How to Put Ice on a Pimple

Ice is your new secret weapon against zits.
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That telltale tingle, soreness and redness can only mean one thing -- a wicked pimple is on its way. If you act quickly, though, that zit will soon be nothing but a fading bad dream. One of the best emergency acne treatments comes from your own freezer. Rubbing an ice cube over the pimple can reduce inflammation and soothe sore skin. If the pimple shrinks enough, it may disappear completely.

Wrap an ice cube in a sheet of plastic wrap when you first feel a pimple coming on.

Press the ice cube gently against the pimple. Hold it in place for no more than five minutes at a time. If it's more comfortable, rub your skin with the ice cube using small, circular motions.

Repeat this process two or three times a day until the pimple goes away. If possible, apply ice to the pimple every hour to make it go away faster.

Apply your usual acne medication, such as a product containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, after the ice treatment.

  • Don't apply acne medication before icing the pimple. The ice cube will rub off the medication, making it less effective.
  • Do not apply heat to an emerging pimple. This only makes inflammation worse, so the pimple will get bigger.
  • Combine the ice-cube remedy with other homemade treatments. For example, make a paste out of baking soda and water, then spread it over the pimple. Wait for 20 minutes, then rinse it off. A dab of tea tree oil or plain yogurt may also help. Apply any treatment after using ice, not before.

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.