How to Get Rid of Pimples Fast the Natural Way
Nothing bums teenagers out quite like getting a big, red pimple on their face, especially if they're going to prom or have to deal with the social stigma (and peer pressure) of being all pimply. Even adults don't wish to have a moon surface for a face due to excessive pimple popping, but what can you do in order to deal with this dermal dilemma?
There's no need to accept defeat until the blemish goes away. It doesn't mean you should keep poking the bear until it gets "angry" either or pops the pus away, but when push comes to shove, it's important to remember that the blemish is an ultimately defeatable foe. After all, it's just bacteria causing skin inflammation or hormones and stress forming clogs that require cleaning.
What You Will Need
Here are the things you'll need to acquire and remember to do to start clearing your skin up and making it zit free. It's a mix of standard and homemade treatments for your perusal.
- No Touching: STOP yourself from touching your face and aggravating your zit condition. Picking at it will only make it worse.
- Steam: Hot water shower full of steam to open up your pores. Open pores promote better cleaning out of oils and dirt.
- Hot or Cold Compress: Hot or cold water compress depending on the severity of the zit. Application of a compress can keep pimple formation at bay if hot or alleviate pimple inflammation if cold.
- Change Routines: The willingness to change things up from one technique to another for frequent outbreaks.
- Cleanser: Cleanser with salicylic or glycolic acid in it.
- Things to Avoid: DON'T use toothpaste, Windex, and lemon juice as facial treatments.
- Yogurt: Use yogurt topically for the sake of keeping skin irritation at bay.
- Limit Makeup: Limit your makeup usage to keep from starting a zit problem or worsening it.
- Ice Cube Compress: Make an ice cube compress to dry out acne.
- Honey and Cinnamon: Use honey and cinnamon for drying out pimples.
- Tea Tree Oil: Avail of some tea tree oil for your skin (unless you have sensitive skin).
- Garlic: Chop some raw garlic for consumption to get rid of pimples.
- Baking Soda: Make a baking soda paste to apply on your face twice daily.
- Papaya: Apply a papaya paste over your face then wash it away. Put on a papaya mask overnight to keep zits away.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Apply apple cider vinegar on a cotton swab over the affected area on your face and leave it there for 10 minutes or overnight before washing it off.
- Simply Clean Up: Cleaning up your face, avoiding pollution, and being consistent in clean up can go a long way to getting your zit free.
Without further ado, here are some viable steps you can use to get rid of your acne as fast as possible and as naturally as possible.
1. Hands Off Your Money Maker (Face)
First and foremost, the more you touch your face, the more aggravated your pimple will become. It's the same with any skin irritation, inflammation, or eruption. It's agreed by many a dermatologist that you shouldn't pick at your pimple or, much worse, try to pop that zit. You'll have a face akin to recording artist Seal in no time flat in the future due to excessive zit popping.
Pimples are skin injuries caused by excess oil production that traps dirt and bacteria in your pores, causing them to erupt and have pus in them. Like with your other wounds, touching them only aggravates the condition. Popping your zit then hoping a bit of tissue to stop the bleeding is enough to fix things is naive thinking, especially when it scabs, scars, or hollows out into a pockmark that will leave a mark on your face forever.
2. Something Steamy, Something Cold for Pimple Treatment
Steamy baths or saunas open up your pores and clear them of trapped dirt and oils from a whole day of running around, commuting, or being exposed to modern-day city pollution. Aside from steam, heat is a simple way towards soothing inflamed skin if you feel a bump forming and about to erupt all over your face like Mt. Krakatoa. Steam your face up to open your pores without popping a zit.
According to top dermatologists in the field, you can have a hot shower, a steam bath, a sauna treatment (but not to the point of fainting), or something as simple as a warm compress or bowl of hot water with steam over your face to bring everything to the surface for an easy cleanse. After a pimple appears, apply a spot treatment (where you put topical agents like astringent or tea tree oil over a pimple). You can also take a cold shower or a cold compress to bring down swelling and large pimple that's about to erupt.
3. Dab Some Medicine on the Pimple
Other than washing off your makeup every night with the right makeup remover then mild soap and water (or limiting your usage of makeup altogether), you can also get out that bottle of moisturizer for your skin type (sensitive, oily, or dry) in order to limit zit formation and keep your skin healthy and smooth. In contrast to the spot treatment where you can put a hot or cold compress for a forming or erupting zit, this is more of maintenance to prevent zit formation in the future.
As always, keep your fingers to yourself and away from your face then get some spot treatment for any stubborn pimples that end up forming anyway. They can appear in places where your bangs fall or where the stalks of your glasses touch your skin. Twice a day, you should put on 1% cortisone cream and layer over it 1-2% salicylic acid. If you have gentle skin that's getting irritated with zits, fight the inflammation with dapsone instead.
4. Adjust Your Skincare Routine or Regimen with the Right Spot Treatment
If you already have a skincare regimen available and you still get zits, you may want to change things up. The same could be said of a skincare regimen that used to work but then is less effective in the future. Or if the breakouts are pretty frequent and you're sick and tired of having to go through the same song and dance. Just go to the next level of treatment if possible.
It can be simple as moving from one technique mentioned above to another. Or it could involve picking a cleanser that has salicylic or glycolic acid over it as a spot treatment. Shift or switch from just soap and water to an astringent that serves as an excellent degreasing or oil-removing properties as well if you have naturally oily skin. The acids mentioned can also help mitigate any scarring that can happen as well.
5. Skip Certain Homemade Acne Recipes (for Disaster)
There are homemade tips on the Internet that are quackery of the highest order. Some homemade recipes to clear up acne and blemishes include lemon juice, toothpaste, and even Windex. Dermatologists advise against them the same way oncologists discourage people in putting their faith in herbal "all-natural" medicines for cancer treatment. Essentially, they can do more harm than good to your fair, dry, or oily skin.
Toothpaste, for example, can over-dry or irritate your skin, making the pimples you're attempting to get rid off even worse than before. Ditto when it comes to lemon juice. If you want to remove grease from your skin, use spot treatments like astringents rather than dabbing lemon juice on your face even though it doesn't affect your pimple one bit. Finally, Windex is a glass cleaner. Not an acne treatment. Don't put ammonia-laced glass cleaner on your face; you're asking for trouble.
6. Use Yogurt to Get Rid of Pimples Fast
The probiotic properties of yogurt can assist you not only in keeping your insides clean and healthy with essential bacteria for better digestion every breakfast but also regarding pimple mitigation. You can put yogurt on your skin to clear it up. It's been used since ancient times, and India, in particular, makes use of the substance to clear any and all skin inflammations.
Cleopatra of Egypt, in particular, keeps her skin supple and flawless by her acrid milk (what yogurt is essential) baths. Getting young and sparkling skin is achievable with the right topical use of this known healthy dessert. Just get some yogurt and apply it delicately on your face. Then, after 15 minutes, wash it off. Apply the mixture twice daily to get the best results possible.
7. Go Easy on the Makeup
If you have a job that involves putting on makeup every day, don't get to clean your face up thoroughly with makeup remover and cleanser to mitigate the risk of an acne breakout. Makeup is a known skin irritator, so if you have to put it on, then you should limit its use. This is especially true of heavy cover-up, which ironically people use in order to cover blemishes in the first place, evening out the look of the skin.
Makeup won't make your acne or pimples physically disappear; just visually. To limit acne breakouts and eventual heavy scarring, you should use mineral makeup on your skin instead of oil-based products (since oils help trap dirt and bacteria that cause acne in the first place). A concealer and oil-based foundation can be particularly occlusive (that is, they have a tendency to cause blockages, specifically in your pores).
8. Use Ice Cubes to Dry Out a Pimple Fast
Remember the cold compress solution for inflamed acne in an earlier entry? You can use ice cubes to make your cold compress even colder in order to diminish swelling and make the oil-producing glands of your skin contract, pushing microbes that cause your zits in the first place away from your pores. First, wrap the ice in fabric then hold it on the affected region for a couple of seconds at a time.
Afterward, hold up a couple of minutes then put the ice compress over your face again. The idea here is to get a colder compress to get the swelling down than an ordinary cold water compress, especially for severe acne breakouts. The beauty of this technique is that you can apply your cold compress as many times as required throughout the day until the pimple swelling subsides.
9. Honey Can Dry Out a Pimple Effectively Too
Rather than using Windex, lemon juice, or toothpaste as your homemade remedy, you should use honey instead. That can actually impact your pimple problem unlike lemon juice and won't aggravate it as the ammonia-laced Windex or toothpaste could. This is because honey is known as a disinfectant that can destroy the microbes trapped in your sebaceous glands in order to accelerate your healing when all is said and done.
To apply it, just get a sterile and clean cotton-tipped applicator and dab honey onto the affected areas. Let it stay there for about 30 minutes before you wash the sticky concoction from your face with warm water. You can also mix the honey with some cinnamon powder in order to get a thick paste you can apply to your face like a mask of sorts. It will do wonders in cleaning out your pores and your oil glands.
10. Garlic Cloves Have Medical Advantages Related to Pimples
Garlic cloves according to Ayurveda Medicine from India, has antiviral, antibacterial, and cell reinforcement properties. It's also aggressive against infection. It even increases your stamina and resiliency. If you're having a teenage or even adult acne breakout, you can use raw garlic to heal it up. It specifically has sulfur within it that assists in healing pimples so that they won't mar your face with pock marks or small holes.
It's also dependable in the dermatological sense because of its aforementioned antimicrobial properties. Just eat raw garlic (it's not a topical solution) in order to forestall pimple formation and get rid of spots, zits, whiteheads, blackheads, and what-have-you whenever you need to have clear skin. Garlic also works well with all the other solutions there, such that your pimples won't have the chance to break out, erupt, and scar your beautiful face. As a bonus, you can also get side benefits from eating garlic, like preventing cancer.
11. Tea Tree Oil Is Astounding for Acne Break Out Treatment
Tea tree oil is known for its effectiveness when it comes to acne treatment mainly because of its antibacterial properties (just like in the case of honey). It assists in dealing with microscopic germs and microbes that cause skin diseases and the spread of pimples all over your face. What's more, it mitigates or decreases the severity of your pimples by making them less red and swollen.
It can even dry out not only pimples but whiteheads too. To apply the product on your skin, get a cotton ball and dip it in tea tree oil (you can get it diluted or purer depending on your skin sensitivity). Afterwards, do a spot treatment on the affected area. After letting the oil stay on your skin for 15 to 20 minutes, then you can flush your face and rinse it dry. However, if you have sensitive skin, you should use some other product to clean your face off.
12. Nothing Dries Out Pimples Quite Like Baking Soda Paste
Baking soda is a powerful home solution for pimple disposal. It encourages skin peeling to boot, allowing a fresh new layer of skin to resurface on your face and discouraging the formation of scar tissue. It evacuates oil and removes dead skin cells to allow for a fresher look with your face. It has numerous uses, such that it can be used as toothpaste, antiperspirant, deodorant, and various home solutions.
Pimple inflammation is avoided when you apply a paste of baking soda on your face. To make this paste, blend a teaspoon of baking soda with some water. Afterwards, wash your face and leave it moist. Put the paste on the parts of your face that have zits then allow it to dry for ONLY two minutes. From there, wash your face with warm water. Do this twice daily to make your existing zits go away or keep them from coming back (as a type of face maintenance).
13. Apply Papaya on Your Face Overnight
The pear-molded organic item that's both delicious and sweet is great for skin. It's a fruit that's 7 inches in length and a pound in weight. The tissue within the papaya has an orange color with slide shades of pink and yellow. There are even papaya soaps that exist specifically for skincare purposes as well as hair care too. This is because it has Papain protein that helps in processing proteins properly.
To use papaya, you should mash it into a paste and use it as a spot treatment (wherein you apply the paste directly to the zits themselves). Wait for 10 to 15 minutes then flush it off. Or you can make a papaya face mask instead by mixing nectar and papaya pieces together and applying the concoction over your face, rubbing it tenderly. Let the mask dry, leave it overnight, and then waste your face in the morning. Put the mask twice a day to get the best results.
14. Apple Cider Vinegar Is Another Good Topical Spot Treatment for Zits
The point of using apple cider vinegar to treat your zits is like that of honey. It's a good microorganism killer, thus mitigating skin irritation and pimple formation right at the roots. It also helps keep your skin's pH balance at a healthy level. Thus bacteria has a tougher time flourishing all over your face. Just use it in tandem with astringent or some other spot treatment, and you should come out fine.
In regards to putting the apple cider vinegar on your face, you should wash your face first then towel it dry. From there, use a portion of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, mix it together, then put a cotton ball unto it before applying it specifically to the zit as a spot treatment. Leave the apple cider wash on your face for no less than 10 minutes or overnight then wash your face thoroughly. Reapply the watered-down apple cider unto your face a few times every day for the best results.
15. An Ounce of Prevention
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Rather than go through this nightmare of putting in all sorts of concoctions on your face, it's better to avoid a breakout in the first place by being hygienic. On top of taking a bath every day, you should also have cleanser on hand to wipe your face off of dirt and oils every single time, especially if you're exposed to pollution during the daily commute and whatnot.
If you notice in the remedies and home cures outlined above, the best course of action for you is to wash your face at least twice daily; once in the day and once at night. This will ensure that the chances of breakouts are minimized. Even if you're a teenager going through the severe acne phase because of hormone imbalances, it pays to clean up your oily skin to help alleviate bacterial formation. This will limit scarring and regrets in the future as well.
Did you enjoy this tutorial? It's a list that's compiled in order to go with which over-the-counter, dermatologist-approved steps to clearing up your pimples ASAP mixed with home cures that work (as well as warnings in regards to those cures that don't work as well). With that said, proper hygiene, minimizing irritations, limiting makeup, and the avoidance of polluted areas will go a long way to keeping your face from getting a zit attack.
Always make it a point to keep your face clean with the right soap and water while also avoiding excessive pollution exposure. As long as you can remove oils from your face, keep dirt from being trapped in your pores, and have observed proper facial hygiene, you should end up fine even when faced with hormone-induced acne breakouts. If you have any more questions in regards to the abovementioned steps or suggestions for more home-made acne removal tips, just share them in the comments below.
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