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How to Clear Up Blemishes

author image Ann Jones
Ann Jones has been writing since 1998. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies. Her journalistic work can be found in major magazines and newspapers. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.
How to Clear Up Blemishes
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Acne pimples don't just affect teenagers. Adults can continue to get occasional blemishes. Most people know the distress of waking up with a fresh pimple the day of an important event, whether it's class pictures, a date with your longtime crush,or an important presentation at work. One common mistake is frantically scrubbing the skin with harsh cleansers or rough sponges. You can treat your skin gently and still clear up your pimples.

Step 1

Wash your face daily with a gentle cleanser containing salicylic acid to help dry up excess oil. Look for one that also contains panthenol, a redness reducer.

Step 2

Wash your makeup applicators regularly with antibacterial soap.

Step 3

Keep your hands and hair off your face. Change your pillowcases frequently, and wipe down your phone with a cotton ball moistened with astringent or rubbing alcohol.

Step 4

Resist the urge to squeeze pimples, which can make them last longer and spread bacteria to other areas of the face. Picking can also lead to scarring.

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Step 5

Crush an uncoated aspirin and add just enough water to make a paste. Use the paste as a spot treatment for new pimples. If it irritates your skin, add a drop of honey, a natural antiseptic and moisturizer. You can also make the paste using baking soda instead of aspirin, or use plain calamine lotion as a spot treatment

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