pimple emergency!

2:28 pm - 06/05/2009
i had a huge pimple smack in the middle of my forehead so surprise surprise i popped it. First gunk came out so I left it alone. The next day it was still there so I popped it again and clear stuff came out, followed by blood. I put a bandaid and neosporin over it and called it a day. Today it is still huge and red, i'd even say bigger.
now i'm putting ice on it.
It needs to be gone by Sunday, I'm reuniting with my boyfriend I haven't seen in three months :( :(
mizzbeats 5th-Jun-2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
visine! exfoliate! push it back into your head?! lmao. don't do that but visine helps with the red
zeriyx 5th-Jun-2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
Cut some bangs ;P

No, but leave it alone first of all. Second, the clear-ish formulations of Neosporin can make the pimple flare up repeatedly and several ingredients within the product can cause additional pimples in the area.

Visine can help with redness.
anita_drink 5th-Jun-2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
All the stuff above, and also take an Advil to bring down any swelling!
tigergir11333 5th-Jun-2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
If worse comes to worse, use regular white colgate/crest toothpaste. It'll dry up your pimple, take down the redness..

..but it will cause flaking later on so moisturize~

Skin can also "get used" to this method.
rewrites 5th-Jun-2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
toothpaste over night always works :]
binksgoesbang 5th-Jun-2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
do you put it on a bandaid to hold it on?
rewrites 5th-Jun-2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
no haha, just put a dab of it and rub it in. it will dry on it's own then just go to sleep as usual. when you wake up it will be really hard and gross but once you wash your face it's gone. dries out anything that was there.
quiet000001 5th-Jun-2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Okay, it'll make you orange temporarily (so do it at night or something when you don't mind having a big smudge of orange on the middle of your forehead) but betadine works MUCH better than neosporin for pretty much everything antiseptic-related, ime. It's kind of expensive, but a bottle will last you forever.

What I would do:
Warm compress for a while to draw out anything. (Don't squeeze it, just hold a warm thing against it. I just use a paper towel folded into a nice thick pad and soaked with hot water, then squeezed out so it's not dripping. Re-wet when it cools.)
Rinse the area with something for sensitive skin (don't want to over-dry it and irritate the skin more.)
Pat dry.
Apply Betadine. (I actually put a little on a pad of paper towel and kind of press it against the spot for a short time - seems to help the betadine get into the spot instead of just sitting on top.)
Allow to dry.

Once you've given the betadine some time to do it's thing, you can also put on a cool compress for a bit (like an ice cube in a plastic bag) just to soothe the inflammation. But I wouldn't do it right away because you don't want to rub away the betadine before it's had a chance to work on things, y'know?
binksgoesbang 5th-Jun-2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
you just buy this at the grocery store right?
will it stain my skin or its just orange until it washes off?
quiet000001 5th-Jun-2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, in the first aid section. (I think once or twice I've had to ask for it at the pharmacy, but you don't need a prescription or anything.)

It's just orange until you wash/rub it off. :) (I think it might stain fabric, though - I normally use a paper towel with it rather than a washcloth. :) )

Basically my mom uses either Betadine (the orange stuff) or Bactine (clear) for everything antiseptic. My mom's a nurse, so I figure she knows what's what. :) The problem with ointment things like Neosporin is they prevent oxygen from getting to the injury, and in the case of pimples can also clog up your pores - and a lot of bacteria that cause infections (and pimples) don't like air/oxygen, so just being exposed and allowed to dry out does a lot to kill everything.

I suggested Betadine over Bactine only because in my experience Betadine is more effective on pimples. :)
coffeeforone 5th-Jun-2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
I know this is gross but welcome to my life haha. I always pop my zits. The reason it came back is because you didn't clean it out, but sometimes you can keep squeezing and it won't budge. I typically just put zit cream and wait till it goes away.
kissesinparis 6th-Jun-2009 02:46 am (UTC)

it is still throbbing and gross because there's still that little sebum(?) thing stuck in it.

if you are daring go ahead and try it again in a bit. when you get it out, it won't be inflamed or crazy! trust me!
mmn12083 5th-Jun-2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Calamine lotion works for me overnight.
____xbrunette 6th-Jun-2009 03:59 am (UTC)
Go to the store, go to the first aid aisle, get a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Next go to the baby aisle and get zinc oxide cream and also make sure you have cotton balls and aloe vera gel. Wash your spot and exfoiliate it. soak cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and apply to your spot. It will sting but stinging will be over soon. Then apply aloe vera gel. Leave it to dry for 15 mind then go wash it off. Next apply zinc oxide cream on your spot and go to bed. This is a reallllllllly cheap way to get rid of your spot! Hydrogen peroxide is like 2 bucks and zinc oxide cream is 2 bucks and aloe vera gel is 3 bucks. Super cheap and a great way to get rid of pimples fast! Good luck!
fishnetknickers 6th-Jun-2009 05:38 am (UTC)
Not sure if this is similar to neosporin. But I always take a qtip and rub in Bacitracin zinc (its just a zinc ointment for cuts) and put it on like 4 times a day and it heals in 2 to 3 days.
need_anoutlet 8th-Jun-2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
rub it with apple cider vinegar to kill all the bacteria, smother it in benzoyl peroxide or salyclic acid acne cream, and DON'T TOUCH IT. Visine it if the redness doesn't go down. The more you mess with it, the bigger it'll get.
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