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To prick or not to prick? Here are simple remedies that can help you get rid of pimples fast

Published 2 years ago

For some reason, your nasty pimples always show up when you least expect them. It could be days before your graduation, prom, company presentation, and worse––wedding day. Of course, your first reaction is to blame the universe why (of all people) it has to be you. Then, after a few moments, you'll find yourself torn between these two choices: should I or should I not pop my pimple?

Before making a bad situation worse, the general rule here is you should never try (no matter how tempting it is!) to pop nor squeeze your them. According to very wellhealth, squeezing a pimple won't solve anything. Instead, it will only force all the bacteria and pus deeper into the skin leading to swelling, infection, and scarring. Yikes.

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1. So, what do we do now?

While it's normal for some people to get pimples at some point, others (about 80% of the total population in the United States) struggle with frequent breakouts that don't clear up overnight. If the latter sounds more like you, you may be experiencing acne––a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. Even until today, the exact causes of acne haven't been identified yet but some researchers believed that factors such as increased sebum production, hormonal changes (puberty, menstrual cycle, and pregnancy), certain medications, stress, and even your comfort food can aggravate it.

2. What foods can cause acne?

Although more research is needed for this, experts are constantly looking into the relationship of our food choices and acne development. In an article published by healthline, people who consumed too much carbs and sugar (pasta, white rice, and soda) are more susceptible to acne. For chocoholics, there's still an ongoing debate whether cocoa beans, from which chocolates come from, can trigger breakouts.

Meanwhile, fast food items (which are generally unhealthy) can increase not just the risk of having acne but also high blood pressure, heart disease, and unwanted weight gain. More often than not, a severe acne requires medical procedures or special treatment to get rid of it. Hence, always seek advice from a licensed dermatologist.

But if you only have a few blemishes on your face or back, you can at least try to treat them with the following remedies recommended by Favful.

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3. How long do pimples last?

Each person has a unique skin type so no one knows exactly how long it will last on your face. But, with proper care and using the right products, we can help you get rid of those pesky little bumps on your face.

4.How do I get rid of pimples overnight?

Apart from using over-the-counter creams, you can also try a spot treatment or pimple patch to get rid of your pimples on your chin and forehead. Some dermatologists suggest dabbing a little amount of tea tree oil on a cotton then apply it directly to your pimple. Note that you need to dilute it first by combining at least 1-2 drops of tea tree oil with water then do a patch test on your forearm to check whether you are allergic to the substance.

For smoother, younger-looking skin, you can pair it with The Ordinary "Buffet" Serum which contains peptides needed to improve collagen production.

The Ordinary "Buffet"

 

Fun fact: Tea tree oil contains healing properties that can kill bacteria and reduce skin inflammation. 

If you don't have enough time to make a DIY mixture, a pimple patch is your go-to product. Commonly referred to as "acne healing patches," these are hydrocolloid dressings that come in small, transparent stickers used to cover pimples, as well as, protect them from infection. Just in case you're not familiar with a "hydrocolloid dressing", it is a wafer type of sheet commonly used in hospitals to treat "superficial wounds." 

For this, we at Favful recommend Cosrx's Acne Pimple Master Patch 24 Patches. This brand really does magic!

If you don't have tea tree oil at home, there's another way on how to get rid of your pimples quickly––insert, green tea. Rich with nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties, green tea may benefit not just your heart and brain but your skin, too.

To use green tea as an alternative remedy for blemishes, steep it in boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Once it cools down, you can now apply it to your face with a cotton ball. For best results, leave it on for 10 minutes or overnight. The next day, rinse your face with Glow Recipe's Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser, which is available at Favful for only RM63.

 

5. How to get rid of a pimple in an hour?

But, what if a new pimple has popped up a few hours before your big event? At this point, we badly need a remedy that is as powerful as Thanos's snap to clear up (not half of the universe!) breakouts so there will be no more pimple avengers standing in your way next time. Okay, we will stop here.

 In reality, it's downright impossible to get rid of your good 'ol pimple in an hour as its "healing process" usually depends on your skin type. While some people use concealers and heavy foundation to hide these uninvited guests, we suggest wrapping an ice cube in a towel and gently press it on the affected area for 3-5 minutes to ease pain and reduce its size.

Before putting makeup, you can also use Freshment's Soothing and Moisture Aloe Vera as your makeup primer. It will not just minimize your pores but also provide a smooth surface for the rest of your makeup. #GlowUp.

We don’t want to come to any rash conclusions here, but for those of you struggling with pimples, this is surely not the end. At Favful, we offer a wide range of products intended to remove not just pimples but also take care of the skin around it. So if you woke up with a pimple sitting pretty on your nose again, no need to stress any further about it because we at Favful got your back.