DO: Reduce Swelling With Ice
For swollen pimples, apply ice to reduce swelling and inflammation.
DON’T: Squeeze Your Pimples
If you squeeze pimples, they take longer to heal, and you raise your risk of infection and scarring. If you do end up popping your pimple on your own, apply Cover Dot to absorb exudate from the blemish.
DO: Apply a Sulfur-Based Cream
Over-the-counter acne remedies include benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, or salicylic acid.
DON’T: Apply Toothpaste
Although some ingredients in toothpaste may dry out pimples, toothpaste can trigger acne.
DO: Try Corticosteroid Injections
For large acne cysts, corticosteroid injections at the dermatologist may be a quick fix.
DON’T: Apply Crushed Aspirin
Aspirin is related to salicylic acid, a common ingredient in over-the-counter acne products. However, salicylic acid products that are affordable for skincare. Applying a paste of pure aspirin may irritate your skin.
DO: Try Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been shown to be successful in helping treat acne and pimples.
DON’T: Get a Facial for a Quick Fix
Although facials can sometimes improve acne, the results are not immediate. In the short term, your skin may look more irritated.