Mister Private knows itís always important to put your best face forward, but what if that face has a blemish?
When you first see the little bugger, donít scream or run for safety—itís attached to your face and unfortunately, you really can't run from it. Mister Private recommends to first use a warm washcloth on your skin to calm the affected area. This can help draw out some of the pus inside of the pimple. You can alternate this treatment with putting toothpaste over the zit, which will dry it out. Leave the toothpaste on until it hardens. I would only do this treatment once or twice a day because any contact you have with the zit can make it worse. If that sounds crazy, try a medicated cream like Neutrogena On-the-Spot Treatment. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are proven acne treatments.
That said, always make sure your hands are clean any time you touch your face. And avoid picking or popping! You wonít be able to get out all of the pus and youíll end up pushing bacteria into your skin. Popping is always a decision you regret later.
You should apply cream to your pimple once or twice each day. Try something with 10% benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient, which can be purchased at ShopInPrivate without a prescription and is, in fact, stronger than most prescription medications used to fight pimples. The cream should help your pimple clear up in several days. If not, consult a doctor.
If you have to leave your house while you have a pimple, which is likely, you can minimize embarrassment by using makeup to cover the redness. You can buy concealer; however make sure it says on the packaging that it wonít clog pores. Also, make sure it is the correct color and matches your skin tone.
In terms of prevention, fighting pimples is a never-ending battle. If youíre a teenager, stressed out, or a premenstrual woman, you have higher odds of finding a zit on your face. Make sure you wash your face at least twice a day using a good cleanser. Some people think that what you eat might cause pimples. Mister Private sees no correlation between the two.