You know the feeling of waking up and looking at yourself in the mirror, only to see those red, hot and inflamed breakouts that weren’t there when you went to sleep last night. You can either choose not to do anything and live with it, or you can take the matter in your own hands and make an effort to keep the acne away. When you’re in a pinch and need to minimize a pimple or pimples as quickly as possible
Try sea salt. Mix a teaspoon of sea salt with two tablespoons of warm water. Then use a Q-tip to apply the salt water directly to the pimple. Do not rinse off. The sea salt will kill bacteria and dry out the pimple.
Try some benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria that contribute to pimples. Benzoyl peroxide comes in different concentrations, but benzoyl peroxide with a 2.5% concentration is just as effective as 5-10% formulations, and it’s less irritating to the skin. Benzoyl peroxide also helps peel away layers of dead skin, leaving brighter, rejuvenated skin in its place.
- The greatest improvement will be seen overnight.
Use salicylic acid. Like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid kills bacteria responsible for pimple growth. It also causes skin cells to shed more rapidly, promoting the growth of new skin. Put small amounts of salicylic acid onto affected areas. After you have washed your face.
Try tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an antibacterial essential oil that can blast the microbes that have started to make a home inside of your pores. With a dropper, dab a Q-Tip with a bit of tea tree oil and apply to pimples as needed, being careful not to put on too much.
- Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can make the redness and size of the pimple less noticeable.
Crush some aspirin. Crush an aspirin tablet and add just enough water to make it into a paste. With a Q-Tip, lightly coat the pimple(s) with the aspirin paste. Cover the pimples entirely and let dry. Aspirin is another anti-inflammatory, meaning it will help the skin fight against inflammation, making the pimple less visible. Let the aspirin paste fight the pimple overnight.
Use astringents on the affected areas. Astringents are agents that cause the skin to contract or get smaller. Some pharmaceutical astringents contain antimicrobial ingredients that will help fight the pimple in addition to reducing the size of the pimple. Here are some astringents to consider using:
- Store bought astringents. These come in different types and sizes. Look for one that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Ask for astringents that are gentle on the skin.
- Natural astringents may also work in a pinch. They include:
- Lemon juice. The citric acid here kills the bacteria that cause acne and act as a skin-tightener. Many people swear by it. Slice a lemon and gently rub it over the affected area. Use a toner afterwards to balance the PH of your skin. Lemon is very acidic and can mess up your skin’s PH which is why a toner is necessary.
- Banana peel. Banana peels are helpful in treating insect and mosquito bites, and may be helpful in reducing the size of some pimples. Gently rub the banana peel over the affected area.
- Witch hazel. Another great astringent with a ton of applications. Look for witch hazel that doesn’t contain alcohol. Apply a small bit over affected area and let dry.
- Green tea. Green tea is an astringent that’s packed with lots of antioxidants, which help reduce signs of aging by fighting free radicals. Steep a tea bag in some hot water, remove the tea bag along with all the liquid, and place onto affected area briefly.