imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

Yucks! I got pimples!

Perhaps you have seen some of those rough faces victimized by pimple picking, fellas.

“They are faces equivalent to rough roads in neglected villages,” says a late supervisor describing the face of his agency boss.

Pimples can be annoying, yet, one can always prevent getting those rough faces.

When I was young, I remember I had to skip my class because a big, red pimple grew over my nose. It got worse and spread all over my cheeks and forehead. The more they spread, the more I got irritated with them until one day, I went to the pharmacy to ask for a pimple cure. None of those cosmetics which she recommended solved my problem. I resorted to washing my face two to three times daily and ignored them.

“Maumadanto latta,” I murmured to myself.

Do you have a huge pimple on your face? Don’t pop it! This how-to will teach you how to decrease the size and redness of a pimple overnight so it will be perfect for school or work the next day!

Follow these steps and it sure will help you to get rid of pimples to an extent.

Step One. Wash your face at least twice a day with a mild cleanser. Use a pH-balanced cleanser without perfume or too many chemical additives.

 Step Two. Touch your face as little as possible, and only when your hands are clean.

 Step Three. Avoid squeezing pimples. Bacteria on your hands or on unsterile equipment can lead to more blemishes and possible scarring.

 Step Four. Steam your face once or twice a week to help open the pores. Boil water, remove the pot from the stove, drape a towel over your head and hold your face over the pot. Then rinse your face with cold water. 

Step Five. Use essential oils such as lavender and mint directly on your skin. Mix 10 drops of any of the oils with 2 tbsp. soy or almond oil, and smooth a few drops on dampened skin.

Step Six. Consider other topical mixtures. Beat an egg yolk, apply it with a cotton ball and leave it on for 15 minutes. Alternatively, mix oatmeal and honey together to form a paste and apply it to your face. Oatmeal soaks up excess oil and honey soothes the skin.

 Step Seven. Eat a diet high in fiber, including whole grains and fresh vegetables and fruits, to keep your body healthy overall and provide nutrients to your skin. Stay away from junk food, caffeine and salty foods.

 Step Eight. Determine whether specific foods aggravate your skin and eliminate them from your diet.

 Step Nine. Consider adding zinc supplements to your diet.

 Step Ten. Limit your exposure to the sun and reduce stress in your life.

In short,

  • Hands off your face! Do not touch or pick at your spot; this will not help it to go away faster. Clean your hands before touching your face.
  • Don’t use too many chemical products on your skin. Even though it says, “Helps with breakouts,” it can dry your skin and make it even worse.
  • Don’t obsess over the occasional pimple. Most ridicule that seemingly stems from “poor looks” is actually targeted at perceived emotional vulnerabilities. If you don’t make a big deal about it, people will not notice it. Even for the “horrifying” pimples, sure, people may give you some funny looks, but they’ll quickly get used to it and won’t pay them any attention. Keep in mind that to any sane human, gossiping about someone’s pimple is not the most riveting of conversation topics, so don’t feel paranoid that people are secretly laughing at you. Everyone gets a few pimples when they’re growing up, so don’t expect that much interest, as you are most definitely not a unique case.
  • If someone makes fun of you because of your pimple, just laugh it off. Sulking/yelling will only make ridiculing you entertaining for those doing it. If you act like it doesn’t bother you, you’ll be left alone.
  • Apply moisturizer when your face is damp as your skin is going to take in the moisturizer and not sit on your face which will cause you to breakout even more.
  • Keep your pillowcase clean! Wash it every 4-5 days.
  • Use natural products like honey, which is good for many things, such as your health, hair, and skin. Use pure honey, apply it on your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • If you are to use pimples cream, try and use natural brands and not chemical filled ones. They only agitate pimples.
  • Popping pimples out can result in permanent scars and is not recommended, especially for larger pimples.
  • Do not treat a pimple with toothpaste. Contrary to popular belief, this does not help clear skin, but will instead irritate and inflame your skin further
  • You may prefer not to use rubbing alcohol. It may sting or and dry and irritate your skin. Burning or stinging may be a sign that you are over-drying your skin and need a moisturizer or a weaker acne product.
  • You should cleanse (and maybe exfoliate and moisturize) your skin twice daily. Go to an expert for a skin consultation to find out what strength of soap and clarifying lotion you should be using for your skin type, or use trial and error.
  • If you cover your pimple with makeup, choose carefully. This could trap oil and dirt, especially if the makeup contains moisturizers.
  • Benzoyl-Peroxide solutions cause drying underneath your first layer of skin. This may take away the zits but will leave dry and irritable skin underneath, which can lead to itching and possibly may even give you a rash. If your skin overdries after the pimple is gone, try some gentle face lotion such as Dove.
  • 2.5%, 5%, and 10% Benzoyl-Peroxide Solutions (washes and creams) are available. For some people, 10% is too strong and irritates the skin. For others, lower strengths are not effective enough. It may be helpful to start with 5%, go up to 10% if you’re still breaking out and go down to 2.5% if your skin gets dry or irritated

Now, here are the ways to reduce the size of pimples overnight:

  • Wash your hands and your face. Use water and soap!
  • Squeeze out a pea-sized dab of toothpaste onto your forefinger.
  • Apply it to your pimple(s). If your face is wet, the toothpaste will not stick. So, make sure your face is dry before applying it.
  • Go to sleep. Be sure not to lay with your head buried into your pillow or the toothpaste will rub off.
  • After a few minutes, the toothpaste will dry on your face and you can sleep with it on.
  • When you wake up, use warm water and a towel to gently wipe off the toothpaste. Be very careful when doing this! If you rub too hard, the pimple will get red again and will increase in size.
  • You should notice that the size and redness of the pimple have noticeably decreased.