Acne: the worst enemy that (mostly) everyone has to deal with in their lifetime. We’re sure that you have searched for, if not, millions of tricks and products to get rid of them. But, what if we tell you that, the secret acne fighter is right in your corner? Yes, we’re talking about ice cubes – the ultimate skin care tip that is slowly becoming everyone’s favorite.
In this blog post, we’ll show you exactly how to remove those acne spots with ice and of course, some helpful information & notes as well!
Why ice cubes (might be) the best acne remedy?
A pimple typically develops when sebum and skin cells clog a hair follicle, trapping excess oil, cell debris, and bacteria beneath the skin. The plugged hair follicle’s walls may rupture, spilling the contents into the surrounding skin tissue. This can lead to more pimples and inflammation.
Applying ice cubes to your face can help reduce swelling, redness, and pain in inflammatory pimples such as pustules and cystic acne. These are some examples:
Icing down a pimple can help in the following ways:
Size – As with any inflammation, a few minutes of ice on a pimple can help decrease swelling and significantly shrink your spot.
Longevity – reducing the size of the pimple reduces its lifespan.
Redness – While using ice may temporarily redden the skin, the long-term effects will not only reduce the size of a spot.
Pain – for large, painful cysts, a minute of ice can help reduce the pain those swollen spots can cause.
What to take notes before treating your acne spots with ice
Icing your pimples can cause debris to rise to the surface of your skin. You should never, ever pop the gunk out of your pores, no matter how tempting it may be. Picking at your pimples at any stage can spread them. Worse, the popping and prodding process can cause scarring.
It’s easy to become engrossed in working on a pimple with ice and overlook the potential risks of applying frozen materials to your skin. It is critical to apply ice in short bursts to avoid frostbite. While frostbite is most commonly associated with being outside in extreme temperatures for an extended period of time, it can also occur when applying cold packs, ice, or other frozen items to your skin for an extended timing.
Stop using ice immediately and call your doctor if you notice:
- extensive red pot
- lasting numbness
- changes in your skin color
Alternatives to treat acne
When combined with other natural or medicated treatments, ice may help clear up pesky pimples. Consider using the following treatments alone or in conjunction with ice:
- over-the-counter (OTC) spot treatments (salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide,..)
- tea tree oil
- witch hazel
- aloe vera gel or frozen aloe vera cubes
How to get rid of acne with ice cubes
- Always make sure your skin is clean and fresh before applying ice to your face. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type and pat dry with a soft face towel.
- Take a thin, soft washcloth and wrap it around an ice cube. Because applying ice to the skin for an extended timing can damage the capillaries beneath the skin.
- Hold the wrapped ice cubes directly on top of the acne for a minute. Wait a few minutes after removing the ice cube. You can reapply the ice cube wrapped in a cloth if necessary. To get rid of acne, repeat this method several times per week.
Risks that you should be aware of
Icing a pimple poses no significant risks. People should, however, avoid leaving ice on their skin for too long. Frostbite, also known as freezing cold injury, can result from prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures. In cold or freezing temperatures, blood vessels constrict and reduce blood flow to conserve heat. This decrease in blood flow can cause skin tissue damage.
Symptoms of frostbite include:
- numbness or a tingling sensation
- a portion of skin that appears unnaturally pale surrounded by red, swollen tissue
- peeling or blistering skin
- loss of deep layers of skin
People should avoid putting ice directly on their skin because it can cause cold urticaria, a condition that causes welts, hives, and swelling after being exposed to cold air or water. The skin rash usually appears 2–5 minutes after being exposed.
When to see a dermatologist
Specific acne symptoms may be alleviated by using ice. However, ice alone cannot be the treatment of the underlying cause of acne. People who have severe or persistent inflammatory acne should consult their doctor or a dermatologist, especially if they have tried treating their acne at home.
A dermatologist can provide personalized treatment recommendations as well as topical or oral medications to help treat the underlying cause of acne. Hormone imbalances, overactive sebum glands, and bacterial overgrowth can all be underlying causes.
These are the ways to get rid of your ance with using ice more quickly, which means you can say goodbye to that pimple in a couple of hours instead of days. And as they say, time is money, so this little tip could save it. However, this treatment may not work for severely infected pimples, which require professional removal of treatments from a certified dermatology clinic.