We tend to stick with what we know. Chances are, as a teen, you found a skincare routine that worked and you stuck to it. Or, you never found a routine that worked and kept doing what you know. Let us be your time machine and we’ll tell your 13-year-old self about 3 pimple remedies you probably didn’t know about.
Yes, #16 on the periodic table can help dry out your pimples! When applied topically, sulfur causes the skin to dry and peel. Despite how this sounds, it is actually a good thing for your skin if you have acne. First, sulfur helps reduce skin oiliness. Secondly, it helps the skin slough away cells more effectively, so pore blockages (AKA the beginnings of a breakout) don’t develop. Sulfur works best if you have mild blemishes or moderate acne. It really isn’t effective for severe acne or cystic breakouts. So, if you have red pimples, or blackheads, or a combination of the two, sulfur can improve your skin.
Sulfur is also a really great option if you have sensitive skin! Some common ingredients in acne products, such as benzoyl peroxide, can be really harsh on your skin.
2.) Hydrocolloid Bandages
Hydrocolloid dressings are little bandages doctors use on wound sites to help them heal. They work by drawing out the fluids produced by a wound and creating an environment where bacterial growth is prohibited. The flexible bandage can comfortably be left on for up to one week and is even waterproof so you can keep it on in the shower.
Use these bandages after you popped a pimple to help absorb pus and oil and speed healing. These also work on cystic acne to bring them to a head. Do not pop cystic acne until they are at the surface of your skin.
Pro tip: Buy hydrocolloid bandages and use a hole puncher to make them the perfect size for pimples
3.) Spearmint Tea
Do you have hormonal acne? Reddit users know that spearmint tea can be an effective way to stop breakouts! In the SkincareAddiction forum on Reddit, users tout spearmint tea as a huge factor in stopping their cystic hormonal acne.
Skeptical? That’s okay! Spearmint tea also has other benefits, such as aiding in relaxation. Spearmint tea also has antioxidants!