We’ve all been there — the night before a date, a concert, a wedding, or another big event, and you end up with a pimple that is very red and hard to cover up. Redness on and around a pimple is a sign of inflammation and irritation. Avoid the temptation to squeeze or pop the pimple, as this will only make it more irritated and spread the redness to other areas of your face. Instead, you can try using natural products and professional products on the pimple to reduce the redness and step out for your big event with confidence.
Apply raw honey to the pimple. Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good natural product for reducing redness on your skin. Look for honey that is all natural and raw.
- Dip a cotton ball or a Q-tip into the honey and dab it onto the pimple. Leave the honey on for about 15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Do not scrub or rub at the pimple when you rinse off the honey. You can apply the honey as needed.
- You can also try making a paste with cinnamon or turmeric powder and the honey. You can then use a Q-tip to apply the paste to the pimple. Cinnamon and turmeric have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Keep in mind turmeric can tinge your skin an orange color so you may want to try the paste on the inside of your wrist or behind your ear before you use it on your face.
Use ice to reduce the swelling and redness. You can also try using ice on the pimple to make the swelling and redness go down, similar to how you might ice a swollen muscle. You will need ice and a clean cotton towel for this method.
- Wrap the ice cube in the towel and apply it to your pimple for 20 minutes at a time. Allow for 20 minutes between applications, applying the ice as needed.
Try cucumber. Cucumbers are great natural coolants for the skin and they contain astringent properties that can help to reduce swelling and redness. Make sure you use a cold cucumber for this method. Place it in your refrigerator so it is cold enough.
- You can place a thin slice of cucumber, peeled or unpeeled, directly on the pimple. Leave the cucumber on for five minutes or until warm, then replace with a new, cold slice. Repeat as needed.
Apply witch hazel or apple cider vinegar. Both witch hazel and apple cider vinegar have astringent properties, which can reduce the swelling and redness. You can find both of these products at your local health food store or in the natural beauty aisle.
- Apply witch hazel or apple cider vinegar with a Q-tip to the pimple and let it dry. You can apply the witch hazel or apple cider vinegar as needed throughout the day or overnight.
- Stop applications of apple cider vinegar if skin becomes irritated after application.
Use lemon juice on the pimple. Lemon juice is a good natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Try to use fresh lemon juice for this method.
- Put one to two drops of lemon juice on a Q-tip and dab it on the pimple. Keep it on for five minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Repeat this method three to four times a day with a fresh Q-tip.
- Lemon juice is slightly acidic so it may sting a little when you apply it to the pimple. It also has bleaching qualities so make sure you do not go out in the sun right after you have used the lemon juice. The bleaching effect could make the pimple lighter, leading to a spot on your skin that is lighter than your skin tone.
Try applying aloe vera. Aloe vera is an herb that has been traditionally used to promote healing and to soothe inflamed or irritated skin. It also has astringent properties, so it will tighten the skin as it dries. You can get aloe vera gel by breaking off an aloe vera leaf and squeezing out the gel. You can also find packaged aloe vera at your local health food store or online.
- Dip a clean Q-tip into the aloe vera gel. Then, apply it directly to the pimple and let it dry. Rinse the area off with warm water. Repeat applications of 100% aloe twice daily.
- If you are using an aloe vera leaf, you can store it in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. Use the leaf until all the gel inside is gone.
- Do not ingest aloe. Oral intake has been linked with diarrhea, electrolyte imbalances, and kidney dysfunction.