It's a universal truth that on the morning of a big day or a special event, it's highly likely you'll wake up with a massive pimple.
Why do pimples decide to wait until you have something on to make their debut? I'm a dermal therapist, but honestly, who knows. They just do.
Perhaps it’s stress? Or maybe being so busy in the lead up to an event means you neglected your skin? Or maybe you've been doing All The Right Things and you got a blemish anyway.
Regardless, it sucks. But while we might not have control over when pimples form (you can bet it'll usually be when you really don't want or need them to, though), you can control how you go about treating them.
So, if you've got a pimple and you need it gone ASAP, here's exactly how I would go about it.
How to Get Rid Of Pimples Fast.
Listen closely now, because getting rid of a pimple fast is a delicate operation that can go from 'I can hardly see it' to 'visible infection' with just a few wrong moves.
Blindly attacking your face is not the way to go. Especially if you want to minimise acne scarring and pigmentation, and decrease the chances of it sticking around for longer.
First, you need to determine the type of pimple you have. There are actually six different types of pimples, but the most common breakouts are usually either a cyst or a pustule.
Pustules = infections. They're those red bumps on your skin that generally tend to come to a head with white pus. You might also know them as a 'whitehead'.
Cysts, on the other hand, don’t ever come to a head. They're those hard, painful, deep pimples commonly referred to as 'blind pimples'. There’s actually no way to pop a cyst so don't even try because, honestly, you will only make things worse.
You can learn more about how to avoid acne scarring (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) from a dermatologist in this YouTube video below.