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Getting Rid of Pimples Fast

Updated on July 22, 2010

Getting Rid of Pimples Fast

 Due to the extremely embarrassing and frustrating battle I had with pimples during my teenage (and early adult) years, I took a great interest in any information that covered getting rid of pimples fast. Unfortunately, I had little success back then, primarily because I just didn’t have enough information about what really affects the skin and what type of remedies may be available, because when I was a teenager (showing my age here), the World Wide Web was just in its infancy, and the only place I even had an email address was at my college. As a matter of fact, Windows 95 had not even come out yet, and most computers were still on the DOS operating system. But, the need for information concerning how to get rid of pimples fast (like yesterday) was always on my mind, mainly because my pimples seemed to have a “sixth sense”—they knew when an important event was going to happen in my life (i.e., prom, graduation, first date with a cute girl, etc.), and it’s almost like they waited to “ambush” me right before the big event. So, of course, I was scrambling to find any type of remedy whatsoever that could make the pimples disappear overnight—but much to no avail. I remember the day my life took a turn for the better, though—one of my sister’s friends was talking to her about a remedy that she uses to get rid of pimples fast, and of course although I wasn’t in the room, I was eavesdropping intently. She said that she uses toothpaste on the affected area to get rid of the pimple. So, I tried it with some Pepsodent toothpaste, and I’m telling you, it worked! Now I will say this, it didn’t work with every single zit I got, but more often than not it did work. I noticed that how effective the “toothpaste solution” was seemed to be based on where the zit was located. If the pimple was on my forehead, then the toothpaste would dry it up rather quickly. If it was on my cheek or nose, it would make a decent difference, but the pimple would still be somewhat visible.

Getting Rid of Pimples Fast

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Getting Rid of Pimples Fast


After a while I got good at figuring out what toothpaste to use, I was able to control the “ambush pimples” much better. For instance, I found out that using a gel-like toothpaste really didn’t cut the mustard. As a matter of fact, most gel-like toothpastes seemed to irritate and burn my skin more than they helped. But when I used a “pasty” toothpaste, such as Pepsodent, Crest, or the Arm & Hammer toothpaste with baking soda (that was one of the most effective of all), I would really see some good results. I would simply apply a small thin “blob” of toothpaste about the size of a penny onto the pimple right before I went to bed, and then slept all night with the toothpaste on my face. Then the next morning when I would wake up, most of the toothpaste would still be there, so I would rinse it off with water and look in the mirror to see the difference. Many times the pimple would be completely subsided, and other times it would be much smaller. Again, this didn’t work every single time I tried it, but it did work more often than not. Again, this will depend on skin type, because while one person may be able to get away with it with no problem, another person’s skin may be irritated by the toothpaste. You just have to try it and find out, and adjust as you go. Other potential methods of getting rid of pimples fast is by applying an ice cube directly to the zit…this has an astringent effect on the pimple. Other common methods of getting rid of pimples fast include using benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or (if you want to go the natural route) tea tree oil. My suggestion (and it’s only a suggestion, not medical advice) is to try these different methods out in small degrees at first, see what works, and then go further with it based on your findings.


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