Nothing can spoil a day more than the appearance of a pimple. Pimples come about when the oil glands in your skin become clogged and infected. 

While the internet is filled with countless DIY tips and tricks, some of these could cause more harm than good, so it’s always good to do your research and speak to an expert if you are unsure. Here are some tips that have been verified by medical professionals that we hope will help.

An OTC Hydrocortisone Cream For Spot Treatment

It contains the same steroids that dermatologists inject into cystic pimples and can be used (this option is only if you have no other choice, as steroids are not good for long term use) to spot treat problematic breakouts. Apply a blob on the affected area, wait for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off.

A Detoxifying Clay Mask Can Help

Kaolin clay works to draw impurities out of the skin and is good to have on hand when a zit threatens or as a weekly deep cleansing treatment.

Invest In A Face Wash With 2% Salicylic Acid

If you’re prone to breakouts, a facial wash with salicylic acid will help. This super ingredient not only exfoliates the surface layer of the skin, it also goes deep into the pores to unclog them and prevent future breakouts from developing and is also able to shrink existing pimples and reduces redness around them.

Keep Your Fingers Away From That Zit

I know its tempting to pop the sucker, but don’t! Doing so can damage skin tissue and make your pimple worse. This is because the very action of squeezing can push bacteria and pus deeper into the skin. Squeezing can also can lead to scabs and might leave you with permanent pits or scars. Just be patient and it will dry up by itself in a few days.