So, now I have this giant, red, annoying (and painful) thing on my face and I know I shouldn't pick it. But god, do I want to. In honor of my zit, here are a few good ways to deal with massive, disgusting, annoying pimples:
- Keep your hands off the damn thing. This is so hard!! All I want to do is pop the sucker, but doing so can lead to scarring. Also, any yucky germs I might have on my hands could potentially cause my zit to get infected. The only thing worse than a zit is an infected zit.
- Ice, Ice Baby. If your pimple is inflamed and painful, you may want to put an ice cube over your bump to help ease the situation. It dulls the area around the zit and brings down any swelling. Plus you'll be too distracted by the cold ice cube to think about squeezing every last drop of pus out of your pimple.
- Cleanse--gently. While you may want to bust out a heavy duty exfoliating wash to "sand off" your blemish, your best bet is to use a gentle cleanser to keep your skin clean. You should also avoid any strong fragrances or dyes.
- Get medicated. Using acne-busting medication (like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, etc.) won't make your current zit go away any faster, it may prevent future breakouts, which is ultimately what you want to do.