What Can You Put on a Pimple to Make It Come to a Head?

The sooner your blemish forms a head, the sooner it hits the road.

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A pimple that doesn't have a head is one of the most annoying types of blemishes there is. If your pimple has a head, you know it's likely on its way out. Plus, even though you shouldn't do it, it makes popping that thing so much easier. You don't have to wait for nature to take its course; you can bring that monster to a head with help from a few products you probably already have in your home.

Hot Compress

A hot compress is one of the most soothing things you can put on your face, or anywhere, really. Holding the compress over your blemish forces the pus to come up to the top of your pimple, thereby giving it a head. A hot compress is simple to make: Run a washcloth under hot water. Hold it on your zit for about five to 10 minutes and after a few applications, your blemish should form a head.

Tea Bag

Tea is full of anti-inflammatory properties that help to soothe and calm irritation. Holding a warm tea bag on your blemish will help get the red out, plus it will encourage the pimple to come to a head. Hold the bag on the spot for about five or 10 minutes and your zit should look remarkably different after a few treatments.

Hemorrhoid Cream

Sounds a bit weird, but applying hemorrhoid cream to your pimple can dry that thing out, forcing it to come to a head. Applying a light layer to the spot not only reduces inflammation but makes it smaller too. Rubbing the cream on your spot daily should shrink it and bring it to the surface in a few days.

Cortisone Cream

Smear a light layer of cortisone cream over top the pimple, then cover it with an adhesive bandage. The bandage keeps the cream in place, so it can work its magic on the pimple. The cortisone cream will quell that ugly red, and also help to shrink the spot and bring its contents to a head. Use the cream once a day and you'll see results in no time.

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