We’re not here to shame you for picking at that pimple you know you shouldn’t have. We’ve all been there. We’ve all had our estheticians warn and scold us for it before. Yet sometimes the temptation is just too great. It looked ready! Well, now it just looks red, and you have to show your face in public with the red spot of shame. Don’t worry, these damage control protocols will help hide your momentary indiscretion.

Ice, Ice, Baby

It’s not just a song but your esthetician’s philosophy for handling the harm you’ve done. Especially if you just finished picking at a pimple, there might be some hope for reducing the damage yet. Go straight for the freezer and get a piece of ice to hold onto the pimple. This is the quickest way to reduce the redness and swelling that comes from picking at a pimple.

Antibacterial Measures

The next line of defense in the emergency zit-picking kit is an antibacterial agent. Dab a bit of an antibacterial cream like Neosporin onto the war-zone area to help prevent it from getting worse. One of the many problems with picking at a pimple is not the inflammation that comes afterward, but the risk of adding bacteria from your hands onto the zit and the surrounding parts of your face, making a breakout ever more likely. Avoid that with an antibacterial agent, and you might make it out of this unscathed.

Heal From the Inside

The next thing you must do to get your damage control done is to address the pimple from the inside—make sure your diet and water intake and on point. Your diet is closely intertwined with your skin, and your water intake will help to speed or slow healing accordingly. You may have already done the physical damage, but making sure you give your body the tools undo the harm and heal through a healthy diet and increased hydration can make a big difference. Your diet and water intake will always help or hurt your skin, so what better time than in the trenches with a red zit is there for stepping it up?

We won’t scold you too much for picking at your zit, but remember, an impromptu amateur facial will never improve your skin. Hands off!