We’ve all been there. It’s the night before a date, the morning of your wedding, or the hours leading up to a photoshoot, and you can feel a pimple start to rear its ugly head. Maybe you had been touching your face a bit more than usual, and now you’re paying the price. However, don’t panic! You have options, ranging from a cortisol shot administered by a dermatologist to a simple spot treatment. What’s the best option for you? Keep reading to find out!
Catch some Z’s
First things first, there are preventative measures to avoid that pimple in the first place. In the days leading up to an event, Dr. Sandra Lee stresses the importance of sleep! Stress hormones like cortisol can play a major factor in the formation of breakouts. While you’re sleeping, your body regulates these hormones and sheds dead skin cells. Rest is also a great way to minimize stress and help you FEEL your best, so your skin can follow suit!
Desperate Times Call For Dermatological Measures
If you get a zit a day before an event, your best bet is contacting your dermatologist to get a corticosteroid shot. This low potency injection works like magic, making your pimple disappear within 24 hours. Your dermatologist will use a micro-needle (barely bigger than an acupuncture needle) to inject cortisone directly into the pimple. Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory that can help reduce the swelling and redness of acne breakouts. Not only will your zit be much smaller and manageable within a day, cortisone shots also reduce the chance of scarring.
If you don’t have the luxury of a last-minute corticosteroid shot appointment, spot treatments are a great alternative to give your pimple a concentrated dose of acne-fighting ingredients. As soon as you feel a pimple coming, dab a spot treatment on the targeted area! This will also help you keep your hands off your face, which will only worsen any redness or inflammation. For red or inflamed pimples, use a spot treatment with Benzoyl Peroxide, like SLMD’s BP Spot Treatment. In addition to Benzoyl Peroxide, which kills acne-causing bacteria, this spot treatment is also packed with Allantoin to soothe skin and Vitamin E, an extremely potent antioxidant. If you’re experiencing blackheads or whiteheads, use a spot treatment with Salicylic Acid, like SLMD’s Salicylic Acid Spot Treatment. This pimple stopper features Salicylic Acid to exfoliate, Witch Hazel to clean bacteria, and Camphor to enhance your glow.
Don’t let an acne flareup ruin your day! If preventative measures fall short, take action with these suggestions to quickly reduce the appearance of pimples after they’ve already surfaced.