Blitz that blemish
Spots can creep up on you in many different ways. Sometimes - bam! You wake up and there's one right on the tip of your nose. Other times you can feel it brewing under your skin for ages and eventually it rears its ugly head when you least need it. So how can you get rid of it ASAP?
"The first action to take is cover the area with a cold, wet washcloth out of the refrigerator, or a cold, wet tea bag for three to five minutes every so often during the day. This will help to reduce the inflammation," international make-up artist and founder of WOW Beauty, Denise Rabor, recommended to Cover Media.
If the spot has a head, it can be tempting to pick at it with your nails but careful - that causes scarring! Instead, Denise says you should apply gentle pressure with a cotton bud.
"If it does not express easily then use a spot-treatment that contains one per cent or two per cent salicylic acid, as it’s formula should help ‘deflate’ the pimple slightly overnight. Repeat in the morning if needed but don't overdo it, as it can lead to irritation," Denise added.
If none of that helps, you might need expert help, says Dr Alexis Granite, dermatologist at Cadogan Cosmetics.
"Applying ice to the area can reduce swelling in larger spots. Tea tree oil may also be helpful when applied to spots due to its antibacterial properties. If you're really in a pinch, try booking in with a local dermatologist for a cortisone injection. The cortisone is injected directly into a pimple to quickly reduce swelling and inflammation," is her tip.
If you'd rather treat the pimple at home, you need to make sure you pick products with the right ingredients.
"Willow bark naturally contains salicylic acid which helps to break down whiteheads and blackheads by softening and loosening the keratin (a protein that combines with dead skin cells) that can become trapped in the pores and cause pimples," Antoinette Crawford, founder of Adam and Eve Skincare (adamandeveskincare.co.uk) revealed.
Antoinette also recommends papaya as a natural exfoliant, while vitamin E works as an anti-inflammatory and is a powerful antioxidant.
Kelita Bignall of Yours Truly Organics added: "My favorite is bentonite clay, which is a natural healing clay formed from natural volcanic ash. Mix in equal amounts with water and/or apple cider vinegar and apply to the affected area for up to one hour and you will see a significant reduction in the affected area."