Acne & Pimples

Reducing Pimple Redness

Three simple ways to make a noticeable difference

Red spot on face with cotton pad

First plan of attack: reduce the redness of that angry pimple that has erupted on your face.

If you deal with the inflammation first you can still face the world. Treat the pimple later—right now we want to lessen the impact so you can have more confidence to get on with your day.

This article will show you how to reduce pimple redness, the easy way…

The 3 tips below also work well for deep pimples or acne cysts. They all reduce inflammation, calm redness, and lessen the impact.

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Reducing pimple redness makes it easier to conceal the spot, so you can get on with what you need to do!

1. Ice: your skins best friend

Ice cubes in a line


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  • This is time consuming but worth it to help reduce the pimple altogether—which is why it is highly recommended for a blind pimple
  • Hold ice wrapped in a paper towel on the pimple for 20mins on, 20mins off at least twice
  • The intervals are important (20mins on, 20mins off) to avoid inflaming the skin more by keeping the ice on for too long. It’s just like icing a sports injury
  • The longer you can do this the better. Aim for at least twice, perhaps at different stages of the day
  • Plus it’s just a great, easy home treatment

2. Eye Drops

  • Using eyedrops is the fastest way to reduce redness, as they are designed to work instantly. Perfect for when you’ve just noticed a glowing spot on your face
  • Remember it is temporary and won’t do anything to help reduce the actual pimple
  • NOTE: it has to be whitening drops.
  • Apply a couple of drops to the spot using a cotton bud or ball, and once dry you can cover it up with concealer
  • This is best for a pimple which has a lot of redness in the surrounding skin, as it won’t reduce the actual inflammation itself

3. Reducing Pimple Redness With Cucumber

Cucumber slice

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  • The humble cucumber is excellent at reducing pimple redness—mainly due to its cooling effect (nothing too special, they have a high water content and are slight astringent)
  • It works by restricting the blood vessels in your skin which lessens the redness. This is the same reason it’s recommended for your eyes
  • The colder the better, so take it straight from the fridge!
  • Simply use a slice and hold it over the spot for a few minutes, once it’s warmed replace with another slice for a further few minutes. Repeat
  • Or since it’s the flesh that does the work, mash this up and apply it as a paste

Extra Skin Care Tips:

  • Avoid anything that increases the redness of your skin in general (hot food, spices, saunas, etc)
  • Use a good opaque concealer the same color as your skin—anything lighter will make the spot stand out more
  • Apply the concealer around the spot and blend it towards the middle. Dabbing it right on top will build up too much and make it stand out
  • If the pimple no longer has inflammation, you might be able to squeeze it
  • See this article for tips about what to do as soon as you feel a pimple coming




  1. Hello!
    I know this is late but I find aloe Vera gel is magical for acne scars!It takes about 1 week to see results but they are very noticeable 😊 Another tip is to exfoliate your skin everyday with a mild facial scrub.This will prevent the scar scars from getting worse.And my final tip is a honey salt mask. Apply at night and leave it on overnight.wash off in the morning! I hope this helped! Good luck with your journey!!😁

      1. So I’m a 13 year old male who’s always had good skin but a week ago I woke up to a face full of zits and puss. I’ve loaded on acne cream and ice but nothing is helping. Am I doing something wrong or does it take a while to see any improvement? Please reply soon!
        Ps school dance is soon and asking a girl out so need good first impression.

        1. There are multiple things that cause acne. Eating unhealthy foods, oily skin, stress, and many other factors can impact your skin. Ice has a short-term effect, and loading up on many types of acne cream can lead to more acne, as you should only use one or two products to wash your skin. You should take multiple steps to fixing your skin problem.

          Avoid fatty and junky foods. Foods like these can easily cause acne everywhere on your face and even on your body. If you have naturally oily skin, you should wash your face three times daily with just water.

          One really amazing thing I recommend to fix skin is African Black Soap. You should use it every day (don’t miss any days!) for fast results. If it irritates your skin, however, stop using it. You should also talk to your doctor if it gets really bad.

  2. I am suffering from redness of pimple. I have a common skin .In winter my skin is dry and in summer my skin is oily.How can I reduce redness in my face?

  3. Hello
    Myself Milan,i have a combine winter my skin is dry and in summer my skin is oily. I worked at a steel plant due to too much dust pimples and acne occurred on my face. Everyday i used mixed tomato and lemon juice to get rid of acne and pimples and coconut oil for overnight.Now i can see that appreance of acne and pimples are quite low,but pimples marks and redness can’t fed what to do to get rid off acne, pimples marks nd redness on my face.i want a smooth skin

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