Determine your skin type. You should know what type of skin you have -- dry, oily or normal/combination -- before choosing any cleansers, moisturizers or other skin care products. This ensures your skin is properly nourished without getting too dry or oily. To easily tell what skin type you have, wash your face with a basic cleanser and press a small piece of toilet paper or paper towel against the middle of your forehead. If it falls right off, your skin is dry; if it sticks on, your skin is oily, and if it sticks on for a minute before falling off, you have normal or combination skin.
Wash your face more often. Washing your face daily -- at least before going to bed at night, which is the most important time -- gets rid of dirt, makeup and any excess oil from your face. This prevents your pores from clogging up, helping to get rid of any pimples you have now, and preventing more from forming as a result. It's well worth taking that five minutes before bed to wash your face -- yes, even if your favorite "Sex and the City" rerun is coming on in 30 seconds.
Eat healthier. Although there has always been a big debate over whether your diet plays a role in causing acne, there is no denying the fact that eating fatty, greasy foods is going to create a buildup of excess oil on your skin. If you want to get rid of pimples and also prevent them in the future, eat nutritious foods and avoid sugary, processed foods. Certain foods have been proven to help treat and prevent pimples, such as green tea, watermelon, walnuts, berries and yogurt.
Look in your medicine cabinet. Again, everyone has her own viewpoint on what works and what's nothing more than a myth, but if you want to get rid of pimples naturally, many people swear by hemorrhoid cream and toothpaste. Apply a small dab of either paste on top of pimples and within as little as a few hours you might notice a decrease in the redness and inflammation.
Give your face a break. If you're like most girls, you love your makeup, but if you're constantly layering on the cosmetics, you are preventing your skin from breathing and pimples can develop as a result. Covering up a pimple with a huge glob of concealer may seem the smart idea at the time, but unless you want to make it worse, you should allow the pimple time to air out and not smother it with your Max Factor sponge.