6 ways to help get rid of pimples

August 20, 2014

Pimples seem to pop up before a big meeting, hot date or special occasion, so find out how to help get rid of them with these tips.

6 ways to help get rid of pimples

Annoyingly, pimples can affect you at any age. While you may be itching to pop that zit, try to refrain. Pimples carry bacteria that can spread to other pores once released. You could aggravate the skin, which can lead to scarring or worse, send all of that oil, gunk and bacteria further underneath the skin. However, there are a few things you can try to get rid of a pimple fast:

1. Medicated skin care products

Hit the drugstore for over-the-counter spot treatment products that contain benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

  • Both fight acne-causing bacteria and help prevent clogged pores.
  • These come in various strengths – higher concentrations can irritate the skin so try a lower formulation first.
  • If you’re prone to getting pimples, try using daily cleansers and lotions that contain benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

2. Toothpaste

Toothpaste is a great alternative to drugstore pimple creams.

  • Dab a small amount over the pimple and let sit for a few hours or overnight.
  • Just don’t forget to wash it off before leaving the house!

3. Salt

Dissolve a small amount of sea salt in water.

  • Using a folded tissue or cloth, apply to your pimple and let sit for ten minutes. Do not wipe off the salt water. Salt will dry out your pimple, but it will also kill surrounding bacteria.

4. Aspirin

Aspirin has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce redness and swelling.

  • Crush a tablet of aspirin in a small bowl and mix with just enough water to make a paste. Apply over affected area using a cotton swab and let dry. This should sit for at least a few hours or for best results, overnight.

5. Ice

Ice can help some individuals in getting rid of a pimple.

  • If your pimple is inflamed and red, apply ice for 10 minutes at a time.
  • If direct contact with your skin is too harsh, try wrapping the ice with a tissue or paper towel.

6. Makeup

If you don't have time to wait for the above measures to work, conceal it.

  • Gently clean the area and remove any dead or dry skin flakes with tweezers. Use a cream concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone.

For maximum coverage, try a green concealer to help reduce redness. Yellow-based shades can help minimize its raised appearance.

  • Use a cotton swab or your finger to dab on a tiny amount of concealer. Pat or tap to blend, don’t rub.
  • You can then add a light layer of foundation over the top and set with a finishing powder.

Zits are no fun, so practice good facial hygiene to help prevent pimples from popping up in the first place.

  • Always remove your make-up at night, and wash and moisturize twice a day.
  • Keep your hands away from your face, and your pimples will pop up with less frequency.
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