Expert Tips On How To Get Rid Of A Pimple Under The Skin

If there’s one skin care ingredient that can do it all, it’s retinol. Maiman says topical retinoids are the backbone of most acne regimens since they can prevent clogged pores, inflammation, and growth of acne-causing bacteria. 

How so? Well, retinol interacts with the skin’s receptors, beneficially altering the genes involved with inflammation and cell growth. This reduces the formation of microcomedones, or skin pores clogged with sebum, bacteria, and dead skin cells. (Microcomedones are the precursors to all pimples, so stopping them can make a huge difference.) Retinol also exfoliates within the pores, “where slowed dead cell shedding leads to enlarged pore appearance and breakouts,” says board-certified dermatologist Loretta Ciraldo, M.D., FAAD.

After a pimple has come and gone, retinol can help decrease post-breakout scarring as well. In addition to exfoliating dead skin cells, retinoid blocks the activity of enzymes behind melanin synthesis, resulting in a more even skin tone. 

If you’re new to retinol, consult with your dermatologist first to avoid any irritation, redness, or drying. 

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