Oh, the struggle of getting pimples is real. I totally thought by the time I hit 25 years old, that all my pimples would have miraculously disappeared and that I’d have beautiful glowing radiant skin. Boy, was I wrong! Even though I have drastically changed the way I take care of my skin, I think I’ll always have to deal with them to a certain degree. Like when Aunt Flow comes waltzing through my life, or when I “forget” to wash all my makeup off at night. But unlike my teenage years, where I’d hide away under my covers or put a bandaid on it and tell people I hurt myself, (c’mon, I know I’m not the only one…am I?) I came up with a little system that works for me that gets rid of them as quickly as possible!
1- Have a consistent skincare routine
Just like building a house, you need a solid foundation before you can do anything. The same goes for your skin. Finding the right products and having a consistent skincare routine that will help fight excessive breakouts, irritation, and redness is key to building a solid base to start with. Did I compare skin to a house? Yes, that really happened…
2- Spot that pimple before it surfaces
In my many years of experience of getting pimples, I noticed that before it surfaces, there is always a red spot and can sometimes be itchy. Looking out for those signs will let you know that a pimple is coming and you can start treating it right away.
3- Apply pimple cream 2-3 times a day
At the first sign of a pimple, you should start applying pimple cream every morning and night. Apply it right after washing your face and let the ingredients penetrate and heal the skin, followed by your regular skincare routine. Through trial and error, you’ll find the right product that works for you. I use Acnea acne control gel by Adrien Gagnon. Acnea is a natural product that attacks pimples effectively while remaining gentler to the skin in comparison with other traditional products on the market. It contains sulfur, an acne-fighting ingredient that has been known and used for centuries! It also provides the benefits of more natural ingredients that are gentle for the skin, such as olive oil, oregano essential oils, bergamot oil, and black seed oil. So it’s strong and gentle enough on my skin, which makes it the perfect spot treatment.
4- Don’t touch it!
You’ve heard this time and time again but hear it once more… take those dirty little fingers off your face and JUST DON’T! From picking at it, you’ll make it worse and maybe even create a scar. If you need to put on your hammer pants and blast “You Can’t Touch This”, then get your dance on and do it! Whatever keeps you from picking at your face is better for you.
5- Once you’ve touched it…
Those hammer pants didn’t work, huh! We’ve all been there. We want it to go away as quickly as possible and we had the bright idea of picking at it. But there is a better way to do it!
– Only pop it when it’s ready! If the head turns white, then you’re good to go. But not all pimples turn white, so if it remains red, don’t pop it.
– If you decide to pop it, make sure you wash your hands and the affected area prior. We need to keep it as clean as possible so that we don’t create more pimples around it.
-Immediately afterward apply witch hazel or a toner that contains witch hazel to the affected area. This will help soothe and calm the area, helping to remove some of the redness.
– Use an ice cube which has been out of the freezer for a few minutes wrapped in a tissue, and then hold it over to slightly reduce the inflammation and swelling.
What are some of your go-to products and skincare routines? I’d love to hear about them. Share them below!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Adrien Gagnon. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review but all opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.