It's big, red, pus-filled and staring at you in the mirror with its ugly, squishy eye. How can you not pop it?! Stop. Bethenny's dermatologist Dr. Sobel gives us the pimply details on how to deal with these bothersome blemishes.
1. Growing up, we were under the assumption that pimples were just for teenagers -- what gives?!
That is a myth. Acne in any form -- red papule, blackhead, whitehead or cyst -- can continue past teenage years. Acne can be related to puberty, hormonal changes, pregnancy, endocrine disorders or ingrown hairs.
2. What's the worst thing you could ever do to get rid of a pimple?
The worst thing would be to squeeze it. This can cause a bacterial infection and scarring.
3. If it hurts and you feel like you absolutely have to pop it, how do you do this with less wreckage?
The best thing would be to see your dermatologist, who would lance the pimple with a sterile lancet. If you can't get to a dermatologist, try to soak it with a lukewarm washcloth.
4. You have a special event tomorrow and a big pimple today -- what's the best way to treat it?
Run, don't walk to your dermatologist. He or she can inject it with a low-dose Kenalog (steroid), which will make it shrink overnight. Follow with a warm compress.
5. What cleaners/wash do you recommend for preventing pimples?
Cleansers with salicylic acid such as DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser or a wash with 5 or 10% Benzoyl Peroxide or Glycolic Acid help in removing sebum (oil) and dead skin cells that close pores.
6. Are there any home remedies that work?
Try a mixture of mustard powder and honey to make a paste. Put it on a pimple, leave on for 30 minutes and then wash off. Some people suggest toothpaste, but it can be irritating.
7. For women who experience more pimples around menstruation time, is there any way to fight back to prevent this?
If you break out during your period, your dermatologist or gynecologist may put you on birth control pills to control your hormone levels. An alternative would be to take an antibiotic several days prior to your period for 5-7 days each month.
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