**UPDATED** I think my first pimple was when I was around 13 years old. I’ve come a long way from using rubbing alcohol to zap my zits which you should NEVER do, as it dries out your skin. Believe me, I am now 36 years (young!), and I have had my fair share of pimples. Through the years, I have found excellent remedies including home solutions and retail products that help me get rid of my pimples faster, easier and without harming my skin. Follow some of these steps below to treat pimples effectively for the clearest skin you can have!
Here are my top tips for getting rid of zits and how to treat pimples:
- Before going to bed, wash your face with a cleanser that contains salicylic acid like GM Collin PurAcne Oxygenating Cleansing Gel. Salicylic acid gently dissolves dead skin cells and blackheads. Next, dab a little toothpaste (white paste, not the blue gel type and not the whitening type) on the pimple. Leave it on all night then wash your face in the morning. Instead of toothpaste you can use a spot treatment like GM Collin PurAcne Oxygen Gel. Repeat this for a few days. You’ll notice it will heal up in no time!
- Drink lots of water! Always keep a bottle of water in your car, in your purse, or at your desk. Not only does it hydrate the skin, it also keeps skin healthy-looking by flushing toxins out. Also, try to stay away from processed food. Eat food that is alive instead like fruits and vegetables.
- Use cornmeal to exfoliate your face – it’s a home remedy that has worked for me in the past because it helps to get rid of dead skin cells that can block the pores. Just mix with your favorite cleanser and massage gently over the skin about 2 times a week. I have also tried the Eminence Youth Shield Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser. It penetrates deep into the pores with beta hydroxy acid which dissolves hardened oils and dead skin cells. You just put it on your clean skin at night and it works while you sleep!
- If you wear makeup be sure that it is 100% pure mineral makeup as non-mineral makeup can clog the skin and also lead to long term sensitivity. Pure mineral makeup also provides you with a natural all-day SPF, which is very important to prevent scarring caused from pimples and UV exposure. Try Mica Beauty Pressed Mineral Foundation which has good coverage, a matte finish, and and SPF10. Another great product is the Jane Iredale Zap & Hide Concealer – it conceals pimples while it heals!
- Always use a moisturizer even when you have oily skin. Dehydration can lead to more oil production and clogged pores so be sure to apply a moisturizer twice a day. Also, dry skin is more prone to bacterial attack because it doesn’t have the barrier that keeps your skin protected from outside aggressors.
- Use products that contain tea tree oil. It’s naturally antibacterial and will help to heal pimples.
- Keep your hair and hair products off your face. I have found this extremely important as I have a lot of hair and use many hair products that seem to cause breakout on my face.
- Steam it out. Steam helps to open the pores making it easier to get rid of blackheads and pimples. I usually have a steamy shower or bath before I attempt to pop a zit or push out blackheads. Be sure your hands are clean, then wrap tissue around your fingers. Push gently and if nothing comes out, stop!
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