Whether it’s the week of a big presentation at work or the week of a date, an ill-timed breakout can threaten to ruin your confidence ahead of the big event. Now, while you can’t make a pimple disappear in minutes and often not even overnight, there are steps you can take to reduce the swelling, redness and pain of your breakout.
1. Use a spot treatment that contains salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid.
These products are available at your local drugstore, and offer powerful results. They work by reducing inflammation and drying up the blemish. Be careful, though, not to use multiple different spot treatments at once. The active ingredients are designed to work quickly, and mixing a solution of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can cause extreme drying of your skin, which can lead to more problems in the future.Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream can also be effective in drying pimples quickly. Be extra careful if you use this method, though, as using too much cream can clog pores and cause more breakouts.
2. Try natural solutions.
If you’re looking for an all-natural quick-fix for your pimple, try using tea tree oil. Found in many natural skincare products, tea tree oil is known to clear up acne. If you’re trying this method, make sure to get 100 percent tea tree oil and to use it sparingly until you know how your skin will react. If you’re breakout is hormonal, try using evening primrose oil on your blemish. Evening primrose oil contains a high amount of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) content. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid found in plant oils that is known to reduce skin inflammation and retain skin moisture.
3. Use crushed aspirin.
Aspirin isn’t just for heart health—it’s also good for treating pimples fast. Although it sounds weird, the anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin can help reduce the size of your breakout.
4. Ice your breakout
Using heat on a pimple will bring it to the surface, but it will also make it bigger. If you run an ice cube over your blemish, it can help shrink the skin cells and reduce inflammation, which can help you get rid of your pimple fast.
5. Don’t touch it!
To prevent making your pimple worse, don’t touch, pick or squeeze it. The germs on your hands will only cause the pimple to grow, and squeezing your skin can lead to permanent scarring.
6. Head to the dermatologist.
If you’re looking to get rid of a pimple fast before a big event, and money isn’t a factor, go to the dermatologist to get a cortisone shot. A cortisone injection offers almost immediate relief, which means it’s your best bet if you really need that pimple gone right away.