Can Ice Help Inflammation?

Pimples and zits can be tricky to get rid of, and they’re even more tempting to pop. You already know that popping is a complete no-no.

There are potential benefits to ice on pimples, but the question is whether this method is effective enough to fully clear up your breakout for good.

How it works

Icing pimples can work by reducing swelling in inflammatory forms of acne. These include:

  • cysts
  • nodules
  • pustules
  • papules

Ice is unlikely to work for noninflammatory types — these are also known as blackheads. By reducing the inflammation of your pimples, you’re directly reducing the size. In theory, gradually reducing the size of your pimple with ice can eventually make it go away entirely.

When used on inflammatory acne, ice also has the potential to decrease redness, thereby making your pimples less noticeable. It can also treat pain that occurs with cystic and nodular acne. This is due to the short-term numbing effect ice creates.

Despite such benefits, there’s no research available to indicate that ice alone is an effective treatment for pimples. Ice may be considered as a part of a smart skin care routine that includes:

How to use it

Icing your pimples seems like a straightforward process, but there are some things to keep in mind before applying it to your skin. First, you’ll want to make sure you cleanse your skin, just as you would do before applying any other type of product.

Before placing the ice against your skin, wrap it in a thin cloth or thick paper towel.

Apply the ice to your pimples in two minute increments only. You can start trying this for two minutes after your morning and evening face cleanses.

What to know before you try this method

Icing your pimples over time can encourage debris to rise to the surface of your skin. As tempting as it might be, you should never pop the gunk out of your pores. Picking at your pimples at any stage can make them spread. What’s worse, the popping and prodding process can also lead to scarring.

It’s easy to get caught up in working at a pimple with ice and forget the potential dangers of applying frozen materials to your skin. To prevent frostbite, it’s important to only apply ice in short intervals. While frostbite is more commonly associated with being outside in extreme temperatures for too long, it can also occur when using cold packs, ice, or other frozen items against your skin for long periods of time.

It’s always important to ask a skincare professional what is the best method for caring for your skin. Ice is a great way to reduce inflammation but it’s not going to make acne go away by itself. The only way to do that is by following a regular routine and making sure you are using the correct products designed for your skin. To learn more, go to our website to book your appointment today or give us a call at 801-800-6602.

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