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How to Get Rid of a Pimple
It's hard to keep your confidence up when annoying breakouts keep bringing you down. We totally get it. That's why we called up Sejal Shah, M.D., a cosmetic and general dermatologist at Clear Clinic in NYC, to get the skinny on how to get rid of a pimple and keep your complexion flawless.
If you're wondering what goes on below the surface of your skin when a pimple brews, here's a little insight:
"A comedone (black or whitehead) forms and creates a blockage in the pore," says Shah. "Then, protein builds up in the pore, along with bacteria and eventually causes an inflammatory reaction. The inflammatory cells then rush to that area, which is why the spot becomes red. There's your zit. But, unfortunately sometimes that spot can also rupture under the skin, leading to an even worse issue: a cystic bump [these are the pimples that cause a lot of pain and are really deep]."
If you don't have an acne spot treatment around, crush up an aspirinand add a drop of water to it to create a paste. "This helps minimize any inflammation," says Shah.
"In India, people also use turmeric masks, which are also anti-inflamatory. You can make the mask with turmeric powder, a little almond oil, and the tiniest bit of whole milk, which is soothing. The concoction makes a paste that you can put on all over, leave on until it dries, and then rinse. You can do this once a week."
You can use a benzoyl peroxide/salicylic acid blend like the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Acne Treatment, , ulta.com, which helps clear up your skin and keep it that way, as a spot treatment for day or an allover veil.
The best part: The formula goes on clear, so you can wear it under your makeup.
Opt for a sulfur-containing spot treatment for night, since you can't be running around town with this opaque medicine on your face. "This heavy-hitting ingredient aids in drying out the bump."
"If someone is in the care of a dermatologist and finds themselves with a bigger bump that's cystic, I recommend going in for a steroid injection rather than trying to treat it yourself. These injections are anti-inflammatory, they help calm the redness immediately, and they ultimately heal the pimple quicker."
"Post workout, be sure to wipe your skin clean, so that bacteria, sweat, and dirt don't mix and create a zit," says Shah. "Glycolic acid and salicylic acid pads can also be used for a deeper exfoliation, so if you find yourself breaking out a lot, you can use these before you go to sleep a few times a week until you work up to nightly usage."
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Get yourself a sonic cleanser—it doesn't have to be the priciest option, but this kind of cleansing deeply cleans your pores, explains Shah. "One like the Clarisonic [Sonic Skin Cleansing System, 9, clarisonic.com, can be used every other day. Just make sure to use this kind of tool with a gentle cleanser, not an anti-acne specific formula so you don't over dry your face."
To break up and eliminate pore-clogging dirt, dead skin cells, and debris, use a subtle exfoliator on a regular basis. Harsh scrubs can dry out your skin and you could end up with more acne, says Shah, but these formulas will clean your pores without any added irritation.
Retinols are highly effective when it comes to keeping breakouts at bay. "But if a patient has a sensitivity to a retinoid prescription-strength product, like Differen, I have them pick up an over-the-counter product with retinol, like Skinceuticals Retinol 1.0, , .
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