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Ways to Make Pimple Swelling and Redness Fade Fast

by Pamela Simmons, studioD

A tiny pimple is annoying enough. If that pimple blossoms from a small dot to a large, swollen and red monster, it's gone from being an annoyance to an eyesore. Don't wait for your pimple to go away on its lonesome. Instead, take action and fade swelling and redness fast. There are several ways to deal with an overgrown pimple and your skin will feel fresh and relieved in no time.


If you're looking for a simple method, use ice. An ice compress on your pimple will soothe pain, reduce inflammation and fade redness. To use, place ice in a cloth napkin or washcloth. Place your compress on your pimple for about 60 seconds. Remove and wait four to five minutes. Reapply for 60 more seconds.


Concealer won't help with pimple size but it will cover up any redness and leave your skin tone even. Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone, apply a tiny bit to your pimple and gently pat it in, starting in the center of your blemish and working your way outward. Set your concealer with loose powder. At the end of the day be sure to wash your makeup off. Wearing makeup over your pimple for too long can clog the pores and make the pimple worse.

Cortisone Shots

Cortisone shots are a fast and effective way to deal with pimples. They have to be administered by a professional, however, so call your doctor and see if you can squeeze in a quick appointment. Cortisone is injected into your pimple, which will stop the pain and start to shrink your breakout within 24 hours. Healing time is sped up drastically as well. Cortisone shots are only meant for pimples that won't go away or in times of emergency -- like the day before your wedding -- so don't get them regularly.

Hydrocortisone Cream

If going to your doctor feels too drastic, apply a topical hydrocortisone cream which will help to decrease redness -- just a tiny bit is all you need. Get an extra blemish-fighting bonus by also dabbing on a cream that contains salicylic acid which will gently exfoliate your skin to reduce the size of your pimple.

About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

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