Appendix E: Acne Spot Treatments

Before spot treating a pimple, make certain that it has been cleaned according to your normal skin care regimen.

White pus filled pimples on the surface of the face

These types of pimples are typically an indication of surplus oil at the area of infection. Apply benzoly peroxide or clay mask to the area at night and wash off in the morning to help dry out the pimple. Inflamed pimples, beneath the surface of the skin and painful (also pre-menstrual type acne)

Since the area of infection in this case is deep within the skin, it is important to use solution that is capable of seeping down into the skin. Tea tree oil is excellent for this purpose. To treat the area, dilute the tea tree oil in a carrier oil, such as jobaba oil, in a 1:2 ratio (tea tree: carrier oil). Then apply the oil mixture to the pimple and cover the immediate area surrounding the pimple as well.

You can also treat deep pimples with ice. For 5-10 seconds, rub the area with ice to help reduce inflammation. Avoid over-icing the skin; doing so could rupture blood vessels.

Blackheads

One of the best treatments for blackheads is to open the pores so that the melanin (the pigment that gives the pore its black color) trapped inside of the pore can be released. Make certain to wash the face with a cleanser containing salicylic acid to help penetrate the oil in the pores and remove dead cells.

Alternately, you can use a paste of baking powder and water to help loosen the clogged pores. Then, steam the face for 15-20 minutes. Afterwards, apply a clay mask over the affected area. Let the mask dry and wipe the mask away with a wet, warm cloth.

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