How to Get Rid of Zits Fast

We’ve all experienced it.  We have a big event coming up and wouldn’t you know it we get a break out.  Don’t worry it is not the end of the world.  Here are some great tips for getting rid of zits fast.

Household Remedies

1) Baking Soda
Mix baking soda and water to form a paste.  Apply to zits and wash off in the morning.

2) Garlic Juice
Gently dab a small amount of garlic juice on your acne.  Allow to dry.

3) Aspirin & Lemon Juice
Combine crushed aspirin with lemon juice, apply to skin. The anti-inflammatory ingredients will reduce the redness while promoting healing.

4) Sand and Coffee Creamer
Combine half a cup of sand and with half a cup of coffee creamer (e.g. ½ & ½). Wash face twice a daily. The sand will ex foliate the pores while the half and half cleanses the skin.

5) Toothpaste
Cover the pimple with toothpaste.  Check to make sure your skin isn’t sensitive to the toothpaste.  If it starts to burn wash off immediately.  Cover with a band aid to prevent toothpaste wiping off on to your pillow.  Leave on overnight (6-8 hours) and then wash off.

6) Cornstarch
Form a creamy paste by combining cornstarch and water.  Apply to acne and leave on over night.  Wash face in morning.

7) Shaving Cream
Apply shaving cream to your pimple. Leave on overnight and wash off in the morning.

8) Yeast and Tea Tree Oil
Create a paste by mixing a small amount of fast acting yeast with tea tree. Cover zit & leave overnight.  The yeast helps bring the pimple to the surface while the tea tree oil fights the inflammation.

9) Salt Water & Honey
In warm salt water, soak a cotton ball. Hold on acne for 2-3 minutes. Gently apply a small amount of honey.  The honey will deep clean the pore while drawing out the bacteria. Wash face after 10 minutes

Over the Counter Remedies

Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl Peroxide is a chemical commonly used to treat acne.  According to Wikipedia, Revlon first started using Benzoyl Peroxide in the 1920’s.  It is available in various products both in over the counter and prescription form.     To use, follow the instructions on the container.  Basically start by washing your face, and then apply the benzoyl peroxide topical cream on the blemishes.  Most over the counter products are 2.5% to 5% strength, which is adequate for most people.  Some products are closer to 10%, but usually require a prescription and supervision from your doctor as they can cause skin irritation.  Due to the skin drying nature of benzoyl peroxide your skin can become dry and irritable causing itching and redness.  To minimize this apply moisturizer after finishing treatment.

Disguising a Pimple
Two quick ways to disguise a pimple.
1) Dip a Q-Tip in a “red eye” eye drop solution and apply to acne for 10-15 seconds.
2) Cover with Concealer.  Concealer is better than make-up, as make-up tends to trap in oil and dirt.

 Remember with any of these tips, if your skin becomes irritated, stop immediately and thoroughly wash your face.

Tips are great for when you are in a crisis, but truly great clear skin requires good skin practices and habits.  To learn how to better look after your skin click here.