Pimple Mark , Zit, Spot, Acne…
Whatever you want to call it, most people have had at least one break out of pimples in their life while wondering how to remove pimple marks at the same time. And Naturally, it’s only human nature to attack the black or white-headed comedones (professional scientific dermatologist term) with some sort of gross yet relief-giving vigour. But what do you do post-pop? Some pimples go almost straight away, some don’t go at all (we’ll talk about that in another article) and some leave us looking like we’ve developed chicken pox.
The post-pop pimple marks can sometimes be just as frustrating as the original pimple itself as it sometimes looks worse than the original sore. But what are they and how do you get rid of them? Can you do it naturally or is make-up and chemicals a must?
What is it?
Ok, so it’s pretty common knowledge that Acne and pimples are general blocked pores. Inside the pore, where the hair follicle develops, is generally a type of pouch just below the skin filled with a special oil known as sebum that helps skin to stay clean. Sometimes this pore gets blocked or the hair breaks off under the sink. From here you can get an inflamed hair follicle and build-up of sebum under the skin. For those with Acne, this sebum can attract a bacteria known as P. acnes which essentially aggravates the pore and drives the while show.
Voila! You have a zit!
Now you push, squeeze, scratch and dig at this thing under it bursts (or oozes out like a lot of YouTube videos) and you are left with this inflamed patch of skin and a pimple mark.
Who gets it?
When it comes to pimples, almost anyone of any age can get pimples. Babies get pimple like bumps known as Milia; while elderly are susceptible to black heads and Dilated pores of winer (the really massive crusty looking blackheads). But in saying this, pretty much almost anyone can get it.
In adolescence, as your hormones kick into over drive, teens are susceptible to getting either humble pimples or the worse condition of Acne. Typically is affects those aged 12-25 (although some continue to get it later in life) with an average of 8 in 10 teens getting some kind of Acne. So imagine this: teens bored in class, picking at their bumps and WHAM! Pop the mother lode; check their face in the toilets and they have a red mark, or scare, to suddenly cover up.
Make-up is generally a quick fix but check out our list below for ways to get rid of your pimple marks. For severe cases we always recommend seeing a dermatologist but if you want to save some dough and are pretty confident it’s not that bad, give these a go!
Here is a video on all of the technics for removing pimple marks that we also have in our list.
- Old School treatment with a Sugar Scrub
Mix 3 tbsp of sugar, 1 tbsp of milk powder and 1 tbsp of honey to form a paste. Scrub this over your face and let sit for 15 minutes before washing under warm water.
- “Bleach” the marks with Egg Whites or Baking Soda
Egg Whites: Separate the white from the yolk of an egg and apply the whites directly to the marks. Wash off after 10-15 minutes with cold water.
Baking Soda: mix 1 tsp of baking soda with a few drops of water to form a paste and apply directly to the pimple marks. Wash off with warm water after a few minutes.
- Get Fruity with these suggestions:
Lemons: Squeeze half a lemon and mix the juice with double parts glycerine. Dab directly onto skin and wash off after 10 minutes.
Papaya (Paw Paw): Crush a few pieces of fruit and apply the pulp over your face or infected area, wash off after a few minutes.
Cucumber: Get old-fashioned and apply a cucumber slice directly to the area or grate it and use the whole cucumber as a scrub. Rinse with cold water after.
- Oats, the natural exfoliant:
Coarsely grind oats and mix it with honey, Apply as you would a normal face scrub and wash off with warm water.
- Ring a Ring a Rosey with ice cubes!
We all know that ice cubes by themselves are good for reducing inflammation but if you mix rosewater into the water before you freeze it and then rub over your skin, it might just clear those scars!
- Say ‘Allo to Aloe!
Aloe Vera has long been a popular treatment for various ailments from burns and itchy skin. Our parents’, our grandparents and probably their parent’s used it too! If you are a good gardener and can’t kill things, keep a handy pot of aloe on the go. You can simply break off a leaf and squeeze the relieving gel onto your hand or fingers to massage into the marks. If you don’t have room for a plant (or kill them like I do), look for aloe vera gels in your drug store or grocery store, or even markets.
- Go nuts for Coconut:
Massage coconut oil, usually about a ¼ teaspoon naturally melted into your hand, with your fingertips into the affected areas and let it soak in. no need to wash unless it feels too heavy on your skin, in which case, leave for 30 minutes before rinsing with either water or a natural cleanser.
- Sweet as Honey:
One item that has been mentioned a couple of times is Honey, usually mixed with something else. Working best with Raw honey (usually found at markets or with an apiarist) massage a small amount into the scars and let it work its magic. Mix with ground cinnamon for a more scrub like cleaner.
- Potato, Potahtoh:
When making your next au Gratin, simply take a few slices (because come on, no one will miss it), and apply them directly to the affected areas. Thicker pieces are good for massaging the scar if you don’t want potato stuck to your face but the general idea is that the juice is vitamin and mineral rich. Leave for at leave for at least fifteen minutes before rinsing with warm water.
- Vitamin E:
The easiest way to use vitamin E for healing is to puncture the end of one of the gel capsules and squeeze the contents onto your fingertips. Apply directly to the skin or mix with your moisturizer (or get a moisturizer with vitamin E in it already) ad apply daily.
So, ok most of this list is natural remedies, but that’s because if you read the labels and know the jargon, some of these are already in the cleansers and face masks you buy to try to stop the pores from getting clogged in the first place! There are creams and cleansers out there that say that they help with the scars and pimple marks too and if you are wanting to not smush food products into your face, feel free to give these a go! Speak with your beauty therapist, dermatologist, or general doctor for brands to use that may cater to your exact skin type. Remember as well that if you start to experience a reaction please wash off anything immediately and get to the doctor! Your particular face make up may not be conducive to these methods.
And lastly, if you really don’t have time to wait, use a concealer stick or foundation (yes guys can too.. It’s all about blending) that matches your skin tone until you can spend the time trying the natural remedies!