The Beauty LessonHow To Treat An Emergency Pimple by Alyson July 25, 2017Say bye to that big pimple! Getting a zit always seems to happen right before a big event like a wedding, a date, or an interview. Like clockwork, I can predict when I’m about to break out (which is usually when I’m PMSing). So what do you do if you get a big pimple? Sadly, there is no miracle treatment that can zap a pimple immediately so I’ve enlisted Meetra for help, who is a licensed esthetician and co-owner of Samitra Salon in San Francisco. Keep reading to learn how to treat that emergency pimple that won’t go away! Drink Hot Water and Lemon Start off your day with a cup of hot water and lemon to help alkalize your body. There are tons of benefits, but long story short, the lemon flushes out toxins, balances your body’s pH levels (which helps your body to fight diseases) and more! Eat Clean and Hydrate Drink plenty of water throughout the day to flush out toxins from your skin and to keep skin hydrated. Hydrated skin = happy skin. If you can, try to also eat clean meals or drink green juice. Say no processed foods as it can upset your skin even more. Leave It Alone Whatever you do, don’t pick at your pimple! According to Meetra, “Picking at it or trying to pop it is only going to cause scarring and red spots, which will highlight the pimple.” Soothe It To reduce swelling, place an ice cube over the pimple. Keep the ice on the pimple until it hurts and then remove. Ice the pimple again when the area warms up. Repeat 4-5 times. The cold will help kill the bacteria. Apply Acne Cream During the day, use an acne cream with benzoyl peroxide like ZAPZYT Acne Treatment Gel over that problem pimple. This benzoyl peroxide treatment will help kill the bacteria and help reduce the pimple within 5 hours. You can also try the ZAPZYT Pore Treatment Gel if you have sensitive skin. Conceal and Powder Choose a thick long-wearing concealer that matches your skin exactly. Don’t reach for any highlighting concealers or any concealer that you use under your eyes. Chances are, the color will be too light and will highlight the pimple instead – plus, the formula will be too moisturizing to stay on all day. Powder the area lightly keep the concealer in place. Remove Makeup When you get home, make sure to remove all makeup. “If you fall asleep with the makeup on or leave it on all night, it will only cause further inflammation, requiring more makeup. At night is when your skin is trying to repair itself so makeup makes it harder to do this, as it can seep into your pores,” says Meetra.