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3/31 In-A-Pinch Pimple Treatments

Posted on March 31, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Here’s a question from one of my readers:

“Usually I have pretty clear skin, so I don’t have any acne treatment products at home, but every once in a while I get a giant zit. Do you have any suggestions for what I can use to get rid of a single pimple without spending a fortune on acne cream that I don’t really need?”

I totally feel your pain! I have oil-dry skin, and rarely get a blemish…usually one around the same time every month…You know it’s coming. You can feel it building under your skin , then it erupts one morning, and you have a BIG WHOPPING ZIT staring at you in the mirror like a headlight!

What’s a girl to do?

I’ll tell you what you do…. Go to your medicine cabinet and try one of these home remedies!

1. Toothpaste

- dab a VERY small amount of toothpaste directly on the blemish after washing your face before bed. Leave it on overnight. The toothpaste will draw the oil out and leave you pimple free.

- Make sure to ONLY put the toothpaste on the pimple as it may dry and/or irritate your non-blemished skin.

- Do not use Gel toothpaste, as it does not contain the same oil absorbing ingredients.

- Do not put whitening toothpaste on your skin, as it may bleach the skin if left on for a long period of time.

If the toothpaste irritates your skin, doesn’t work for you, or if you only have gel and/or whitening toothpaste, try this remedy:

2. Aspirin

- Crush one tablet aspirin, mix with a few drops water to make a paste, and apply to your pimple after cleansing skin. You can also do this one before bed and leave on over night.

- This will only work with aspirin. Ibuprofen will not do the trick.

- Aspirin works because it contains sacylic acid, which is contained in almost all acne treatments on the market.

If you wake up in the morning with a flat red spot where your pimple used to be, try applying some Visine to the red area with a cotton swab. It should take the redness away.

Both of the above treatments are meant to be used as a spot treatment. If you have persistent acne, you should see a dermatologist and have them put you on a skin care regimen, but in the mean time...try this:

3. Garlic:

- Garlic has many antiseptic qualities, and is known as one of nature’s strongest antibiotics.

- Garlic is most effective when used raw. Cut open a clove of garlic and rub on acne. This may burn.

- If skin is too irritated and rubbing garlic directly on acne is too painful: Crush one clove garlic and mix with ½ cup hot water. Use a clean wash cloth to apply mixture to acne.

- You should notice a difference within a few days.

- Be sure to do this at night, and wash skin in the morning, as the garlic is a bit stinky!

Send your beauty questions to [email protected] and I’ll answer them in my next blog.

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for another dose of the beauty blog!



Categories: Skin Care, Home Remedies

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