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How to Get Rid of Pimples…Fast!

Every woman should have a go-to zit-zapping plan of attack. It is war waged by a group of soldiers known as zits, pimples and acne. They are ninja militants sneaking up on you in the middle of the night. Just when you went to bed with a cleanly scrubbed face…bang! you wake up with a face spotting small, red, inflamed bumps. The battle ground feels tender and sore and you can almost feel the pimples brewing beneath the surface of the skin.

Before it turns into a full-on pus attack in the next few days, dry it out quickly and kill any acne-causing bacteria surrounding it.

Since you cannot go to work or spend your day with a pimple patch or toothpaste on your face, apply a thin layer of acne gel. The one that works for me is Aesop’s Control Anti-Blemish Gel. You want a gel that is transparent, lightweight yet sticky enough to stay on the skin and preferably made of strong zit-zapping natural ingredients like lemon peel oil and tree tree oil without chemical nasties.

For your night attack, there are many ways to zap away pimples as quickly and as naturally as possible.

Ice

You can get momentary relief from icing zits. Wrap 1-3 cubes of ice with a damp cloth and apply directly on the pimples for fast soothing relief. Ice helps to reduce swelling, redness and inflammation of the skin by improving blood circulation to the affected area. After icing the area, apply a topical treatment.

Toothpaste

Toothpaste is super effective if you have a huge zit that needs to be put down quickly. Toothpaste contain silica, the same substance found in any sort of vacuum-packaged items like vitamins and fresh meat. Silica seals out moisture which helps dry out the pimple. Only use plain white toothpaste and not the fancy striped or colored ones. Apply it on thick as a spot treatment (not on the entire face) and leave overnight.

Honey

Honey is an antibiotic that makes it a perfect applicator for skin healing and reducing pimples. Its stickiness helps to remove excess dirt and impurities from the skin. Try going for the darker variety of honey like manuka, buckwheat and thyme honey. The darker the honey, the more antioxidants. Allow the honey to settle onto your skin for about 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off.

Fresh Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a powerful natural astringent and has anti-bacterial compounds to fight acne-producing bacteria. Lemon juice can dry up a zit really fast so be careful. Use freshly cut lemon juice from the fruit itself, not bottled juice. Squeeze a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and use a piece of cotton pad or bud to soak up the juice. Pat directly onto pimple. Leave on for 30 mins and rinse off. If you want it on overnight, apply sparingly. This is not recommended for people with sensitive skin as it may cause irritation and further dryness.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is cheap and many people swear by it! Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate, opens skin pores and strips away the top layer of skin that builds up oily secretions, dead skin and dirt. It inhabits acne formation without any side effects. Even suitable for people with sensitive skin. The best way to use baking soda is to make a thick paste by adding a few drops of water and pack the paste directly on the affected area. Leave it on to dry and harden before rinsing off. Do not leave on overnight as it can cause skin dryness.

If home remedies is a little too cumbersome and you prefer the convenience of a product, my personal go-to night treatment for pimple outbreak is Sisley’s Creamy Mask with Topical Resins. This is hands down the best overnight zit zapping I have tried.

Please note that these are not long-term cures for acne but they do work for individual spot breakouts. If you suffer from chronic and severe acne, seek your dermatologist for advice.

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