It’s inevitable that over the course of life you’ll get a blemish or two. Unfortunately, they’re not always easy to get rid of. The best thing to do is to leave it alone and wait for it to heal. However, there are a few tricks that can help them heal faster!**
**Note: This post isn’t about chronic acne. Some of these tips may help someone with chronic acne, but I can’t promise it. Chronic acne often has an underlying cause whether it be a hormonal imbalance or something similar. If you have chronic acne, feel free to try some of these remedies, but be discerning- YOU know your skin best.
The easiest and simplest way to get rid of zits is to use a pimple cream. Most of these medicated creams have either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
I’ve never really noticed a huge difference between the effectiveness of the two, though benzoyl peroxide seems to be more common in medicated creams. Salicylic acid seems more common in washes, toners, or similar skincare.
One thing to note is that benzoyl peroxide can sometimes cause discoloration of clothes, towels, or wash cloths.
Crushing up an aspirin and adding a tiny bit of water to make a paste is a great way to quickly reduce redness and swelling in a pimple.
In some cases, it can basically remove one overnight! Just leave the paste on overnight and wash it off in the morning. This is my favorite method for emergency pimple removal.
Even if it doesn’t clear it up completely, it relieves pain and redness in early stage pimples that don’t have the “head” on them yet.
If you feel like your zit is due to your skin being oilier or dryer than normal, find a good face mask! It doesn’t matter if you use a sheet mask or one you paint on yourself, just find one with the benefits you need.
If you feel oily, a clarifying mask or a clay mask would be a great way to help tone things down. Freeman Beauty has lots of great masks and can be found in your local drugstore, as does Makeup Revolution- which is now in Target.
If you’re feeling dry, then maybe get a moisturizing mask or an overnight mask. Something with hyaluronic acid or otherwise nourishing ingredients is the best thing to look for.
Make Sure Everything Touching Your Face is Clean
This may sound strange, but I’ve forgotten to change my pillowcase and gotten a bad breakout. I swap out my pillowcase to something clean and my face clears up within a day or two. If you don’t swap out your pillow case, it can get dirt, sweat, and other gross stuff in your pores and clog everything up.
If the breakouts are localized to one side of your face, it could be your phone screen. Just be careful cleaning your phone screen and don’t get liquid inside the device!
Your hands can cause breakouts too! If you frequently touch your face (putting your face in your hands, other absentminded fiddling or touching), you may be clogging your pores.
Take a Makeup Break
If you wear makeup regularly try taking a short break (1-2 days) from wearing makeup. No matter how well you wash your face, you’re more likely to get clogged pores if you’ve got product on your skin.
Double cleansing is a common remedy if you have a lot of acne and like wearing makeup.
What quick remedies do you know to get rid of pimples? Let me know in the comments!