4. Extraction Tools
Extraction tools for whiteheads and blackheads have been used successfully for centuries. If you want to try one of the easy-to-use extraction tools, be sure to sterilize the item beforehand by applying alcohol.
Wash your face after you extract the blemish to clean out any bacteria that might lead to an infection within the pore.
3. Spot Treatment Options
Do you have specific problem areas of pimples, blackheads or whiteheads that you want to target? Try a salicylic acid formula. It will help unclog pores and control oil production. The solution also helps prevent new blackheads or whiteheads.
You’ll find a variety of brands of acne patches that you can apply to the problem area before you go to bed at night. In the morning, the problem area looks and feels better when you peel away the patch and discard it.
After wearing the patch all night, the pimple might not be completely gone in the morning, but its appearance will be significantly reduced and you can hide it further with makeup.
2. Ingredients Matter
If you want to get rid of a pimple fast, remember that ingredients matter. You want the right ingredients in the product to effectively get the job done – dry up the pimple and reduce inflammation to remove redness and swelling of the nodule.
Products that contain benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, retinoids, or salicylic acid are the best. They effectively minimize the appearance of pimples, pustules, blackheads, and whiteheads.
Sandra Lee, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Upland, CA also known as Dr. Pimple Popper, says, “Some active ingredients, like retinol or tretinoin, can increase sun sensitivity and the sun can even deactivate these ingredients, making them less effective, so they are best used at night.”
“The skin also has more opportunities to repair itself during sleep since we are less apt to pick at our pimples during this time, and our skin is not subject to more dirt and pollution in our environment when we are safely tucked away within the clean sheets of our bed.”