So you’ve got a pimple? Chances are the arrival coincides with a major life event. Pimples have a cruel way of popping up just before first dates, important job interviews, school dances, and weddings. Curse you, zit monsters!
While you can’t fix a pimple in one hour (we wish), you can take steps to clear up a blemish overnight with a diligent regime. “Pimples are small micro-infections of hair follicles,” explains Dr. Purvisha Patel, board certified dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare. “You may not be able to get ‘rid’ of a pimple overnight, but you can make it look a lot better, so it appears to be gone.”
Dr. Patel broke down the ten key steps to getting rid of a pimple fast, or at least making the appearance of a bad zit less noticeable. Read on and good luck. You’ve got this. Your pimple doesn’t stand a chance!
- Find the right ingredients
- Invest in a quality cleanser
- Hydrocortisone cream is your best friend
- Stay away from edible ingredients
- Trust spot treatments
- In case of an emergency, use cortisone injections
- Find the DIY trick for you
- Do NOT pop your zits!
- Prevent pimples with a healthy lifestyle
- 7 Ways To Get Rid Of Acne Fast The Night Before A Big Event Because Nobody Got Time For That
- Home remedies to get rid of pimples fast
- What Causes Pimples?
- Is It Possible To Get Rid Of Pimples Overnight?
- Home Remedies To Reduce Pimples
- Medical Treatment For Pimples
- When To See A Doctor
- Diet That Can Control Breakouts
- How Can I Prevent Pimples?
- 10 Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Acne Fast (No More Acne Scars!)
- How acne is formed
- Why you should not pop your pimples
- 1. Aspirin mask
- 2. Aloe Vera gel
- 3. Toothpaste
- 4. Honey mask
- 5. Garlic
- 6. Tea Tree Oil
- 7. Cucumber
- 8. Egg white mask
- 9. Baking soda
- 10. Steam
Find the right ingredients
Dr. Patel explains that pimples are commonly caused by four things: follicular occlusion, microbe growth, sebum production or adding oil to your skin, and inflammation.
All these issues can be addressed and helped when a pimple is early in the game. “The most common way to address these issues is to use benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, tree oil or salicylic acid products before you go to bed,” says Dr. Patel.
Benzoyl peroxide is a bleaching agent that kills microbes and dries up oil in the follicle. Tea tree oil and sulfur also do similar things to benzoyl peroxide by drying up the pimple. “Using these products can make the pimple look smaller in the morning, ” explains Dr. Patel.
The final ingredient Dr. Patel recommends is salicylic acid. “Salicylic acid products not only dry up the pimple and kill any microbes, but also exfoliate the skin on top to let any accumulated puss out of the follicle,” says Dr. Patel. (Gross, but effective.)
For Benzoyl Peroxide La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Acne Treatment ulta.com $29.99 For Tea Tree Oil The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil amazon.com $9.82 For Salicylic Acid Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment murad.com $22.00 For Sulfur Mario Badescu Drying Lotion sephora.com $17.00
Invest in a quality cleanser
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“Exfoliating cleansers are perfect for acne, as they help unclog the pores to not only treat pimples, but also prevent them from occurring,” says Dr. Patel. “Visha Skincare Advanced Purifying Cleanser has salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, tea tree oil, and B vitamins to exfoliate the pores, decrease microbe growth and calm inflammation.” The cleanser also doubles as an overnight spot treatment.
Hydrocortisone cream is your best friend
“A quick fix for redness overnight, but not for more than three nights, is over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream,” says Dr. Patel. Make sure that the creams are not too thick so it won’t clog your pores. It’s best to find a hydrocortisone cream that is hyaluronic acid-based because hyaluronic acid is a water binding molecule that doesn’t clog pores.
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Stay away from edible ingredients
Dr. Patel also notes that you should steer clear of creams that contain any edible ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil. “If we can eat the product, bacteria and fungus can eat the product, and this could possibly make more pimples.”
Trust spot treatments
“Spot treatments work better for overnight fixes,” explains Dr. Patel. “Blister bandages or hydrocolloid patches work by pulling the contents of a pimple out versus topicals that dry up the pimple.”
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In case of an emergency, use cortisone injections
“They are truly for a pimple emergency.” says Dr. Patel. “Think a day before your wedding or prom-level of emergency.” Dr. Patel explains that steroid injections decrease inflammation of the pimple immediately but the side effects of steroid injections are skin thinning, lightning and possible indentation at the injection site. They are NOT recommended as regular pimple treatment at all.
Find the DIY trick for you
Who doesn’t love a good DIY at-home remedy? Dr. Patel has a few tips and tricks of the trade:
- A small crushed up aspirin paste to a pimple helps with drying up the spot and inflammation.
- Toothpaste, the opaque kind not gel, can be used to dry up pimples.
- Ice to a red pimple gives immediate blood vessel constriction and helps with redness.
- Over the counter nasal spray with aferin is also a vasoconstrictor so if the face is very red with lots of blood vessels around the pimple, putting a little of this on top helps with redness immediately.
Do NOT pop your zits!
“Squeezing them with non-sterile fingernails can lead to spread of the microinfection, more inflammation and scaring,” explains Dr. Patel. I know it may be tempting to pop that zit you see glaring at you in the mirror but DO NOT DO IT. Just say no.
Prevent pimples with a healthy lifestyle
“Putting products on pimples helps them go away, but they may not go away completely overnight, it takes times,” explains Dr. Patel. “It is possible to make them appear a lot less overnight though.”
In order to prevent pimples, it’s important to take care of our skin which is the largest organ of the body. “We need six glasses of water, eight hours of sleep, a multivitamin, and a probiotic,” says Dr. Patel. “Diets high in sugar and dairy are more prone for acne breakouts as well.” Take care of yourself, first and foremost.
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7 Ways To Get Rid Of Acne Fast The Night Before A Big Event Because Nobody Got Time For That
Having acne can be the absolute worst, especially when it pops up right before a big event. Those giant zits always seem to appear at the time that you need them the least (not that there ever is an opportune time), such as a big birthday celebration, interview, or even wedding, which means getting rid of acne fast is a common mission amongst humans.
While hormones and skincare play a factor in whether or not your skin is clear, sometimes it just comes down to stress. And we all know that preparation for major life events that we have very little control over is bound to be stressful. But when you’re stressed, your skin is more likely to produce too much cortisol, a hormone that produces excess oil and clogs pores to create blemishes. C’est la vie.
As tempting as it is to pop that sucker, sometimes that just isn’t the way to go, as it will only make the problem worse. I struggled with acne as a teenager and learned a thing or two about putting those pimples in their place. At first, I would resort to popping anything that appeared on my cheeks or forehead, but this led to scarring and took a toll on my confidence for a while.
There are plenty of other things that you can do to keep your acne at bay that are much less painful whilst still effective. Plus, most of these can be done overnight — which is one of the best times to treat acne. While you’re sleeping, your skin has the chance to regenerate and recharge, after all.
1. Spot Treatment
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $17, A mazon
Having a spot treatment on hand to avert a major acne crisis is an absolute must if you have a lot of big events coming up. A treatment, like Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion, uses potent acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and sulfur to shrink pimples right up, not to mention dry them up.
Just take a cotton swab and dip it into the product, then apply it to the affected area. You’ll definitely see results in the morning using this and will notice that the pimple’s size has been reduced.
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Colgate Fresh Mint Toothpaste, $3, Amazon
Similar to a spot treatment, toothpaste can dry out your pimples in a matter of a few hours. Use classic white toothpaste instead of a gel formula and apply it to the pimple, leaving it on overnight. Fair warning: If you have sensitive skin, I would skip the toothpaste and go for a more gentle treatment, like the one above, since it can be harsh and irritate skin.
3. Egg Whites
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Eggs aren’t just for eating, they also make a great last-minute fix for acne problems. Separate an egg white from the yolk and whisk it. Apply the whisked egg to your face using clean fingers and leave it on the pimple for 20 minutes, or if it’s very swollen, leave it on the pimples overnight and wash it off in the morning. Bonus: If you have scarring like I do, egg whites are also a great solution because the enzymes in egg whites acts as a source of lightener for the skin.
4. Green Tea
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Whether you’re a tea drinker or not, there’s not doubt that there are major benefits to using green tea in the battle against acne thanks to its anti-inflammatory capabilities. For a quick overnight fix, boil a pot of green tea and take the tea bag out. Once it’s cooled, dab it onto the affected area or swipe it onto the pimple with a cotton ball.
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As bizarre as it may sound, honey can actually prove to be the perfect solution to curing acne overnight. Although it seems sticky (and like it can probably do more harm than good by clogging pores), honey actually has anti-bacterial properties that help it reduce the size of pimples. Dab a small amount of honey onto a pimple and leave it on the area for an hour; then rinse off since this shouldn’t be left on overnight.
6. Tea Tree Oil
Hollywood Beauty Tea Tree Oil, $10, A mazon
This is probably one of the best things that you can put on your face to reduce acne. The benefits of tea tree oil are well known, which is probably why it’s an ingredient in so many acne products on the market. It is a solvent that helps eliminate clogged pores! In a cup, mix one teaspoon of tea tree oil with nine teaspoons of water to thin it out. Dip a cotton swab into the solution and apply it to your pimples.
7. Aloe Vera Gel
Walgreens Aloe Vera Replenishing Body Gel, $16, Amazon
If your problem with acne is that it’s making your skin swell up like crazy, aloe vera gel could do the trick. This is especially great to use for people who have sensitive skin, since its antibacterial properties reduce swelling and make for a soothing treatment. You can purchase aloe vera gel at the drugstore and use it as a spot treatment for any pimples that have appeared, and leave it on overnight.
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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 dermatologist-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.
These steps are best followed at night, since benzoyl peroxide and hydrocortisone creams dry white and you can’t apply makeup over them.
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1. Start with salicylic acid.
Slathering on traditional acne meds won’t have the same effect on a cystic pimple, which lives below the surface of your skin. Instead, you want to gently exfoliate with a salicylic cleanser, like Philosophy Clear Days Ahead, to get rid of excess oil and create a clean slate for the rest of the products, says Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. If you have dry skin, stick to your normal cleanser and use the salicylic cleanser (like Murad’s Clarifying face wash or Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser) only on the blemish.
2. Then tackle the swelling.
“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 10-minute intervals (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off). You want to do this after you wash your face since washing after icing would warm the skin right back up.
3. Kill the bacteria.
“Benzoyl peroxide destroys the acne-causing bacteria that are trapped within the follicle, causing inflammation,” says Zeichner. To prevent irritation, make sure you prime the skin with a light moisturizer first, then spot-treat the cyst with a super-thin layer — seriously, less is more here — of the lowest percentage of benzoyl peroxide. “If any burning or stinging occurs when you apply it, you’ll know it’s too strong and you should wash it off immediately.” Try Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Vanishing Treatment Cream or Proactiv’s Emergency Blemish Relief (we love the latter because it’s invisible).
4. Reduce the redness.
An over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream (like this soothing Aveeno version) contains a low dose of steroids that can help shrink pimples and soothe redness. The more you pile on and the longer you let it sit, the more effective it will be, says Zeichner. Just wait for the benzoyl peroxide to dry first. (We like this gentle spot treatment from Neutrogena.)
Now check out more ways to combat acne:
- This Is the Fastest Way to Get Rid of Those Deep, Painful Pimples, According to Top Dermatologists
- The Ultimate Guide to Getting Rid of Acne
- What’s the Deal With Adult Acne, Anyway?
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Home remedies to get rid of pimples fast
Share on PinterestWashing with a gentle cleanser may help treat pimples.
The following tips can help with treating pimples on any area of the body, but apply particularly to pimples on the face.
Treating pimples on the face
A person should not pick at, squeeze, or otherwise “pop” a pimple. Doing so can spread the bacteria that cause acne, risking infection of the pimple, and acne scarring.
Instead, try these methods to get rid of pimples fast:
- Wash the affected area with a gentle cleanser. Pat the area dry with a clean towel.
- Apply a spot treatment that can dry out the pimple. Examples of spot treatments include tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid. Apply to the pimple and area around it, using clean hands, to target the pore and oil builtup underneath.
- If a person does not have any spot treatments available, they can try home remedies instead. Examples of these include crushing an aspirin and mixing it into a paste with a small amount of water. Applying calamine lotion may also help to dry out the lesion.
- Consider specialized spot treatments or masks that you apply directly to the pimple. Examples include clay masks for acne blemishes, or acne “dots.” Acne dots are patches that cover blemishes and contain drying solutions, such as tea tree oil or salicylic acid.
While a person is waiting for the pimple to go completely, they can apply a medicated concealer or cosmetic drying lotion. These contain ingredients, such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, to treat the blemish further while it heals.
Treating pimples on the body
Pimples on the chest and back are highly treatable but may require a different approach than facial treatments, due to variations in the skin.
Some potential treatments include:
- Using a body wash that contains benzoyl peroxide. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommend leaving the body wash on the chest or back for 2–5 minutes before rinsing. If a person has sensitive skin, they can use a 5.3% benzoyl peroxide solution. Those with very oily skin may use as much as a 10% solution.
- Applying a 0.1% adapalene gel to any skin lesion areas. A person can purchase this gel over the counter. If someone has difficulty reaching their back to apply the gel, they can buy a device to apply the medicine.
- Changing clothing immediately after exercising to reduce sweat and oil buildup. If an individual cannot shower immediately after exercising, wiping the skin with a cleansing wipe or flannel can help.
- Refraining from picking or scratching pimples. Picking at pimples can make them worse and increase the risk of more severe symptoms.
- Using oil-free sunscreens when in the sun. Manufacturers sometimes label oil-free products as noncomedogenic. Using these can help prevent oil building up under the skin.
- Always using oil- and fragrance-free lotions. Avoiding oils and fragrances on acne-prone areas of the body can reduce the likelihood for body acne breakouts.
As with pimples on the face, acne blemishes on the rest of the body can take time to fully clear. If a person does not see results in 6–8 weeks, they can consult a dermatologist.
It is advisable to speak to a doctor before attempting to treat acne or breakouts with new products. Many of the treatments listed above are available for purchase over the counter, in pharmacies, or online:
- Shop for facial cleansers.
- Shop for tea tree oil.
- Shop for salicylic acid.
- Shop for acne masks.
- Shop for pimple patches.
- Shop for body washes with benzyl peroxide.
13 Home Remedies To Get Rid of Pimples Overnight Fast Atulya Satishkumar Hyderabd040-395603080 December 18, 2019
Pimples and zits are very common skin issues and experienced by people of all ages. They are usually caused by hormonal changes in your body or when the pores of your skin get clogged with impurities.
In this post, we will discuss how you can minimize pimples using natural methods. These remedies may not help eliminate pimples altogether but can help reduce their appearance and redness.
Table Of Contents
What Causes Pimples?
Our skin has oil-producing glands called sebaceous glands. Sometimes, when these glands get clogged, they can cause lesions filled with pus to develop. These lesions can be inflamed and appear like red boils and are called pimples.
Pimples (also known as zits) are a symptom of acne (1). They are observed to occur on the face, back, shoulders, and chest due to the presence of sebaceous glands in these areas. Pimples can occur at any age but are most likely to show up during puberty due to hormonal changes. This is because, all through puberty, there is a change in hormone production. This causes the sebaceous glands to work overtime and produce sebum in excess.
Is It Possible To Get Rid Of Pimples Overnight?
Pimples are formed as a result of clogged pores. The pores in your skin get clogged with sebum or impurities that give rise to pimples. Getting rid of the red, inflamed lesion can be a little time-consuming and cannot be treated overnight.
It takes about 2-3 days to see the effect of a treatment procedure on your pimples. If you resort to natural remedies, it could take slightly longer. All these methods aid in fading away the pimples and acne over time, but they cannot be treated overnight.
However, if you are looking for an overnight solution, you could try these methods that will help dry out and reduce the size of the pimple:
- You could try using a pimple patch or an acne patch. A pimple patch is essentially a hydrocolloid bandage that may or may not be enhanced with active ingredients. Stick it on the pimple to enable healing and aid the removal of superficial impurities from the site. This could be useful in treating smaller breakouts on your skin.
- Another quick fix is using concealer on the site of the breakout to hide the pimple temporarily.
Here are some natural ways to reduce the occurrence of pimples.
Home Remedies To Reduce Pimples
1. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is known to possess antimicrobial properties (2). This may help in reducing the occurrence of pimples, inflamed lesions, and zits on your skin. Do not apply tea tree oil topically if you are allergic to it as it may cause a burning sensation on your skin.
What You Can Do: Mix 2-3 drops of tea tree oil with a carrier oil (sweet almond oil or jojoba oil). Apply this mixture on the pimples. Leave it on for an hour before washing it off. Repeat once daily until the redness and inflammation reduction.
2. Argan Oil
Argan oil contains bioactive groups of compounds like carotenes, xanthophylls, and tocopherols that possess antimicrobial properties (3). A cream containing argan oil was found to reduce sebum production (4). These properties may help in reducing the infection around the pimple and preventing the clogging of pores with sebum.
What You Can Do: You will need a few drops of argan oil and carrier oil. Mix them and apply it on the pimple using a sterile cotton ball. You can do this 3-4 times a day.
3. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties (5), (6). These properties can help in healing the inflamed lesions that occur due to pimples and can also prevent mild cases of acne.
What You Can Do: Mix a few drops of jojoba oil with a carrier oil like sweet almond oil. Dab some of this mixture on a cotton ball and apply it on the pimple. You can do this about 3-4 times a day.
4. Castor Oil
The main component of castor oil is ricinoleic acid, which exhibits anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties (7). These properties may help mitigate the inflammation and infection around the pimple. Castor oil may cause irritation in certain skin types. Hence, do a patch test before you use it on the affected area.
What You Can Do: Boil some water to steam your face. Apply a mixture of castor oil and olive oil to your face and pat it dry. You can leave it on overnight and rinse thoroughly. You can do this twice a week.
5. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is commonly known as magnesium sulfate. It is generally known to reduce inflammation and soothe the skin (8). It may help reduce swelling around the pimple and reduce its appearance. Epsom salt can cause an allergic reaction in some people. You must seek immediate medical attention if you experience skin irritation, shortness of breath, or swelling of lips.
What You Can Do: Take 2 cups of warm water and add 2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salt to it. Soak a clean washcloth in this solution and place it on your face until it cools. Rinse thoroughly. You can do this twice a week.
6. Fish Oil
Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties (9). These properties may help reduce the swelling caused by pimples and the secretion of oil by the oil glands. Fish oil supplements also showed promise in improving overall acne severity (10). However, more research is needed to establish the efficacy of this treatment. Remember to consult your doctor before taking these supplements.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can help reduce pain and inflammation (11). Lauric acid, the major component of coconut oil, exhibits antimicrobial properties (12). This may help reduce the infection around a pimple. Avoid coconut oil if you have oily skin as it is highly comedogenic and can clog the pores.
What You Can Do: Take a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil and apply it on the affected area. You can leave it on for a few hours and repeat it twice a day.
Garlic contains allicin that exhibits antimicrobial properties (13). This can help reduce the infection around the pimple and prevent frequent breakouts. However, garlic may cause irritation and skin damage if left on for too long.
What You Can Do: Crush a few garlic cloves and add it to a heated saucepan with 100 mL of olive oil. Heat for about 3-5 minutes on medium flame and cool it. Strain the oil and apply it to the affected area with a cotton ball. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then wash it off. You may do this twice a day.
9. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has long been used for its therapeutic effect on skin disorders. Aloe vera possesses antimicrobial and wound healing properties (14). Both these properties can promote faster healing and prevent further breakouts.
What You Can Do: Apply aloe vera gel on the pimple. You can leave it on overnight and wash it off the next morning.
Honey possesses antibacterial properties (15). Hence, it may help in reducing the infection that causes pimples.
What You Can Do: Dab some honey on a cotton ball and apply it to the pimple. You can do this 3-4 times a day until the pimple goes away.
Lemon essential oil is rich in vitamin C or ascorbic acid that exhibits antibacterial property (16). This may help fight the infection that causes pimples and prevent further breakouts. Lemon juice can cause a stinging sensation on your skin. Do a patch test on your skin before trying this remedy. Also, lemon juice can make your skin photosensitive. Hence, make sure you apply sunscreen before you step out.
What You Can Do: Take a teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey. Dab this mixture on a cotton ball and apply to the affected area. Rinse off after 5-6 minutes. You can do this once or twice daily.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which showed significant improvement in acne in a study (17). Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties (18). These properties may help reduce the occurrence of pimples.
What You Can Do: Make a thick paste with water and a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Apply this paste on the pimple and rinse it off once it dries. You can do this twice a day. Do not apply turmeric paste topically if you are allergic to it.
13. Green Tea
Green tea is rich in polyphenols that can help regulate the secretion of sebum by the oil glands in your skin (19). This may help reduce the occurrence of pimples. Green tea also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce the swelling around the affected area.
What You Can Do: Take out the green tea leaves from two tea bags. Moisten them in warm water and mix with some aloe vera gel. Use this as a mask and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash off with water. Apply this pack twice a week.
Medical Treatment For Pimples
- Using an over-the-counter 0.1% adapalene gel on the areas with breakout or pimples can help in treating it (22). This can be applied directly to pimples or zits on your skin to reduce its occurrence.
- Medicated ointments or cleansers that contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can be applied on the pimple or the clogged pore on your skin (23). These are known as spot treatments and can help dry out the pimple.
- Make sure that you use non-comedogenic sunscreen lotions as these can help prevent the clogging of pores on your skin. This, in turn, can reduce the appearance of pimples from these pores.
When To See A Doctor
If you have a mild or moderate case of pimples, it will take about 4-6 weeks to subside completely. But if it persists, you will need to consult your dermatologist. They will be able to determine why over-the-counter options have not worked in your favor. This could have happened due to underlying issues, such as hormonal changes or due to nodules or cystic acne, which is difficult to manage with home remedies.
Diet That Can Control Breakouts
Certain processed foods, such as dairy products, pasta, sweetened cereal, bread, and instant foods, have a high glycemic index. These foods may cause insulin resistance and may lead to changes in sebum production, resulting in acne (20).
You must take care to decrease the intake of high GI foods and include foods rich in dietary fiber and fatty acids (from salmon and mackerel). Studies suggest that the intake of foods with a low glycemic index and low fat can reduce the occurrence of acne (21). Consuming antioxidants in the form of fruits like strawberries, blueberries, etc. and other vegetables rich in vitamin A and zinc also have a therapeutic effect on acne.
How Can I Prevent Pimples?
1. Wash your face diligently: Your face can gather dirt and grime over the day, and this can lead to the clogging of the pores and, eventually, pimples. Washing your face well can ensure that the pores are not clogged.
2. Don’t pop your pimples: You must never touch or pop your pimples as this can cause the infection to spread and lead to further breakouts.
3. Stay hydrated: Water is your best friend! Staying hydrated ensures that your skin is replenished and your pores don’t remain clogged by the excessive production of sebum.
4. Limit the use of makeup: If you have skin that is prone to pimples, you should not use makeup too frequently. This can aggravate the issue as it can lead to further clogging of your pores and trigger pimples.
5. Lifestyle Changes: Avoid foods like processed foods, dairy products, etc. as these are associated with an increased incidence of acne (24). Make sure that you work out regularly as this can help replenish your skin. Also, make sure that you can get adequate rest.
Pimples are a common occurrence. These natural methods may not work for everyone but are worth trying out. If they have no effect on your pimples, you might have other underlying issues that are causing these outbreaks. Consult your dermatologist in such cases.
Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions
Is it better to pop a pimple or leave it?
It is strictly not advised to pop your pimples as it can spread the infection and aggravate the problem.
What is the white fluid in a pimple?
The white fluid is pus that is formed by sebum, bacterial infection, and dead skin cells.
What is the difference between acne and pimples?
Pimples are a symptom of acne. Acne occurs when the pores of your skin get clogged with excessive sebum or dead skin cells. It can lead to the occurrence of whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples.
Why are some pimples hard?
Sometimes, sebum, dead skin cells, and bacteria can enter the skin surface. This causes the pimple to harden and can be slightly more challenging to treat.
Which is the best cream for pimples?
If you have a mild case of pimples, you can use over-the-counter facial washes and cleansers to help alleviate the problem. You may also try and use the products listed here. If it is severe, you must consult your dermatologist.
Is toothpaste good for pimples?
Toothpaste is formulated with chemicals that can help dry the pimple out and eventually eliminate it. However, excessive usage of toothpaste can cause a burning sensation and scarring.
Does ice help pimples?
Ice can help reduce the pain and swelling associated with zits and pimples.
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10 Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Acne Fast (No More Acne Scars!)
Acne and pimples are two of life’s most annoying and prevalent skin curses. Most of us have been in a situation where an ugly red spot has appeared the day before an important event or date. The question is: can you do anything about it without having to indulge in expensive medication? The answer is yes!
Let’s understand the formation of acne first and learn about what natural home remedies we can try to clear pimples clearly.
How acne is formed
▲ Inflammation caused by hormonal changes forms the red spots on our skin.
Acne is commonly found on your face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. It’s because there are more oil glands on the skin of these areas. The function of oil glands is to excrete oil substance (sebum) to lubricate your skin to make it look glowing.
When your body produces an excess amount of sebum and dead skin cells due to hormonal changes, the two can block your hair follicles and form soft plug, which is a favourable environment for bacteria to thrive. When the clogged hair follicles get infected and result in inflammation, the follicle wall will bulge and form a pimple.
Why you should not pop your pimples
▲ Popping pimples can lead to loss of tissues that finally results in acne scars.
Popping pimples seems to be the quickest way to make the red spots on our skin disappear. But it can permanently damage your skin! When you squeeze a pimple, you’re actually forcing the oil substance and dead skin cells deeper into the follicle. The extra pressure exerted will make the follicle wall rupture, and spill the infected materials into the innermost part of our skin. This skin damage will lead to the loss of tissue, and finally cause acne scars.
So if popping pimples is not a good way to get rid of acne, what else can we do to regain our radiant skin? We have 10 natural home remedies for you and you don’t need to spend much money and time on them for the ideal effect. Here’s how to get rid of acne.
1. Aspirin mask
▲ Aspirin mask can effectively reduce inflammation on your skin!
Aspirin is anti-inflammatory so it can be a quick and cheap way to help reduce a pimple. The other plus is that most of us always have aspirin lying around at home.
- Make a paste with 3 parts water to 1 part aspirin
- It is optional to add honey or plain yogurt
- Once the mixture is thickened, take a Q-tip and apply to the aggravated area
- The paste will take roughly half an hour to harden and begin to flake off
- Wipe the paste off with a west tissue or face cloth.
2. Aloe Vera gel
▲ Aloe vera gel has a pleasant soothing effect on the skin.
This bad boy is a triple threat. Not only does it cool your skin down, it also reduces the inflammation of pimples and removes the oiliness from your skin. Apart from buying aloe vera gel from organic markets and drug stores, you can also make your own one.
- Cut a aloe vera leaf into section about 8″ long
- Turn your blade to its side and slide it just under the skin to get the flesh
- Cut the flesh into 2 or 3 pieces and place in a clean bowl
- Put the flesh into your blender and blend it smooth
- Keep the smooth gel in your refrigerator
- Paste the aloe vera gel on the infected area of your skin
Toothpaste is a good option if you have a mammoth pimple that you want to take care of quickly. It is effective because it contains silica, which is the same substance that can be found in bags of beef jerky to keep moisture out. As such, toothpaste has been know to dry out and reduce the size of pimples over night. Simply apply some to the affected area before sleep and wash it off in the morning.
4. Honey mask
▲ The stickiness of honey helps remove dirt from your skin.
In addition to being delicious, honey is a natural antibiotic which makes it perfect for healing and reducing pimples. As an added bonus, its stickiness helps to remove excess dirt and impurities from your skin. You can utilize honey by making a simple mask.
- Mix one teaspoon of cinnamon and two tablespoons of natural honey (preferably Manuka honey)
- Rinse your face and pat it dry
- Apply the paste to the blemishes and leave it there overnight
Garlic is fantastic for fighting acne due to its high levels of antioxidants, as well as its’ anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. There are two ways you can use garlic to clear up acne. The first is a preventative measure, which is simply by adding more garlic to your diet. This helps your general health as well as purifies your blood, which can help to stop future break outs. For more immediate results, take a peeled clove of garlic and rub it on the troubled area several times a day. If your skin is sensitive, try crushing the garlic and mixing it with some water.
6. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is renowned for being good for your skin. In addition to this, it also contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which makes it highly beneficial for acne treatment. In fact, studies that compare tea tree oil to the acne medication benzoyl peroxide shows it to be just as effective. But please remember to dilute tea tree oil before you use it; otherwise, your skin may get irritated.
- Mix tea tree oil with water in a 1:9 ratio
- Wash your face with warm water
- Apply the diluted mixture to the affected areawith a cotton wool ball or Q-tip
Cucumber works as an anti-inflammatory, which is why people use cucumber slices to combat puffy eyes! They work just as well for pimples and will help to reduce the angry redness of them. You can make a cucumber face mask for instant effects!
- Peel one-half of a cucumber and chop it into pieces
- Toss the pieces into a blender
- Add 2 tablespoons of fresh aloe vera gel
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Apply the mixture on your skin and leave it for 10-15 minutes
- Rinse it off with warm water
8. Egg white mask
Egg whites are effective in removing pimples and scars formed by pimples. They contain vitamins and amino acids that help rebuild the skin cells.
- Separate 3 egg whites from their yolks
- Whisk the egg whites for 3 minutes
- Apply the egg whites to the affected area with your finger tips
- Wait for the egg whites to dry and then repeat the whole process for 4 times
- Leave the mask on your face for 20 minutes
- Rinse the mask off and apply skin moisturizer afterwards
9. Baking soda
Baking soda is a well-known natural remedy for pimples. Its antiseptic properties make it effective in destroying bacteria in the affected area. Also, baking soda has restorative function as it stimulates the growth of new skin cells.
- Mix equal portions of baking soda and water to form a thick paste
- Apply the paste on your skin for 30 minutes
- Rinse it off with warm water
No, not the software. Although I do recommend that also.
Steam can be helpful for treating acne because it helps to open up your pores, which prevents them from being clogged. Steam also moisturizes and detoxifies your skin.
- Boil a small pot of water and pour it into a bowl
- Add herbs or essential oils into the water
- Drape a towel over your head and hold your head over the water for around 10 minutes
- Close your eyes and breath deeply
- Use a mask to pull the impurities from the pores on your face