Best Pimple Cream: 2 Effective Ingredients
If you're looking for the best cream to get rid of pimples, you should know that there is no such thing as a “the best pimple cream.” Fact is, all of them have the same common ingredients, and contain either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
I know you’re contemplating it, popping that pimple. But before you do so you should know that if you pop a pimple, you risk spreading an infection and getting more! Also, you can end up having a scab. So, don’t go that route, regardless of how tempting it may be.
Rather than giving you a “top ten” list of pimple cream medications, which would be misleading, all you need to look for is that the aforementioned ingredients are part of the solution.
Benzoyl Peroxide: Comes in 2.5%, 5%, or 10% concentration levels. 2.5% has been shown to be just as effective as the 5% and 10% concentrations. Furthermore, the more highly-concentrated solutions can irritate your skin and may even make things worse. Mayo Clinic provides a list of products with this solution.
Salicylic Acid: Works similarly to its benzoyl peroxide counterpart. Brand names include Neutrogena, Akurza, and Salex, according to Mayo Clinic. Before using any over-the-counter or prescription cream, make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. Furthermore, children have a higher chance of side effects from this ingredient than adults.
Before you apply any creams, make sure to wash the infected area. This way, you clear you skin of oil, which will allow your pores to absorb the solution and work more effectively. You also might be thinking to yourself, what is the difference between an acne cream and a pimple cream? Well, there is none. An acne cream can be used to treat pimples and a pimple cream can be used to treat acne. They all have the same active ingredients.
Also, if you are going to be browsing user reviews off of sites like Amazon or Drugstore.com, know that what works for one person may not work for another. Regardless, because there are so many medications out there, if one doesn’t work, just try another one.
Now go get rid of that annoying pimple!