Yes, my Instructables Buddies you read the title correctly; with the Vanilla Ice Beat. Ice, Ice baby!!! I have a quick solution for you if you see some of our not so friendly acne nemesis arrive on your face and you have a hot date the next day this trick will help you. Just Ice it Baby (corny but don't you love it)!
One of my "Estie Besties" Briyana had a bad breakout and she was nice enough to let me use her for this Instructable (also she was able to see the benefits of icing her acne).
What you Need
-Freshly Washed and Clean Face
- 5 Minutes
Why Ice Acne? (Skin Beauty Info Scoop)
Skin has pores which connect to oil glands located under the skin. The glands are connected to the pores from the follicles through "small canals". These glands produce sebum, an oily liquid. The sebum carries dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin. A small hair grows through the follicle out of the skin. Pimples grow when these follicles get blocked, resulting in an accumulation of oil under the skin. The follicle gets infected with bacteria, resulting in swelling. A pimple starts to develop when the follicle begins to break down.
The ice helps the inflammation and the redness of the pimple. Icing can help diminish the size of the pores by constricting the blood vessels underneath the skin and will help prevent new bacteria from entering and causing more pimples. This will not cure acne but it will lessen the inflammation and help speed up the healing process.
Step 1: Have a Clean Washed Faced
Briyana washed her face with a great cleanser. As you can see Briyana has a few pimples and they have redness.
Step 2: With an Ice Cube and Cotton Pad
Cover the ice with the cotton pad (the cotton pad we used had an opening so the ice was able to slide right in). Put the cotton pad with the ice directly on the skin for 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 3: Before and After
You can see the inflammation has gone down.