There are very few things related to your looks that are more frustrating than an unexpected pimple, especially when it occurs before and important event, a date or an interview. Pimples most commonly occur on the face but are also quite common on the neck, back, shoulders and cleavage.
They build when bacteria infect the oil glands of the skin. As a result of the infection, the skin gets filled with pus and forms an unattractive-looking swelling on the surface of the skin. Even though makeup can cover the pimple slightly and reduce the appearance of redness, this small bulge is impossible to hide, unless you stay at home and lock yourself up in a dark room.
Luckily, there are many simple ways to avoid pimples and to cure them fast when they show up without warning.
How to Avoid Pimples
Cleanse and Exfoliate
Your skin needs to breathe and you need to help it by performing a thorough cleanse twice a day. Wash your face with warm water and a gentle face cleansing product, then dab it with a clean towel. Try to use one towel only for your face so that you don’t spread any bacteria from your body on the most sensitive area of your skin.
If you wear makeup daily, remove it with micellar water and a cotton pad every evening. Remains of makeup clog the pores and can directly cause the formation of pimples.
Once or twice a week exfoliate the skin on your face and neck either with a home-made product or a peeling you can buy in a drugstore. Regular exfoliation not only removes dead skin cells and unclogs the pores, but also leaves the skin more fresh-looking and radiant.
Diet and Exercise
Your diet and level of activity directly affect the overall condition of your health, including your skin. Avoid excessively sugary or salty food, reduce the consumption of alcohol in and eat a lot of fresh and steamed vegetables. Whenever possible, choose organic products as they don’t contain harmful toxins or hormones that could accumulate in your body and have bad influence on your skin condition.
Drinking a lot of water and doing regular exercise will improve your blood circulation and will speed up the process of body cleansing. If you have a problem with acne, try exercising for an hour, 4 times a week and drinking up to two litres of water a day. You will be surprised at how the appearance of your skin will improve just with those two simple changes. Remember to shower straight after the workout in order to not let the sweat and dead skin cells clog the pores.
Hand Off the Face
Your hands are full of bacteria even if you wash them regularly. The more you touch your face, the more bacteria you transfer onto the skin. This is the simplest way to get a skin infection. For some people touching the face is an unconscious act and it’s usually them who complain most about their skin condition. Remember that whatever comes in contact with your face, like your makeup brushes or your phone has to be well disinfected regularly. Otherwise, you will be bringing the same bacteria to your face over and over again.
Also, tempting as it may seem, you must not pick at the pimples or try to pop them. The less your hands will be involved with the affected spot, the sooner it will disappear.
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Pimples Fast
Even if you follow the facial care routine by the book, accidents may happen from time to time and it’s better to expect the unexpected. Make sure you get stocked in some of the products we describe below since they are very effective home remedies for pimples.
Tea Tree Oil
This popular ingredient of many skincare products has antibacterial properties and reduces the inflammation, redness and the swelling of the pimples fast. It is also great for drying out whiteheads and blackheads, but shouldn’t be used in excess by those who have dry skin. Apply it with a cotton ball to the affected area and leave it on for 15 minutes. In order to achieve an extra soothing effect, mix tea tree oil with a few drops of aloe vera gel or use the gel after you rinse off the first product.
Lemon juice may help dry up the pimples, but again, should be used with care be people with dry and sensitive skin. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice, dab a cotton ball in it and apply to the affected area. There is no need to rinse it off so once you have checked if your skin doesn’t get irritated by acidic lemon juice, you can apply it before bed time and let it work through the night.
You can get similar results by using orange. Wash your face with warm water to open the pores, cut an orange into pieces and use them one by one to dab the pimples. Make sure you only use one piece per spot in order to not spread the bacteria. Alternatively, you can squeeze the juice of one orange and apply it on your skin with a cotton bud. Leave the orange juice on for an hour and rinse it off. Since orange is abundant in vitamin C, it will not only have the antibacterial effect but also speed up the regeneration of your skin.
Low temperature tightens the skin pores and improves blood circulation, therefore applying ice on the infected area reduces redness, swelling and inflammation. Get a clean cloth and wrap an ice cube in it. Hold it on the pimple for a few seconds and repeat the process a few times. The swelling and redness should get reduced immediately.
Exposing your skin to steam opens and unclogs your pores, which you have probably noticed after a visit to the sauna. Regular use of a face steamer may greatly improve your skin condition and if you happen to be fighting with pimples, steam might be the answer. If you don’t have a special face steamer, simply pour some hot water into a bowl, place your face above it and cover your head and the bowl with a clean towel. For extra antibacterial results add a few drops of tea tree oil to the water. Let the steam work for 10 minutes and then rinse your face with lukewarm water.