acne and skin problem.

How to get rid of acne fast?

Apply benzoyl peroxide

The best way to make a zit go away fast is to apply a dab of benzoyl peroxide, which you can buy at a drug store in cream, gel or patch form, says dermatologist Shilpi Khetarpal, MD. It works by killing bacteria that clog pores and cause inflammation. It’s available in concentrations ranging from 2.5% to 10%.

Use facial products that contain salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid that helps both unclog pores and gently exfoliate your skin. It’s used in all sorts of acne-busting products, from cleansers, lotions and toners to serums and pimple patches.

Whether you’re locked in a battle of wits against a single whitehead or a horde of them, it’s always a good idea to have salicylic acids somewhere in your daily skin care routine.

Consider adding tea tree oil to your skin care routine

Studies have shown that a small amount of diluted tea tree oil can combat acne. But Dr. Khetarpal warns that a small percentage of people are allergic to it.

Bottled tea tree essential oil. Selective focus.

“If it works for you, great, but if you put it on your skin and find out you’re allergic to it, you’re going create a whole other problem,” she says. That’s why it’s important to patch-test any tea tree oil products on your inner arm before putting them on already-irritated skin.

Go easy on the makeup — or use products made for acne-prone skin

Many people who wear makeup go to great lengths to hide unsightly bumps. While it’s perfectly fine to wear makeup over acne, it might not be the best idea if you have highly sensitive skin.

Young woman is covering acne by applying liquid foundation with sponge looking into the mirror

The good news: A lot of cosmetic companies make primers, concealers, foundations and other products that contain salicylic acid. Most explicitly state on the packaging that they’re for acne and oil control.

Try blue light therapy

It’s one of the least affordable options on this list, but it’s still worth mentioning: There are many at-home red and blue light therapy devices available for purchase these days. Red light helps reduce inflammation, while blue light combats the acne-causing bacteria that take up residence on our faces.

Apply ice or heat to temporarily soothe skin

Sometimes, the problem isn’t so much the pimple as it is the pain. In those cases, ice can help temporarily quell the inflammation. But be warned: Dr. Khetarpal says the effect will wear off quickly. Similarly, holding a warm washcloth to the area may temporarily soothe irritated skin, but it won’t do anything for the pimple itself.


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