People go to great lengths to get rid of pimples especially those which pop up during the most inopportune times i.e. just before a date, on a wedding day or just before an important interview. In such instances, you need a perfect way to get rid of a pimple/s fast without making the appearance worse. Although there are many ways to get rid of pimples fast, our focus in this article will be on one of the popular and effective method i.e. cold compressing pimples.
It’s important to note that the best time to get rid of pimples is during the early stages. Pimples have 2 primary stages namely non-surfacing and surfacing stages. During the non-surfacing stage, a pimple will not have broken the skin surface. Non-surfacing pimples are usually red bumps or simple blemishes accompanied with minor itching. On the other hand, surfacing pimples are pimples which have already surfaced or broken the skin surface.
Cold compressing pimples is effective during the earliest stages of pimple formation i.e. the non-surfacing stage. This brings us to a very important question; how do you use a cold compress to get rid of pimples?
Using a cold compress for pimples
Before you use a cold compress for pimples, you must consider three main things namely;
1. Your pimple must be non-surfacing.
2. Your pimple shouldn’t be a whitehead or blackhead.
3. Your pimple or skin blemish shouldn’t have any visible pus build up.
What is cold compressing pimples?
As the name suggests, cold compress for pimples involves placing cold objects on a pimple. Ice cubes are commonly used to cold compress pimples. The cold temperature reduces the swelling and redness making pimples or skin blemishes to look better. Cold compressing a pimple is a perfect trick for eliminating pimples and blemishes that have just started appearing under the skin.
Contrary to popular belief, the ice cube shouldn’t touch your skin directly. You should wrap the ice cube using a soft cloth or tissue. Also, you shouldn’t compress a pimple for long. 20 to 30 seconds is more than enough time. You should do this followed by a rest interval. You should repeat this process a few times a day before you leave the house.
Let’s take a look at the actual process to understand how you should cold compress a pimple correctly.
Also read: Hot Compress for Acne
Directions For Use
Step 1: Wash your hands and face thoroughly.
Step 2: Find a clean ice pack or make one.
Step 3: Wrap the ice in a clean foil or cloth.
Step 4: Press the ice on the skin blemish or pimple for 10 minutes i.e. 20 to 30 seconds a time with one to two minutes of rest time. If the ice is too cold to withstand, you can add extra sheets of foil, cloth or tissue paper until you are able to withstand the cold for 30 seconds straight.
You should repeat the above steps for two to three days. To get the best results, you should cold press your blemish for at least 10 minutes daily. Taking more time is advisable when you want faster results.