Pimples are caused when the skin’s pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells and bacteria, resulting in red, pus-filled bumps on the face, chest, shoulders or back. Pimples occur most commonly in teenagers, whose hormonal fluctuations cause their bodies to produce more oil, but acne can affect adults as well. While most pimples take several days to heal, there are some steps you can take to speed the healing process and reduce the appearance of acne.
Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser and pat dry with a clean towel. Avoid harshly scrubbing your face while washing or drying, which can further irritate skin. If you use moisturizers, sunscreen or cosmetic products, make sure they are labeled "oil-free" or "noncomedogenic" to prevent further clogging of pores.
Apply an over-the-counter acne treatment product containing salicylic acid or 5 percent benzoyl peroxide to the pimple twice daily, or as directed on the product’s packaging instructions. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid dry up excess oil and promote skin peeling. These products may cause side effects, such as increased dryness or skin irritation.
Avoid “popping” or picking at pimples. This increases the risk of infection and scarring.
Ask your dermatologist about corticosteroid injections for large, inflamed pimples. Corticosteroids relieve inflammation, which may reduce pimple size and the pain accompanied with them.
Talk to your dermatologist if acne does not improve with treatment. Your doctor can diagnose the cause and severity of your acne and may recommend prescription treatment options, such as prescription-strength cleansers or creams, antibiotics or other drugs to help control acne breakouts.
How to Remove Red Scars on Your Face
About Causes of Pimples on the Face
How to Prevent Pock Holes From ...
The Best Facial Moisturizer That Won't ...
How to Shrink Pores With Proactiv
How to Repair Open Pores
How to Reduce Acne Inflammation
How to Heal an Inflamed Bikini Area
How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps With ...
How to Treat Acne Around Chin & Jawline
How to Use Clearasil
Tea Tree Oil as a Natural Remedy for ...
How to Prevent Breakouts After Waxing
How to Remove a Dilated Pore on the ...
Yogurt Face Mask for Acne
How to Make Acne Scars Go Away
The Cause of Sudden Breakout on Forehead
Can Age Spots Be Reversed?
How to Get Rid of Small Whiteheads on ...
Avocado Masks for All Skin Types
Kelly Smith has been writing professionally since 2010. She writes for various websites, specializing in health and literature. Smith is a certified pharmacy technician with more than five years of professional experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in multimedia communications from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images