You’ve probably had acne breakouts before — it is one of the most common skin disorders in the world and millions of people are afflicted with it. Severity ranges from one or two pop-up spots on your face to a full cluster of angry red pustules, and it can be really uncomfortable and affect you not just physically, but mentally as well.
Acne can be a pain to deal with, especially when pimples pop up at the worst possible times, like right before a big date. You might be tempted to pop that zit, but you’re only going to make things worse. Lucky for you, we’re here with some quick fixes that might help. These are more for small spots, so if you’re looking for advice for bigger cluster breakouts, you might want to consult a certified skin specialist.
Effective Treatments In 30 Minutes Or Less
If you need some quick relief for pimples, these six effective methods can help you out in a pinch.
Cover It Up With Makeup
Your first option should be trying to use makeup to cover up your blemish. Concealer, as the name implies, is a great way to hide the redness and can help reduce the appearance of swelling. For larger spots, makeup artists recommend using a green concealer to mask any redness. Alternatively, salmon or orange concealer can be used to offset the blue hues commonly found on darker skin. If your pimples are not too obvious, using a simple skin-coloured concealer might be sufficient to hide that annoying spot. Other pro tips include having proper lighting, using a small brush for the minor blemishes, and have a blending brush to give your skin that silky smooth finish.
Ice That Zit
The method of using ice to reduce bumps is nothing new, and it can be used for more than just pimples. Applying ice to injuries is a good way to reduce swelling — it works by reducing the amount of blood flowing to the affected area, which significantly reduces inflammation and any painful swelling. Similarly, this works the same with pimples, and it works best for acne that has been inflamed under the skin — this includes cysts, nodules, pustules, and papules. Wrap an ice cube in a thick towel or cloth, then apply it to your blemish for one minute. If the swelling does not go down at first, wait five minutes before repeating the process until the swollen bump shrinks down.
Pimple patches are small stick-on dots that are really good at sucking the life out of spots. They are hydrocolloid bandages, which means they are biodegradable, non-breathable, and waterproof. Better yet, they absorb and suck out all the gunk that causes your pimple to be inflamed. There are various types, and effectiveness varies among these types from six hours to overnight. For the best results, make sure you clean the affected area with water and dry off thoroughly before sticking the patch on.
Use A Facial Mask
A mask treatment will take as little as 15 to 20 minutes, so they can be effective solutions to reducing pimples. Relatively inexpensive, be on the lookout for easy-apply masks with ingredients like charcoal, Aztec clay, and sulfur clay as they are known to be great at clearing acne breakouts. Sea salt is also good because it kills the bacteria that causes pimples, and can also detoxify your skin and dry up any excess oil. Apply the mask on before bedtime, and wash your face and exfoliate before putting it on.
This method is effective in targeting one or two spots, and they are best used overnight. It involves using products containing specific ingredients that are well known for their acne-fighting prowess. These ingredients include some essential oils like tea tree oil, witch hazel, sulfur cream, aloe vera, cortisone cream, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid. Products with these ingredients can be commonly found in most pharmacies, and even in some convenience stores, so they’re easily found and relatively inexpensive. If there is substantial swelling, you may want to ice the spot first to bring it down before applying your acne-fighting solutions to the affected areas.
Drain It Out
If all else fails, the very last resort you can try is draining the pimple by popping it. Many dermatologists do not recommend this method as it can lead to further complications and worsen things, such as causing scars to form. For the record, we don’t recommend it either, but if you need a really quick fix, it can help reduce swelling and make it less obvious. If you’re desperate and do not mind potential scarring, wash and clean your face and hands thoroughly, and use warm water so your facial pores will open up a bit more. Dry off any moisture with a clean towel, and using two fingers, gently apply pressure on either side of the pimple and slowly push each side. If it does not pop, do not force it or it could become inflamed. If it does pop, wash your face again with cold water this time, which will not only reduce swelling but also close your pores.