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How to Get Rid of an Infected Pore

author image Wendy Rose Gould
Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.
How to Get Rid of an Infected Pore
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The term "infected pore" or "infected hair follicle" is a fancy name for pimple. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including whiteheads, blackheads, cysts and your average pus-filled postule. They're caused by a variety of factors, including poor hygiene, puberty, hormones, excess oil production and even overwashing. Though getting rid of a pimple can't be done overnight, you can take steps to minimize the appearance of one and prevent others from popping up.

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Step 1

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and tepid water twice a day. Rinse with cool water and carefully pat dry with a clean towel. These basic measures help prevent future pimples.

Step 2

Apply an over-the-counter product directly to the blemish site. The product should contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. According to the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois, these ingredients shed the outer layer of skin and open pores.

Step 3

Let the spot treatment set overnight and rinse with cool water in the morning.

Step 4

Rub an ice cube infected pore to soothe away any pain. Avoid touching the blemish with your fingers to prevent extra oil and dirt from entering the site.

Step 5

Wash away any pus or oil that seeps out if the pimple bursts. The oil and pus can seep around the area, causing more inflammation or infected pores.

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