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What to Do When You Feel a Pimple Coming On

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You have a huge event coming up (which means unlimited selfies) and have been prepping your skin for it. Now that the big day is finally here, you’re getting ready to apply your makeup only to notice a zit that wasn’t there the night before. How rude.

If you’re tired of waking up with sneaky pimples, you’re not alone. Even though it’s super tempting, don’t squeeze the hidden pimple or force it up to the surface. The bacteria from your hands will only make things worse, trust us. The best way to get rid of pimples is to stop before it happens. Knowing what signs to look for, such as a painful lump, and keeping the area clean can make it easier to deal with. Here’s how to get rid of pimples before they appear.

1. Wet a washcloth with warm water and press it to the affected area.
If you feel a pimple coming on, applying heat to the spot will help with the pain and make it feel less tender. The heat also forces your pores to open, which makes getting rid of the bacteria much easier. Make sure that you are gently pressing the washcloth to your face so you don’t run the risk of aggravating your hidden pimple even further.

2. Put a warm tea bag compress on your face.
It isn’t just a tasty drink! Warm tea bags are one of the best pre-acne treatments because they contain tannins, which help reduce inflammation. You can use any of the teas that you keep in your cupboard, although green and black tea work the best.

3. Add Greek yogurt to your diet.
Although certain types of dairy are known for causing pimples, yogurt is the exception to the rule. Greek yogurt is packed with probiotics, which stop bad bacteria from forming. So eat up. It also makes an excellent wrinkle remover and cleanser.


4. Dip a cotton ball into fresh lemon juice and gently dab your face.
There are so many health and beauty benefits to using lemon juice. Not only does it dry up your pimple, it also gets rid of old acne scars. It’s one of the best natural antiseptics and is probably already in your fridge.

5. Use a facial cleanser to remove the oil below the surface.
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning and before you go to bed. This will help your skin stay hydrated while also getting rid of trapped oil and bacteria. Stay away from stronger cleansers that may end up irritating the area.

6. Keep your face hydrated by using an oil-free moisturizer.
If you have acne-prone skin, making sure that your skin isn’t dry is crucial. Dry skin only makes acne worse and forces your face to overproduce oil. The right moisturizer can help loosen built up sebum in your pores.

7. For quicker results, use a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid over-the-counter gel.
Benzoyl peroxide is great for getting rid of bacteria stuck under your skin, while salicylic helps control the amount of oil your skin produces.

Cassandra is a beauty and women's health writer. She spends most of her time treating herself to dinner and movie dates, pretending her life is a Marvel comic and figuring out how to keep her makeup on her face. Not necessarily in that order. She blogs about affordable outfits from her favorite movies and TV shows at Onscreencloset.com.