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How To Get Rid of a Big Pimple Naturally

We've all had them -- those big zits from hell.  They pop up seemingly overnight (always, always at the worst time).

Honestly, I can tell you that I'm a reformed pimple popper.  Popping pimples really is not good for your skin.  Especially those big, inflamed ones.  Squeeze those babies and you're likely to do some serious damage to your skin.

But who wants to walk around for three days with a humungous whitehead on their face?  I hate that.

So, I came up with this simple mixture that works wonders.  It helps bring those ouchy big pimples to a head and helps them drain naturally, quickly, and very gently.  The best thing is, you've got everything you need to make it in your kitchen right now.

To be clear, this mixture doesn't stop breakouts from forming, so won't clear up a case of acne.  But for helping to quickly heal an occasional breakout or an individual big blemish, this can't be beat.

(If you do need help getting acne under control, take a look at my About.com website that's dedicated to acne and its treatment.  You'll get lots of acne treatment info and tips there, guaranteed.)

Blemish Healing Solution
1/4 cup hot water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 green teabag

Place the teabag into the water and steep for 5 minutes.  (Save the teabag!  You can use it again to make another batch of solution later in the day if one soaking session doesn't take care of the pimple.)  Add the salt and stir until dissolved.

If the solution has cooled too much, rewarm it now.  You want it very warm, but not too hot.

Soak a cotton ball in the warm solution and hold it over the pimple.  When the cotton ball gets too cool, rewarm it in the warm solution again.  You'll be dumping this solution after this use anyway, so it's OK to re-dip the cotton ball.

Hold the solution-soaked cotton ball over the blemish for 5 to 10 minutes.  This is often all that's needed to drain a whitehead.

If your pimple is still there after 10 minutes, that's OK.  You can continue to poultice the blemish for 20 minutes total.   

Deep pimples, pimples that don't yet have a white head, or exceptionally big blemishes usually take more than one poultice session to drain.  Wait a few hours, make up a fresh solution, and soak again.  The longest I've ever had a pimple last was 3 sessions, about 8 hours apart.

Want to know why this works?

Heat softens the plug in the pore so it can drain more easily.  The salt is very drawing, so it helps pull the debris to the surface.  The green tea is also drawing, and it helps reduce inflammation so the pimple looks smaller and less red as well.

You can also use this solution to help remove splinters!  In this case, though, forget the cotton ball.  Stick the entire splinter-affected area in the solution and soak it for 30 minutes (you might have to double or triple the recipe to do this).  The splinter will have drawn up, and the area will be softened so you can get that little bugger out more easily and less painfully.

Try this and let me know how it works for you!     

Need more acne treatment tips?  Visit me at About.com Acne.

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