There are many ideas on the best remedies to clear our skin quickly. From minor blemishes to full on acne, we’ve all tried absurd, fast track ideas that would be sure to clear our skin at the speed of light. Growing up, my friends would tell me to use toothpaste to clear a pimple overnight – it was something about drying the blemish out. I’m not sure if this ever really worked, but after successfully clearing acne prone skin for years, I can confidentially say that there are more efficient ways to clear a blemish or zit quickly than with old school remedies.
Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions on fighting zits fast! Get ready because these aren’t your’friends home remedies or simple suggestions from a dermatologist – these are tried and true methods that I, as a professional acne specialist, suggest to clients in my Acne Clinic. Remember though, these are quick tips for clearing zits or minor blemishes only. However, to control acne successfully on the face or body you should plan on putting in a good 3-6 months of work with a therapist who has a history of successfully clearing acne.
• For red bump- (painful under the skin): try icing the area immediately. Take out an ice cube and use circular motions on the spot couple times a day for two minutes. Ice will take down redness and inflammation. If you catch this red bump when it begins to hurt by using ice many times the pimple will not progress into a pustule with a whitehead. Then at night spot treat with a safe benzoyl peroxide spot treatment to kill acne-causing bacteria and shrink the pimple quickly.
• For pustules (pimples with pus): Do not pop them! Simply, keep the area clean and
don’t use any abrasive scrubs or wash clothes that could open the pimple. Instead, apply a warm compress to see if the pimple will release on its own. Follow this up by applying a dab of benzoyl peroxide to pimple and allow spot to dry before going to bed. The benzoyl peroxide spot treatment can be done two to three nights in a row and then discontinued. This rule will at least contain the pimple until you can get to a professional for a safe extraction.
• For blackheads, forgo the pore strips they pull filaments from the nose, not blackheads. Instead use a non- pore-clogging cleanser with benzoyl peroxide to loosen oil and debris and then rotate using a mild scrub like cleanser two times a week between regular cleansing on entire face. If you need extractions hire a licensed skincare professional to do the job. Don’t extract on your own.
What if I already broke the second rule and popped my pimple?
We suggest cleansing the area and patting it dry with a clean towel. Icing the area will help with inflammation both before and after you’ve popped the pimple. Believe it or not, icing is one of the best remedies for taming redness in acne – its so simple, yet so effective – I bet you never heard that from your dermatologist or girlfriends.
What is the most important thing to do when trying to clear your skin quickly?
DO NOT POP OR PICK AT YOUR FACE! This will only cause scarring and actually spread bacteria throughout your skin. You think that picking will help eliminate the problem, but it actually aggravates your skin and makes things worse.