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How To Remove Pimples Fast

Updated on November 25, 2014

How To Remove Pimples Fast

Whether you choose to call it acne, zits, pimples or spots, know that you're not alone. Over 80% of teenagers will experience an outbreak of pimples at some point, which means science and reason have worked overtime to devise ways to treat them as quickly as possible (the demand is certainly right up there).

Before we begin looking at how best to deal with them, a few must-know facts are in order. Below the surface of our skin, the sebaceous glands produce sebum in order to lubricate our skin and keep it moist. Sometimes they can become overactive and block the pores of our skin and cause -- you know it -- pimples. It is important to realize that while not every treatment may work, and outbreaks can re-occur and become persistent in certain individuals, they are neither dangerous nor contagious. Removing pimples fast, therefore, becomes a question of aesthetics (which is also undoubtedly important) rather than a health concern.

Houston!
Houston!

Types Of Pimples

Know thy enemy. There are various kinds of pimples, learn to tell them apart!

  • Whiteheads - Flesh colored and minute.
  • Blackheads - Often confused with dirt.
  • Cysts - Painful and contain pus.
  • Papules - Pink solid and round.
  • Nodules - Akin to papules but bigger.
  • Pustules - Visibly contain pus on top, red below.

Our Plan Of Action

There are many ways to treat acne, from home remedy tricks to commercial products. We'll deal with them all briefly and work our way to long-term solutions to keep them off.

Home Remedies

  • Salt water method - Take a bucket or container and fill it with warm water. Once it's almost full you're going to add a copious amount of salt to it. When I say copious, I mean a lot. Keep going until it's really salty, then add a little more simply because you can't go wrong. Dip a cotton ball into the solution for a minute or so and then apply it gently to the pimple in question and hold it there for several minutes (patience is the key). When you remove it you may be surprised to find that it may have discolored somewhat, great! But we're not done yet. Now dip two more cotton balls and flatten the spot by pressing firmly from either side of it.
  • Garlic - Garlic contains natural antibiotic properties that can take care of zits. Rub a clove of garlic on the spot in question several times a day, avoid doing this on date-night for obvious reasons!
  • Cucumber - Covering the spot in question with grated cucumber for fifteen minutes can be used to treat and prevent pimples. Especially good at removing post-zit removal marks on the skin.
  • Lemon and orange peel paste - Break down lemon and orange peels and mix it with water, flour and honey to make a viscous paste which can be applied to any part of the body which houses pimples.

If cucumber didn't do the trick...
If cucumber didn't do the trick...

Commercial Remedies

This article isn't about advocating any commercial solution over another, I may mention one or two names in passing, but my focus will be on active ingredients rather than brand names.

  • Benzoyl peroxide - Is a substance which directly attacks the bacteria that causes the breakout (propionibacteria acnes).
  • Proactiv® - A very popular treatment that involves three distinct steps (you can read more about their pimple removal steps here).
  • Laser Treatment - If speed and severity are key, laser treatment can level the playing field after a week or so. I only really recommend this if it's a bad outbreak since it can be horribly expensive as well as mildly annoying.
  • Sulphur Based - Commercial products based on sulphur products try to catalyze removal of dead skin, thereby freeing the clogged up pores. Not a rapid solution, but a natural one.
  • Acupuncture - If taking medicine of any kind isn't really your thing, acupuncture has reported some success over the course of a handful of session.
  • Antibiotics - Some people may be prescibed oral antibiotics such as Tetracycline in order to combat acne. I have some personal reservations about this -- but they are personal.

And Now, About Those Scars...

Lifestyle Tips To Prevent Pimples

Correcting a number of lifestyle issues can largely prevent a reoccurrance of acne. Here are some general tips:

  1. Move towards balancing your diet.
  2. Develop a habit of not only cleaning the skin, but nourishing it.
  3. Fight stress.
  4. Exercise.
  5. Drink plenty of water.
  6. Reduce the amount of cosmetics and oily lotions you use. It can lead to a vicious cycle (I.E you'll need more and more cosmetics to clean up more and more pimples)!

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this article! I hope it was of use to you on your quest of acne annihilation. If you have any concerns or suggestions, please use the comment section below and I'll get back to you as swiftly as possible!

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      justanie 5 years ago from Canada

      Very well written hub.I really liked it as I am constantly having such problem.Thanks for sharing.

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      James D. Preston 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thank you very much for your time and comment Anie!

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      jean2011 5 years ago from Canada

      Very useful tips. I have this one up and useful.

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Nice to read such handy tips. I might give it a try one of these days ^_^

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      bjornborgboxers 5 years ago from The Netherlands

      Could be very useful. I'll be sure to give some of these tips a try next time one of those white headed bastard shows up :)

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      mesacleanpools 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Nice read. Always battled acne but it's finally getting better as I age.

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      James D. Preston 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      There's always a plus side Mesa :)

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      mesacleanpools 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Great article! I usually use Benzoyl peroxide, I think its from the Neutrogena brand. It usually works well but I'm definitely going to have to try the home remedies you listed.

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      James D. Preston 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks for the tips and the praise mesa! :)

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      Injured lamb 5 years ago

      Glad to read this hub of yours. I am going to ask my elder son to have them a try...thanks for the work...

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      petelau75 5 years ago

      great hub

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      SportsAgencyblog 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Thank for sharing this info, it really helps a lot. Hoping to read more of expert ideas here.

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      jennie 5 years ago

      i have acne!!and when i say i have acne i mean a lot!!!

      its really embarresing to walk around with a big red pimple on yoour face>Im tired of this and i want a better skin!!I dont have aloot of money to buy acne products that's why im asking for help

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      shaorannie 5 years ago

      thanks for the tips

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      jessicatools 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      That is really cool. Where was this when I was in high school? Great post.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Pimples can be removed in an instant from photographs with Google Picasa. :-)

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      KateWest 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Some acne never goes away - even as an adult. Thanks!

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      Haydee Anderson 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      very useful, thanks for sharing these information.

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      thanks very good advice

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      nanetteparker 5 years ago

      although pimples are part of the natural physical changes that the most teenagers will experience, it can be traumatic to some. and it is good you share these great tips on how to remove or treat them.

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      amy11692 5 years ago

      i'll have to try some of these things next time i have a break out.

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      arunii 5 years ago from Delhi

      I always trust more on home remedies instead of commercial products

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      Princess Pitt 5 years ago

      My older sister, pity...hahaha, full of pimples! .. i might suggest to her to try pro active...just perhaps...but i know that stress is the most reason why she got them...and maybe its just her natural skin ha ha.

      anyway,,. great hub!...thanks for sharing...!

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      Abeer Gh 5 years ago from UK

      Great advice, specially the salt with some water recipe :)

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      Leeba Ann Varghese 5 years ago from India

      haha...very useful hub,,.wen i read the salt water method,i remembered my class days,where i studied about osmosis,reverse osmosis...etc....is that the same phenomenon?........hehe

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      zoey24 5 years ago from South England

      Useful Hub, i have always put toothpaste on a spot when i can see one coming to the surface, it dries the spot right out and gets rid of it quickly. Voted up :)

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      arunaganesh 5 years ago

      plain white toothpaste is good too!!...and after removing the pimple, i guess astringent would be better on it as there will be infection!

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      springautumn 5 years ago from Philippines

      I like your hub :) To prevent pimples, I use a facial scrub or wash and I also seldom use cosmetics. Any St. Ives facial scrubs or washes is very effective for me. I just apply a pea size amount (Yep, just a little because I have a sensitive skin), then spreading it on my face.

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      Kay Mitchell 5 years ago from California

      Thanks for the great tips. I have a serious pimple popping problem that I have recently almost but all broken. BUT now I seem to be breaking out MORE! Will definitely be trying some of these out and following :) Hope you'll do the same.

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      PeanutButterWine 5 years ago from North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

      Great Hub!

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      Vera 5 years ago

      It works i'v done it "VERA"

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      samanthamsmith 5 years ago from Small Town USA

      So important to know!

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      Adrienne F Manson 5 years ago from Atlanta

      I had not heard of the salt water solutions for pimple removal. A counsin of mine who use to have really bad acne started using baking soda and water she made a mask. It worked for her, and her skin is very smooth now. Thanks for sharing your remedies.

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      Carolyn Sands 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      I saw pemples surgically removed from a lady's face on the doctors show this past week. She gave herself several diferent home treatments that worked for awhile, then they grew back every time. Thankfully I don't have that problem but my neice does. I intend to share your information with her. If it works, it beats surgery.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      I find that eating nuts has a huge pimple development effect, this is terrible because I love them!

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      Karen N 5 years ago from United States

      Very helpful info, I've never heard of using salt water before but have heard that salt water is healing so it does stand to reason that it would work for pimples as well.

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      Very informative. many people suffer from this pimple problem. Your hub is really helpful for them.

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      Juliette Kando 5 years ago from Andalusia

      If you eat meat and junk food you'll have pimples. If you eat only "LIVING" food (nothing packaged for long shelf-life) you won't get pimples. Pimples are poison in your body that is trying to get out just remember that.

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      James D. Preston 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks again guys and gals!

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      Koralee Phillips 5 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

      Thanks for the tips, very useful information

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      Jennifer McLeod 5 years ago from Battle Creek, Michigan

      This is a well-written hub. I like the idea of using all natural products versus chemical cleansers. Check out my hub Totally Organic Facial and Hair Treatment.

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      bangingbeauty 5 years ago

      Great info, a salicylic based product works wonders for me and my friends as well. Cheers!

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      tulasi 5 years ago

      y a it really works.thanks for the tips

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      drspaniel 5 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      Some times I develop really bad spots when I eat chocolate, which is why I very rarely ever eat it. However I think next time Mr. Spotty knocks at my door, I shall use the salt method you presented here. Thank you for this very useful information!

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      AgesMGMT 5 years ago from New York

      the worst kind of acne is the big pimples that give you really painful zits. All other acne is just an annoyance.

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      mistifields 5 years ago

      Very useful hub. Thanks for the info.

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      Kimberly Quevedo 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Awesome hub! I had no idea of some of the home remedies. They are a great alternative to spending a lot of money on acne preventive medications and remedies!

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      tata22 5 years ago from Makati City, Philippines

      uhmmm...how about the pimple scars? it takes a long time for me to get them cleared from my face.

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      slimmingcircle 5 years ago from slimmingcircle.com

      I have voted this hub very useful. I also wrote a hub about acne treatment but you seem to have a few more treatments than I did. Well done

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      KayBe 5 years ago from Scotland

      I have used orange peel before and this time il try it with honey, thanks!

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      Aleza 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I need to print this and hang it on my bathroom wall! Very, very interesting and helpful advice here. Thank you!

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Canada

      Great tips and useful information. I personally use sea salt on my face and works well for me.

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      Murphy®¥12 5 years ago

      Nice tips.........i most times feel like rippin off my face because of pimples.........hope it will work out for ME

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      luke onwuka 5 years ago

      amazing

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      salruq 5 years ago

      i will also definitely try this because of my acne problem

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      ilavarasi 5 years ago

      i have pimples on my cheek only.say a way to get rid of it

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      kiran 5 years ago

      thank u for the hub. i will try it....

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      Jen 5 years ago

      thanx for the cure...hope it will work out...!!!!!

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      andrea 5 years ago

      i hate acne so much.....danm black heads

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      sizzles 5 years ago

      this stuff works!....Thanx man!

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      lee,alquin jr. 5 years ago

      Tnx for posting your suggestions..

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      5 years ago

      skinol+dalacin C.

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      Ruth R. Martin 5 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Anyone who is blessed with naturally good skin, PLEASE be thankful! I am almost 30 and I still have acne, bad :( I have tried many things, but none of the home remedies mentioned here. I like the salt water idea and the baking soda/water mask. I will need to try them!

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      john 5 years ago

      so all we got to do is use all these methods at the same time to wreck a zit

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      Assd 5 years ago

      Please answer: do we use sea salt or normal salt ( for food)???

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      Ingenira 5 years ago

      The home remedies are useful, I am going to try some of these methods. Great article !! Voted up and tweeted.

      Just what I needed before Valentine's day ! :P

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      sana 5 years ago

      i don't have much pimples, thank god.. actually it also depends on the kind of food you eat...and i usually get pimples on my chin and cheeks... sometimes it's on the nose too.. kk,thanks a lot.. i will try it and if it works then, i don't know what can be done... ;)

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      anna 5 years ago

      thank u for this tips i'll try

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      V S caprihan 5 years ago

      pimples means taati

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Instead of the salt water method, I use ice. It's fast and brings down swelling like crazy. Honey is also considered an antibacterial and can bring down inflammation as well. Great hub, thanks, voted useful!

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      Satyam Tiwari. 5 years ago

      It's awesome idea.

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      seems 5 years ago

      i will try....

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      nice 5 years ago

      nice

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      rd279224 5 years ago

      nice tips

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      sathya 5 years ago

      nice

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      kavitra 5 years ago from india

      superb

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      bmukherjii 5 years ago

      pimples are a great source of trouble for me..thanks for sharing this.hope all these remedies work fine for me.

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      Karan 5 years ago

      Thanx bro. This is very useful tips for my acne. I tried sea salt method and my acne removes in only 3 days.

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      joanne 5 years ago

      thank you so much for the article..its really good...i will try this coz i have lot of pimples too...thanks for sharing this article..

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      lindsy tobilla 5 years ago

      tnx for sharing this,,it helps a lot

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      sakshi 4 years ago

      wonderful for my skin n its working

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      Adhvur 4 years ago

      Lol pimples face

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      tina 4 years ago

      really good advice i will try it soon

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      Alison Graham 4 years ago from UK

      I found the vote up buttons so came back to vote! Sorry I missed them before - thanks for a great read.

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      Nick Hanlon 4 years ago from Chiang Mai

      lance them i say,lance them,,,

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      marketingbloke 4 years ago

      Glad I don't suffer from pimple but great advice nonetheless

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      Lovelovemeloveme 4 years ago from Cindee's Land

      Thank u! I need this! Really good advice?

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      Me 4 years ago

      It was really usefull thx

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Great advice. I´ll try the salt solution. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Great hub! I hate the random zits that pop up like everyone else, but I never know what to do about them. I am going to have to try these tips. Thanks!

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      Ash 4 years ago

      Awesome, going to try the salt & cucumber one soon! Having a spot free face gives me so much confidence to face the world, thanks for the article :)

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      Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

      This is a great list of ideas for fighting acne. I like the natural remedies and the video - very interesting. Nice job!

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      Sophie Newsome 4 years ago from New York

      Great hub. I sometimes use honey as a face mask. It seems to help kill bacteria and moisturize.

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      kellyanne828 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tips! I have tried many drugstore products without much luck. I look forward to trying some of the more natural methods!

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      newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      Wow, this is like a one common question for teenagers around the world. Thanks for the share.

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      Nancy McClintock 4 years ago from Southeast USA

      Interesting. You did lots of research. Great Hub!

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      preshj 4 years ago from Chicago

      Great advice. My favorite has always been the toothpaste method and proactive

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      bishopkmb 4 years ago from Maryland

      Oh my gosh. I am definitely going to have to try these! Thank you for sharing!!!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Wow, great natural tips that I've never even thought of before -- I believe in garlic in particular, it has relieved me of my skin allergies but I never seen it before as a cure for pimples. Thanks! Voted up and useful, interesting. :)

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      r..... 3 years ago

      it helps a lot

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      Shadaan Alam 3 years ago from India

      great natural tips, but i haven't been much helped with orange and lemon, i still suffer from pimples and cucumber has only added glow to the skin not helped in reducing pimples. i haven't tried salt and water method. may be it helps. but the pimples scars are there on me still

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      Rick Grimes 3 years ago

      Great post! I've used tooth paste and I swear it works!

      Just dab a little bit directly on the pimple and leave it on overnight until it goes away

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      cbarbar 3 years ago

      I like the home remedy suggestions you had in this hub. I will try some of them. Great hub and thanks for writing it!

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      Nicole S Hanson 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Very useful. I've never heard of the salt water and cotton ball method. Sounds interesting and natural :)

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      Foyjur Razzak 3 years ago from Dhaka

      One way to prevent localized pimples is to avoid touching their face with the hands each day this too applies to using your fingers to squeeze a pimple. By touching facial skin less often, acne sufferers avoid transferring the oil and bacteria that create breakouts with other sites. Popping pimples can spread bacteria and cause infections as well as scarring.

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      Hamza Arshad 3 years ago from Pakistan

      Really interesting tips ...i'll definitely share it with alll

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Very useful and interesting hub. You have written everything very clearly. Thank you for sharing. voted up.

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      alex 3 years ago from brazil

      keep it up!! i have one growing now...very painful

      http://www.acnecura.com/

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      oldiesmusic 3 years ago from United States

      Stress is the #1 culprit to me. And hormones, I just discovered. I'm in my 30s but I keep on getting pimples so I asked myself if I still have the skin of a teenager. I was told that it was hormones. Thanks for the tips, I drink as much water as possible. I will take other steps too.

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      Kelly Johnson 2 years ago

      I tried every thing in-till I tried Apple cider vinegar it works great all my pimples are gone all you do is grab some paper towel ( i prefer Kleenex ) you pour some on some Kleenex , not a lot, then dab it on your pimples :) keep it on durning the day or even while sleeping and keep doing it daily and they disappear like that *snaps finger*

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      Lynn Clark 17 months ago from Wilmington, NC

      Awesome Ideas! Anyone try any of these?? I want to try the saltwater one next time I get one... which will probably be any time ;) Great hub!

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      Ruby 12 months ago from USA

      Everyone's acne is different. However diet plays a big part. I had some of the worst acne i've ever seen and i went through accutane two times... i'm sort of an acne expert lol.

      To pop a pimple the way a dermatologist recommends you get a surgical scalpel, dynarex brand is good. Then poke the tip of it when it is a white head and squeeze around it til you see blood then stop.

      A great face wash and i mean great is boraxO... yes boraxo NOT BORAX. This works great to get the grease off. I would add this to your regimen and do it once a day, however you should wash 3x a day. Dry is good! Moisturizer isn't if you are acne prone. If anything dab some pure petrolatum.

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