DIY: How To Calm Acne and Post Extraction Skin Redness

We’ve all been there. Zits, blackheads, ingrown hairs, clogged pores that we couldn’t help but attack with our mighty little fingers. Or perhaps you got a facial and the extractions left you with some serious red blotches and swelling. Either way, you’re going to want to counter the redness and swelling ASAP. Here’s how to snuff out swelling and redness before you turn into the second coming of Hell Boy.

Step 1: Heal, don’t kill.

First and foremost, never ever ever apply BHAs, AHAs or acid-based acne medications immediately after extracting. This will cause further irritation and redness. Your priority at this stage is to begin the healing counter redness/swelling process. Second, if you’re going to extract, only do it at night, so that your skin has time to rejuvenate and heal over night. Additionally, you should not apply makeup after extracting as your pores are extra vulnerable to irritation and clogging. If possible avoid makeup for at least 12 hours. If you’ve extracted yourself, clean your face with a gentle cleanser and several splashes of cold water.

Step 2: Immediately apply 100% pure aloe gel as a mask

Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera, 24 oz., $10.29

Make sure you use clear 100% aloe gel with no additives. The label should literally say 100% aloe vera gel and nothing else. Always have this on hand and keep the bottle in the fridge so that it’s cold when you apply it. Apply a very thick layer over entire face. Be sure to steer clear from your eyes. Aloe will irritate your eyes if you apply too closely.

Step 3: Apply saran wrap

Cut holes for your eyes, nose and mouth and place saran wrap over the aloe mask.

Step 4: Apply cold compress

Dampen a washcloth, then use an ice pack, bag of peas (our recommendation), or a bag of crushed ice and place over the washcloth, lie down and place over your face. Keep the mask and cold compress on for approximately 20 minutes.

Step 5: Remove saran wrap and cold compress

Remove saran wrap and cold compress. However, allow the aloe to stay on your skin and soak in.

Step 6: Apply anti-redness, healing ointment

Pyrantine XR Healing Ointment, $35

To further heal skin, we recommend Pyratine XR Intensive Anti Redness Healing Ointment. This product is a total lifesaver! If you have a big monster of a zit, apply a thick layer of Pyrantine ointment and place a bandaid over it. This will help reduce redness and swelling drastically over night.

And if you’re pressed for time…

While we recommend utilizing the entire regimen, if you’re pressed for time, you can skip the saran wrap and cold compress and just apply the 100% aloe. The aloe gel alone will provide a tremendous amount of healing.

Do’s and Don’ts

Do extract only at night so your skin has time to calm down by morning

Don’t apply acid-based products post-extraction

Do have 100% aloe on hand and keep in the fridge

Don’t apply makeup for at least 12 hours after extracting

Do sanitize hands and extracting tools beforehand

Do apply an anti redness ointment for additional healing

Do see a doctor if your skin condition is persistent, you may have an underlying cause that needs medical attention.

This guide is not a replacement for medical advice and we always recommend seeing a dermatologist to handle chronic skin conditions.

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8 Comments
  1. Cindy Guerrero 2 years ago

    Can I cleanse my face after an extraction?

    • Desiree Rabuse 2 years ago

      Yes, just use a gentle non-acid cleanser. The key is not using anything harsh that can cause more redness.

    • Author
      StyleFox 2 years ago

      Yes, just use a gentle non-acid cleanser. The key is not using anything harsh that can cause more redness.

  2. ema 2 years ago

    i got bruises and i dont know how to deal with it and i need it to heal it fast cuz i have an important event after two days ,plz help me:( and yeah can i wear makeup that day or it will make it worse?

    • Desiree Rabuse 2 years ago

      Try a topical Vitamin K or Arnica Montana gel to help reduce the bruising. You can still wear makeup and a good, thick concealer like Joe Blasco can help cover the bruising as well.

    • Author
      StyleFox 2 years ago

      Try a topical Vitamin K or Arnica Montana gel to help reduce the
      bruising. You can still wear makeup and a good, thick concealer like Joe
      Blasco can help cover the bruising as well.

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