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5 Simple Ways to Get Rid of Pimples

5 Simple Ways to Get Rid of Pimples

While getting pimples is a normal, everyday skin condition that affects all of us at one time or another, having them is painful as well as embarrassing.  But before you explore ways to get rid of pimples, it’s important to know the physiology behind them.  For most people, pimples are nothing more than a reflection of skin irritation that results from an infection of the oil producing glands in the skin.  In most cases, the glands become irritated somehow and simply begin to produce too much oil, which results in a saturation of the gland.  This excess oil traps bacteria normally found on the skin and causes the infection and the resulting pus production.  This is what causes the actual raised area on the skin.

While most people believe that using harsh chemicals, vigorous mechanical scrubbing and even physician supervised skin peels and laser treatments are the best way to treat occasional pimples, oftentimes these treatments just aggravate the problem and make matters worse.  So, for occasional, localized breakouts, here are some great natural remedies that can help you get rid of pimples quickly and painlessly.

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1. Ice

For a pimple that has not yet resulted in a pus filled eruption on the skin, ice can be used to reduce swelling and encourage the oil glands to constrict and push out the excess oil and bacteria from the irritated glands. To use ice to discourage the formation of pimples:

  • Wrap the ice in a piece of cloth and hold it on the affected skin area for a few seconds.
  • Wait a few minutes and repeat the process.

Apply the ice multiple times throughout the day and the pimple should resolve in just a day or two.

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2. Lemon

Another great way to resolve pimples is to use fresh lemon juice.  The mild citric acid will operate as an antiseptic and kill the bacteria in the gland while working as an astringent to dry up excess oil.  There are a couple of ways to apply this remedy.

  • Using a clean, sterile cotton swab, apply the lemon juice to the affected areas prior to bedtime.
  • For more stubborn pimples, create a paste of lemon juice and cinnamon powder and dab onto pimples for all night treatment.  This will help get rid of pimples quickly, but is not recommended for people with sensitive skin.

3. Honey

Honey has long been known as a natural antiseptic and can help destroy the bacteria in the oil glands quickly, helping to speed up the healing process.

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  • First, use a clean, sterile cotton tipped application and dab the honey directly onto the skin blemishes, leaving it on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
  • Additionally, you can create a paste with cinnamon powder similar to that of the lemon juice and allow the mixture to remain in contact with the pimples overnight before rinsing.

4. Toothpaste

Toothpaste is a great pimple treatment that most people have access to without having to take a trip to the grocery store.  Toothpaste is best used as a follow up to icing to produce the fastest results.  It is important to note that white paste must be used rather than gel.

  • Dab some white toothpaste to the affected areas of the skin before bed and leave overnight, rinsing with cool water in the morning.
  • If you aren’t going anywhere, you can repeat the process during the day, making sure to leave the toothpaste in contact with the pimples for at least thirty minutes to be effective.

5. Steam

Steam has some amazing benefits for the skin, opening up your pores and flushing all the bad stuff out.  This works well for people with pimples.

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  • First, fill a large pot with hot water from the tap and then position your face so that it comes into contact with the rising steam.  Under no circumstances should you allow your skin to come into contact with the hot water as this can cause scalding.
  • After thirty minutes, gently pat your face dry and apply an oil-free moisturizer over the entire face.

These are just a few of the ways you can get rid of pimples quickly and help promote healthy, moisturized skin.  Do you have any home remedies that work to get rid of pimples quickly?

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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