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5 Jun

Stop that Spot: before it arrives

The feeling of a pimple brewing deep under your skin can be quite frustrating. You might go to bed with clear skin and end up waking the next morning with a mammoth pimple on your face. Though there is never an ideal time to get a pimple, for some reason they always seem to hit us at the worst possible times; on the morning of your first date, your birthday, or an interview.

Let’s accept it, we have all been there. The good news is that you can now stop your pimple in its tracks, or at least reduce its impact with our magical at-home steps. So, without further ado, let’s get on with fighting that pimple!

1. ICE BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE

If you were an attentive student in science class, you might know that ice-cold temperatures help in constricting blood vessels. So, when you feel that tingling sensation of a pimple forming – like a sixth sense, wrap some ice cubes in a towel or tissue and gently hold it against the skin in the brewing area. Ideally, you should keep icing the area three times an hour with ten minutes intervals.

The ice works by reducing the inflammation and thereby reducing the inflamed pimple. Also, keep in mind that icing doesn’t work on blackheads or whiteheads.

2. DIY FOR PIMPLE-ZAPPING

I am a firm believer that DIY can cure almost any beauty problems and this includes pimples as well. My top pimple-stopping DIY remedies include banana peels, tea tree oil, and aspirin.

  • Banana Peels – Got a ripe banana in your pantry? Take the peels and rub it against your pimples. Now leave it for at least thirty minutes before washing it off. Repeat it twice a day to see maximum results. Filled with anti-inflammatory ingredients like vitamin A, and zinc, banana peels work great at stopping the pimple in its tracks.
  • Tea Tree Oil – Need a quick fix without getting your hands messy? Take warm flannel and gently press it against your skin to open the pores. Now, grab some tea tree oil and dab it on the blemishes. Being anti-bacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory, tea tree oil is a triple threat as it calms the pimples and also kills the bacteria that causes acne.
  • Aspirin – Aspirin contains an important component that helps unclog your pores and reduce oil production – salicylic acid. All you have got to reduce your pimple is to crush the aspirin and make a paste out of it by adding a few drops of water. Apply this paste onto the pimple and let it sit for 10 minutes. Aspirin help reduce swelling, redness, and pain especially when your pimples are sore.

3. FINALLY THAT ONE OVERNIGHT SOLUTION

The one last thing you could do to stop your pimple from surfacing would be the night time pimple stopping mask. Grab some clay mask from the store and apply it on your face and leave it overnight as a pimple patch. Clay masks help with reducing inflammation and when used with other acne fighters like camphor and salicylic acid provide extra benefits.

Lastly, if a pimple hit you at the worst times like your wedding eve, don’t panic. Rush to the nearest dermatologist and ask for a cortisone injection. Cortisone injections extensively help with reducing the size of your pimple, and in most cases make it barely noticeable in 24 hours. You can also try using hydrocortisone cream to eliminate redness and swelling. Nevertheless, I advise you don’t use hydrocortisone cream regularly as it is very strong and can lead to your skin growing thin.

So, what do you do when you feel a pimple brewing?

Susan Johnson

Aloha! I am a writer by day and a reader by night who lives in Bangalore. I have an unhealthy obsession with trying out new recipes and wishes I had time to become better at cooking.

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