Have you tried everything to get rid of acne? Well, maybe you haven't tried a very common method that might be the solution to your problem. A simple warm compress helps open pores, making it easier to get rid of dirt and excess oil that may be causing acne, while decreasing inflammation and improving blood circulation to the face. Learn here how to do it and repeat it a few times a week to improve your skin.
Method 1 of 3: Making a Wet Compress
Step 1. Wash your hands before touching your face
The hands are full of germs due to constant contact with various objects, such as cell phones, doorknobs, computer keyboards, among many others, and it is the transmission of this dirt that can contribute to the contamination of the facial skin by acne-causing bacteria. Therefore, use a sufficient amount of soap to rub your hands and rinse them with warm water.
Step 2. Wash your face
Use a mild facial cleanser and warm water to clean the skin thoroughly before compressing. Use your fingertips to gently apply the product to your face, avoiding rubbing the skin too much so as not to irritate it before making the compress.
Step 3. Prepare the towel
Take a clean washcloth and rinse it under warm water, or place it in a bowl of warm water to wet it completely. The water shouldn't be too hot so that it doesn't burn your face or dry out your skin too much. If you prefer, you can also use a cotton ball instead of a towel if you want to compress into a single pimple.
You can also microwave the compress by placing a damp towel in a Ziploc-style bag for a few seconds
Step 4. Use some tea tree oil
It is considered to be a very effective natural remedy to lessen the occurrence of acne. To do this, simply add six to 12 drops of this oil to the bowl of warm water before dipping your towel or cotton ball into it. Always dilute tea tree oil in water before applying it to your face and avoid direct contact with your eyes.
Knowing that tea tree oil can irritate your skin, test the diluted solution on your arm before applying it to your face
Step 5. Make the compress
Apply the compress to your face for ten minutes, rewarming it as needed. It can be applied all over the face or just over a pimple, and you can repeat this procedure two to three times a day.
When removing the compress, the pores should be open and the pimples pointed outwards. If you do not notice any change, dip the towel or cotton back into the water and repeat the procedure
Method 2 of 3: Using Other Pads
Step 1. Make a green tea compress
It contains polyphenols, anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants that are very useful for the skin. Infuse a tea bag in hot water, then gently squeeze out the excess water and let the bag cool. Then, just put it on the pimple for 15 minutes and rinse your face with water as soon as you finish.
You can also put green tea bags under your eyes to lessen the puffiness of dark circles
Step 2. Make an ice pack
If the area of your face is just sore (predicting the appearance of a pimple) or the pimple is hurting a lot, use an ice pack as the cool temperature reduces swelling, inflammation, redness and pain. Wrap some ice in a thin towel and place on the pimple for a minute. Then wait five minutes and reapply for another minute if you feel it is necessary.
- You can also make an ice pack after a hot pack if the pimple does not have a white tip.
- You can also apply ice directly to the skin, but not for too long so it doesn't burn.
- A cold compress can also be used to relieve insect bites, just leave it for 15 minutes a few times a day.
- If your skin is dry and itchy frequently, apply this compress to irritated areas.
Step 3. Try aromatherapy
Some studies show that snorting rosemary or lavender essential oil for five minutes reduces stress. Likewise, rubbing the skin with a towel soaked in five to ten drops of peppermint oil diluted in one to two cups of water also relieves tension headaches. After making this compress on your face, you can also wipe the rest of your body with the damp towel.
Method 3 of 3: Caring for your face after compressing
Step 1. Rinse your face with cold water
After making the hot compress, wash your face with an anti-acne or mild cleansing gel, then splash some cold water on your face to close the pores and alleviate any discomfort caused by the previously applied heat.
Step 2. Use a topical product to treat acne
If the pimple is already mature and has a white tip, apply a cream containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sulfur after the compress to treat the pimple. These ingredients are very effective in the treatment of acne, and application right after the compress facilitates the product's absorption, as the pores are already dilated due to the heat.
Step 3. Don't squeeze the pimple
Poking, squeezing, or squeezing the pimple increases the risk of scarring and blemishes on the skin that may take even longer to clear. If you still choose to squeeze that ripe pimple, gently apply pressure to both sides of it using cotton swabs, but never using your fingers directly.
Step 4. See a dermatologist
If the compress doesn't work and the acne doesn't improve, see a dermatologist so that he can prescribe you a more effective medication for your case. This professional can help you control acne, reduce oiliness on your face, and reduce scars and blemishes on your skin.
Assess the risks and benefits of any medications that may be prescribed with your doctor and tell them about methods you have used to treat acne before
Step 5. Use a concealer
If the pimple is still very visible even after the compress and topical medication, use a little makeup to further disguise it. Prefer non-comedogenic cosmetics, which provide light coverage while allowing the skin to breathe. You can also find several concealers on the market that contain some anti-acne and anti-oily ingredients.
Mineral makeup that does not contain bismuth oxychloride and dimethyl polysiloxane (dimethicone) are the most recommended for this type of case
- The heat "pulls" the pimple, making it worse to the point of bursting. So if you want it to "go away" or wither, use a cold compress.
- Stop using the compress or any other method if you experience skin irritation, dryness, redness or pain.
- Use this method only two to three times a week so as not to damage your skin from constant exposure to heat.
- Do not compress with products you may be allergic to.
- Always combine an essential oil with a carrier oil (any vegetable oil) before putting it in water, as if you use the pure first oil, the undiluted and concentrated droplets of it can irritate your skin. Mixing must be done because essential oils are not soluble in water, requiring a carrier oil to dilute them.