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You could bet some serious money on it and win: the morning before a big date, big interview or other major event in your life, you will wake up, look in the mirror and see an outbreak of cluster pimples on your nose, forehead or chin. While science will tell you that the outbreak is probably a result of stress or hormones, you know better. It's just fate smacking you in the face -- literally -- again! Before you resign yourself to globbing on the pancake makeup or putting a bag over your head for the day, take a deep breath and remember that there are some options if you need a quick remedy for cluster pimples. With some gentle treatment and a little luck, you'll have smooth skin in no time.
Causes of Cluster Pimples
To determine how to get rid of cluster pimples, you should try to determine the possible cause. Cluster pimples generally occur on the neck, shoulders, forehead or nose -- and you don't have to be a teenager to develop them. Using makeup that clogs your pores can cause cluster pimples on your face, as can some face creams -- particularly if you have sensitive skin. Rubbing or chafing from clothes can also cause a cluster pimple outbreak. Since stress really can factor into an outbreak, stay calm and head into your kitchen to prepare some home remedies to eliminate your pimples.
A bowl of oatmeal makes for a healthy start to your day -- and it's also a good place to start when it comes to eliminating pimples. Combine oatmeal with just enough warm water to make a paste; apply it onto the affected area. This treatment will smooth your skin, so you may want to just treat your entire face with. Let the paste sit for 20 minutes before washing it off with warm water and a soft cloth. The oatmeal will remove excess oil from your skin and start to dry out those pimples.
Redness-Reducing Orange Peel Paste
While you're waiting for your oatmeal mask to set, grind up some fresh orange peel and mix them with water to form a paste as well. It should be thin enough to spread, but thick enough to stick. Once you've rinsed off the oatmeal paste, apply the orange paste to the affected area. This will reduce the pimples in size by reducing swelling. Leave this paste on for 20 minutes.
Skin-Soothing Basil "Tea"
Finally, steep 3 teaspoons of dried basil leaves in a cup of boiling water for 20 minutes. Once the basil "tea" has cooled, apply it to the affected area with a cotton ball to reduce redness. You can simply allow this solution to soak into your skin without washing it off.
Before applying any treatment to your face, smooth a small amount on the inside of your wrist or elbow and wait 20 minutes. If you do not experience any itching, pain, redness or swelling, then you can use the remedy on your face. Keep all solutions out of your eyes and other bodily orifices.