How can you get rid of a painful pimple on the cheek?


Quick Answer

Cortisone cream or peroxide will work to reduce inflammation and begin drying out the pimple. Pimples occur due to a buildup of bacteria under the skin, so removing bacteria is the best way to heal pimples and reduce breakouts.

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Full Answer

Some acne-fighting cleansers and scrubs on the market contain peroxide and other ingredients that help to remove bacteria and reduce inflammation. Use these on a regular basis along with a regular cleaning routine.

Popping a pimple is never advised because it can push bacteria deeper into the skin and cause an infection. However, most people can't avoid trying to pop a painful pimple.

If squeezing is desired, use the following steps to minimize any damage:

  1. Clean the area
  2. Use alcohol to help avoid the spread of germs.

  3. Apply pressure
  4. With two cotton swabs, gently apply pressure on both sides of the pimple.

  5. Use spot treatment
  6. If light pressure doesn't pop it, continue with the peroxide spot treatment until it dries up.

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