It is not difficult to reduce the swelling of a pimple. Unfortunately, people add to the swelling by pinching it or trying to pop it. Popular myths about pimples also add to the problem because people try bizarre cures. What is needed is an understanding of what causes acne. This can then help an individual adopt a remedy that can reduce the swelling.
Pimples are caused when skin pores get clogged with dead cells, sebum and toxic chemicals released by bacteria. The swelling puts pressure on the skin, creating redness and inflammation. The fluids trapped in the swelling give it an ugly yellow look. When one pops a pimple or pinches it, the fluids may flow out spreading the infection.
That is why one must refrain from popping a pimple. It may bring temporary relief but it may also spread the infection to other follicles, and trigger a fresh breakout. There is also the possibility of scarring, especially if the pimple is not popped properly.
The ideal way to reduce swelling is to adopt simple yet effective herbal remedies. The biggest advantage of using these is that they are unlikely to have any side effects. In fact, over a period of time you will see that your skin has become more healthy and supple. The number of acne flare ups also come down.
The most efficient technique is to use an ice pack over the pimples. The ice pack should be placed for 2-3 minutes without applying too much direct pressure. You can do this 2-3 times during an hour, and notice the instant reduction in swelling.
A small dab of toothpaste over the pimple also reduces the redness to a great extent. Apple cider vinegar, which works like an astringent, reduces the swelling dramatically. Similarly, freshly extracted juice of cucumber and tomato helps in tightening up the pores, and reducing the swelling.
A sandalwood paste made with rose water soothes the skin tissue and reduces irritation thereby helping in reducing swelling. It also improves the skin texture and tone. It should be applied in the form of a face mask and kept for at least 6-8 hours. Leaving it overnight works best.
Natural extracts from neem tree and the Australian Tea Tree oil are potent bactericides. They help in killing the bacteria present on the surface of the skin, and reducing the chances of secondary infections.
For those who suffer from recurring acne it is best to opt for medicines. Bactericidal ointments containing salicylic acid or Benzoyl peroxide dry the pus in the pimple quickly, and accelerate the healing process. As the pimple subsides the redness and the swelling also reduces.