If you have ever had an acne pimple, you have had a mildly infected pore. As you might know, when pimples become inflamed and perhaps invaded by outside bacteria, they can become more severely infected. This is usually accompanied by redness and noticeable inflammation. In this article, we will explore the infected pimple causes and home remedies.
Causes of Infected Pores
As most of us know, there are many possible causes of common acne. Common causes of acne include, for example:
- Having oily skin
- Hormonal changes, such as those experienced during adolescence
- Not using cleansing products appropriate for your skin type, or not using them correctly
- Touching your face with dirty hands
- Rubbing or picking at existing pimples
You should always avoid picking or attempting to pop your pimples, as doing so can introduce bacteria and cause further infection, perhaps severe infection.
Home Remedies for Infected Pimples
If you feel that you have a persistent pore infection, you should make sure to consult and be examined by your doctor. The problem might require medical intervention of some kind, such as a prescription or special treatment. This is especially the case if the type of bacteria that has been introduced in the pore is of a more serious variety. Examples of symptoms you might experience if you have more serious infection include: yellow or green pus; excessive redness; general warmth in the area; excessive soreness; the appearance of a boil; and swelling in the lymph node areas, such as the neck, armpits, and groin. An infected pore might take the form of a sebaceous cyst. If you think you have a sebaceous cyst, make sure to see your doctor. You might find some of the home remedies we discuss in this article useful for dealing with your symptoms while waiting for your appointment.
Below are some highly effective home remedies you can use for addressing infected pores.
Apply small amounts of benzoyl peroxide to the affected area, using a clean piece of cotton wool or cotton pad. You should do this a few times a day, until the symptoms disappear. Be careful to avoid putting benzoyl peroxide too close to the eyes.
Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel is not only soothing and hydrating, but also offers antibacterial properties. Apply fresh aloe vera gel to the affected area several times a day, using clean fingers or a clean cotton ball or pad. If you do not have access to fresh aloe vera gel, look for an aloe vera gel at your local drugstore that has a high concentration of real aloe vera gel, and preferably that is fragrance and dye-free.
Take a probiotic supplement daily. This will help to support your immune system, and will fight bad bacteria. It is worth remembering that pimples can sometimes be caused by yeast (candida) overgrowth, and probiotics are extremely useful in controlling candida counts in the human body.
Apply over-the-counter antibiotic creams such as Neosporin to the affected area several times a day, using clean fingers or a cotton ball or pad. This will help to fight the bacteria present in the pore.
Make sure that you keep up a fastidious schedule of skin cleansing in order to keep the area well-exfoliated and hygienic. Ensure that your skin cleanser is appropriate for your skin type, and is not too harsh. You should try to avoid unnecessary irritation.
Over-the-counter acne creams
Applying an over-the-counter acne cream several times a day will be helpful in clearing out the pore. This is an especially appropriate remedy for oily, acne-prone skin types. Try to find products that contain salicylic acid, as this will help skin with the exfoliation process.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has strong antibacterial properties, and is an excellent home remedy for infected pores. Apply a tiny amount of tea tree oil using a clean cotton ball or pad a few times per day. You should leave the tea tree oil on the affected area for approximately 10 minutes, and then remove it with tepid warm water.
Note: If tea tree oil is too harsh on your skin, you may need to dilute it with a carrier oil.
Applying a warm compress to the affected area will help to boost blood circulation, making healing occur more quickly. You can make a warm compress by soaking a clean cloth in hot water. Once you have squeezed the cloth to remove excess water, gently apply the cloth to the affected area. You should use this compress three times per day.
Make a turmeric paste using turmeric powder and a small amount of water. Apply this paste to the affected area several times a day, until the symptoms disappear. You might also find it helpful to drink turmeric powder with warm milk every day. This drink will help to boost the immune system.
Garlic has amazing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that will help to address your infected pore. You can finely chop fresh garlic, and hold it to the affected area for ten minutes several times a day. This will help to fight the infection, and promote healing. You can also boost your immune system by adding more garlic to your diet, or by drinking garlic tea. Make garlic tea by boiling three garlic cloves, and then straining the water.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It is also highly effective as an exfoliator. Dilute some apple cider vinegar with a little bit of water, and then apply a small amount of this to the affected area. You should leave this on for about five to ten minutes, several times per day.
Ginger has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and will help to promote healing. Apply ginger extract to the area of skin in question, and leave it on for at least ten minutes. You should do this several times a day, until the symptoms have disappeared. Drinking ginger tea a couple of times a day will help to boost your immune system, as well.
Honey has wonderful antibacterial and healing properties. If possible, use raw and organic honey. Apply a small amount of honey to the infected pore a few times a day, until the problem has disappeared.
Mix small amounts of water in with baking soda until the mixture reaches the consistency of a paste. Apply the baking soda paste to the affected area of skin several times a day, until the symptoms have disappeared.
Apply a small amount of lemon juice to the infected pore a few times a day, until the symptoms have disappeared. Lemon juice has helpful antibacterial properties, and helps to support the skin in exfoliation.
Place one slice of raw potato on the affected area of skin. You will need to leave this on for at least 10 minutes. This will help to fight the bacteria present. Alternatively, you could apply plain mashed potato mixed with two teaspoons of milk powder to the infected pore. You should leave this on for at least 15 minutes, and then wash it off with plain water.
Olive oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, and contains many beneficial antioxidants. You can boost olive oil’s efficacy by adding lemon juice. It is recommended to use one quarter of a teaspoon of olive oil and one eighth of a teaspoon of lemon juice. You should leave this on the affected area for at least 15 or 20 minutes, and use this a few times a day.
Once you have crushed one cucumber, mix it with a small amount of water. Once you have done this, apply a small amount to the affected area of skin. You should leave this on for at least ten minutes, several times per day. You could also mix some carrot juice in with the cucumber before applying it. Cucumber will calm and hydrate the skin, promoting healing. It will also help to control oil.
Crush a number of fresh mint leaves, and then make this into a paste by adding a tiny amount of water and mixing thoroughly. You should apply this to the area of the infected pore using a clean cotton ball or pad, and then allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes. After that, use cool water to rinse the area.
You should use plain cooked oatmeal for this remedy. Make sure to wait until the oatmeal has cooled, and then add lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey. Once you have mixed everything thoroughly, apply a small amount of the mixture to the skin. You should leave this on for at least 30 minutes, and then use tepid water to rinse it off.
Nutmeg is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and will help to promote healing. Create a nutmeg paste by mixing in small amounts of water or milk. Apply small amounts of the paste to the infected pore, and allow it to stay on for at least 20 minutes. Use water to remove the paste.
Strawberries are very useful for exfoliating the skin. Crush three strawberries, and mix them with a little bit of honey (preferably raw and organic). You should apply a small amount of this to the infected pore, and then let it stay on for at least twenty minutes. Once twenty minutes have passed, use water to remove the mixture. You should do this twice a day until the symptoms have disappeared.
Papaya contains an enzyme that is useful in promoting skin exfoliation and reducing excess oil. You should apply a small amount of raw papaya to the face a few times a day, leaving it on for between 15 and 20 minutes each time. Gently rinse it off of the skin using water.
Banana peel helps to promote the growth of new skin cells. Apply a banana peel on the area of the infected pore, and then massage the peel onto the area. You should do this for at least 30 minutes, and then rinse your skin with water.
Almond powder and rosewater
Use an almond powder paste by mixing it with rosewater. You should apply this mixture to the area of the infected pore, leaving it on with 15 minutes, and then rinse it off with water.
Avocado and honey
Mix fresh avocado with honey, and then apply this to the area of the affected pore. You should leave this on for at least 20 minutes, and then rinse it off with water.
Coriander and turmeric powder
Add turmeric powder to crushed coriander leaves, and then add small amounts of water until the mixture reaches the consistency of a paste. You should apply this to the infected pore using clean fingers or a cotton ball or pad. Make sure to leave this on for at least 10 or 15 minutes. You should do this a few times a day, until the symptoms have disappeared.
Whip some egg whites until you can see bubbles, and then apply a small amount to the area of the infected pore. Once you have done this, use a bit of paper towel or tissue to cover the area, and allow the egg white to dry. You should leave this on for at least 20 minutes. Rinse off the egg whites using water. You should do this every day until the symptoms have disappeared.
Cinnamon and honey
Cinnamon and honey both have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Create a paste by mixing honey and cinnamon powder, and apply this to the infected pore. It is helpful to allow this to stay on overnight.
Taking oregano oil orally (ensuring that it is a grade of oregano oil that you can take internally) is helpful for boosting the immune system and fighting bad bacteria. You can also apply oregano oil topically to the skin. Make sure to read the instructions printed on the bottle label with regard to usage.
If your pimple gets worse and doesn’t seem to heal, you may need to go to the doctor. In the meanwhile, you can try out these home remedies to speed up the healing process of your infected pore.
Also, check out this video how a badly infected pore looks like: