beauty

The One Thing You Should Never Put On A Painful Zit, According To A Dermatologist

December 14, 2016 by Katelyn Holland
shefinds | beauty

Of all the types of pimples and blemishes, painful zits are the worst. Often, bacteria gets trapped inside the pore causing the area to become red and swollen. Painful zits are the result of when this infection goes deep into your skin. The infection often creates red, tender bumps that are full of pus. These zits (also known as cystic acne) are usually painful to the touch and can even hurt when you move your face.

There are lots of products on the market that claim to magically “zap” a zit. Look on Pinterest and you’ll find a ton of home remedies for pimples. But how do you know which topical treatment is right for you? Many skincare tips on the internet that are actually harmful to your health and can further irritate your skin. The last thing you want to do is make a painful zit even more painful.

I spoke to Dr. Kally Papantoniou, a dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology PC, regarding topical pimple treatments you should avoid. She warned me that you should never to put lemon juice on a painful zit. According to Dr. Papantoniou, “This can lead to further irritation, injure the skin and possibly result in discoloration.” In general, she says you should avoid putting undiluted acids, such as apple cider vinegar, on your zits. Lemon juice, in particular, is bad for your skin. Lemon juice will dry out your skin and strip your skin of natural oils.

The best way to deal with a painful zit is to let it run it’s course. If you need a quick cure, a cortisone shot or quick laser zap at the dermatologist’s office is the best way to quickly and safely clear up a pimple.

READ MORE: The One Thing You Should Never Put On Chapped Lips, According To A Dermatologist

[Image: Shutterstock]

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

beauty

This Anti-Aging Foundation Is SO Good It Keeps Selling Out At CVS

June 22, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
We love it, too!

beauty

5 Products Every Women Over 40 Should Be Using For Under-Eye Circles

June 22, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
They're super effective.

beauty

4 Hair Trends Everyone Will Be Wearing This Summer (& They're Not Balayage!)

June 21, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Call your hairstylist now!

beauty

This Self-Tanner Works SO Well It Keeps Selling Out At Sephora

June 21, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Get the perfect summer glow without leaving the house!

beauty

When Will The Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Vault Collection Be Available? We Have The Answer.

June 20, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty
We can't wait for it to launch!

beauty

The Bizarre Product That Actually Gets Rid Of Under-Eye Bags SO Fast

June 20, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's a serious game-changer!

beauty

The $24 Anti-Aging Serum Celebrities Swear By For Wrinkle-Free Skin

June 20, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Wait, it's only $24?!

beauty

4 Foundation Mistakes You’re Making That Are Ruining Your Skin

June 20, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
Avoid these!

beauty

4 Life-Changing Hacks To Fix A Bad Spray Tan That Every Woman Needs To Know

June 19, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty
It happens to the best of us.

beauty

5 Night Creams That Work Better Than Botox

June 19, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
They're THAT good!

beauty

We Found The World’s Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer At Target

June 19, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
You'll definitely want to stock up on this!

beauty

This Thinning Hair Serum Works SO Fast It Keeps Selling Out At Sephora

June 19, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
Your hair will thank you for this!

beauty

This Nourishing Oil Will Help Make Your Eyelashes And Eyebrows Look Fuller

If you look at women with long lashes and full ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS