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It is not difficult to reduce the swelling of a pimple. Unfortunately,
people add to the swelling by pinching it or trying to pop it. Popular
myths about pimples also add to the problem because people try bizarre
cures. What is needed is an understanding of what causes acne. This can
then help an individual adopt a remedy that can reduce the swelling.

Pimples are caused when skin pores get clogged with dead cells, sebum and
toxic chemicals released by bacteria. The swelling puts pressure on the
skin, creating redness and inflammation. The fluids trapped in the
swelling give it an ugly yellow look. When one pops a pimple or pinches
it, the fluids may flow out spreading the infection.

That is why one must refrain from popping a pimple. It may bring
temporary relief but it may also spread the infection to other follicles,
and trigger a fresh breakout. There is also the possibility of scarring,
especially if the pimple is not popped properly.

The ideal way to reduce swelling is to adopt simple yet effective herbal
remedies. The biggest advantage of using these is that they are unlikely
to have any side effects. In fact, over a period of time you will see
that your skin has become more healthy and supple. The number of acne
flare ups also come down.

The most efficient technique is to use an ice pack over the pimples. The
ice pack should be placed for 2-3 minutes without applying too much
direct pressure. You can do this 2-3 times during an hour, and notice the
instant reduction in swelling.

A small dab of toothpaste over the pimple also reduces the redness to a
great extent. Apple cider vinegar, which works like an astringent,
reduces the swelling dramatically. Similarly, freshly extracted juice of
cucumber and tomato helps in tightening up the pores, and reducing the
swelling.

A sandalwood paste made with rose water soothes the skin tissue and
reduces irritation thereby helping in reducing swelling. It also improves
the skin texture and tone. It should be applied in the form of a face
mask and kept for at least 6-8 hours. Leaving it overnight works best.

Natural extracts from neem tree and the Australian Tea Tree oil are
potent bactericides. They help in killing the bacteria present on the
surface of the skin, and reducing the chances of secondary infections.

For those who suffer from recurring acne it is best to opt for medicines.
Bactericidal ointments containing salicylic acid or Benzoyl peroxide dry
the pus in the pimple quickly, and accelerate the healing process. As the
pimple subsides the redness and the swelling also reduces.