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Julyne Derrick

Can Neosporin Fix That Painful Pimple?

By March 30, 2011

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I have a friend who swears by Neosporin for curing the random painful cystic pimples that pop up deep within the skin. You know the type -- these guys are super painful and tender to the touch, a tell-tale sign that they're infected.

My friend discovered the Neosporin trick one day when she was suffering from a cystic pimple and decided to spot treat it with the ointment. She was nervous because Neosporin is rather oily and she didn't want to inflame her skin so she applied a tiny dab right over the swollen spot. It worked beautifully. The pain went away immediately and the swelling went down and within 3 days, the pimple had vanished. Usually, she reports, it takes more than a week for such pimples to disappear and there's always the risk that the skin will break and a scar could develop.

I do not recommend the Neosporin treatment for people suffering from major acne, in this case you should always consult a dermatologist. Neosporin should be used only to spot treat the occasional pimple and I advise testing the skin first behind the ear or under the jaw to make sure you don't have a reaction.

Crushed aspirin is also purported to work like a miracle on pimples. See my recipe here.


March 31, 2011 at 7:20 pm
(1) susan says:

Dermatologist are shuddering.Glad it worked for your friend but that’s like putting vaseline on your face with ingredients that can cause a really bad reaction.I work with 6 Dermatologist and none use neosporin anywhere on the body, please not on the face.Deep cystic acne is something that can return in the same place and cause scarring.If possible see a Dermatologist and forget the neosporin.

April 1, 2011 at 12:14 am
(2) bareheadedwoman says:

not having a pocket that included trips to a dermatologist every pimple since 13 (and that’s 30 years), I can attest that after using Neosporin on those occasional cystic pimples, I can remark that the only scars I received were from the ones I did NOT use neosporin on. It was my family’s cure-all for a lot of things like: red rough noses from colds, ultra chapped lips (especially the kind that crack the edges), every cut, nick & scrape, busted blisters….

Of course you clean the area and cover only the affected area–not your whole face. Old fashioned white toothpaste overnight is excellent on the smaller, noninfected blips.

April 6, 2011 at 8:56 am
(3) Fotoringiovanimento Roma says:

Complimenti per l’articolo, da poco frequento il vostro blog e vi faccio i miei complimenti!! Seguirņ con costanza i vostri prossimi articoli. ;)

April 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm
(4) acne treatments review says:

I am actually not sure neosporin is such a great med. I tried it and had little to no results whatsoever.

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