There’s nothing worse than getting ready for a big meeting, date, or that trip down the red carpet than seeing a giant zit staring back at you in the mirror. What’s a person to do? Don’t panic—stress will aggravate your skin more. You need some serious zit-fighting tricks, immediately, so that you don’t have to resort to hiding your head in a paper bag (like you feel like doing). These all-natural zit-busting treatments are mostly made with ingredients you already have in your pantry or medicine cabinet, so no need to raid the drugstore for zit cream. Here you go!
A Warm wet facecloth for your whiteheads. Instead of popping unsightly whiteheads with your fingers, gently rub it off with a warm, wet facecloth. Start by washing your face—you don’t want to add fuel to the fire by letting bacteria on the surface of your face get into a newly opened pore.
Then soak a clean washcloth in very warm (but not hot!) water. Wring out the cloth so that it’s no longer dripping and hold the corner of the washcloth over the whitehead. This will help draw out all the liquid inside the whitehead. Wait until the cloth has cooled. When the washcloth has cooled down to room temperature, GENTLY rub the cloth back and forth over the whitehead in tiny little movements. Put almost no pressure on it. This should cause the whitehead to slide right off without red marks, damage, or additional inflammation. Quickly put Neosporin or some other healing agent over it before moving forward with your usual beauty regimen.
Tea tree oil. For an overnight solution to getting rid of the offending zit(s), try tea tree oil. This essential oil has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties—so not only does it bring down the swelling and size of the existing blemish, while killing off the bacteria causing the zit in the first place. Use a clean Q-tip to apply lightly to the affected areas.
Aspirin masks. Aspirin also is an anti-inflammatory agent, so it too can help quickly reduce the size of an existing zit. Crush up one or two aspirin tablets and mix with water until you have a thick paste. Apply the paste over the blemish and let dry. Ideally, you should leave the aspirin paste sit overnight, but if all you have is an hour or less, the treatment should help the spot enough so that you have less to cover up with concealer. Aspirin masks are also good for getting rid of blackheads. Try applying them once or twice a week to problem areas to clear up the blackheads.
Green tea. Individual bags are easier to use than loose leaf in this instance, but use whatever you have. Green tea is an astringent, which means it causes your skin (and surrounding tissues) to contract and pull in, which diminishes swelling. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and may reduce the production of sebum (for long-term zit prevention). Steep a tea bag in boiling water; squeeze out all water, and gently place it on the blemish. Wait until it cools slightly before applying to skin—then leave it on until the tea bag has reached room temperature.
Don’t use toothpaste! This often-mentioned home remedy for zits can aggravate the situation rather than making it better. All it does is irritate the skin, rather than drying out the zit, as commonly believed. It can even cause peeling and more redness!
Of course, if you have a giant cyst, a trip to the dermatologist is your best bet. For smaller blemishes, the natural quick fixes will have you visage spotless in no time. And don’t forget, concealer is your best friend for any discoloration that’s left behind.
Today’s guest blogger, Gwen Eve Lewis is a freelance writer from Southern California and has contributed to several beauty and health blogs including Bellezza Spa’s blog. She knows how stressful a breakout can be before a big event but has always kept camera-ready with these tips.
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