There are lots of different suggestions out there on the best way to fight pimples. Getting rid of pimples naturally is an art! You might have already popped a few pimples only to see that they leave behind ugly scars and blemishes, especially for skin which tans easily. However, you need not resolve to such “bathroom surgery”, it’s the last thing your skin needs.
We bring you 7 simple tips so you can treat your pimples right away!
1. Stop picking, stop squeezing
No matter how satisfying it is! This advice goes for blackheads and white heads too! This is one bad habit which a lot of people tend to develop. Pimples are a result of many factors, but simply put they are blocked pores that have some bacteria in them. When pimples form, they are often red, raised, and tender and can contain some pus. Both the inflammation and the pus are signs that your body is fighting a small infection. By popping the pimple, you are disrupting the wound healing and leaving the skin open to a much nastier infection.
With repeated squeezing, the skin can become permanently damaged over time and cause scars. The easiest way to avoid temptation is to keep your hands away from your face. Also, think about setting yourself a reward like a facial treatment for not squeezing or picking at your pimples.
2. Apply a topical serum
Instead of squeezing a pimple away, use a topical spot treatment that will clear up your zits, often overnight. There are many different topical treatments for acne ranging from natural to acid based to antibacterial. If you are looking for a proven spot treatment, just ask one of our therapists and you will get your hands on one that dries up pimples quickly and effectively. Treat the pimple as long as required, but you will notice that some will go overnight.
For an all over treatment, look for products that contain soothing botanicals and a low concentration salicylic acid. These products work by clearing deep within the pores, treating current and preventing future breakouts. All over treatments are generally used every day.
3. Could it be allergies?
Pimples can be attributed to many factors: stress, hormones, diet and lifestyle. If you have not had pimples before but are suddenly fighting them, then it could be due to a change in your diet, medicines etc. So try and watch what you eat – dairy products, chocolate and nuts are a huge contributing factor for many people. If you are taking medicines talk to your doctor whether they could be cause of your pimples. Watch out what leads to pimple flare-ups. This is the best possible way of eliminating pimples once and for all naturally.
4. Drink water- a lot of water
Dehydration not only gives rise to symptoms like dizziness, fatigue and constipation- it can even lead to clogged skin pores which result in pimples. So try to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily. Water will keep your skin clean and zit free and also prevent acne scars and blemishes.
5. Check your cosmetics and makeup products
Makeup, cosmetics and even your shampoo could lead to acne. So check to see if these products are triggering the acne. Change your shampoo if you are getting acne on the forehead. Always opt for non-comedogenic and dermatologically tested products. If you have sensitive skin, avoid using makeup completely. Make sure you also clean your makeup brushes often.
6. Conceal pimples.
Put just enough concealer on a pimple to cover up the redness. Then to conceal your concealer, place a thin layer of foundation makeup (which you have chosen to match your natural skin tone), or use a second layer of beige, brown, or yellow concealer to make the blemish less noticeable.
7. Speak to a skin professional
If your skin is distressing you or you can’t seem to get in under control, speak to one of our experienced skin therapists. They can have a look and see what is really going on and recommend other treatments.
There is no one treatment fits all. But often, the best way to deal with pimples is to remove existing blemishes with a combination of cleansing your skin, peeling or exfoliating away dead skin that holds pores tight and traps sebum inside, reducing the inflammation that makes pimples red and enlarged, and smoothing away fine lines and small acne scars.
- Pimples pop up when the immune system attacks bacteria in a pore.
- It isn’t just bacteria that cause pimples. They have to be trapped under cellular debris with excess oils. That’s why antibiotics are of limited value in treating acne.
- Some antibiotics get rid of about half of all pimples in three months. Other antibiotics get rid of up to 80% of pimples in two weeks, but have side effects. And one antibiotic gets rid of almost all your pimples in just one or two weeks until they come back even worse.
- Benzoyl peroxide fights pimples by killing bacteria, too. But it also dries out the skin so new pores clog about as soon as old pimples heal.
- Popping pimples often makes them worse. Popping red outcrops on your skin that look like pimples but aren’t can have disastrous consequences.