We all want to know how to get rid of pimples, don’t we?
No one enjoys pimples invading their face, they’re like your extended family that stay a tad too long over Christmas or the SPAM emails that constantly pop up in your inbox.
The tricky thing is, pimples are complex beasts. Like an onion, there are layers of horribleness.
From the occasional nose pimples or a blemish on your forehead or chin to cystic or hormonal acne and small pimples on your lip line that really, really hurt, there’s no one magic way to get rid of pimples overnight, or sometimes, even quickly.
Thankfully, we spoke to the people who know how to get rid of pimples fast (and sadly, not so fast) to breakdown exactly how to manage your breakouts. From a dermatologist, nutritionist, qualified beauty therapist and skin specialist, here’s how they advise their clients on treating spots.
What are pimples?
Specialist Dermatologist and Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists Dr Deshan Sebaratnam told Mamamia pimples are the result of blockages in your skin’s pores.
“Acne vulgaris is the scientific name for pimples. Almost everyone experiences some form of acne in their life, up to 90 per cent according to some studies. It commences with the hormonal changes of adolescence and can persist into the third decade, or sometimes longer,” he said.
Pimples can also appear almost anywhere on your body – think forehead pimples, nose pimples, pimples on chin, pimples on jawline or around the mouth, as well as pimples on your bum, back, the backs of your thighs and chest.
Different types of pimples
Remember how we said pimples are like onions? That's because there are different types of pimples, all equally annoying.
There are two things to remember about all pimples: They start with a blocked pore (a comedome) and can be either inflammatory (angry and swollen) or noninflammatory.