How to get rid of pimples

Updated April 17, 2017

Pimples form when the skin’s pores get clogged with sebum. Sebum is the oil produced naturally by the body to lubricate the skin and hair. But in some people, especially those in adolescence, the oil glands are overactive. If your body produces too much oil, you may suffer from blocked pores. This leads to pimples and acne. If your acne is bad, talk to your doctor who will prescribe medication to treat it. Pimples are easier to treat. Here’s how to get rid of pimples and care for your skin.

Wash your face. Keeping your face clean helps prevent pimples. Wash it twice a day with an antibacterial or mild cleanser. Do not wash too often or scrub too hard. This may irritate your skin and produce more oil. Avoid fragranced soap as this may also aggravate your skin.

Wash your hands often and do not touch or pick at your face. This way you do not transfer bacteria or aggravate the pimples. Also avoid transferring bacteria by washing and cleaning items that come into contact with your face. These include washcloths, towels, pillows, make-up brushes and applicators.

Apply an over-the-counter product containing benzoyl peroxide to treat pimples. This will dry them out. Some people squeeze pimples. You run the risk of further infecting the area and scarring, but you also drain the pimple of puss. This lets it heal faster. If in doubt consult your dermatologist or doctor. Another remedy is to apply toothpaste overnight to the pimples. This acts like a mask, drawing out the impurities from the skin.

Wash your hands and face before popping a pimple. Sterilise a small sewing needle in a bottle of alcohol. Then dab the alcohol around the pimple. Prick the white of the pimple slightly. Then place your fingers at either side of the pimple and squeeze gently until all the puss is gone. Wipe the area with a cotton wool bud soaked in the alcohol.

Cover pimples with concealer or powder to reduce their appearance. Reduce redness and swelling by placing an ice cube on the pimple for a few minutes. Another way of reducing swelling is to apply hemorrhoid cream to the pimples overnight.

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Marianne Lafferty has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Master of Arts in journalism and her online articles specialize in music, reading, health and fitness and personal development.