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How to Get Rid of Pimples Easily

How to Get Rid of Pimples Easily

Overview

Though regular use of gentle cleanser and mild exfoliator can help prevent some acne breakouts, chances are good that you're going to have to deal with an acne breakout some day. That's because acne is caused by a complex combination of hormonal activity and genetics combined with bacteria, inflammation, oil production and clogged pores, making it tough to prevent, explains Katie Rodan, associate professor emeritus of dermatology at Stanford University Medical Center and co-founder of the skincare line Rodan + Fields, in "O, The Oprah Magazine." The best ways to get rid of pimples depends on what kind of pimple you're dealing with.

Whiteheads or Blackheads

Step 1

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, removing any makeup residue.

Step 2

Dab a a gel-based acne spot treatment that contains salicylic acid to soak up oil and panthenol to reduce redness directly on your pimple. "Cosmopolitan" says the gel formula will provide a protective barrier that allows the treatment's active ingredients to work all night while you're sleeping.

Step 3

Apply a little ice directly to the blemish in the morning if any redness and swelling remain.

Step 4

Use your smallest finger to dab a little greenish concealer directly on the blemish, patting to blend it into your skin, if you want to cover any remaining redness.

Pus-Filled Pimples

Step 1

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, removing any makeup residue.

Step 2

Soak a washcloth in very hot water until it is thoroughly saturated.

Step 3

Hold the washcloth against your pimple for three to five minutes so the heat can attract the pus in your pimple outward. Don't press on the pimple with the washcloth; you want to use a light touch, according to "Ladies Home Journal."

Step 4

Wrap your index fingers with tissue and gently press them together, squeezing the pimple. Press firmly but gently; you want to remove the pus, not draw blood. If you don't get results after a few minutes, try again later.

Step 5

Apply ice to the popped blemish and use green-tinted concealer to hide any remaining redness.

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