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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.


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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    13 months ago

    Is it works

  • vibesites profile image


    6 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. :)

  • bishopkmb profile image


    6 years ago from Maryland

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

  • preshj profile image


    6 years ago from Chicago

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

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    Nancy McClintock 

    6 years ago from Southeast USA

    Interesting. You did lots of research. Great Hub!

  • newusedcarssacram profile image


    6 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.

  • kellyanne828 profile image


    6 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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    Sophie Newsome 

    6 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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    Rosie writes 

    6 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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    6 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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    Kimberly Vaughn 

    6 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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    Thelma Alberts 

    6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

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

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    7 years ago

    It was really usefull thx

  • Lovelovemeloveme profile image


    7 years ago from Cindee's Land

    Thank u! I need this! Really good advice?

  • marketingbloke profile image


    7 years ago

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

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    Nick Hanlon 

    7 years ago from Chiang Mai

    lance them i say,lance them,,,

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    Alison Graham 

    7 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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    7 years ago

    really good advice i will try it soon

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    7 years ago

    Lol pimples face

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    7 years ago

    wonderful for my skin n its working

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    lindsy tobilla 

    7 years ago

    tnx for sharing this,,it helps a lot

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    7 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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    7 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.

  • bmukherjii profile image


    7 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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    7 years ago from india


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    7 years ago

    nice tips

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    7 years ago


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    7 years ago

    i will try....

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    Satyam Tiwari. 

    7 years ago

    It's awesome idea.

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    Rachel Vega 

    7 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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    V S caprihan 

    7 years ago

    pimples means taati

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    7 years ago

    thank u for this tips i'll try

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    7 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... ;)

  • Ingenira profile image


    7 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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    7 years ago

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

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    7 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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    Ruth R. Martin 

    7 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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    7 years ago

    skinol+dalacin C.

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    lee,alquin jr. 

    7 years ago

    Tnx for posting your suggestions..

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    7 years ago

    this stuff works!....Thanx man!

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    7 years ago

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

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    7 years ago

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

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    7 years ago

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

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    7 years ago

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

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    7 years ago

    i will also definitely try this because of my acne problem

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    luke onwuka 

    7 years ago


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    7 years ago

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

  • Missin Behavin profile image


    7 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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    A Freeman 

    7 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!

  • KayBe profile image


    7 years ago from Scotland

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

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    7 years ago from

    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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    7 years ago from Makati City, Philippines about the pimple scars? it takes a long time for me to get them cleared from my face.

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    Kimberly Quevedo 

    7 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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    7 years ago

    Very useful hub. Thanks for the info.

  • AgesMGMT profile image


    7 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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    7 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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    7 years ago

    y a it really works.thanks for the tips

  • bangingbeauty profile image


    7 years ago

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

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    Jennifer McLeod 

    7 years ago from Detroit, 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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    Koralee Phillips 

    7 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

    Thanks for the tips, very useful information

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    James Nelmondo 

    7 years ago from Rome, Italy

    Thanks again guys and gals!

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    Juliette Kando FI Chor 

    7 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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    Dr Anupma Srivastava 

    7 years ago from India

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

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    Karen N 

    7 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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    Claudia Tello 

    7 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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    Carolyn Sands 

    7 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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    Adrienne F Manson 

    7 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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    7 years ago from Small Town USA

    So important to know!

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    7 years ago

    It works i'v done it "VERA"

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    7 years ago from North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

    Great Hub!

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    Kay Mitchell 

    8 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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    8 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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    8 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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    8 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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    Leeba Ann Varghese 

    8 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 that the same phenomenon?........hehe

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    Abeer Gh 

    8 years ago from UK

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

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    Princess Pitt 

    8 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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    8 years ago from Delhi

    I always trust more on home remedies instead of commercial products

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    8 years ago

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

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    8 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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    8 years ago from Europe

    thanks very good advice

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    Haydee Anderson 

    8 years ago from Hermosa Beach

    very useful, thanks for sharing these information.

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    8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

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

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    Ralph Deeds 

    8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

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

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    8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

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

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    8 years ago

    thanks for the tips

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    8 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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    8 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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    8 years ago

    great hub

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    Injured lamb 

    8 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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    James Nelmondo 

    8 years ago from Rome, Italy

    Thanks for the tips and the praise mesa! :)

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    8 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.

  • thooghun profile imageAUTHOR

    James Nelmondo 

    8 years ago from Rome, Italy

    There's always a plus side Mesa :)

  • mesacleanpools profile image


    8 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

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

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    8 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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    Rosyel Sawali 

    8 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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    8 years ago from Canada

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

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    James Nelmondo 

    8 years ago from Rome, Italy

    Thank you very much for your time and comment Anie!

  • justanie profile image


    8 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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