The Benefits of Using Ice on Pimples: How Ice Helps Acne
The Benefits of Using Ice on Pimples: How Ice Helps Acne

Acne can be a real problem for teens and young adults. It can cause self-esteem issues and even make social situations difficult. Fortunately, there are many ways to address acne, both natural and medically-based. One natural and easy remedy that is often overlooked is the use of ice. In this blog post, we'll explore the benefits of using ice on pimples, how ice helps acne and what you can do to incorporate this simple but effective remedy into your skincare routine.

First and foremost, using ice on pimples can reduce the size of the pimple and decrease inflammation. When pimples form, they can be painful and swollen. Icing the area can help to numb the area and provide some relief. Additionally, the cold temperature restricts blood vessels which ultimately decreases swelling. This is why many people use ice to reduce swelling after an injury, and the same principle applies to reducing the size of a pimple. Using an ice globe, or wrapped ice cubes, on the affected area for one to two minutes a day can have a significant impact on pimple size and inflammation.

Secondly, ice can help to soothe the skin and speed up the healing process. When dealing with acne, it's important to avoid touching and picking at the affected area. But sometimes, it's difficult to resist the urge to pop that pesky pimple. If you do end up popping a pimple, applying ice soon after can help to calm the area and reduce redness. It’s important wash the face so the bacteria doesn't spread and then wait an hour or two after popping before applying ice so that the skin has some time to heal. Additionally, icing the area can reduce the likelihood of scarring by decreasing inflammation and swelling.

Thirdly, ice can be used in conjunction with other acne treatments. For example, if you use a topical acne treatment that causes dryness or irritation, icing the area can help to soothe the skin and reduce irritation. Using ice can also enhance the effects of other treatments. For example, applying an anti-acne serum or cream to the affected area after ice therapy can provide a one-two punch of acne-fighting power.  I usually recommend a skincare routine to my clients that includes: Cleansing, Moisturizing Toner, ICE, acne serum, moisturizer then sunscreen.

Fourthly, using ice on pimples is easy, inexpensive and safe. You don't need any special products or equipment; just wrap some ice cubes in a towel or grab an ice roller from your freezer. Compared to other acne treatments, ice therapy is also very affordable. This makes it an excellent option for teens or young adults who may not have the budget for pricier acne treatments. Finally, ice therapy is safe for all skin types and does not come with any unwanted side effects.

In conclusion, using ice on pimples can be an excellent addition to your acne-fighting routine. It can reduce the size and inflammation of pimples, speed up the healing process, soothe the skin, and enhance the effects of other acne treatments. Best of all, icing the affected area is easy, inexpensive, and safe. If you or a loved one is struggling with acne, give ice therapy a try and see if it makes a difference in the appearance and severity of your pimples. If you are concerned about your acne or have moderate to severe acne, it is always best to consult with an acne specialist.

Have a fabulous day!
Jean Kelly
Licensed Esthetician, Acne Specialist

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