Remove pimples with home remedies, over-the-counter products and prescription medication. Ice, lemon, honey, crushed aspirin and baking soda are home remedies. Cortisone cream, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are over-the-counter products. Dermatologists can prescribe topical antibiotics or oral medications.
Ice reduces swelling, so one option is holding a wrapped ice cube against the pimple. Lemon juice is acidic and contains vitamin C, both of which help shrink pimples. Dab lemon juice over the blemishes, and leave on overnight. Wash the face in the morning as usual. Honey has natural antibacterial properties, which can heal the pimple. Apply honey directly onto the blemish, and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Aspirin minimizes inflammation on the outside of the body just as it does on the inside. Crush an aspirin, and mix it with enough water to make a thick paste. Apply this over the blemish, and allow to dry. Rinse with lukewarm water. Baking soda works by drying out the pimple. Mix baking soda with water or lemon juice to make a thick paste. Apply the paste directly to the pimple, and allow it to remain until it dries. Rinse with warm water.
Gels and creams with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid also clear up acne. They can typically be used as spot treatments or as all-over treatments. Cortisone cream reduces the inflammation if dabbed onto the acne spot. Dermatologists prescribe stronger benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid creams, as well as topical antibiotics. They also may prescribe a class of antibiotics called tetracyclines, which fight acne.