If a pimple shows up just before a big even in your life.
Here's how to get rid of it quickly and safely:
1. Pinching, Squeezing or Picking?:
You might have heard that popping a pimple is the quickest way to make it go away. Don't ever pinch, squeeze or pick at a pimple. It is absolutely the wrong approach. Picking or popping them can cause germs to further penetrate your skin resulting in more redness, pain and at times infection. Keep in mind popping pimples can lead to scarring. It can also lead to scars.
2. Appying Ice: Apply an ice pack to the pimple and hold it there for about 2 minutes. Repeat the process every half an hour. This will decrease the swelling and redness and help shrink the inflammation and pain that sometimes comes along with it.
Cleanse your skin 2-3 times a day with mild, unscented soap or a specialized acne cleanser that has no harsh chemicals. Scrub skin gently with an exfoliating pad or washcloth, but don't rub too hard, otherwise you'll sap your skin of its own natural oils, which help to repel buildup naturally.
4. Benzyl peroxide or Salicylic acid:
Apply a cream or ointment containing benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid (many over-the-counter acne medicines contain these ingredients) to the blemish or around the entire facial area. Note that these ingredients both have a tendency to dry out skin if used too much and are not recommended if you have sensitive skin. e.g of OTC remedies with Benzyl peroxide or Salicylic acid are: Neutrogena On-the-Spot, Clearasil and Oxy-10.
5. Make up:
Wear oil-free makeup whenever possible. These types have less of a tendency to cause the pore buildup that results in blemishes. Remove your makeup nightly and cleanse with an acne-fighting medicine to remove dirt, oil and makeup from deep within the skin. Click here to see detailed acne cover up tips.
Don't put ice direcltly. You will get an ice burn. Use a plastic bag or cloth
If you follow these tips, chances are you'll notice a significant difference rather quickly - often within a day or two.
Recently, two studies were performed to measure the potential of green tea in acne. The findings of these recent studies show that when applied to the affected area, green tea can reduce sebum production, inflammation and bacterial growth in acne-prone skin, as a result of an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG).
The first study findings
The more recent of the studies appeared in the December 2012 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and showed that green tea helps to reduce sebum production. In the first part of this two part study, the South Korean researchers applied cream containing EGCG to rabbit ears and discovered that it reduced the size of sebaceous glands.
The second part of the test was conducted in vitro (petri dish) and involved the incubation of human sebocytes (cells that produce sebum) in insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) hormone. Several similar studies have also shown that IGF-1 increases sebocyte growth and is also one of the hormones linked to acne and oily skin.
Researchers in stage two of the test added EGCG to the mix and subsequently found that IGF-1 induced cell growth and sebum production was significantly decreased, which means the properties of EGCG are ideal for the treatment of acne. Further findings showed that an additional property of EGCG was its tendency to suppress pro-inflammatory cytokines which cause systematic inflammation. Cytokines are signaling molecules in the immune system to communicate.
The second study findings
The second study was also conducted in South Korea, and was published in the October 2012 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. More intriguing than the first study due to the fact that it was carried out on human subjects and therefore showed tangible effects. In this second study using human subjects, EGCG was found to be a viable and safe treatment for dealing with the three primary causes of acne: P. Acnes bacteria, sebum production and inflammation.
During the second part of the of the test, participants took part in a split-face, randomized clinical trial of EGCG cream and each participant was asked by researchers to apply two creams, one to the left side and one to the right side of the face. While one cream contained EGCG, the other cream was simply a placebo containing no active ingredients. During the test, participants were kept in the dark as to which cream was the 'real deal.' The results showed significant reduction in acne from the EGCG cream. Similarly, earlier studies on human subjects have shown that green tea extract creams do cause a noticeable reduction in sebum production.