Dr. Jennifer MacGregor, a dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City, recommends getting your acne under control from the start. That may seem obvious, but Dr. MacGregor believes it’s important to take the time to go into a doctor’s office and get prescribed the best and safest products for your skin type.
There are few things more frustrating than going to bed with clear skin and waking up with a mammoth zit on your face. And if it’s a cystic blemish — the kind that’s super sore and swollen and never comes to a head — it can be especially maddening, since it seems like all you can do is wait, spackle it with concealer, and tell people it’s a mosquito bite. While it’s true that nothing short of a derm-administered cortisone shot will get rid of a deep zit, there are some at-home steps you can take to bring down the swelling and redness.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple cider vinegar shares some ingredients with some acne medications. Use it as a toner to promote cell turnover and kill bacteria. ( ACV is also an excellent remedy for a sore throat)
All of the methods above will work, it just depends on your kind of skin. Some are more effective than others, the ice being the best method. I, too, have tried the ice, and it did work, but only for a while. The lemon solution is a good way to calm down pimples, but the citric acid in it might sting, so as FABULOUS~1 said above, diluting the juice with water will have a less reactive result. The toothpaste is good for drying out spots, but you have to make sure that it is not a gel toothpaste. After you have done the toothpaste method, you should probably moisturise your skin afterwards because your skin will be very dry. I wouldn’t recommend the garlic method ; I haven’t tried it, but I’ve never seen that method online anywhere else. It will probably make your face smell, too. So far, for me, none of these method have truly worked, but I found that when I washed and moisturised my face, morning and evening, it definitely worked for me.
Picking at skin, scratching an itch, rubbing it too hard, continuously using uncleaned pillows, wiping/rubbing sweat away, etc., are among those top deeds that lead to unwanted irritation on your skin.
More than 80% of adolescents suffer from acne. Even adults and younger children are affected by these annoying breakouts. A simple pimple may take three to seven days to go away by itself. Sometimes, they last longer and indicate a more complex underlying cause that needs to be treated.
Wash your fabrics. Any fabric that comes into contact with your skin on a regular basis – clothes, towels, pillowcases, and sheets – should be washed at least once a week to remove oil and bacteria that build up over time. Use a gentle cleanser for sensitive skin to help solve your acne problem.
Papaya contains enzyme called as papain which is used to decrease the inflammation and it helps in controlling the pus formation in acne. Mash up the pulp of papaya well and then apply it on the affected area (or on your entire face), let it work its magic for 20- 30 minutes and then gently wash it off.
While it’s best to treat the acne, picking at it makes it worse because it doesn’t get the healing time it requires, which ultimately increases inflammation, and therefore, risks of scarring. Also, waiting to treat acne until it becomes severe can lead to extensive scarring, so it’s best to treat it sooner than later. (5)
Baking Soda – Baking soda can be used as a mild exfoliant, which means it can gently loosen the top layer of dead skin on your face encourage cell growth. Using a paste of baking soda and water can remove excess oil from your face.
The short answer is that you should maintain a hands-off policy on your skin. “Any time you traumatize your skin by picking or squeezing pimples, you’re increasing the risk of infection and scarring,” says Dr. Lee. That said, her pimple popping videos are popular for a reason: She knows people are going to pop pimples anyway!