Pimple redness is a troublesome condition that causes discomfort, embarrassment, and lack of self-esteem. The redness is caused due to inflammation in response to the bacterial infection that manifests as a pimple. Although inflammation is good for the skin, it is not a pretty sight. There are natural ways in which pimple redness can be reduced so that it is not so obvious.
1. Applying ice to the pimples can reduce redness
Wrap some ice cubes in a thin cloth and apply it gently to the pimple-affected area. Ensure that the cloth is clean to avoid further infection. Also, do not press too hard otherwise the pimples might burst, spreading the infection and worsening the condition. The cold causes blood circulation to slow down and that leads to reduced inflammation and redness.
2. Apply lemon juice
Lemon juice contains citric acid, which fights bacteria that causes the infection. It also lightens the skin and can reduce the redness. Fresh lemon juice should be squeezed out of half a lemon. Use a cotton ball to apply the juice directly to the pimples. This method should be used with care since lemon juice increases the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight. It has a drying effect on the skin, which makes it prone to sun damage. It is best to apply lemon juice at night and wash it off the next morning. While using this method, remember to wear sunscreen before stepping outside. Also, lemon juice may interfere with the effectiveness of other topical products that you may be using to treat the pimples. Thus, you should speak to your doctor before starting on a lemon juice treatment regime.
3. Apply a warm tea bag or hot wash cloth
The heat will force open the pores, and cause the embedded bacteria and pus to come to the surface of the skin. Thus, they are more easily removed using surface cleansers. The water should be heated such that it is almost too hot to touch. When applied to the skin, it should feel uncomfortable initially. Hold the warm tea bag or the hot wash cloth over the pimple for around 30-60 seconds. Wash your face using a gentle cleanser after this treatment to remove dead skin cells and dirt.
4. Apply toothpaste
Look for a toothpaste brand that contains silica. This ingredient has the property of drawing out moisture and can dry out pimples. Before going to bed, apply a thin layer of toothpaste on the pimple. Wash it off the next morning. Avoid using toothpaste that has fluoride or menthol since these substances will increase the redness.
5. Apply a paste of aspirin
Crush a few aspirin tablets and make a thick paste with water. Using a Q-tip, apply the paste to the pimple and allow it to dry. Wash off after a while. This method helps reduce the redness and inflammation because aspirin contains salicylic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory agent.
6. Apply eye drops
Eye drops are composed of tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride, an ingredient that reduces redness. A Q-tip dipped in eye drops can be gently applied to the pimple to relieve inflammation.
7. Apply potato juice
Potato juice contains vitamin C, vitamin B, and niacin. These nutrients help relieve stress, brighten skin, improve immunity, and reduce redness. Apply the juice of a shredded potato to the pimple or directly apply sliced potato pieces.
8. Apply baking soda
Baking soda helps to maintain the pH balance of the skin. It has a mild anti-inflammatory effect and reduces the oil secretion on the face. A paste of baking soda (3 parts) and water (1 part) should be applied on the skin around the pimple. Wash off with cold water.
9. Apply a tomato mask
Tomato contains vitamin A and vitamin C that brighten skin. Tomatoes also have astringent and cooling actions. Apply a mashed tomato to the face and leave it on for an hour.
10. Apply a cinnamon and honey mask
Honey is a natural antibiotic, whereas cinnamon has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Make a paste of 3 tablespoons of honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and apply it on the pimples for an hour. Wash off with cold water to close pores. Cinnamon may cause allergies or contact dermatitis for some people, so it is best to test it on the inside of your elbow before use.