Pimples, we've all had our fair share of them. And while some kindly disappear in a day or two, other ones aren't that gracious and overstay their welcome. That's what leads to desperation and further, picking and popping. We're here to stop you just in time because that'll only make it worse. The next time you have a pimple, here's exactly what you should not do.
1. Pick At It
Pinching, poking and squeezing a pimple will only be bad for your skin. Sure, Dr. Pimple Popper does it in her massively popular videos but unless you're under a doctor's care in sterile conditions, don't touch your zit. It'll transfer bacteria and infect it further.
2. Trying Too Much
Everyone wants a pimple to go quickly but trying too many things at one time isn't going to speed up the process. So if you're juggling between spot treatments, acne creams and home remedies, give it a break and stick to just one. And if all else fails, head straight to your dermat.
3. Overdoing It
The harder you scrub, the better your skin gets? No chance! In fact, it might just make it worse. "Excessive scrubbing can make the skin more sensitive, red and vulnerable. And even the once-a-week scrub should be done gently and at night," recommends Dr. Rashmi Shetty in her book, Age Erase.
4. Ignoring Your Phone
Ever realised how much bacteria, grime and oil your phone carries on its screen? A lot. When you fail to clean your phone, it transfers to your face, which only adds to the bacteria of pimples. So use a wet wipe to sanitize your phone before it comes in contact with your face.
5. Quitting Easily
Tried a spot reducing cream, didn't see results in 3 days and trashed it - does this sound like you? It takes almost a month for the old skin cells to shed and new ones to regenerate so don't be surprised if you don't see a pimple disappearing in a day or two. Instead, stick to your treatment for 2 - 3 weeks to actually see results.
6. Replacing Your Tools
If you can't remember the last time you replaced your face wash towels, makeup brushes and sponges, it's time to ditch them. Sure, you can wash, dry and reuse them but depending on how often you use them, you can prevent your pimples from getting inflamed further with fresh new tools and towels every 6 months to a year.
What you can do, however is try your hand at one of these quick fixes to get rid of your pimple with ease.
So the next time an unexpected pimple crops up, trust one of these skin care hacks to stop it in its tracks.