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How do you get rid of a pimple fast?

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The quickest way to get rid of a pimple is to have a dermatologist inject the pimple with cortisone, which can make the blemish disappear within a matter of hours, according to GQ. The best ways to remove pimples quickly depend on the amount of time available for removal. Applying ice, cortisone cream and acne treatments are some options.

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If a doctor is unavailable or more time is available for pimple removal, applying an over-the-counter cortisone cream is a good way to reduce the inflammation quickly, notes GQ. This may take a full day. Apply only a small amount directly to the affected area because applying too much potentially leads to more acne.

Applying ice to the pimple reduces the redness and inflammation quickly, says GQ. The next fastest option for pimple removal is to use an acne treatment containing 2.5 percent to 10 percent benzoyl peroxide, which eliminates bacteria and causes the pimple to dry up.

Popping a pimple is not a good idea since it may worsen the pimple or cause it to scar; however, if popping is necessary, first apply rubbing alcohol, and then use two cotton swabs to lightly press the sides of the pimple, advises GQ. If the pimple doesn't pop quickly, it's best to leave it alone. Layering a small amount of non-comedogenic concealer over the pimple can help disguise it if you can't remove it immediately.

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