It never fails. Your face is front and center at your sister's wedding, a first date, a presentation in front of 100 people and a glowing red pimple rears its ugly head. How can you make that blemish less noticeable? There are some steps you can take to reduce the redness of or even eliminate that unsightly zit for good!
Keep your face clean. Once you are home for the day or evening, wash your face thoroughly with a facial cleanser specifically made to clear up breakouts and acne. Do not scrub hard with a washcloth or sponge as this can aggravate your breakout even further. Wash your face gently. Once you are finished, use an an astringent to remove the last of the make-up, oil and dirt. When at all possible, do not fall asleep with make-up on as this will contribute to consistent breakouts.
Use an over-the-counter medicated acne cream. A product with salicylic acid can be very effective in reducing blemishes and shortening the lifespan of a breakout. Use it twice a day but if you notice drying or irritation of the skin, decrease your use to once a day. You can also find acne-control moisturizers at your local pharmacy to help combat dryness.
Use toothpaste to reduce the appearance of blemishes and the redness association with pimples. Once your face is clean, apply a dab of toothpaste to the breakout area and leave it on overnight. You should notice reduced swelling and inflammation the next day.
Reduce redness with ice. An ice pack or even an ice cube on the blemish can help in reducing redness and swelling. Hold the ice onto clean skin over the blemish for a few minutes. If no improvement is noticed, apply ice for a longer period of time.
Reduce stress and eat healthier whenever possible. Stress and a poor diet can be contributing factors to acne breakouts. Cut back on junk food and incorporate more fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your diet. Stressed out? Try to get proper sleep and make time for regular exercise, including yoga, meditation and other relaxing activities.