How to dry acne? Dry acne on the face

Anyone who finds a painful red inflammation in themselves wants to get rid of it as soon as possible. Many people strive to immediately squeeze out a pimple, which causes serious harm to their skin. It would be much more correct to dry the rash and let it heal naturally. In this case, after acne, there will be no bruise or scar.

Drying a pimple means: reduce inflammation, redness and itching, stop the multiplication of microbes inside the pores and ducts of the sebaceous glands, relieve swelling, and accelerate the regeneration process. If you approach the matter in a timely and competent manner, then there will be no trace of trouble in 2-3 days.

Why dry acne?

If you do not carry out any manipulations with acne at all, the process of their healing will completely depend on immunity, the structure of the epidermis and the activity of the sebaceous glands. If the skin is too oily, and immunity is lowered, if there are factors in a person’s life that negatively affect health (for example, bad habits, poor ecology, stress, unhealthy diet, hormonal disruption, and others), then one can not wait for the spontaneous healing of single rashes. Instead, the skin condition will worsen, bacteria will spread throughout the epidermis, and instead of a few pimples, a person will face acne. Therefore, it is important to dry acne in a timely manner.

Pharmacy or folk remedies that dry acne work in several ways. They are all important for the timely treatment of acne.

Decreased activity of the sebaceous glands

First of all, it is necessary to deprive pathogens of the nutrient substrate. To do this, the inflamed sebaceous gland must get rid of excess secretion and stop producing it in excessive quantities. Drying temporarily blocks the production of sebum in the desired place. That is why products for active acne reduction are applied pointwise.

Reducing inflammation

Externally, acne appears as a painful swelling – a papule. A focus of inflammation develops inside it. It can consist only of edematous inflamed cells of the epidermis or contain a purulent infiltrate inside, which eventually appears outside in the form of a pustule. The inflammation is often accompanied by itching and pain. It is necessary to dry acne in order to reduce external manifestations and unpleasant internal sensations. The less bothersome a pimple, the less desire to scratch and touch it with your hands. By scratching and touching, the infection can spread to nearby areas and lead to the appearance of entire conglomerates of acne.

Accelerated regeneration

After the inflammation has been relieved and the activity of bacteria has been stopped, the skin will begin to rebuild its structure. The wound from the burst pustule will be closed with a thin film , under which new cells will actively divide. If the tissues around the pimple are not injured by extrusion, then the blood supply and lymph flow in this area will remain normal, which means that healing will take place quickly and without scarring. Many drying agents contain components that have a beneficial effect on regeneration, nourish the epidermis, and accelerate blood flow.

How to dry acne at home?

There are many quick, safe and effective ways to dry pimples. If acne appears constantly and affects large areas of the skin, then you should consult a dermatologist for the selection of a comprehensive specialized treatment. However, if we are talking about several rashes, it is quite possible to cope with them on your own.


Normal sunlight fights inflammation very well. During tanning, the production of vitamin D is activated, the activity of bacteria on the surface of the skin decreases, and swelling decreases. Exposing your face to the sun regularly for a short period of time is a good prevention of acne. At the same time, it is important not to forget to cleanse and moisturize the skin, since, under the influence of high temperatures and sunlight, the skin becomes more vulnerable, and the sebaceous and sweat glands are more active.

Many people use a solarium as an affordable source of ultraviolet radiation in the off-season and bad weather. The potential harm from artificial sun is much higher than the expected benefit. Firstly, the tanning from the lamps is much more intense, the skin can behave unpredictably. Secondly, inflamed skin is more sensitive to ultraviolet light. There is a high risk of getting burned and peeling at the site of pimples.

Important! In case of artificial tanning, special protective equipment is used. These are mainly oil-based creams and emulsions. It is highly undesirable to use such cosmetics on skin prone to acne. 

Sorbents and minerals

A great way to remove excess sebum and suspend the activity of the sebaceous glands is to apply a spot of home or pharmacy products with sorbents or minerals to the pimple. Activated carbon or polysorb literally pulls grease out of the pores along with bacteria and dirt. Zinc oxide, calcium carbonate, colloidal silver and other mineral salts and compounds have excellent drying properties. They can be found in drying ointments, talkers, specialized care cosmetics for problem skin.

The simplest folk remedy for drying acne based on sorbents and minerals is ordinary toothpaste. Due to the calcium and enzymes in the composition, it dissolves and removes impurities from the pores, narrows them and reduces the activity of the sebaceous glands. Menthol reduces itching and swelling. In order to quickly dry a pimple, you need to apply a small amount of toothpaste to it pointwise, leave for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Plant based products

Many natural extracts and oils have the ability to relieve inflammation, dry and heal the skin. Modern cosmetology in the treatment of acne is largely based on natural ingredients or their synthetic counterparts. In particular, for drying acne, the following are widely used: essential oil of peppermint and tea tree, fir and rosemary, decoction of chamomile, green tea or calendula. Freshwater sponge powder – badyagi will help to quickly eliminate inflammation. The natural variety of medicinal herbs and fruits is so great that everyone can find a remedy that suits him. It is enough to study the properties of plants a little and approach the issue with common sense.

Drying ointments

In order to quickly cope with an annoying and painful rash, it is always good to have a ready-made ointment with drying properties in your home medicine cabinet.

Salicylic ointment

Acetylsalicylic acid ointment quickly relieves inflammation and dries acne. Before use, the skin must be thoroughly cleaned, then applied to the site of the rash. The greatest effect can be achieved by using an ointment under the bandage at night. It is important to apply salicylic ointment only on the acne site, as it dries out the skin and can irritate healthy areas.

Zinc ointment

Zinc oxide products are also dotted. They quickly stop the process of microbial reproduction, tighten pores and regulate the sebaceous glands. After application, the zinc ointment is washed off with water or tonic. Half an hour is enough to get a noticeable visual effect.

Badyagi-based ointment

The spongilla freshwater sponge has long been known for its ability to improve metabolic processes in the skin. When used on problem areas, it reduces sebum production, relieves swelling, improves blood circulation and lymph flow. The pimple almost immediately decreases noticeably in size, heals faster, less often it is complicated by tissue suppuration.

Antibiotic ointments

This is quite a radical remedy for getting rid of acne. Ointments with antibacterial components, subject to the sensitivity of pathogens to the active substance, almost instantly stop the inflammatory process. All of them have an anti-seborrheic and drying effect. The main disadvantage of such ointments is the development of microbial tolerance. After several uses, the bacteria lose their susceptibility to the antibiotic, and the ointment ceases to work. Only a doctor can prescribe any antibiotics in all forms and only if indicated.

Acne Drying Masks

There are many effective recipes for face masks that reduce the activity of the sebaceous glands and fight pathogens in the skin. You can make them at home from the components available at hand.

Clay based

It is now easy to buy dry ready-made cosmetic clay powder in pharmacies. Suitable for drying masks: white, blue or pink. Before use, the clay is diluted to a gruel state.

This can be done using:

  • decoction of medicinal plants: chamomile, calendula, peppermint;
  • cream 15% fat;
  • juice of cucumber, lemon, potatoes;
  • water with the addition of a drop of essential oil of tea tree, rosemary, lemon or other citrus fruits, mint, eucalyptus.

The clay mask is kept for 15 to 30 minutes, after which it is thoroughly washed off and moisturized with a tonic.

Potato mask

One raw potato is grated on a fine grater and mixed with egg white until a thick homogeneous mass is obtained. Apply a mask to problem areas, cover with cling film or warm gauze and hold for up to half an hour. After you need to wash. Such a mask will quickly get rid of blackheads, reduce oily skin, relieve inflammation, and tighten enlarged pores.

Mask-film with activated carbon

You can quickly dry acne, shrink pores and cleanse the skin with a film mask. For its preparation, one plate or a teaspoon of gelatin is dissolved in a small amount of warm water. While the gelatin swells, it is necessary to grind several tablets of the activated angle into powder. It is mixed with a gelatin solution to obtain “milk”. Apply the mask with a brush to problem areas, and after complete drying, remove.

Rice mask

Two tablespoons of rice flour are mixed with warm honey and a few drops of lemon juice. The resulting gruel is evenly applied to the face. After 15-20 minutes, wash off with active movements. Rice particles act as a gentle exfoliation, gently removing particles of the epidermis along with impurities. Honey relieves inflammation and destroys pathogens in the pores. The mask is not suitable for people with sensitive skin and allergies to bee products.


It is very important to promptly help the skin to cope with inflammation. Even a single pimple can be the onset of acne or leave an unaesthetic scar. In no case should you squeeze out pimples or burn them with caustic acid or alcohol solutions. The choice of drying agents with a delicate action is quite large. You just need to choose the right one for your skin type and lifestyle and be patient. With the right care and treatment, a pimple will soon disappear without even unpleasant memories.

event_note December 24, 2020

account_box Dr. Peter B Milburn

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