How to Get Rid of Zits Without Popping Them

You've got options to cover that spot.

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You know that popping makes pimple problems way worse, but what's a girl to do when a big zit pops up? When pimples come on before a big event -- and you know that event stress isn't helping your skin -- you've got several options to banish them quickly at no cost to your skin. Keep up with daily beauty rituals like facial cleansing and moisturizing and add in some zit-zapping touches to get back to all-clear.


Head to the dermatologist if you've got a deep, under-the-skin pimple that feels sore when you press on it. Ask for a cortisone shot that will shrink your deep pimple and reduce the deep red color.


Apply a rapid-drying cream that contains sulfur to shrink that zit down to size. Apply the product while you sleep or kick around the house. You can also find drying creams containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, but these can be less potent than creams with sulfur.


Use an all-night pimple-busting gel to shrink zits while you sleep. Apply the product before bed, then wash it off in the morning. Key ingredients to look for in this type of product include acne-buster salicylic acid and panthenol to tone down redness.


Cover up with concealer if you can still see traces of the blemish. A green-toned concealer neutralizes acne redness. Using a makeup sponge, dab the concealer over the area until you can no longer see the pimple. Pat pressed powder over the concealer to give your skin a matte look.

Things You'll Need


1.Pimple drying cream


5.Pressed powder

2.All-night pimple gel treatment

4.Makeup sponge


Tips & Tricks


You might have to combat mega-pimples for a few days, but hang in there and keep fighting. No zit lasts forever.


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