We're excited to continue our partnership with YouTube star and all-around beauty guru Michelle Phan! Every other week, we'll be bringing you the best from her website, MichellePhan.com. This week, Michelle gives us the low-down on ways to clear zits without popping them:
When it comes to your skin, it can be hard to adhere to a hands-off policy. This is especially true when you get a nasty pimple! I'm not going to go into all of the various reasons why popping your pimples is bad for your skin, but just know that doing so may lead to an even bigger zit, more pimples, or even scarring. So, in a word: Don't.
Here are a few squeeze-free suggestions for dealing with the occasional pimple.
(Note: If you suffer from acne you should seek the advice of a physician.)
Squeeze a small dot of nongel toothpaste with baking soda in it onto a Q-tip and apply it to the pimple. Allow this to dry over night in order to reduce inflammation and draw out the pus from inside of the pimple. In the morning, rise and wash your face as usual.
Combine a small amount of baking soda with some water and apply it directly to your pimple using a Q-tip. This does the same thing as the toothpaste remedy; it's just a little less sticky and less minty smelling!
Do you have a nasty red spot from a pimple that's in the process of healing? Visine can save the day. Dab a bit of Visine directly on the pimple and surrounding skin, using a Q-tip, and watch the redness go away! Magic? I think not.
Use a dab of this on your pimple and let it set for a few minutes. This will draw out the puss from inside and diminish the size of the zit. It may sting a bit at first, and it doesn't smell great either. Try this remedy after you've washed your face as usual and then hop into the shower. The hot steam will open up your pores, and the smell with fade along with that nasty zit!
If you want to quickly dissolve the pus inside your zit, try dabbing it with a few drops of white vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar will also help to reduce the size of the pimple once all the icky pus is pulled out.
If you still have the urge to pop your pimple yourself, watch a clip of Dr. Oz on Oprah, where he shows people how to do it properly. Although. After watching the graphic clip, you probably won't want to pop it anymore!
Do you know of any other no-squeeze home remedies for pimples? Let me know in the comment section below.
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