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Reducing Pimple Redness

Three simple ways to make a noticeable difference

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. 

Red spot on face with cotton pad

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…

How to Reduce Pimple Redness

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

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