetty.com/5-natural-ways-to-remove-blackheads. She says her favorite combination is milk and nutmeg, but I would assume milk and baking soda would work just as well.

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  22. I'm confused just a little. Do you rub the banana peel on your skin and leave it on lets just say for like 3 hours or whatever and then wash it off? Or do you leave it on and just put more of the banana peel on top of what you put earlier..? I heard about this from a friend and I am gonna try it out, I'm just a little confused haha.

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    1. You leave it to work for about 3 hours as you suggest, and then, before applying for a second time in the day you wash it off. Good luck!

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    2. Okay thanks! I'll come back in a few days or so and let you guys know how this works for me :)

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  23. I have pregnancy breakouts so thank u! I'm def going to try this as a natural remedy!!

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    1. You are welcome, I know it will do wonders for you and you will be safe from any toxic chemicals!

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  24. I'm confused.. When would you wash your entire face if you already put on the banana peel and were just going out? Do you keep it on overnight? How long should I wait for the banana peels to work before I wash my face?? Sorry for all the questions!

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    1. No worries!

      You would want to wash the skin around the pimples after you've rubbed banana because it will look brown. I personally do the banana when I will be at home for at least a couple of hours, not right before going out.

      You can do one to three treatments a day and leave the banana to work for at least a few hours but you can also do just one treatment if you like.It will work slower but it will work. You can keep it overnight as well!

      Try it out for a day or two and if you have more questions, just ask me:)

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  25. OK, I have now done two treatments today--my first two. The first I left on for several hours, the second I had to wash off earlier than that. I routinely break out once a month (ahh, the curse of Eve), and it lasts for WEEKS. One area I've had on my face for 3 weeks. Anyway, this evening... they already feel drier--more "end of breakout" as opposed to "never-ending breakout." I'm kind of excited to see how this goes over the next day or two! Yeah!!!

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    1. Yay! I am so excited about your excitement! Looking forward to your next days :)

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    2. My brother heard about this and I decided to research it. After reading this blog I went and tried it. Already the acne feels just as Emily said - like "end of breakout" like it is almost healed. The anti-inflammatory aspect makes the acne not so red, large, or painful almost instantly! I'm also very excited to see results after a few days! Thanks!

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    3. Hi Kirsten, I am so glad you heard about the banana peel method through your brother and came here to check it out! Good luck in the days ahead and please, come back to let us know what happened! Happy New Year!

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  26. I'm excited to see results, I started doing the treatment today and I'm going to wash it off tomorrow morning. When I wash it off in the morning should I use a facial cleanser or just lukewarm water? What do you do when you wash it off? By the way, thanks for introducing me to this easy way of clearing up acne! :D

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    1. That's great! I only wash with lukewarm water!

      You are very welcome :)

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  27. I am having a stubborn breakout for the last 2 months. It is not so bad but it is "everywhere". I will definitely try this. Ironically, I was eating banana when finding your article.

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    1. Had my 2nd day of "treatment" today. Definite improvement. I will get back to you after my 4th-5th day.

      Soo excited about it because I am a banana eater.

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    2. This is awesome! And I love the irony of life - eating banana while reading exactly this post - clearly it was meant to be perfect!

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  28. do you use the inside of the peel or the outside?

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  29. I'm so excited to try this out. I wish I would have known about it early today when I had a banana and then threw away the peel! I've never had any lasting success with anything, and trying out so many different systems gets expensive! Really hope this works. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  30. Great news! I love banana. I am suffering from acne for about ten years. I am now 24 and I tried a lot of treatment but nothings changed and its getting worse!

    I will try this one thats why i bought banana just today. Thanks so much!!!

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  31. For my first day of banana peel treatment, I found my face not so dry but not oily and I notice my pimple with pus is effectively dry. I am tempting to scratch it out but I want to see more results. Well, this is 3rd time to apply banana peel on my face as my first day and I feel so good though I always smell the banana on my face. hehehe... :)) Let you know updates for my 2nd day. :))

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    1. Thank you for keeping us updated! I too often feel tempted to scratch but it is really better not to :) I am looking forward to day 2!

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  32. I've been doing this for about 3 days and I've had 9 treatments, my largest pimple has become less red and a little less inflamed, but as for my other pimple I haven't noticed much of a difference. I do the treatment with the banana after moisturize my face in the morning, mid-day and evening. I just reapply banana for about 4-5 mins. Am I doing anything wrong?

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  33. Hi, Its me again, sorry for not updating on my 2nd and 3rd day. And this is my 4th day right now and guess what?! My face is doing good! My pimples with zits dried and when i wash my face the dried zits washed away. I feel good. And I love BANANA!!!

    Thanks! :)

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    1. This is perfect! Thank you so much for letting us all know, this is very important for anyone who is hesitant as to the results!

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  34. Hey, so I started using the bananas this past week on my acne. It definitally made my skin smoother. My acne a lil bit Better but not really. My acne is like red type dots on my cheeks and I noticed some more of them. I have 2 creams from my dermatologist that I use and they def did the job though the past few weeks I noticed they weren't. So this week I didn't use my cream and only the bananas. I've heard that when putting good stuff on your face it tends to bring out the bad and worsen your acne before better it. I'm trying to figure out if I should just keep using the bananas? Or should I use the creams and the bananas? Id really appreciate your help! :) thx!

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    1. You say that your acne is like red dots, are they like open wounds or just reddish? Banana peels will work best on the first type, helping the "wound" heal faster and leaving no scar behind.

      You can try adding a baking soda scrub to your treatment, to help clean your skin better and stop pimples from appearing in the first place.

      I would love to know what happens after you try!

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    2. just reddish acne not open wounds. will the banana peels be able to get rid of it? will adding a baking soda scrub help? how do i do a baking soda scrub? also my skins very sensitive.

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    3. Try rubbing it with the peels and see how it turns out, there should be a result the next day and you will be able to decide on your own if it is worth to continue. The best about banana peels is that there is no side effects, so don't be afraid!

      If you want to try the baking soda scrub, click on the link in my previous comment and it will lead you to the post about baking soda scrub where I explain how to do it.

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  35. so i have a question, Do we wash off the bananna peel thing off when the five mins is up? Or do we keep it on?
    Other wise thank you and i'm so excited to try this!

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  36. Hey there. Just drop by for my updates. As usual banana peel is doing good for my skin. And I notice that my pimples change its size when i start this treatment. Before, I have lots of pimples with zits (a big pimple with pus) and I also have pimple that no zits but awfully painful and reddish bumps.

    This time I have a little tiny pimples with zit sizes like dots... But i do not worry coz i know it will not longer worse because it it'll dry. And I hope the next day those zits will be dry and washed away when i wash my face.

    I keep on updating. Thanks! :)

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  37. Do you use the whole banana for one use?

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    1. It depends on the area you have to cover. If it is small you can cut a piece of the banana.

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  38. Hi, as for my update my said new small- like- dotted pimples with zit is now dry. feeling good. i also keep eating banana to regulate my blood pressure .

    Sounds healthy!!! :)

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    1. This is great! Thank you for keeping us updated!

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  39. Could you put the peels in a food processor & make a mask?

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    1. If you want to make a mask it is better to use the banana itself. There are great beauty recipes for softer and cleaner skin in my book Banana Beauty. You can buy it now and save 42% of its price!

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  40. Found you on Pinterest, and I have to add if you have a headache, eat the banana and put the peel on your head, on the forehead if that is where the headache is. It sounds really silly but it really works... Now I'm off to see if this helps with my acne!!

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    1. This information is precious. Would it be weird to say that I can't wait to have a headache so I can try your method out? Thank you for your input!

      I am looking forward to sharing your results too!

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  41. Just did my first treatment. Super pumped to see how it turns out. I'm in a wedding on Friday and just broke out this morning because it's my time of the month. Arg! Was really stressing out until I found this. I love bananas so I'm excited to see if this works for me!! Thanks a bunch!!!

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    1. Just make sure you rub the peels well 3 times a day. You will be the star on the wedding!

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  42. Hey there! its me again. Guess what, after ten years of acne suffering only these banana heals my breakouts! I am very pleased to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for this treatment. Amazingly my pimples are gone and i have smooth glowing skin. I do not take over the counter medicine for my skin anymore.

    As for another pointers I rub also banana peel for my allergies on my legs. I usually have these when i eat shrimps, crabs chicken and too much eating of these foods. And after a couple of hours, my allergies are turned dry and non itchy. After rubbing it again for 2 days my legs have no more allergies but it leaves scar cos sometimes i scratch it unconsciously especially when i am sleeping.

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    1. This is so wonderful! I am truly happy for you and thankful for your persistence in updating us throughout your treatment! Your comments will be here for any doubters!

      Using banana peels against skin allergy sounds seriously great. I hope I never have to try this out myself but I will surely recommend your treatment to anyone who needs help!

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  43. Help!
    I have used the banana peel method for the past 4-5 days. I exactly as instructed, I would eat a ripe banana then cut small pieces of the peels and apply/massage it on the affected areas/pimples for about 5 minutes. After, I would leave it on my face for about 30mins-1hour long then I wash it off. For some reason, my pimples didn't really improve. I noticed after 2-3 days that I started getting new smaller pimples. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Please help. Am I getting the new smaller pimples from the banana peels? Please advise. I think I am doing something wrong.

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    1. Hello Iris,
      If you are sure that you have washed your face before applying the banana and that you rub the inside of the banana on the pimples then it is possible that you are allergic. Bananas contain substances that are associated with the latex-fruit allergy syndrome. If you have a latex allergy, you may very likely be allergic to bananas as well.

      It is better you stop the banana treatment and investigate if you are allergic.

      Also, please keep us updated! Hope you are better soon!

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  44. how long before you will wash your face? is't ok to wash with soap? or just water?

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  45. and one thing more is't ok that after i use the banana peel i wash my face with soap then ryt after that i will apply eskinol is there wud a bad effect on my face?? or its better not to put eskinol and just the banana peel then rinse it with water and soap? pls reply as soon as possible 'coz tomorow ill try the banana peel without eskinol? or with eskinol? thanks

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    1. You can wash your face after a few hours without soap, just lukewarm water. I wouldn't use Eskinol at all. Judging from its ingredients it does more harm than good.

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    2. ok thanks.. :)) i more question so this morning i just rub banana peel on my face so when will i wash my face? is't ok now.. it passed already 30 min.. for you how long before you wash your face after using the banana peel thanks. ^_^

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    3. Keep it for at least 1 hour. If you stay at home you can wash your face before applying banana peels for a second time.

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    4. thank you for the instructions :)) ive using banana peel now for 2nd day.. and my skin is very smooth and soft.. i notice my pimple has dry up.. but i still have big pimple.. but i'll just use banana peel everyday.. and maybe i know in no time my pimples will be gone all i need is patience right? :) well again thank u ill update again if my face has a big improvements ^^

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    5. oh yeah b4 i forgot.. is't ok to rub the banana peel on my pimple that has open wounded? .. and or pimples with zits? pls responce thanks

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    6. Banana peels work great on open wounds! Not so great on zits but you should try.

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  46. Update
    I stopped using the banana peels for a few days and I continued to break out bit more but nothing drastic. I came to the conclusion that is it most likely from either stress and/or I'm near my monthly cycle because I continued to break out though I stopped using banana peels. I'm pretty confident that it's not the banana peels and I will give the banana peel method next time I break out.

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    1. Thank you for keeping us updated Iris! Please, drop by again next time, so we know how things are going for you! Good luck!

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  47. Hey!
    Probably going to try this when my roommates leave the house :P

    Just wondering, you said that it works better on open wounds then on zits. Will poping a zit make the effect better? :)

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    1. Hi Eric,
      Yes, you've got it figured out! Pop the zit and rub banana peel, you will be surprised.

      And don't forget to come back and let us know how it went for you!

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  49. Can I use pieces from the same banana peel several times if I keep the banana in the fridge? Or do I have to eat three bananas every day? (:
    Thank You!

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    1. The size of the banana peel you use can vary depending on the area you want to cover. You cannot store the peel for more than a day but you can cut a 1 inch piece of banana, eat it and use the peel. I use one banana over the course of several days in this way.

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  50. I'm so happy I came across your post!! I've struggled with acne since I can remember. A few years ago I came across acne.org and it definitely helped but I still struggle with breakouts that come out of no where. I use benzoid perozide as the acne treatment which is extremely drying and then have to compensate with a good moisturizer which I still am left with "flaky" yet "oily" skin. I can't seem to find a balance. I've been wanting to try something more natural and can't wait to try your technique. I have a question though. I read your other post on the baking soda scrub which I'll also be adding to my regimen, but I read you only do that once a week and the banana peel would only be when you have a break out. What else do you do on a daily basis? Do you just wash your face with water everyday? Do you use any other moisturizer? Thanks again for your post!!

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    1. Hi Brittany,
      I stopped using any chemicals on my face more than a year ago and my face has never been better. I only wish I knew earlier...

      I wash myself with water every day. No soap, or anything, just pure tap water which I splash on my face for a minimum of 10 times.

      Try the banana peels on any freshly squeezed pimple or even without pimples at all. You will be surprised by the effect it will have on your skin. I would love it if you come back to let us know how it went for you, also in combination with baking soda.

      Good luck!

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  51. I just found this! I really want to try it out, even though I don't eat bananas! But I have a few questions: Is it okay if I do it twice a day instead of three times? Once in the morning, and once at night? Because those times are the most convenient since that's when I'll be washing my face and I think it would be unreasonable for me to do it a third time in the middle of the day when I still have makeup on. Or is there some way that I can incorporate doing it three times? Or could I maybe do it longer at night?

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  52. hi since you said that we don't need to use the whole peel of banana, how did you keep the other peel that's not yet used?do you keep it on a plastic bag or with paper or aluminum foil to use for the next time? thanks..

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    1. Instead of eating a whole banana, you can just cut a piece of it and use the peels, that's the best way to keep it for a short while.

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    2. thanks ,have tried this tonight.hope it works :)

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    3. Good luck, let us know about the effect!

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    4. does it also work with cystic acne?

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  53. Do you use moisturizer? I have acne prone, dry & sensitive skin. I tried using home remedies to get rid of the acne, but they just made my skin worse. I used the banana peel last night, & washed it off this morning. I reapplied more banana peel this morning. I have only been using dove & banana peels on my face and neck (my neck is in extremely bad condition) since last night. I wanted to use a moisturizer because my face and neck feel like they are going to crack open because they are so dry. Any suggestions?

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  54. Hi Amanda, I don't need moisturizer. After I treat my face with the banana it gets very soft and silky, so I've even stopped using moisturizers. But if you feel you need to use, please do, just make sure you have chosen some with organic compounds.

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  55. VERY INTERESTING ..AND I HAVE READ SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO CALLOSITY ON FOOT, YOU CAN PUT BANANA PEEL ON FOOT EVERY NIGHT, YOU CAN WEAR SOCKS AND SLEEP WITH BANANA PEEL ON FOOT.

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  56. I have an acne just by now, so I'm gonna go and try your unusual method. And if it does truly working, you're a life saver!

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    1. I am sure it will work great for you but anyway make sure you come back and let us know how it went for you!

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  58. Hi! I just tried this a few minutes ago and hope that it will make wonders. I used to have a smooth face for 24 years. My acne breakout started earlier this year. I just have some few questions, will it be okay if I use BB Cream in the morning after I take a shower? I normally put foundation before going to the office and will be switching to BB Cream for Acne prone by tomorrow. Will it also be okay if I put Olay Night Cream overnight?

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  59. I'm grateful to have found this and to have read some of the comments back. I am a college student close to finals PLUS I am getting married in 9 days! my face acne has never been this bad and I've tried everything. But I feel good about trying this method! I hope it works!

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    1. You will look great on your wedding! Good luck and let us know how it went!

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  60. I'm very excited to try this! I was very lucky as teen and had minimal acne, now as an adult.. I get the few pimples here and there. And they seem to take forever to heal. Right now, it's dead center on my forehead, lol.

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  61. Hello again! It's almost been a week since my first day rubbing banana peels into acne I previously had, and thanks to you I don't have it anymore!

    However, it left scars over the irritated area, the red dots once was there are now brown. I'm still going to rub regularly 2 or 3 times a day and see how it work out for me, but I honestly don't think it's going to be as magical as your 4 days treatment post.

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    1. Hi Hendra, hopefully the brown dots are just formation above the healing skin and they will eventually fall out. Sounds really interesting because the case with my pimples is pretty straightforward (just as the 4 days treatment post).

      Let me know how it goes!

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  62. I'm trying this right now for my first time. I have a question though. Say we are going out after applying the peel, can we put make-up on?

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    1. Well, it depends. If you need to put foundation then it's pointless to use the banana, better wait till you come back home!

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    2. Okay thank you! My job requires make-up so I'll just wait and do it when I'm off and settled at home.

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    3. Yes, do so, and let us know how it went for you!

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  63. hey, after you rub the peel, do you have to wait for it to dry your skin out or you wash your face right away and then wait for it to dry out.

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    1. Follow step 4. Clean the skin around with lukewarm water but let the banana dry out on the affected area to do its magic.

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  64. hi!

    if i need to do this 3 times a day, does it mean i have to eat three bananas a day? haha otherwise how can i keep the skin of the banana such that it doesn't turn brown on its own?

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Brian,
      You can simply cut a 1 inch piece of the banana, eat it and use the peels. Well, it all depends on the are you need to cover :) If you need to, go with 3 bananas instead of 3 pieces. Good luck and come back to let us know what the effect was!

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  65. I have acne and I have a terrible habbit of picking bad. I'm very willing to try this method and I definately will. I have a few questions though. First do I store the banana peel in the fridge to make it last longer? Second when I'm rubbing the piece of peel on my face, do I wait for it to brown, or does it just brown over time when you used the same piece multiple times and then you replace it? Lastly you said to cleans the skin with luke warm water, but let the treated area dry out. Do you mean wash the skin with only warm water or use a facial wash and also do you mean wash your face but dont wash the area you just treated or just wait a few minutes after treatment and then wash the treated area too?
    Sorry about all the questions, I just want to make sure I get the method down correctly.

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    1. Hi Melanie, I will try to answer your questions:

      I have found it way better to just cut a piece of banana, approximately an inch, eat it and use the peel. If you keep cutting like this you will have the banana longer. If you only try to store the peels in the fridge they will only be usable on the next day.

      When you rub the peel on your face it will naturally get brown while you rub if you do that for about a minute, just try and you'll see.

      Yes, it is good to wash your face with plain water before you rub the peel. After you rub the peel don't wash your face, on the contrary, even if it's brown, leave it like this for as long as you can. A few hours, for example. The longer it stays, the better.

      Good luck, and let us know how it went for you, and if you have any more questions.

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  66. Hi,I want to know,by doing this,will it also prevent oil from our face?

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    1. Hi Zacky, yes, it will reduce the oil in your face skin.

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    2. By the way,I already peel half of the banana skin. Then I keep inside the fridge,so that I can use again for the second time. The question is,can I use the banana that I keep in the fridge to rub my face again?

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    3. Yes, you can use the skin that you've kept in the fridge!

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  67. I can't tell if this is working or not because of the timing right now <-<; but would once a day work over a longer period? Being at school most of the time, it'd be kinda weird to sit in the bathroom rubbing banana peels all over my face!

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    1. Don't worry, Nicole, you can do it once a day, lets say in the evening before going to bed over a longer period. It will work!

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  68. i am trying to get rid of pimples since a year...buh nothin works...
    definately gng to try this...if this will work then trust me i cant forget uh in mah life...i ll be thankful to uh v much...uh ll be my new life giver...
    but have a query...when to wash face...immediately after rubbing...or afta drying...nd wat tym it takes for drying

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  69. how much tym wil it take to dry out...and when to wash face after rubbing peel or after having brown part dried...
    trust meh if dis wil work i salute uh...definately gng to try...m tryin many things foh pimples buh doesnt works...i will not forget in mah entire lyf if will work

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  70. i've been using different products in curing my pimples but it just multiply and multiply :(
    i will try the banana peel . thanks fr your information ! :)

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    1. hey ! thanks . i am reallyn amazed ! when i used the banana peel in just 2 days . my pimples gets small :) thanks again

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    2. Great! Keep on using the peels!

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  71. cant we use the banana instead of the peel

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  72. Hi! Please does this work on blackheads and scars? Thanks!

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    1. Banana peels diminish scars. To treat blackheads, please visit this post: http://blog.kanelstrand.com/2012/08/the-best-way-to-get-rid-of-blackheads.html

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  73. hello there!

    can i skip the warm water? coz instead of using warm water i'd rather used the water direct from the faucet..

    can it really be the warm water? to make it more effective?

    or it's ok to just wash my wash a water direct from the faucet??

    tnx

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    1. Hello Ednil, you should use warm water from the faucet.

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  74. Thank you so much for this! I don't usually have a huge problem with acne, but lately stress has been causing me to break out... and the fact that I don't regularly wash my face, I confess. I'll give this a try as soon as we have bananas that don't look like they're ready to be thrown out. You're a confidence lifesaver!

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    1. Thank you, Zelda, I hope you will come back to let us know how it went for you!

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  75. I've tried pretty much all the acne treatments available in shops & got expensive for stuff that didnt work. Ive only done 2 treatments of banana peel & i must say after the first one my skin looked much better the rednessvon my skin are now a pinky colour & my spots are reduced in size & redness so for me i defo recommend to give it a go. Obviously every ones skin is different but for me its so far so good & its much cheaper than buying all these fancy spot creams that dont seem to work. Thanks for sharing this :-)

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  76. Hi I just tried this, i was wondering if you use the peel for 5 minutes on each affected area or 5 minutes in total over the whole face? Also when you let the peel dry , my face tends to feel dry is it okay to use a moisturiser on the face? and if so do you dab it on or you rub it into the skin? Thank you

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    1. Hi Lola, the duration may vary depending on the severity of your pimples, so it is your choice. Maybe about a minute on smaller ones, you will get the hang of it once you've done this for a week. You can wash the peel off your face except for the spots on your pimples. Also you can rub moisturizer everywhere else except on the pimples. Don't forget to wash your face before applying banana peels again.

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  77. What if you have bad acne all over your face? Can you use it on your whole face? I tried it on my whole face and I've done it 4 times now and I don't see much of a difference and I have a dance competition this weekend so I'll have to stop it after friday morning... do you think that it will be at least mostly clear by then? that would be a total of 9 times using it 3 of them left on overnight.

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    1. You may have a severe case of rosacea but let me know how long do you rub the peel? If your whole face is covered with acne, then you should take considerably longer time, let's divide your face in 5 sections and rub for 5 minutes each. Let me know how it goes.

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  78. hi,..there's different bananas here in philippines..lakatan,tordan and senyorita..which one should i use?i want to try..

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    1. Hi Marisol, the most widely spread sort of bananas we have in Europe is the Musa banana but I think any other will do because all of them have a lot of potassium in the skin. Hope this helps! Also, don't forget to let us know how it went.

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    2. sure,i will let you know after i try,thank you... ;)

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  79. could i use small bananas to get rid the acnes?

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    1. What do you mean by small bananas? Practically, you can use any banana because al of them have potassium in the skin.

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  80. I just came across your site now and I after reading this, I just did the whole banana thing on my face. Being it is late in the day, I will do another one later and sleep with it for a little while. I really hope this works for me as it seems to have for everyone else who has tried it! :D

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    1. I am sure you will see results on the next day! Make sure you keep us updated :-)

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  81. hello im just 13 years old can i do this method? is it just ok for me??

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    1. Of course you can! My daughter is your age and the banana peels work great for her!

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  82. I've tried a banana mask before which worked pretty well but too difficult to do every single day so this sounds like a great idea! I'd have to rub a good portion of my face though:(
    Unfortunaty my skin is very dry, even from just rinsing with warm water. So I was wondering, if I wash it off before reapplying and my skin feels dry, do you have any suggestions on a natural moisturizer?
    Also, what do you use to wash your face with? Anything other than just warm water?

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    1. Hi Kristina, the banan peel should leave your skin well toned hopefully but if not, you may use shea butter, olive oil, mashed avocado or honey to moisturize it. I use only tap water to wash my face and it's good enough! Let me know if yuou have any other questions. Good luck!

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  83. Thanks! I've trued it for 3 treatments now and as far as my big unsighty breakouts, it is already working amazingly!! It does make my skin feel tight and dry, but that's nothing new.
    I believe I might have a slight allergy and am starting to think it is causing me to form new very small bumps. I normally get these skin tone bumps that just make my face look uneven and bumpy, but it's too soon to tell if the banana peels are making it worse or not.
    I'll update when I firgure that out!
    But I did have one more question about the moisturizers. Do you apply those and leave on? Or wash it off? Because most of those you mentioned seem like they would leave a noticable residue? Anything I wouldnt have to wash off? My skin gets dry just from rinsing with warm water:(
    Either way, thanks so much for sharing this!! My unsightly pimples are already looking much better!!

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  84. this is great! I've been tried it last week and now i have the result...they are really gone...but they leave some scars :(, fully on my cheek and forehead.. :(
    so my question is , does the banana peel can heal the scars? and how long it (scars) would be gone if i continue to do the remedies with banana peels??
    i have my own graduation on next month and i would be happy if there's no scars on my face...thank you so much

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    1. Banana peels are good for taking care of blemishes and some scars but if they are older it would be harder or almost impossible. Yet, you can try exfoliating your skin with sugar: http://blog.kanelstrand.com/2012/01/homemade-exfoliating-and-moisturizing.html and baking soda: http://blog.kanelstrand.com/2012/08/the-best-way-to-get-rid-of-blackheads.html. And continue using the bananas. I am presently writing a post on how to treat blemishes, so stay tuned!

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  85. Will it work on man's skin too?

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  86. I dont get the step 4. Can i wash my face right away after rubbing the peels?Sorry a little bit confused haha :)

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  87. No, don't wash your face right away. You need to let the banana work on your pimples, so keep it as long as you can.

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  88. Thanks so much for the info, I started last night.
    I was wondering, can you blend the banana peel and have it work just as well?

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    1. Caleb, for best results just rub the inside of the peel, don't blend it.

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  89. Sorry but there different type of banana here we ave d red one, the green one or can I use any one?

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  90. i sm s filipina and i feel so shy because i have a lot of acne in my face,,.. i hope your advice will work:(:(:(

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  91. Thanks so much! , hey i was just wondering! , what if it itches alot if you apply the banana peel to the acne? , is it some sort of effect?

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  92. Hi Sonya, I've started doing it! But I have a few questions on details on how to proceed.
    Is it ok if we rub the pimple only for 1-2 minutes ? Or the effect won't be as good ? Because some of my pimples are swollen and painful and rubbing them for 5 minutes is quite painful.
    Also after rubbing, I understood we can leave the banana on our skin for a while for up to 1-2 hours, correct ? And after, shall we just rinse with water or with a cleanser ?
    Thanks in advance ! :)
    Anne

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  93. Hi Anne, yes, you can rub for 1-2 minutes if it hurts. Leave the banana for as long as possible and rinse with water, no cleanser. Keep us informed!

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  94. I tried it! My acne started drying the next day. Thank you for the valuable information :)

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  95. Pls can I use it on ma dark spots caused by acne some weeks ago?will it work

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  96. Hi! Quick question: Will this work as a preventative thing or do I have to wait until it's irritated and already popped?

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    1. If you use this method for a longer period, f.ex. a couple of months, the bananas will cleanse your skin and eventually you will get rid of your acne/pimples.

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  97. I look up stuff on acne treatment. But using banana peels is new to me! This is a really practical natural tip. I like eating bananas, know they're good for me, but to use the peel for acne? I must try this on my girl. She's about 11 but has pimples on her forehead :-( Tks Sonya!

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  98. I will definitely try this! I have very very oily skin and wondered if you had any suggestions for that

    Thank you so much

    (and what is the baking soda thing you suggested a few times? what is it for? how do I use it?)

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    1. The bananas will help you for your oily skin, and here is the baking soda treatment I'm refering to, which is also great for oily skin: http://blog.kanelstrand.com/2012/08/the-best-way-to-get-rid-of-blackheads.html

      Don't forget to let us know how it went for you.

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  99. Thank you for the fast respond. I bought bananas yesterday and they are a little green so I'm waiting for them to be ripe.

    BTW - 3 times a day means 3 bananas? Or can I cut a small piece of the banana and keep the rest refrigerated for the rest of the day?

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  100. You are welcome! Yes, you can cut pieces and keep the rest in the fridge.

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  101. Hi, I've been doing this for about three days now, three times a day, and I haven't noticed that much of a difference. When I rub the peel on my face, is my face supposed to look almost...dirty? I expected them to dry out by now, but maybe I'm doing something wrong.

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