Getting pimples on your beautiful face happens to everyone, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept defeat and wait patiently until it goes away.
Pimple is a common skin disease that affects the average person. 85% of people at some point in their lives have had pimples, we personally feel it’s more.
While orthodox treatments can get rid of pimples, they are often associated with side effects, such as skin irritation and dryness. There are various ways to treat pimples, but first, it is important to know the basics of how and why pimples occur in the first place.
What Causes Pimples?
We have oily glands in the skin that generally provide moisture and lubrication, but the combination of hormones and stress can form clogs. The bacteria cause irritation in the skin, which is why blemishes and pimples form. And just like that, your skin flares up.
Basically, having pimples is part of the deal of being human. You can’t escape it. However, you can get rid of it easily and quickly in time for a beach summer party. So, silver lining.
How to Get Rid of Pimples?
So, how do you get rid of this troublesome inflammation and pimples? Well, you are in luck because we are going to show you how to get rid of pimples quickly or making them worse.
1. Don’t touch your face!
All dermatologists agree that you should never, ever pick at your pimple. We repeat: Do not pick at your pimple. We have seen people do this, some let it “ripe” just so they can burst it. If you do that, then you should stop right now. It might be tempting, but remember that once you have picked at a pimple lesion, it will take longer to heal and is more likely to leave a scar.
So, not only would you cause more harm but you will get a scar on your beautiful face. Have some control and resist it.
2. Be wary of home “remedies”
Tread carefully when it comes to home remedies. While lemon juice, and toothpaste, have been quoted as excellent at-home remedies for pimples, dermatologists advise against them.
Toothpaste conventionally has an ingredient called triclosan, which has antimicrobial properties, and as a result, is believed to help lower levels of pimple-causing bacteria to reduce inflammation and treat the pimple. But because triclosan is an acknowledged cause of skin allergies, it has been removed from most toothpaste, so they are no longer useful in treating acne.
Lemon juice is also a bad idea and wouldn’t have any effect on the pimple itself.
The point it, not all home remedies are actually helpful in treating pimples. You should be careful trying them out before you cause more harm than good.
One approved home remedy for getting rid of pimples naturally is by applying tea tree oil, which may help by reducing inflammation and lowering levels of pimple-causing bacteria. But don’t apply it undiluted on the skin as it causes irritation.
3. Use a pimple treatment Cream.
You can always walk into any shop and buy a pimple treatment cream. You can use a spot treatment to get rid of stubborn pimples once they surface. Ingredients to look out for:
- Benzoyl peroxide to kill the pimple-causing bacteria.
- Salicylic acid help exfoliate and unclog pores.
- Retinoids help boost cell turnover, prompting cells to shed and preventing them from clogging.
We recommend treating your pimple with either benzoyl peroxide or over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream to reduce inflammation. The pimple should show some signs of improvement in an hour.
4. Wash your face regularly.
Your oil glands are active all day, and when that oil combines with makeup, dirt, and pollution, it can be a disastrous recipe for clogged pores and blemishes.
That also goes double for workouts. Sweat mixed with dirt and oil can be trapped under wet workout clothing, potentially worsening a breakout. If you can’t take a full shower, at least use a cleansing towelette.
5. Apply a warm compress.
Heat is a super simple way to calm your skin if you feel a blemish coming on. Use a warm compress or steam to bring the whole lot to the surface. Alternately, you can use a cold compress to bring down the swelling of a particularly large, painful pimple.
6. Try Using More Products That Have Salicylic Acid.
If your pimple breakouts are frequent and you are tired of battling them, then you might want to consider switching up your skincare routine. Pick a cleanser that has salicylic acid in it, which you can get over the counter. Those with pimple-prone skin can use an astringent to degrease the skin. And another benefit of salicylic or glycolic acid is they can help with the scarring that usually occurs.
Salicylic acid is also very effective when it comes to getting rid of blackheads — it helps in removing dead cells and excess oil from the surface of the skin. Think of it as a cleaner for your pores, to keep them clear so the oil does not get trapped.
7. Tweak your diet.
While it is advised to be cautious of at-home treatments, there are other ways to get rid of pimples without products. Since pimples are caused by a combination of environment and genetics, factors such as stress, hormonal fluctuations, and diet can cause breakouts.
Stick to a low sugar diet and avoid cow’s milk and whey protein, as they are known to worsen pimples, and try to minimize stress as much as you can, with practices such as meditation or yoga.
8. Use little makeup.
Makeups are one of the most common causes of an adult pimple, and unfortunately, using heavy-duty makeup to hide your pimples won’t make them actually disappear.
Consider using mineral makeup on your skin instead of oil-based products that can lead to breakouts, seeing as oil-based foundation and concealer can block pores. Heck, if possible, go completely makeup-free for a few days — it could just be the break your skin needs to clear up quickly.
9. Use light therapy to get rid of pimples.
Instead of going to your dermatologist for red and blue light therapy which can be a bit expensive, you can use an at-home device over a blemish, or over your whole face, for just three minutes. The red light decreases inflammation, while the blue light targets pimple-causing bacteria. Additionally, the light stimulates the dermal layers of the skin to create collagen. In turn, pimple scars fill out and the skin looks more even-toned.
10. Medicate if necessary.
For people who suffer from cystic acne, a combination of medication, topical products, in-office treatments (like lasers), are oftentimes the way to go. A dermatologist can work with you to discover medications that will help with the treatment in the long run.
Nodular pimples often need treatment with systemic medications such as hormonal medications (oral contraceptives, spironolactone, and oral antibiotics)
The bottom line
Pimples are a common problem that can be frustrating to treat. Even some conventional treatments can cause dryness, redness, or irritation, and many natural or home remedies just don’t seem to work. However, the tips shared in this article are from extensive research that shows ways you can get rid of pimples. They are even being endorsed by a dermatologist, so, you can rest assured that if you follow the tips listed above, you will certainly see an improvement.
Feel free to comment on what tip worked for you, or if we missed out on any helpful tip in getting rid of pimples. You can also share this article with your friends or colleagues at work, you never know, you could be helping someone out.