Everybody at some point in their lives gets pimples. One thing everybody can agree on is they are a nuisance. Everywhere you go, people start staring at you like you are carrying a disease, hitting your self-esteem.
The next day might be one of the important days of your life. Bummer, you discover you have a pimple on your body. Your first thought is, like everybody else’s: Get it OFF!
One way to get rid of that is the ever-satisfying ‘pop-it’ method, but that might just leave scars. Maybe if it’s on your arms or torso, it might not matter much. But if it’s on your face, we definitely don’t want any scars there, now do we?
So what can you do to get rid of that annoying pimple? After all, if you just let it be, you are going to be stuck with it for a while, unless you do something about it. However, if you want it gone within a matter of minutes or even within an hour then my friend you are just giving in to wishful thinking. It’s going to take around a whole night.
You have to play an active role there. Come now, be more patient, better a whole night than days or weeks even.
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According to David Lortscher, who is a board-certified dermatologist, CEO, and founder of Curology, “In general, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for a pimple to go away on its own.”
So here are some household tips and remedies that are at your disposal to remove that annoying frigging pimple.
Do you know that you can “Not” pop your pimple? Instead, dry them from the outside. That is the basic principle of spot treatments. You take benzoyl, salicylic acid, or sulfur and dab it on the affected area.
They will suck the oil from the pore while reducing any inflammation in the process as well. So if you are going to try this method, just dab it on the area and leave it there.
Benzoyl peroxide is like an antibacterial. If you use it, it will also remove all the bacteria inside the pore, while drying it out as well. However, a word of caution, since it can stain linen and clothes, make sure you have a white pillowcase handy somewhere nearby. Do consult your doctor and ask whether an OTC option is a more suitable method instead of a prescription-strength one.
Salicylic Acid dissolves dead skin, which unclogs skin pores. During spot treatment, it sucks out the grime from the pore. Apparently, it’s one of the best treatment methods available for adult acne and ridding yourself of blackheads as well. Similarly, its a good treatment for dissing whiteheads as well.
Sulfur operates in a similar manner to Benzoyl Peroxide. It sucks the grime while relieving the skin. Moreover, it doesn’t stain as much to your textile. The only downside is it ends up drying your skin, but that is the point of it. So it’s not exactly a downside. You’re already trying to dry a patch of your skin.
People use small adhesive bandages knows as the hydrocolloid dressing to reduce swelling on blisters. You can also use them on pimples. The dressing simply dries out your skin by absorbing moisture.
The dressing also prevents bacterial growth by creating an acidic environment. Apply it on the affected area, and it will reduce the pimple to a blemish overnight and you can just apply concealer on the spot to hide it.
Tea Tree oil
Tea Tree oil is one of the best remedies that you will find in the inventory when winning the battle against Acne. However, us it in small doses (even as an ingredient) as it can cause irritation and swelling if used ineffectively. In small doses, it can act as a strong bacterial combatant.
This is why it is one of the best choices to apply on your pimples. Moreover; it is anti-inflammatory so you can even apply it to the pimples that have gone ‘pop’. Another use for the Tea tree oil besides taking care of pimples is it removes irritation after a shave.
The catch with using tea tree oil is that it takes a while for it to free that clog in your skin pores. Although, it prevents redness and scarring on your skin when pimple ‘popping’. as well as stopping additional pimples from forming. A word of advice, don’t use it on your face. You can usually use it on freshly washed skin.
People have been using toothpaste to combat acne. As the toothpaste contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), it is safe to use in small concentrations, but take care to have a thorough rinse afterward.
If you don’t, it will result in irritation and swelling. Products being used for prolonged skin contact should not be used with more than 1% concentration. However, if you are prone to pimples, using toothpaste is the least feasible option due to SLS. You should try out other safer methods.
For the worst-case scenario, consider a visit to the dermatologist, who will probably give you an intralesional injection. Regardless, consider this only when you have a really bad case of a throbbing pimple/s. The injection contains a mixture of diluted cortisone, Kenalog. Even then, it will take around 36 hours to fully vanish.
Having a pimple can be a real pain in the neck. It really is an attention seeker and people just start pitying you. But you can get closure in the fact that they have been through this as well, so you really don’t have a lot worry about.
Regardless, it’s high time you bought yourself a concealer for times like this. They do help up matching blemishes, from pimples or otherwise, to your skin tone. That is practically the point of having a concealer.
There are concealers out there which have got salicylic acid as an ingredient, so you can conceal your pimples as well as treat them with those.