Oh no, a pimple! Are you lost between advice passed down from generation to generation and tips you’ve learned since your teenage years? When a pimple appears, rely on an expert to adopt the right habits and, most importantly, avoid bad ones. Dermatologist Dr. Deshayes offers his advice on how to get rid of a pimple fast.
What you can do when a pimple or blackhead appears:
- Use skincare products formulated specifically for acne-prone skin that are anti-bacterial and noncomedogenic. For facial cleansers, it’s best to choose a formula with salicylic acid, which is the key dermatological ingredient for fighting pimples. Salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties and helps eliminate dead skin cells to unclog pores.
- Incorporate a detoxifying clay mask into your skincare routine to get rid of any excess oil on the skin’s surface and to detoxify congested pores. Try Normaderm’s Tri-Activ mask, formulated with 25% Kaolin clay and a combination of salicylic and glycolic acid, zinc and pumice to gently exfoliate, unclog pores and mattify the skin.
-Although it may seem counterintuitive, you should always moisturize your skin after cleansing. When skipping a moisturizer, oily skin runs the risk of having its sebaceous glands overcompensate for what the glands assume to be dehydration. In turn, the skin can start to produce even more oil than before, causing more breakouts. After cleansing, opt for a lightweight moisturizer like Normaderm’s Corrective Anti-acne treatment. Formulated with salicylic acid and LHA, this oil free moisturizer not only offers hydration to the skin but also helps reduces pimples and minimize the look of pores and shine.
- Use the right makeup by choosing foundations that are hypoallergenic and, most importantly, noncomedogenic to avoid further clogging your pores. And never forget to remove your makeup… even at 2 in the morning! Makeup residue blocks pores and can increase the appearance or inflammation of a pimple.
Pimples: your checklist of habits to avoid
- Avoid touching your face and wash your hands as often as possible. We are surrounded by germs: your computer has 215 germs/cm2, your steering wheel 700 germs/cm2, your cell phone 25,000 germs/cm2, etc. When these germs come in contact with your pimple they risk further inflaming it, or can cause secondary infection and in some cases scarring.
- Avoid the urge to pop the pimple or the blackhead with your fingers. If you do, you’re making way for bacteria. If your pimple really does get popped (or scratched), the best way to treat it is to use an antiseptic. Apply it with the help of a cotton swab without directly touching the pimple so that it acts as a local anti-bacterial.
- Do not apply pure alcohol, lemon, toothpaste, or other home remedies. You risk drying out your skin or creating redness and irritation, which in the end will make the problem worse. In short, there are much more effective remedies today than what our grandmas used to use.