Pimples And Spots – Top Tips To Treat Them

Spots and PimplesPimples and spots seem to turn up at the worst times. However, you don’t want to make them even worse by squeezing them and causing them to become inflamed and even lead to acne.

The teenage years, with the fluctuation of hormones taking place, are an easy target for pimply skin. Adolescent boys are lucky if they escape from the odd spot or two, although almost anyone can succumb to this sometimes disfiguring problem.
Therefore, preventing them from forming is the best thing to do but, sometimes, a few will show up despite your best efforts.

When this happens, you need to have an arsenal of pimple fighting weapons at your disposal.

Preventing pimples and spots as much as possible will mean having fewer to deal with. A healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, thoroughly and gently cleaning your face with a medicated, mild soap twice a day is basic to keeping pimples and spots away.

If you wear makeup, avoid oil based makeup that can clog your pores, trapping oils and dirt. Be sure to completely remove makeup every night before you go to sleep.

For those pimples and spots you do get, here are some top tips to help prevent them. Some may work for you better than others as no two people respond to the same things the same way.

  • No matter how tempting it may be, avoid touching or squeezing the pimple. Squeezing a spot or pimple will only make it look even uglier and possibly cause it to become infected. It can also cause it to spread and result on more pimples, so hands off!
  • When you do need to touch your face, wash your hands before and after. Though you might not realize it, your hands come in contact with a lot of dirt and germs that you don’t want on your face.
  • When your skin feels too greasy or oily, wet a clean facecloth with hot to very warm water and hold it on your face. This will open up the pores. Follow this with rinsing your face with cold water or even rubbing a cube of ice over your face, closing the pores.
  • When washing your face, use your hands, not a facecloth. Scrubbing with a facecloth will spread the bacteria that cause pimples to other areas of your face. Also wash your face for about half a minute to be sure of a thorough cleansing.
  • When you are drying your skin, pat it dry gently with a soft towel rather than rubbing your skin dry.

Treatment for Spots and Pimples

  • To help dry up the pimple a bit quicker, dab a little lemon juice on it.
  • You can also use salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide topical applications. Be sure to use the right one for the type of spot or pimple you have. Benzoyl peroxide cream can be used on a spot that is painful and beneath the skin’s surface. For pimples closer to the surface, salicylic acid creams will work fine.
  • Some other treatments to try are baking soda paste, witchhazel and tea tree oil.
  • Putting ice on a pimple for about 20 minutes can help shrink it.
  • Swimming in a chlorinated pool can help dry out pimples.
  • Some people find that a little toothpaste dabbed onto a pimple is helpful.

After using a topical treatment that can may cause really dry skin, use an oil-free moisturizer. This will keep your skin from becoming too dry and irritated. It is a good idea to choose a moisturizer that has a mild sunscreen in it as sunburn can cause a pimple to become inflamed.

While you are waiting for the pimple to dry up and heal, you can use a concealer that is medicated to cover it up, making it less noticeable.

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