Each of us knows them: those small, nasty redness and swellings in the face, which always appear when you don’t need them. Pimples.
If they stay under the skin, they are blackheads, if they are visible, they are called whiteheads. How good it is that you can fight these annoying skin impurities. Here you can find out everything about pimples and how to fight them.
Get rid of a pimple in 1 minute
When blackheads and pimples sprout, the first reflex is often squeezing, nibbling, bobbing. Stop it, because that only makes things worse. If you follow these 8 rules, you will get the skin impurities under control within only 60 seconds. The skin does the healing itself afterward.
1. Hands off
Easier said than done. Sometimes it takes an almost superhuman will to keep your fingers off a freshly discovered pustule. They can itch, hurt and above all they make you feel uncomfortable in your skin. But: As long as a pimple is not a whitehead, i.e. not visibly filled with pus, pressing is an absolute taboo!
This is especially true for pimples that sit deep in the skin. There is hardly any visible dirt under the nails, which aggravates the inflammation. The sharp edges of the fingernails can even hurt the skin so much that scars remain. Moreover, the skin does not need the regular four days to heal, but three to four times as long.
2. Take a break from peelings
Unfortunately, you cannot simply scrub away pimples. A peeling is rather a preventive measure because it removes old skin flakes and the sebum drains off the pores better afterward. On the other hand, peeling a pimple does the opposite of what it is supposed to do. The bacteria that sit in the skin spread and can cause further inflammation.
It is better to use gentle cleansing foam or gel instead of additionally irritating the already inflamed skin with a peeling.
Spray a skin disinfectant onto an absorbent cotton pad and carefully dab the pimple.
Zinc ointment or hydrocortisone cream helps with particularly painful inflammations.
3. Cooling, cooling, cooling
Cold reduces the inflammation and ensures that a pimple no longer hurts as much. Heat, for example from warm compresses, on the other hand, opens the pores and lets the inflammation come to the surface.
4. The best household remedies against pimples
Almost everyone has these first-aiders in the kitchen.
- Honey or cinnamon has an antiseptic effect.
- Tea tree oil, which is available in stick form in drugstores and pharmacies, also has an anti-inflammatory and wound-healing effect.
- Diluted apple vinegar helps the skin to stabilize its natural pH-value and has an “astringent” effect – the pores contract and blood circulation are stimulated. Simply mix a few drops of vinegar in a ratio of 1:4 with water, absorb with an absorbent cotton pad, and apply like a facial tonic.
- Baking powder or better yet pure baking soda removes damaged skin cells and dirt. To do this, mix a small amount with water and apply it to the affected areas like a mask. Leave the paste on until it is dry. If you have sensitive skin, do not use the baking soda treatment, because contact can cause redness.
5. Quick help with eye drops
If you discover a pimple just before going out, eye drops may help. But only temporarily. The drops that are normally used to treat reddened eyes have the effect that a red pimple is less dramatic because of the blood vessels contract. A healing effect is not achieved with these, however. You can also dab the affected area with facial toner for relief.
6. Cover-up pimple correctly
A cover stick with salicylic acid makes the pimple invisible for the time being and promotes wound healing. However, since this is usually a fairly thick paste, it is recommended to apply it with a cotton pad or cotton swabs to achieve the best possible optical result.
Foundation and make-up: Once the inflammation has healed, you can switch from concealer to a light foundation or make-up with an antibacterial effect.
Powder: Finally, you fix the whole thing with a touch of mineral powder and cover even slightly visible redness.
7. Less is more
Frequent peeling and too much care (yes, there is such a thing) damage the skin. If the skin’s own protection is impaired, it reacts more strongly to the preservatives, colorants, fragrances, or emulsifiers contained in beauty products.
Anyone who permanently overfeeds the skin with moisture or oil risks “perioral dermatitis” (also known as stewardess’s disease or mouth rose), a rash that manifests itself as redness, blisters, and impurities around the mouth.
8. Clean your cell phone regularly
The cell phone wanders from hand to face up to a hundred times a day – all the more surprising that most cell phones are never cleaned, and yet they are full of grease, dirt, and bacteria.
According to the health insurance company for technicians, there are up to 100 types of bacteria on the display of a smartphone. Antibacterial cell phone cleaning cloths, special disinfectant sprays (no alcohol or detergent), and cotton swabs against coarse dirt help. So use regularly, so that pimples can’t even develop!
Causes and types of pimples and skin impurities
Everyday situations are the most frequent causes of pimples and impurities of the skin: You touch your face, make a phone call with the bacteria stove Smartphone, or do not wash your pillow often enough. All these can be causes of bad skin because this is how bacteria get into the face, clog the pores and lead to pimples.
You should be careful with care products and make-up. It is not uncommon for the wrong care to clog the pores or cause the skin to react with redness. Fragrances or preservatives can irritate the skin, so watch out for the addition of “hypoallergenic”, i.e. without allergenic ingredients.
If you have a tendency to bad skin, it is better to avoid using too much make-up, because it also clogs the pores. It is better to apply a little highlighter, which distracts from unsightly areas. Make sure to use non-comedogenic make-up. Comedogens are ingredients that clog your pores and cause impurities. That’s why there is often the note “non-comedogenic” on the packs.
Another cause can be stress. Lack of sleep and too little fluid and too little rest in everyday life is something the body does not like and quickly shows itself on the skin. Impurities are therefore a kind of warning signal to slow down your life a little. Another trigger can be the wrong nutrition. Stress and the reach for chips or chocolate do not go hand in hand without reason.
During your period you may also have more pimples. The reason for this is that during menstruation the estrogen balance drops and the testosterone level remains the same. This causes an imbalance of hormones with the consequence of skin impurities from the nose down. The good news is that these pimples disappear again as soon as the estrogen level rises again after the period. However, the annoying pimples return regularly with your period.
Milia or semolina is another form of skin impurities. These small white elevations are often found around the eyes and on the temples. They are dead skin cells that are trapped under the skin and form small cysts. Unfortunately, you cannot get rid of them by squeezing them. Some people scratch the grains to get rid of them. Better and safer is to have them removed by a cosmetician.
You can do something about the skin impurities mentioned so far yourself and do not necessarily have to go to a beautician or dermatologist. However, if you often develop highly inflamed pimples that remain under the skin, this could be a sign of cystic acne and it is best to have them checked by a dermatologist.
Tips against pimples – Do’s & Don’ts
What you can do
- Protect face from chemicals in hair products: If you use mousse or hairspray every day, the careless application can lead to pimples on the forehead and hairline. So you can check the ingredients for active ingredients like panthenol or propylene glycol. Are these inside: Hands off! You can also wash your hair over your head so that the shampoo does not run over your face.
- Clean your make-up brushes regularly. They collect dead skin cells and bacteria that you spread on your skin during make-up. Brushes made of synthetic hair should be held under warm water, for the others, baby shampoo should be used, which should be rinsed with lukewarm water after a few minutes. Put them on a towel to dry.
Testing new toothpaste: If you have a lot of pimples and redness around your mouth, it could be because you are allergic to the fluoride in your toothpaste.
- Use regular exfoliation to prevent skin blemishes.
- Do some exercise! This will stimulate your blood circulation, strengthen your immune system, and help pimples and redness heal faster.
- Salt: Dissolving Himalayan salt or Dead Sea salt in water and applying it to the skin as a brine envelope has an antibacterial effect and inhibits inflammation. You can also put the salt in the bath, this cleanses your skin of toxins. Dermatologists recommend for a do-it-yourself brine solution to dissolve 50 grams of salt in one liter of lukewarm water and let the tincture work for 15 minutes.
Sleeping and drinking are essential for a healthy body. Like everything else, these two factors have an effect on your skin.
What you should avoid
- Do not touch the face! During the day, bacteria accumulate on your hands and spread over your face.
- Do not use too much make-up. Sure, you want to hide your pimples, but make-up can also clog your pores and slow down the healing process.
- Don’t peel your pimples! This only pushes the bacteria deeper into the skin, tears the wound open, slows down the healing process, and may spread the inflammation to other areas.
- Do not over care. It harms the skin if it is constantly exposed to other creams, serums, and masks. This interferes with the natural regeneration of the skin and prevents an even complexion.
- Do not squeeze! Apart from the obvious whiteheads, you should leave pimples alone or treat them superficially, but never push them around. Otherwise, you risk bringing even more bacteria into the wound and leaving scars through the sharp edges of your nails.
- Do not use expired make-up. After some time, bacteria will collect in it, irritating your skin and causing pimples to appear.
How to deal with pimples
Remove blackheads: First, you should open your pores. To do this, take a steam bath or a hot shower. Then boil a towel and let it cool down until it feels comfortable on your face. With a cosmetic tissue, you can then carefully (!) squeeze out blackheads. Finally, disinfect the treated areas with alcohol from the pharmacy. Afterward, it is best to apply a moisturizing fluid so that the skin can recover.