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Spot swelling: How to reduce redness

spot swelling
Every now and again we can grow a large pimple that can become red and sore. Below are my top three ingredients that can be used to reduce redness of a spot:

Reduce spot swelling

Green Tea

Green tea is recognised for its antibacterial properties and its effect as an antioxidant. Research has demonstrated that it has the ability to reduce spot swelling because it also has antifungal and antiviral effects. I recommend purchasing a clay mask that incorporates green tea extract as the clay will draw out remaining moisture from your skin. The green tea will help to remove bacteria and reduce any redness.

Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is beneficial for breakouts as it is able to dissolve dead skin cells and unblock the pores. It encourages skin renewal which prevents the top layer of the skin becoming congested. As it is slightly drying on the skin, I recommend using it in conjunction with a moisturiser that contains aloe vera. The Aloe Vera will help to soothe and calm the skin, reducing the swelling of the pimple.

Toothpaste

Using toothpaste is an inexpensive way to dry out a pimple. Leave it on for half an hour and then wash away with water and a mild cleanser. Only apply the toothpaste directly to the spot and not to the entire face. Toothpaste can reduce spot swelling because it contains the ingredient ‘triclosen’ which has antibacterial properties and will remove the bacteria from the spot.

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