How to Get Rid of Blemishes

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Large pores and blemishes can happen to people of any age. Before you pop a pimple, try these other strategies.

  • Prevention is key. Pores become enlarged when they get clogged with dirt, oil, and bacteria. Wash your face every morning and night to keep your pores clean and smaller.
  • Cold can tighten your skin. Apply ice cubes gently to your pores. Leave them on for no longer than 15 to 30 seconds.
  • Baking soda can fight acne and reduce the size of pores. Mix two tablespoons each of baking soda and water to make a paste. Massage it into your pores using gentle circular motions for 30 seconds and then rinse with cool water. Do this every night for five to seven days, and then three to five times a week. Use caution if you have sensitive skin.
  • Squeeze lemon and pineapple juices on a washcloth and hold it firmly on your face for a minute, then rinse with warm water. Lemons and pineapples have natural enzymes that tighten, firm, purify, and brighten skin. If you have sensitive skin, use moisturizer first to prevent breakouts.
  • A scrub has small beads or other components that help to unclog pores. Use either a light scrub or a face wash, but not both. Washing your face too much can cause redness and irritation.
  • Plain yogurt has lactic acid and probiotics that fight bacteria that cause acne. Apply a thin layer of yogurt to your face and leave it on for at least five but no more than 10 minutes. Use a yogurt mask only once a week.
  • Eat a diet with plenty of lean proteins; whole grains; fruits; vegetables; omega-3 fatty acids; vitamins A, B, and C; and water. Oranges and tangerines can make skin firmer and rebuild collagen. Avoid excessive dairy products.
  • Use alpha and beta hydroxy acids to exfoliate dead skin cells. BHAs are better at penetrating pores. You should only use AHAs and BHAs every four to six weeks.
  • Mix tomato juice and lemon juice and use a cotton swab to apply it to your face. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
  • Combine 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and a pinch of turmeric. Leave it on your face for 10 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
  • Rub a lemon peel with a little bit of sugar on your face and rinse with cool water after 10 minutes.
  • Make a paste with sandalwood powder and water, leave it on your face for 10 to 20 minutes, and rinse with cool water.
  • Rub a papaya or banana peel on your face and rinse with cool water after 15 minutes. The enzymes and acids in them can reduce the appearance of blemishes.
  • Apply a small amount of rosehip oil every day and rinse with cool water after 15 minutes.
  • You can see your doctor or dermatologist and ask for a prescription in topical or pill form to treat your breakouts.
  • Dermabrasion is a procedure in which a doctor scrapes the epidermis, the top layer of the skin, with a very fine diamond bur or wire brush to treat blemishes. Microdermabrasion is similar but uses a lighter instrument.
  • Dermaplaning is a procedure similar to dermabrasion, except the dermatologist uses a series of back-and-forth oscillations to “plane” away the skin instead of scraping it.
  • An aesthetician can use a high-frequency machine to kill the bacteria that cause blemishes. You will have visible results in a few hours. You can also buy a Zeno device, which is similar but is handheld and battery-operated.
  • If your skin does not respond to any of these other treatments, as a last resort your dermatologist can inject cortisone into a blemish. This should reduce swelling within a day.

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