Updated October 29, 2014.
The best acne treatment is one that’s going to work long-term — treatments like benzoyl peroxide, topical retinoids, and possibly antibiotics or isotretinoin. But sometimes you get an especially annoying pimple that you just want to get rid of as fast as possible.
Popping isn’t an option. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to help speed up healing.
Today’s treatment tip: Remember, regular use of a proven acne treatment is still the best way to get rid of pimples. But for those times that you need to quickly heal up a particularly stubborn breakout, here are some ideas that won’t hurt your skin.
- Got a big whitehead? Instead of squeezing it, make a salt water solution and use it as a poultice. It will help draw the “head” from the blemish without damaging your skin.
- If you’re going through a particularly bad breakout, try a glycolic acid or salicylic acid mask, once or twice a week (or follow the usage directions on the product). These ingredients will help clear out pores. Get your doc’s OK first if you’re using prescription acne treatments.
- Get a cortisone injection for those big, deep, inflamed blemishes. Cysts respond really well to cortisone injections. Your dermatologist can perform this procedure for you, if it’s appropriate.
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