For skins that are sensitive to acne, a pimple can seemingly come out of nowhere. However, people who deal with acne on a regular basis have come to recognize a few signs that usually precede the point when that pimple rears its ugly head and causes mayhem in your life. It could be a slight throbbing pain when you touch around the area of the pimple. Occasionally, you can even feel a bump under the skin. The common signs also include redness and itching in the region.
The first thing that you must remember is never to pick on the pimple with your finger nails. While popping the pimple might seem the best short term solution to your problem, it will cause acne scars in the long term. It could also cause pits in the skin and these things are a lot more difficult to deal with than a simple pimple. So, rule 1 never touch the pimple. The following steps are certain proven remedies to dealing and fixing a painful pimple but you must always remember to be gentle with your skin when you are following them
- Visit Your Dermatologist : The first thing you need to do when you feel a painful pimple right under your skin is to visit a dermatologist. It is true that you don’t want to go out of the house with this hideous thing on your face but the fact remains that the sooner you visit your dermatologist, the faster you will get rid of this pimple and prevent scarring. Your dermatologist will inject acne lesion to reduce soreness and inflammation, and you will experience better skin within 24 hours. Also, you can avoid post acne scarring because of this quick thinking.
- Compress : You can make a compress using a soft washcloth or gauze. Dip the washcloth in some lukewarm water so that the pimple can come out. When the pimple comes out, you will be able to see its tiny white head on your skin. However, if reducing the inflammation is your main concern, you should use freezing and ice cold water on the compress. Apply gentle pressure when you are using the compress on the problem area. You can also use wet tea bags instead of the washcloth compress and try to use them as many times during the day as you can.
- Cotton Swabs : As mentioned before, do not make any attempt to use tools or your finger nails to remove the zit. Sometimes, when you pick on a blackhead or a whitehead, it goes on to become a pimple as well. Thus, keep your hands away from anything on your face to keep it clean. If you do see a blackhead or a whitehead, use a cotton swab and apply even pressure on it with the help of the swab. The cotton will not damage your skin and the zit might come out. However, if that doesn’t work, don’t put too much pressure and follow the next step.
- Spot Treatment: Salicylic acid is found in many over the counter pimple spot treatments in the market. They actually work on bringing your pimples down and you should make sure that you only pick a spot treatment kit that has salicylic acid in it. Ideally, salicylic acid should be about 1 2%. Expert dermatologists do not recommend benzoyl peroxide based treatments because they have a tendency to irritate the skin. The formula works as an overnight treatment and in the morning, the pimple either goes away (if it is small) or it deflates a lot. Repeat the treatment until it goes away. However, make sure you don’t overuse it or irritation, itching and redness will follow.
- Visine : Visine is used by many dermatologists to get rid of the redness that comes with an approaching pimple. You can use a cotton swap and just put a couple of drops of Visine on it. Then treat the area with this swab and the redness will slowly go away. Make sure that you follow this up with your usual skin care regime that is tried and tested.
Every skin reacts differently to a pimple, so approach your dermatologist before you try anything whacky with your pimple.