Have you ever woken up, looked in the mirror and came face to face with a big red pimple? Acne is part of some people's lives, but the swelling and redness that accompanies it doesn't have to be your reality. As with preventing or fighting acne, reducing swelling and redness can be a daunting task, but luckily there are a few methods that have been proven to work. We'll show you what to do.
Method 1 of 2: Quick Fixes
Step 1. Apply witch hazel to help with redness and swelling
Witch hazel is a plant native to North America, often used as an astringent to tone the skin. It is also used as a remedy for itching and redness. While witch hazel probably won't treat your acne, it will definitely soothe irritated skin and help minimize the appearance of the pimple.
Witch hazel is usually sold as an astringent. You can find lotions with or without alcohol (they are usually 14% alcohol), but buying it with alcohol is not recommended as it can dry out and irritate the skin
Step 2. Use an ice cube
This quick method helps if the pimple is red or painful. Leave an ice cube out of the freezer for a few minutes, then place it over the pimple to reduce swelling. Cold helps to constrict the blood vessels beneath the skin, minimizing the appearance and redness of the pimple.
Step 3. Use a soaked tea bag to cover the area
Leave a tea bag to steep for a minute (black tea is preferred). Squeeze out most of the liquid and wait until it cools down a bit. Then place it on top of the pimple. You can drink the tea later if you like.
Tea bags contain good amounts of tannins, which help to reduce swelling and are often used topically to treat problems such as puffy eyes
Step 4. Take serrapeptase, the substitute for ibuprofen, to reduce inflammation
Serrapeptase is a natural chemical made from silkworms and is officially classified as a food supplement. Serrapeptase reduces inflammation by breaking down proteins faster and more effectively.
Step 5. Make an aspirin paste
Aspirin is a popular home remedy used to combat redness and swelling. It contains salicylic acid, a chemical used to relieve pain and inflammation. Aspirin should reduce swelling while drying the pimple, solving two problems at once.
- Crush aspirin tablets into a fine powder, then mix with water, a few drops at a time. Add enough water to form a rough paste.
- With a cotton swab, apply the paste on the spine, covering it completely.
- Allow the paste to harden onto the pimple and let it sit for several hours. Many people choose to mix and apply the paste to the pimple before bed, wiping it off in the morning when washing their face.
Step 6. Try using toothpaste
Toothpaste is a popular home remedy to reduce pimple size. While it's possible that it will dry out pimples because it contains specific ingredients – baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, triclosan and others – toothpaste is no better at treating pimples than other options. There is evidence that it can even irritate the skin, so be careful when using it.
Use cream toothpaste, not gel. The cream contains ingredients that dry and reduce pimple swelling, while the gel varieties don't always have them
Step 7. Try the neem oil and tea tree oil
These essential oils come from trees and work to reduce swelling by fighting acne-producing bacteria. While neem is something of a panacea for various diseases and ailments, tea tree oil is especially useful in treating skin problems and infections.
Since these essential oils can be irritating in their pure form, dilute them in equal parts with water before using. Then apply the oil to the pimple with a cotton swab, leaving it to act for 10 to 20 minutes. Clean up after this interval
Step 8. Try a clay mask
The clay mask is useful for absorbing moisture from the skin, helping to treat inflammation and remove pus from the pimple. Many people's pores can become noticeably smaller and tighter after applying the clay mask. For best results, apply the mask all over the face once a week and do a local treatment of any problematic pimples between those applications.
Step 9. Try using lemon, cucumber or tomato
This trio of natural ingredients has helped reduce inflammation for many patients looking for homemade solutions. While each works differently, it is believed that they all fight acne with equal tenacity. Still, there is no scientific evidence that these natural ingredients can cure acne or reduce inflammation, so use them at your discretion.
- Cut a slice of lemon and place it over the pimple location. The citric acid in lemon juice is believed to fight acne bacteria and even aid healing. The application of lemon juice burns.
- Cucumber is a known anti-inflammatory. Cut a slice of cucumber and place it over the pimple location. Cucumber should smooth the skin as it helps to reduce inflammation.
- The mild acidity of tomatoes helps fight acne. In fact, many acne medications use vitamins A and C – of which tomatoes are a source. Cut a slice of tomato and place it over the pimple, leaving for a maximum period of one hour.
Method 2 of 2: Long Term Care
Step 1. Determine your skin type
Everyone has a particular skin type: normal, dry, sensitive, oily or mixed. Knowing your skin type allows you to find the right products and create an effective treatment while minimizing irritation. If you don't know what your skin type is, ask a dermatologist, makeup artist, or makeup and skin care provider. They can test your skin and give you guidance on care.
- Normal: barely visible pores, no sensitivity, good appearance.
- Dry: small pores, red spots, less elasticity, dull.
- Sensitive: Experience redness, itching, burning, or dryness when exposed to an irritant.
- Oily: larger pores, shiny complexion, presence of blackheads, pimples and other spots.
- Mixed: normal in some areas, dry or oily in others, especially in the T-zone.
Step 2. Wash your face twice a day with mild soap
Try to be as gentle as possible when cleaning the affected area and use warm water, not hot. Brands like Dove make mild soaps that are designed to cleanse the skin without drying it out or irritating it. You can also use a facial cleanser that contains salicylic acid, a compound that helps remove and prevent acne.
Clean with clean hands and avoid items that can cause irritation, such as sponges, sponges or cloths. It's okay to wash your face with your hands. Anything else will likely irritate your skin rather than help
Step 3. Moisturize your skin
Moisturizing the skin is an important factor in keeping it free from irritation. Hydration regularly keeps your skin firm and healthy. For best results, after every time you wash your face, apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer. "Non-comedogenic" simply means that it won't block pores.
- Look for a moisturizing cream or lotion that is right for your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin, buy a moisturizer that has “no oil” on the label. You don't need to use moisturizer every twenty minutes, but it's good to have one on hand if your skin gets dry during the day. This tends to be a problem in winter, because of the cold and wind.
- Know that there are two basic types of moisturizers: gel-based and cream-based. Gel-based moisturizers work best for oily or combination skin, while cream-based moisturizers tend to be better for dry or sensitive skin.
Step 4. Stay hydrated
Drinking more water helps your body stay healthy and well-functioning. And this will likely lead you to not drink as many sugary drinks, like juices, sodas and energy drinks. There is growing evidence that there is a connection between what you eat and how much acne you have. Keeping your body hydrated will, in turn, keep your skin hydrated, giving it a healthy look and texture.
Step 5. Take off your makeup before going to bed
Don't be lazy. Makeup left on can clog pores and cause more acne. If possible, keep some wipes by your bed to use when you're too lazy to go to the bathroom to wash your face.
Step 6. Exfoliate once a week
This will help remove dead skin cells, making your skin softer and smoothing your skin tone. You can buy an exfoliant. Just remember that more is not always better. Exfoliating more than once a week can dry out and irritate the skin.
Step 7. Use an astringent
Astringent is a substance that closes pores, firming and toning the skin. While it's not good to use astringents often, they can be helpful in removing oil and dirt before washing your face.
- If you want to use a natural astringent, try rubbing lemon slices over your skin. Then rinse and let it dry naturally or dry gently with a towel. This process has the added benefit of leaving a fresh scent.
- If you use a strong astringent, be sure to apply a moisturizer to prevent your skin from drying out. If using lemon, be careful with the area around the eyes. If any juice gets into your eyes, stop and rinse your eyes with water for several minutes.
Step 8. Use sunscreen
While getting some sun is healthy, overdoing it can produce redness and irritation on your face. Also, UV rays can cause dark spots and increase the risk of skin cancer. Before going out, try putting on a moisturizer with an SPF 30 or 45.
There is little need for products with a higher FPS; SPF 30 or 45 already block more than 90% of harmful rays
Step 9. Recognize the different causes of acne
Teens and pimples go hand in hand stereotypically, but pimples can have many causes. Some may be as follows:
- Hormonal changes: may be related to going through puberty and the use of certain medications or contraceptives, etc.
- Diet: Dairy and gluten-based products can cause rashes to start.
- Dirty hair: Oil from your hair may be clogging your pores, especially around the crown of your head.
- Cosmetics: If you wear makeup, even after washing your face, there may be residue covering your pores and creating pimples. It's important to find a good makeup remover. Also, skin care products that are too oily or strong for your skin type can have the same negative effect.
- Perspiration and excessive moisture: It may sound strange, but there is a fungus on the skin called Malassezia. It can be on your skin without causing any problems, but when it's exposed to too much moisture, it can multiply quickly, causing outbreaks.
Step 10. Don't pinch acne or touch the skin on your face
While it may be tempting to pop your blackheads and pimples, it is counterproductive. Popping pimples spreads acne-causing bacteria to different parts of your face. Not to mention that your hands contain dirt, oil and other impurities that are harmful to sensitive skin. Try as much as possible to keep your hands away from your face and other acne-prone areas.
- There are facial masks that temporarily help reduce redness and moisturize the face. If you want to try this alternative, look for masks that contain Aloe vera or other calming components.
- Do not touch your face with your hands or fingers. Your skin naturally produces oil, so touching your face could transfer that oil and clog your pores.
- Don't try all these suggestions at once. Choose one or two, try them together and see what works. More is not always better.