No doubt about it: Pimples happen. Estimates indicate that 9 out of 10 of us are afflicted with them at some time during our lives. It's no surprise that finding products that provide simple, safe, cost-effective pimple removal is a topic of major much concern for many people.
Home remedies are almost as numerous as the pimples they are devised to treat. Most are common substances that have had a measure of success for some who have rubbed them onto their skin eruptions. The substances range from very basic applications such as warm water on a cotton ball, to food products including sliced raw potato and crushed fresh garlic, to astringents like toothpaste and cider vinegar. They also include some odd (if not revolting!) applications such as human urine.
One product is a high-tech device that looks a little like a familiar brand of cigarette lighter. It works by delivering a jolt of heat directly to the pimple. The process is touted to remove most pimples in one day with two or three treatments lasting two and a half minutes. While the manufacturer claims to have clinical trials to support its claims, but user reviews are not universally supportive. The device is also pricy at around $200.
If none of these options appeals to you, there are other remedies that have proven to be successful. These come in many forms including pills, creams and medicated pads.
Antibiotics such as erythromycin and tetracycline attack the bacteria-and the infection-that may result when you have pimples. They come in both pills and topical treatments. Another drug, Isotretinoin, strengthens the tissues and skin around pimples. It comes as a pill that is rich with vitamin A-an essential nutrient found naturally in small amounts within the body. Like antibiotics, Isotretinoin is strong stuff, with the potential for serious side effects. And like antibiotics, it is often reserved for treating severe conditions or those that are resistant to other forms of treatment.
Herbal options are gaining popularity due to their safety, effectiveness and reasonable prices. Available in pills, creams, lotions and pads, they work by correcting the hormonal and chemical imbalances that cause pimples. They contain a range of natural ingredients, including vitamin E, aloe vera, collagen, chamomile and rosemary. With consistent use, most people are finding that they are reliable remedies.
Since nine-tenths of the world's population is afflicted with acne at some time during their lives, pimple removal is a problem for a great many people. With a careful evaluation of today's treatment options, a solution shouldn't be hard to find.