Deep pimples are the worst, I know. Even if you have a resilient skin that’s generally impervious to acne, it can still get the occasional pimply breakout. These deep blemishes live beneath the surface of your skin and are particularly difficult to treat because they’re not easy to access. In order to clear out these massive acne cysts, we need a more aggressive approach than just popping them like other pimples.
Use a product that exfoliates.
A product that exfoliates is key to getting rid of deep pimples. But don’t overdo it! Using a harsh scrub or other harsh exfoliant can make your skin sensitive and inflamed. Instead, look for a gentle scrub that contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and salicylic acid, which are popular ingredients in over-the-counter acne treatments. The acids loosen the dead skin cells on top of your pores so they can come out more easily when you wash off the scrub. You should also avoid using products with pumice stones or microbeads because these can increase irritation by removing too much skin at once and exposing new layers of irritated tissue underneath.
Try a topical retinoid.
- Topical retinoids are a type of medication that’s usually prescribed by your dermatologist. It can help you clear up acne and prevent scarring, but it should only be used if prescribed by a doctor.
- You should only use topical retinoids at night because they can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight (which could lead to sunburn).
- If you have active acne or rosacea, topical retinoids aren’t recommended for you because they may cause severe irritation of the skin.
- If your doctor does prescribe topical retinoids for you, she’ll tell you how often to use them and for how long (most likely 3 months).
Try a product containing benzoyl peroxide.
Benzoyl peroxide is an ingredient commonly found in products that treat acne. It’s a drying agent, so it helps reduce oil production, which may prevent or treat breakouts. It also has antibacterial properties that can kill bacteria on the skin and prevent new spots from forming.
While you can use benzoyl peroxide on your face, it may make you more prone to sunburns if applied before going outside as well as cause dryness and irritation of the skin if used too much—and this applies to other topical treatments such as salicylic acid and sulfur.
Try salicylic acid.
Removing the surface layer of skin can help to unclog pores and remove blackheads, but it can also irritate your skin. If you have sensitive skin, I would recommend using salicylic acid with caution.
A great way to use this ingredient is in a toner that can be applied at night before bedtime.
Use a product containing alpha hydroxy acids.
You should use a product containing alpha hydroxy acids. Alpha hydroxy acids are derived from fruit, and they work by gently exfoliating your skin to help remove dead skin cells that can build up and clog pores. These include glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid and malic acid. You can find these ingredients in over-the-counter products like lotions or gels that you apply directly to the affected area of your face once or twice daily (be sure to follow all label instructions).
- Use a product containing alpha hydroxy acids once or twice daily
- Follow directions on the label
Try tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that’s been used for centuries to treat skin conditions like acne. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, so it can fight the bacteria that causes swelling and inflammation in pimples. Tea tree oil is safe to use around the eyes (it’s even recommended as an eye drop solution), but if you have sensitive skin or an allergy to tea tree oil, be sure to test on a small patch of skin before using it all over your face. A few drops in water will help reduce redness from the pimple without irritating your skin or making it worse!
Apply green tea to the skin.
There are several ways you can use green tea to help get rid of your pimples. The first is by applying the tea directly to your skin, which is exactly what I did. I rubbed a few drops of pure green tea on my skin and let it dry completely before adding more as needed.
The second method involves using green tea in a mask that you apply all over the face or just over the area where your pimples are located. Green tea contains antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation and redness in your skin by turning on enzymes that repair damaged cells faster than normal (source). Drinking green tea also helps fight acne because it controls sebum production in oily areas while reducing stress hormones like cortisol (source).
Apply witch hazel to the pimple.
The first step to getting rid of a deep pimple is to cleanse your face with a mild cleanser or facial scrub. After cleansing, apply a few drops of witch hazel to the affected area with a cotton ball, making sure not to leave any excess product on your skin. Leave the witch hazel on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Repeat this process daily until the pimple subsides.
Wash your face every day, two times daily.
Wash your face every day, two times daily. Use a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water to wash the skin. Avoid using harsh soaps or detergents that can cause irritation or dryness. If you are using an exfoliant, use only one that is mild in nature. It should be neither too abrasive nor too soft to the touch.
Be consistent: Wash your face twice daily – morning and night – for best results (or as directed by your doctor).
There are many ways to reduce pimples and make them go away.
There are many ways to reduce pimples and make them go away.
- Use a product that exfoliates. Exfoliating is key when it comes to reducing acne, because it helps unclog your pores and remove dead skin cells and dirt that can get trapped inside them. Try using a facial scrub once or twice a week.
- Try a topical retinoid. Retinoids are medications derived from vitamin A that help fight acne by reducing inflammation and fighting bacteria on the skin’s surface, but they’re also known for causing dryness, peeling, redness, itching and even sun sensitivity—so if you’re prone to any of these side effects (or are pregnant), be sure to talk to your doctor before trying one out!
- Try a product containing benzoyl peroxide (BPO). BPO reduces the amount of oil produced by the glands in our body—the major contributor to clogged pores—by killing bacteria that cause pimples as well as sebum production within those glands themselves.
Some people find this drying effect helpful while others may want something less harsh on their skin; keep in mind that over-exfoliation could be doing more harm than good at this point since all those dead cells will just clog up even faster than before!
When it comes to getting rid of pimples, you have options. If you have a pimple that’s hard and deep, try using an exfoliating product or topical retinoid. If the pimple is under your skin and painful, consider using salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide (if over-the-counter). If this doesn’t work for you, there are many other treatments such as tea tree oil or green tea that may help with your problem!