Nothing can ruin a vibe like a pimple. More unexpected than a sudden bout of diarrhea, more visible than a stain on a white blouse, more embarrassing than your high school yearbook, a pimple is an utter catastrophe. Unfortunately, if you’re like most people, the occasional pore can become clogged far after adolescence. Honestly, if you haven’t had your face sabotaged by one of these at some point in your life, call me because I want to know your secret.
I recently had a pimple crisis of my own. I’ve had my septum pierced for about a week, something I’ve wanted for a long time. I prayed a lot before taking the plunge, and I’m pretty satisfied with how it looks. Walking out of the shop, I remember thinking, I am so cool. I am going to be the coolest girl in school with this. How did I get so cool? I was so excited to show it off that I planned literally all of my outfits around it. You know what they say about flying too close to the sun, though, and the day after my fateful piercing, I woke up with a pimple the size of Madagascar on my forehead. Attractive, I know. Now, I know it sounds like a totally panic worthy situation–like, defcon five level. However, I’ve learned a few tricks over the years about dealing with zits, and I managed to get it down to a level where it was easily concealed. Check out the tips below!
Whenever you notice what you think may be a clogged pore, the first thing you should be doing is soaking it. Take a cloth wet with warm water and gently–gently is the operative word here–press it to the area. The warmth will hopefully draw out whatever’s irritating the pore and make it easier to clean. I wouldn’t recommend squeezing it, as that can make it even more noticeable and cause the infection to worsen. If you catch it at the right time, though, a shower or warm cloth should be able to nullify the issue. Be careful not to scrub, though–if there’s a pimple there, the pore is already sore and agitated, and being rough with it will only make it worse.
If soaking it hasn’t gotten rid of the clog, the next step to take is icing it. Not only will the ice make it less sore, it’ll greatly reduce the redness and swelling, the worst part of having a pimple. Again, be careful not to put to much pressure on it, because a zit gone wrong can result in a lasting scar, and those are really nasty to cover up. It’s not worth doing permanent damage to your skin for one little flaw.
Gosh, I hope none of you are vampires! Anyways, I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out. Garlic is an all natural, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, and antioxidant agent that’s great for fast treatment. The sulfur in it is also beneficial, and eating it can have blood purifying effects. For your skin, cut a clove in half and hold it on the affected area for about five minutes before gently washing it off. If you repeat the treatment a few times, if should be gone by the next day. Don’t eat too much, though, it’ll give you a stomachache.