If you’re asking this question, and considering it seriously, you’re likely young and naïve – and that’s okay! We all start our journey to clear, beautiful skin somewhere.
Unfortunately, the answer to your question of how to remove pimples in one day is not one you’ll want to hear. Why? Because the short answer is that you simply can’t remove pimples in one day. Well, maybe that can be worded better. You cannot remove blemishes in one day. Surely you can pop a pimple, right? Of course you can, but the scarring and subsequent blemish that will form as the result of the popping will be very apparent on your face. But have no fear, this isn’t the end of the world!
Nobody wants a blazing red, juicy, large pimple on their face screaming “look at me!” to everyone around you. If you happen to form one, the first thing on your mind is panic. Then frustration. Which will lead to impulsive actions, such as wanting to poke at it and pop it to have it disappear. Here’s the thing, though – you shouldn’t irritate it. That’s right, the best solution is to do nothing. Well, not nothing. But let’s put these thoughts into a way that is easier to read…
1) Leave your pimples alone!
If you’ve ever Googled solutions of how to get rid of pimples, you’ll come across many blogs and articles telling you to simply leave your pimples alone. Want to know why? Ding-ding (that’s the sound of a “correct answer” bell), skin irritation! Skin irritation is the bane of acne prone individuals’ skin. You want to minimize skin irritation to prevent any type of acne flare-ups, and poking at your pimples is doing the exact opposite of that. “But, but, it’s so red and so gross looking!” you vehemently exclaim. Well, ask yourself this – do you want the immediate relief of knowing your pimple is less apparent (read: not completely removed) and live with the subsequent scarring, or to let the pimple do its own thing and prevent any permanent damage to your skin? The answer should be simple (hint: it’s the latter option), but when you’re young and self-conscious of your appearance it’s hard not to feel that you need to get rid of this red monster on your face ASAP.
Okay, I hear you. I’ve been there before, which is why I am so passionately supporting the idea of leaving the pimple alone. I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I did, and have to live with the consequences (redness, scarring, and all that bad stuff). But I get it – so here’s some solutions that I have come across (and tested myself) that will both reduce the redness of your pimples and be gentle enough to not cause scarring or blemishes.
2) Allow the pimple to come to a head before attempting to pop it
To allow a pimple to “come to a head” means to let some of the liquid come to the surface (or simply become visible) before performing any kind of removal technique. Using this method will allow for the least irritation to your skin as it is generally a relatively gentle experience. So how does one bring a pimple to a head?
First, you’ll want to wash your hands. Always, always, always wash your hands before touching your face! The next step requires applying heat to the pimple or affected area. No, you won’t want to use the flame from a lighter. We aren’t talking about that kind of heat. Instead, you can take a hot shower, or simply soak a soft face towel in hot water and press the towel to the affected area. By applying heat you are attracting the gunk in the pimple to the surface, where it will be easier to drain. Once you feel that you are ready for action, you’ll want to apply gentle pressure to the sides of the pimple with two fingers. The key word here is gentle. Do not use your thumb and index finger to squeeze the pimple. Instead, use both of your index fingers (that is, the one on your left hand and the one on your right hand) and gently apply pressure to the pimple. Doing this will allow it to drain the fluid from inside the pimple, which will reduce the visible redness of the blemish. The area will be a bit flushed after this process, but note that this redness is the result of your skin being treated and will dissipate over a short period of time.
3) Try some “tried-and-true” home remedies
Home remedies as a cure for anything and everything under the sun have been around since forever (okay, maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s been a long time). Home remedies for pimples is no exception. Here are some “tried-and-true” (in quotations, because results may vary) home remedies that I have used myself.
- Toothpaste. Boy, can you say controversy? Toothpaste as a spot treatment has been around for a long time, and as such has been subject to a load of debates over this period over whether or not it actually works. Essentially, the idea behind toothpaste as a pimple treatment is that applying toothpaste to your pimple at night will allow it to dry out your pimple overnight. A dried-out pimple is typically less red and more dull looking than a ripe one. If you want to give this a try yourself, note that this is meant to be a spot treatment, not to be applied as a full-face mask. Also, the toothpaste you use should be as “pure” as possible. This means no whiteners or other crazy added ingredients (such as mouthwashes).
- Aloe Vera Gel. The aloe vera plant contains a gel in its leaves that has been used as an antibacterial agent to treat cuts for ages. Applying aloe vera gel to pimples allows for a gentle, soothing treatment that can reduce the appearance (read: redness) of your pimples. Ideally, you would want to apply the gel that comes directly from the aloe vera plant. You can find this in most gardening stores. However, this isn’t always the most convenient option. If you can’t get your hands on an aloe vera plant, look for bottled aloe vera gel that is labelled as 100% aloe vera gel. The pure stuff is pretty difficult to find, but a fragrance and color free option is good enough for our purposes. I’ve had a good experience with Fruit of the Earth’s 100% Aloe Vera Gel as it fits this description exactly. Apply a thin layer to your skin at night, or simply as a spot treatment.
So, to quickly re-cap, there is no way to get rid of your pimple in one day! But, there are ways to reduce the redness and appearance of it. If there’s one thing I want you to take away from this post, it’s that you must be gentle with your skin. You’ll notice that this is a point that is consistent with a lot of skincare tips. Wondering why? Well, because it’s pretty darn important.
Leave your pimples alone, or don’t. But if you choose “don’t”, please remember to be careful and gentle with your blemishes. You may be thinking “Why do I need to be gentle? My pimples aren’t human beings!” Of course they aren’t humans, that would be silly. But, although not humans, pimples sure can destroy your life in a horrible way of their own if you don’t treat them properly.