If You’re Like Me the very sight of a new blemish has you searching for your cover-up. A better approach, however, is to make sure zits never show up or at least, never grow very big – in the first place. Whether pimples are a daiy battle for you, or a once-in-a-while occurrence, over-the-counter help is available.
Easy spot treatments
Do not pick at your zits – you can cause nasty scars! If you positively cannot leave a blackhead or whitehead alone, try placing a clean forefinger on each side of the cloggea pore and spread the skin taut. Often, you’ll find the stuff in the pore pops out on its own.
For mild to moderate acne and occasional blemishes, over-the-counter products are effective. Benzoyl peroxide is the best spot-stopper around. It unblocks pores, dries up excess sebum, exfoliates the area, and kills the bacteria that cause pimples. Sulfur has long been used in zit medications – either alone, or with benzoyl peroxide – to dry excess sebum, lightly exfoliate the area, and kill bacteria before it can cause a pimple.
A dermatologist may prescribe a topical antibiotic, Retin-A, or azelaic add, which is a grain-derivative that unblocks pores, exfoliates, and kills bacteria.
Salicylic acid (also known as beta hydroxy acid) is a popular ingredient in zit creams and is found in some cleansers, astringents, and masks. A relative of aspirin, it works by penetrating pores to loosen impacted sebum and dirt, which cause blackheads and can lead to whiteheads and cystic pimples.