Hello, I have been using successfully using ice for the last few years to quickly bring down the redness and swelling of inflammed pimples. After reading some posts on here about people looking for quick acne fixes, this is about the best you can get so I figured I'd type up exactly how to do it.
Personally, I don't have a ton of acne but when I do I get those large, deep, swollen, red cysts that just seem to pop up out of nowhere. And if I wake up with one on a day I have a presentation, date, party, or other important function then this is what I do to bring it down to a manageable size and reduce it's appearance.
Yes, it is just icing it but you can significantly increase the effectiveness if you add a little more thought to it.
Here's the Routine:
1) Grab yourself an ice cube from the fridge, take about 4 squares of toilet paper, fold the TP in half once and then place the ice cube in it.
2) Place the ice directly on the zit. You want the entire zit completely in contact with the ice/TP. Add light pressure as well. Do this for only 10 min
3) Remove ice, gently dry your face (the ice melt will drip all over), then wait 10 min
4) After the waiting period is over repeat step 2 one more time
-The waiting period is important so you don't give your skin frostbite. Do NOT skip it.
-Also, only do the routine once every hour. Again, this is to prevent skin damage.
-The minute you take the ice off, yes it will look all red and much worse. But after 10 or 15 minutes the redness goes away and you've put a significant dent into the lifespan of that pimple.
-You may notice dry skin in the area you are icing. It's the price you pay for getting rid of the zit.
-You should never attempt to pop a cyst, but if you did and it got super red and swollen, this will help immensely
Again, I use this all the time for acne of all kinds, but it is especially effective for swollen and painful acne. The ice reduces swelling and redness by constricting blood supply to the zit, which in turn helps kill bacteria that are attempting to multiply in the zit. I've gotten bad zits in the morning and then done the double-icing routine a few times during the day, then had it down to a manageable appearance by that night.
Disclaimer: Everyone's skin is different. Quite frankly, this does sting because you are essentially flash-freezing the pimple. The wait times I've built in are what work for me. They should work for you, but if any pain becomes unbearable stop and wait longer in between icing. On the rare occasion you did slightly ice-burn your skin, it may just be very dry and have a very faint tan hue to the spot for a day or two and then it will go away without any marks.
Edited by CBIOT13, 30 March 2013 - 01:21 PM.