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How to Reduce the Swelling of a Pimple

Updated on March 28, 2010

How to Reduce the Swelling of a Pimple

Pimples can be embarrassing, especially if you are still getting them in your 30s. While the best thing to do is to see a qualified dermatologist, we can not all afford the cost that can accumulate with having more than one visit. There are different things that have been known to work to reduce a pimple without having to see a dermatologist. First we will explain what pimples are and the most effective ways to treat them without seeing a dermatologist.

What is a pimple?

A pimple is what happens when your skins pores become blocked. Our pores contain sebaceous glands. These glands produce oil called sebum which builds up and causes the blockage. The blockage then turns into a pimple when it gets full of bacteria and that bacteria turns into pus.

How can we reduce the swelling of a pimple?

Washing your face- This is the best way to prevent pimples. It is important never to go to sleep with make-up but also never to over wash your face.

Benzoyl peroxide/salicylic acid- These agents can remove bacteria from the face faster than with washing alone. Regular application of these over the counter medications may also cause dryness. It is best to use them sparingly.

Tea tree oil- This oil works quickly for drying up pimples. It can also dry up the skin so it is best when mixed with some moisturizer to prevent excessive dryness.

Egg whites- Egg whites draw out excessive oils while moisturizing the skin at the same time. Place the egg whites on your face and then wash off after 15 minutes. The properties in egg whites reduce redness and oil and temporarily tighten the skin.

Lemons- Applying lemon juice to pimples can dramatically reduce the size. The acid in the lemon helps reduce inflammation.

Salt- Making a paste with salt and water will help dry out pimples. The iodine is helpful in drying at a faster rate. Only spot treat to prevent the skin from drying out.

Calamine lotion- This lotion is good for poison ivy and chicken pox. It reduces itchiness and irritation. It is best if used before bedtime because it is usually sold in a bubble gum pink color. Some stores now sell a clear version of the liquid.

These remedies are successful in reducing the inflammation and redness associated with pimples but is only helpful for acne that is not severe. Always remember  not to squeeze your pimples. Excessive squeezing can cause the bacteria to spread and form other pimples. For severe acne it is better to see a dermatologist to prevent further irritation and to rule out any other possible skin conditions.


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      balvarez143 7 years ago from New York City

      Thanks that's a good tip