For whatever cruel reason, pimples tend to pop up at the most inopportune times; be it the week of a major meeting at work or the night before a date. When one of these annoying zits rear their pulsating heads, you can use an on-the-spot treatment to get rid of them as quickly as possible.
Firstly, it’s perfectly fine to pop a zit as long as it has a visible white head. After a shower, pop the pimple having first wrapped both ‘popping fingers’ in tissue for hygiene and to prevent scratching the area with your nails (making the issue infintely worse). Follow up by applying an antibiotic like Neosporin or better still – one of the products below. If the offending pimple has no visible white head, leave it alone! The same goes if you see any blood or clear fluid coming out of it. Trying to pop it will only aggravate it and make it much worse.
Dab a blob of either aspirin masque or a sulphur masque like DDF or Queen Helene (both of which you can read about here) on the pimple straight after a shower when your pores have been steamed open. Wait the allotted time and rinse off. This should instantly calm down the blemish and prep it for a topical treatment.
There are a variety of topical treatments you can use on the spot, what you decide on depends entirely on what seems to work best for you. Only use one of these at a time, over treating a zit by slathering potions onto it every few hours will do more harm than good.
Use those products every night (during the day too if you’re not going anywhere) and you should be able to significantly reduce the size of that annoying pimple on your face. Remember these are meant to be used on individual blemishes and no area larger than that. The reason being that these treatments are quite aggressive and would irritate your skin significantly if applied in large quantities. If you want to deal with general acne rather than the odd pimple, click on the acne label you’ll find in the list to the right of the blog.
If the clock is running out and your pimple is still large enough to be distracting, you can take one of two emergency options.