Popping the pimple will not "kill it" but rather "kills" more of your skin cells by inviting more bacteria in and facilitating more inflammation. Also, the more concentrated dead skin cells means more visible acne marks. Find out how to get rid of that baby in an effective way.
Dr. Agnes Olszewski, Founder of AcnEase, an all-botanical acne treatment, shares her top five at-home skin care remedies to get rid of zits quickly. Remember to have all of this stuff handy so you don't have to scramble the day of your hot date! (Isn't it enough to have to figure out what we're going to be wearing that night?)
For AcnEase clients (if they have 10-12 hours until the date), Dr. Agnes recommends one extra "kick this zit" dose of AcnEase (six tablets), and a 20 minute pimple drying honey compress applied ONLY on the pimple itself. Remove any makeup and/or concealer first, and then dab a bit of honey on the zit using a clean Q-tip, and wait for 20 minutes. Wash it off with warm water. Do not rub. It will help to dry the pimple fast.
Use a fresh cabbage mask to heal and moisturize. Cabbage is rich in vitamins and minerals. Its deep cleansing, anti-inflammatory and cooling action makes it a valuable mask for acne sufferers. Try to choose organic vegetables when possible.
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You will then need to close your pores. Chamomile is recognized as having benefits similar to that of drugs with painkiller and anti-inflammatory effects. When applied topically, chamomile can help the inflammation associated with acne.
You can make your own chamomile astringent by taking three to four chamomile tea bags (or two handfuls of the dry chamomile) and brewing a very strong (infusion) tea. When cooled, use on a cotton pad all over your face twice a day. Keep the leftovers in the refrigerator, but use or discard in two days.
If you have at least 10-12 hours until the date, use witch-hazel on a Q-tip three to four times on the pimple (no rubbing, just dab on the pimples for a few seconds). The bark and leaves are astringent; the extract, also referred to as witch hazel, is used medicinally and helps in reducing inflammation and irritation. Again, no popping the pimple! This will create a BIG mess that no makeup will cover.
If you are a "hot and spicy" food lover, sacrifice! For about two weeks before the BIG DAY, keep away from fried, greasy and spicy food. Keep to a diet full of fresh veggies (all green leaf products are great) and fruits (those with less sugar like berries) and eat fish rich in omega 3. Also, keep from drinking too much orange juice and other juices high in sugar content.
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