My Go-To Guide To Beating A Pimple Fast

No matter what your skin type is or how good your skincare routine is, you will still get pimples. At least, I do!

My extensive skincare routine keeps my skin pimple-free most of the time, but unavoidable things like hormonal changes, stress, a bad reaction to a product, or a dirty day can still happen and cause the occasional pimple. In that case, I fall back on my trusty pimple-busting routine.

1. Cleanse

To get the pimple site clean and ready for the next treatment, I cleanse gently as possible. Which means soft, milky or creamy cleansers, with no fragrance or scrubs whatsoever.

2. Treat With Acids

Depending on the type of pimple I have, I’ll dab on one of my two exfoliating acids. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) is great for bringing deep bumps – like closed comedones – to a head. Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) gets deep into pores and relieves inflammation, so I use it on painful swollen cysts. Just remember that both liquids need 20 minutes to work.

3. Spot Treat

After my acids have had time to work, I finish up with a spot treatment. I’ve used a lot of overnight treatments, but the one that really works for me is a simple sulphur ointment (I use good old Nixoderm). This thick, opaque white cream helps dry out cysts, shed clogs of dry skin and oil, absorb oil, and my pimples are significantly smaller the next day. Other people can also try leave-on spot treatments that contain salycyclic acid or  benzoyl peroxide, depending on their skin and pimple type.

For the day time though, white patches of sulphur cream aren’t a good look. Here’s where my favourite secret weapon comes in: Dr Jart+ Cicapair Re-Cover ointment.

Since getting a tiny sample tub of this at a Sephora event, it’s been one of the most revolutionary steps in my pimple-busting routine! It contains cica or tiger grass, which is great for healing and protecting damaged skin. At the same time it also offers SPF30 (a must to prevent acne scars) and the light green shade counteracts any redness from a pimple. People seem to use it all over as a colour correcting primer or BB cream, but it’s too precious to me for that – it’s perfect as a spot treatment.

4. Cover it

Once a pimple has come to a head, meaning the inflammation and pus has risen to the surface and the pimple looks ripe and pop-able, I stick on an acne patch or hydrocolloid bandage. These little round stickers draw out all the gunk inside your pimple and speeds up healing. I’ve been using these ones for years, and they’ve never let me down.