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  • Three Remedies for Pimples Under the Skin

  • Posted by Kamala on June 30, 2011 at 10:05AM
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  • Maybe this sounds familiar: You're standing in front of the bathroom mirror, running your hands over your freshly cleaned skin. But wait, what's that bump? It's not a pimple -- yet. No, it's worse: It's a pimple under the skin. Just a taunting physical reminder that you've got a breakout headed your way.

  • Instead of jumping into panic mode, it's time to jump into action mode. Because by treating the pimple while it is still under your skin, you can actually prevent it from forming at all, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

  • After consulting health experts and dermatologists, we've found three easy-to-follow remedies for battling those pesky pimples hiding under your skin.

  • Hot Water. Use warm water to dilate the pores on your skin. By opening them up, your cleanser will be able to more effectively fight the bacteria responsible. Dr. Raphael Darvish, M.D., of UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, offers this quick tip: Dip a washcloth in hot water then place it against the inflammation for thirty seconds. Repeat this several times. When finished, splash cold water all over your face, which will constrict the pores and prevent bacteria from getting under your skin.

  • Vitamin A. A vitamin a day could keep the pimples away, according to Darin Ingels, an environmental medicine and allergy specialist. Ingels says taking vitamin A orally twice a day can effectively reduce breakouts. It works by narrowing the oil glands, causing them to secrete less oil. If you're not a fan of pills and supplements, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends eating foods high in vitamin A, including pumpkin, tomatoes, carrots and citrus fruits.

  • Spot Treatment. Wiping a warm teabag over the infected area can help to remove excess oil and quickly reduce the severity of inflammation. Then dab some benzoyl peroxide cream on the areas where you feel a pimple forming. Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most effective topical treatments for killing pimple-causing bacteria. Try Clearasil Ultra Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream, $6.29.

  • The next time you find yourself stressing over a premature pimple, just remember to follow these three simple steps. You'll have that breakout under control in no time and those pimples under your skin will never see the light of day … literally.

  • Member Comments

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    • Three words, hot towels, and neosporin.

      by sarah_m Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 08:57PM Report as inappropriate

    • Love this article-great tips!

      by www.KeepMeBlushing.com Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 03:10PM Report as inappropriate

    • I have used tea before as a toning cleanser. I don't get pimples too often, but then there always those irritating ones that show up ever so often. I don't like to take vitamins, and I eat most of those foods often. I think I will go back to using teas as suggested. Maybe to ingest too for other benefits.

      by evet Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 07:03AM Report as inappropriate

    • i am going to have to try these

      by BrenBren Friday, July 1, 2011 at 01:52PM Report as inappropriate

    • I've been using LUSH Coalface soap and I haven't had as many of this type of skincare problem, and when I do, they go away more quickly. I have no idea which ingredient is the magic one, but it works!

      by LipglossandSpandex Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 12:15PM Report as inappropriate

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