How to Make a Zit Come to a Head
You’re sitting at your desk, trying to concentrate on the task at hand, and you feel it. That twinge and slight irritation near the middle of your chin, or to the right of your nose, or smack dab in the middle of your forehead. You poke the slightest of bumps with your finger, willing it to be pushed back into your skin, and never to make a full appearance.
But inevitably, later that day or the next morning, when you look in the mirror, you will see the full blown zit, red, inflamed and proud, showcased for all the world to see. Zits are a frustrating type of acne, especially when you know they are coming, and you are going to have to deal with that zit for the next 3-7 days.
The Warm Compress Method
You can use a warm compress to speed up the life of a zit. The warmth of the warm compress opens up your pores, and it can help get rid of the very things causing the zit – dirt, bacteria and excess oil. Another great benefit of the warm compress is that it reduces inflammation, making the warm compress a great overall DIY trick to deal with a zit that is trying to break its way free.
A few tips will help you create the best warm compress experience. Before you make a warm compress, wash your hands. This prevents even more dirt, bacteria, and oil from getting on your face. It’s also a good idea to wash your face before you apply the warm compress as well. To make a warm compress, dip a clean wash cloth into hot water or run it under hot water. Place the warm compress over just the zit or over your whole face, and leave it in place for 5-10 minutes.
If it gets cold during that time, you can reheat it, either with more hot water, or by microwaving it in a plastic bag for a few seconds until it reaches the desired temperature. The heat and the moisture from the warm compress helps to draw the zit to a head, which will unclog the trapped bacteria.
Stop a Zit in Its Tracks with Benzoyl Peroxide
While making a zit come to a head is one way to speed up the process and get rid of the zit sooner, you can stop a zit in its track with a product that contains benzoyl peroxide. While a warm compress allows a zit to release the bacteria causing it by making the zit come to a head, benzoyl peroxide actually kills the bacteria that causes acne, which prevents the zit from getting worse.
Using a product with benzoyl peroxide can also help to prevent a zit from occurring, by keeping your pores clear. If you are going to use a product with benzoyl peroxide, it’s a good idea to use it continuously to both prevent acne and then quickly take care of any acne that may occur.
Paula’s Choice CLEAR with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide
Paula’s Choice CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide is an incredible product that not only fights zits but also prevents breakouts. While benzoyl peroxide can dry out your skin with extended use, Paula’s Choice CLEAR Skin Clearing Treatment is gentle enough to use twice a day and doesn’t contain the harsh ingredients that can cause dry skin.
While this product can be used as a targeted cream, it is also an ultra-light, sheer lotion with a matte finish that can be used generally to prevent breakouts and treat existing acne. It’s one of the best skin care products available, curing cystic acne and clearing up the toughest acne without causing any irritation, making it perfect for sensitive skin. It also brightens skin and evens out the skin tone. Unlike other products, it’s perfect under makeup or with no makeup because it doesn’t cake on your skin or dry white. This product will keep your skin smooth and zit free.
Salicylic Acid Prevents Acne Breakouts and Zits
Another solution to treat zits is to use a product with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a BHA exfoliant that works to help remove those unwanted dead skin cells clogging your pores to reveal smooth, unblemished skin by increasing cell turnover. Salicylic acid also penetrates deeply into pores to kill the bacteria that causes acne before it reaches the surface and clogs pores which prevents acne breakouts and zits.
The anti-inflammatory properties in salicylic acid is excellent at reducing the redness and inflammation caused by acne, as it opens pores to eliminate acne and zits. Just like with benzoyl peroxide, it’s best to use salicylic acid continuously so your pores stay clean and clear from acne and zit causing bacteria.
Stridex for Acne
Stridex Strength Medicated Pads are alcohol free acne clearing pads with 2% salicylic acid. This single step product effectively clears up any existing acne or zits, and prevents breakouts from occurring by using 2% salicylic acid to unclog pores, cleanse the skin, and kill lurking bacteria. The Stridex pads have a fresh aroma, are soft to the touch and also contain vitamins A, C and E which allow your skin to heal from the acne breakout and keep your skin healthy, without complications.
Within a day or two of using the Stridex pads, you will notice a reduction in your acne and redness in general. The pads also exfoliate the skin, leaving it smooth, clean and clear, and can even reduce the appearance of acne scars. Even if you have sensitive skin, the pads won’t sting or burn, or create any irritation. Overall, the Stridex pads will leave you with a clean feeling face that is actually clean and clear of acne and zits.
These three great treatments to make zits come to a head, reduce and treat acne and zits and prevent breakouts are great tools to have on had the next time you feel that ugly bump trying to ruin your day. Or use them all the time to prevent acne breakouts and zits from occurring in the first place. Your face will thank you!