So you have a grain? Most likely, the arrival coincides with an important event in life. Pimples have a cruel way of appearing just before first dates, important job interviews, school dances and weddings. Damn you, zit monsters!
While you can not fix a pimple in an hour (we want it), you can take steps to remove a spot during the night with a diligent regimen. "Pimples are small micro-infections of the hair follicles," explains Dr. Purvisha Patel, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare. "You may not be able to get rid of a grain overnight, but you can make it look much better, so it seems that it's gone."
Dr. Patel broke down the ten key steps to get rid of a pimple quickly or, at least, make the appearance of a bad zit less noticeable. Keep reading and good luck. You have this. Your grain has no chance!
Find the right ingredients
Dr. Patel explains that pimples are commonly caused by four things: follicular occlusion, growth of microbes, production of sebum or addition of oil to the skin and inflammation.
All these problems can be addressed and helped when a grain is at the beginning of the game. "The most common way to address these problems is to use Benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, tree oil or salicylic acid products before going to bed, "says Dr. Patel.
Benzoyl peroxide is a bleaching agent that kills microbes and dries the oil in the follicle. Tea tree oil and sulfur also make things similar to benzoyl peroxide by drying the grain. "The use of these products can make the grain look smaller in the morning," explains Dr. Patel.
The final ingredient that Dr. Patel recommends is salicylic acid. "Salicylic acid products not only dry the pimple and kill any microbe, but also exfoliate the skin on top to let the accumulated pus out of the follicle," says Dr. Patel. (Gross, but effective.)
For benzoyl peroxide
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For tea tree oil
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For salicylic acid
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Invest in a quality cleaner.
Advanced Purifier Cleaner
"Exfoliating cleansers are perfect for acne, because they help unclog pores not only to treat pimples, but also prevent them from occurring," says Dr. Patel. "Visha Skincare Advanced Purifying Cleanser contains salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, tea tree oil and B vitamins to exfoliate pores, decrease the growth of microbes and soothe inflammation." The cleaner also doubles as a stain treatment during the night.
Hydrocortisone cream is your best friend.
"A quick fix for redness at night, but not for more than three nights, is the over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream," says Dr. Patel. Make sure the creams are not too thick so they do not clog your pores. It is best to find a hydrocortisone cream based on hyaluronic acid, since hyaluronic acid is a water-binding molecule that does not clog the pores.
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Stay away from edible ingredients.
Dr. Patel also points out that you should avoid creams that contain edible ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil and almond oil. "If we can eat the product, bacteria and fungi can eat it, and this could produce more grains."
Trust spot treatments
"The localized treatments work best for overnight fixes," explains Dr. Patel. "Bandages in the form of blisters or hydrocolloid patches work by extracting the content of a grain instead of the topics that dry the grain."
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In case of emergency, use cortisone injections.
"They're really for a grain emergency." says Dr. Patel. "Think a day before your wedding or graduation emergency level." Dr. Patel explains that steroid injections decrease the swelling of the pimple immediately, but the side effects of steroid injections are thinning of the skin, rays, and possible indentation at the injection site. They are NOT recommended as regular treatment of the shin.
Find the DIY trick for you
Who does not love a good DIY home remedy? Dr. Patel has some tips and tricks of the trade:
A small paste of aspirin crushed to a grain helps dry the stain and inflammation.
Toothpaste, the opaque type that is not the gel, can be used to dry the pimples.
Ice in a red bead causes an immediate constriction of blood vessels and helps with redness.
On the counter, the nasal spray with aferin is also a vasoconstrictor, so if the face is very red with many blood vessels around the pimple, putting a little of this on top helps redden it immediately.
DO NOT take out your zits!
"Extracting them with non-sterile nails can cause the spread of microinfection, more inflammation and scarring," explains Dr. Patel. I know it can be tempting to blow the zit you see in the mirror, but DO NOT DO IT. Just say no.
Prevent pimples with a healthy lifestyle.
"Putting products on pimples helps them disappear, but it's possible that they do not go completely overnight, it takes time," explains Dr. Patel. "It's possible to make them look much less overnight."
To prevent pimples, it is important to take care of our skin, which is the largest organ in the body. "We need six glasses of water, eight hours of sleep, a multivitamin and a probiotic," says Dr. Patel. "Diets rich in sugar and dairy are also more prone to acne outbreaks." Take care, first and foremost.
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