Acne is one of the most frustrating and pervasive skin issues around; everyone has dealt with it at some point. It also seems to pop up at the worst possible times, like before a first date. Thankfully, there are many ways to treat acne, including prescription and over-the-counter options. There are also many home remedies out there, with varying levels of evidence for their effectiveness. If you suffer from severe acne, consult your doctor.
“Ice-cold temperatures help constrict blood vessels, so wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and hold it against the bump to reduce redness and bring down the swelling a bit,” says Zeichner, who recommends icing three times an hour in ten-minute intervals, i.e., ten minutes on, ten minutes off. (You want to do this after you wash your face since washing after icing would warm the skin right back up.)
But if you’re already way past that stage, the first thing to do, Lortscher says, is to differentiate between scarring and temporary discoloration, the latter of which can happen after a particularly deep pimple pops. “Scars change the skin’s texture, not just the color of the skin,” Lortscher says. “Scars can be permanent, while dark spots from acne tend to fade by 6 to 12 months.”
“Since acne scars vary, so do treatments. Depending on the individual, I often use a multimodal approach to treating acne scars. First, I might use Fraxel treatments to smooth out the skin texture. Then, I often use a combination of the fillers Restylane and Belotero to lift the depressed scars. Finally, I perform a few punch excisions to surgically remove any deep scars that may remain,” says Dr. Bowe.
Keep in mind with microdermabrasion, you won’ be able to treat very deep acne scars. If you suffer from severe acne scarring, lasers or deep chemical peeling would be more suited to get a more drastic resurfacing treatment (with longer downtime and higher risks though).
While hot compress is used to bring the blind pimples to head, sometimes ice is also recommended to be used to soothe the painful under the skin pimples. So, if you have a very tender and very painful blind pimple with excessive inflammation, you can consider using a cold ice compress too. Ice packs are particularly recommended if the pain from blind pimple is severe. Pain is caused by inflammation. When you apply ice, it cools the area and this cooling constricts the blood thereby reducing blood supply to that area. Reduced blood supply helps fight off bacteria who cannot survive for long.
I HAVE A MOUNTAIN on my face. Someone asked me if I wanted to climb a mountain and I was like what??? Then he said the one on your face. I’m determined to get it gone in 3 days because I HAVE HOMECOMING! My face isn’t sensitive so I’m going to use toothpaste and ice. I could use some key pointers though!
“An antibiotic lotion before bed can help dry them up,” Sinlair said. “People can try and use astringents and things… but I don’t think tea-tree oil or toothpaste will help, and in fact could make it worse.”
I dunno if the toothpaste one works!? iv never tried it but iv read about this one and there are a wide variety of views some say it works every time I no it works with my friend but with other people they say it only makes it worse! so I don’t know it really just depends with your skin type. iv got a spot and i really wont to try the toothpaste one but im not sure how my skin will react!!!
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