From crushed aspirin to nappy rash cream- there are a few ways to help ease angry red spots overnight - just don' use toothpaste or squeeze them yourself. Unless you lead an almost improbably charmed life, you'll be familiar with what having a spot or two is like.
Unfortunately, when it comes to break-outs, these aren't solely confined to our hormonal teenage years. Many adults still suffer from spots. Spots, zits, pimples, blemishes - they're all caused by inflammation from bacteria getting clogged in our pores.
Acne is a bit more complex, as it's caused by a hormonal imbalance, and if you're affected by it, you should consult your doctor.
If it's just the odd spot or two or threehowever, then there are some things you can do to help. Many brands now contain ingredients and fragrances which can irritate or dry out your skin, dermatologist Dr Doris Day tells Good Housekeeping. The same applies to other more homespun solutions - like lemon juice oucha spritz of perfume, even Windolene or vinegar.
Simply put, all of these may have more of an adverse affect on your skin. And you don't need that, do you? Using your fingers to squeeze out that nasty pus puts you at the risk of infection, and may mean your skin takes longer to heal.
This could lead to scarring.
And that's a lot harder to conceal than a zit. If you do want to get a handle on self-squeezing, try a Tweezerman No Slip Toolwhich has a sort of metal noose which will exorcise your blocked pores when you apply a small amount of pressure. Aspirin, with its anti-inflammatory properties, can be useful when your skin goes a little rogue.
This is because aspirin is a derivative of salicylic acid, and it can soothe a pulsing, red zit much in the same way it can soothe a painful headache, dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe tells Seventeen. Tea tree oil is like a skincare miracle worker. You can use it on insect bites - and even less savoury conditions, like athlete's foot. There are a wealth of products containing it, but if you want to apply some in its most concentrated form, "Dilute it at first, because some people are too sensitive to use it straight up," Dr.
Now, while cortisone injections are a thing, they're hardly the most practical or inexpensive measure out there. A topical steroid, it's used in its various forms on nappy rash and insect bites - and it can help reduce the swelling and redness of your spots too.
If you do wear make-up though, be extra thorough when removing it - and try to forego it for a day if possible. If you're not keen on this, then try to use mineral makeup on your skin rather than oil-based products, which can actually cause these break-outs in the first place.
Or warm compress of steam bath will help bring all that grot to the surface. Then, once the spots appear, apply a treatment like tea tree oil or hydrocortisone cream.
A cold compress is good for existing pimples as it will help with the swelling, redness and soreness. Video Loading Video Unavailable. Click to play Tap to play.
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