Ice on Acne: Does it help?

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Updated On - August 26, 2020 Dr Jisha Gomez
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Acne is caused due to the inflammation of the skin. This results in acne in the form of pimples, whiteheads, etc on the skin.  Acne is like an umbrella term that is used when there is breakage on the skin not just in the form of pimples, but also, blackheads, freckles, whiteheads all together in a particular area.

It is also a chronic condition ( which means its persistent and lasts for a long time), which if it gets severe will require attention from a dermatologist.  There are also different kinds of acne namely: Acne Vulgaris, Acne Fulminans, Acne Mechanica

Acne can be caused due to a variety of reasons varying from genes, environment, eating habits, etc. Even though it’s such a prevalent issue, its extremely delicate and you need to deal with it in the correct way. For example, if your pimple bursts it could leave a mark or even a scar, if you try pinching the pimple to get rid of it, this will increase the inflammation and can cause more acne in the same region.  

Acne contains bacteria, sebum, dirt and oil which clogs up the pores and causes inflammations on the skin. This also causes redness and even pain at times.

Ice, as we all know, is a cooling agent. When used on acne, it helps reduce the size and the redness; all of this without making it burst. Due to its cooling properties, acne can decrease in its inflammation, redness and the pain. While you shouldn’t place the ice cube directly on your skin, make sure you have a thin cloth in hand which you can place it in to treat your acne (1)

Place the ice cube wrapped in cloth on the acne spots for about a minute, take it off, give it some rest time and place it back for a minute. Some people tend to rub their skin with ice cubes, this could be harmful if you’re not gentle while you do this. 

Some people turn the plain ice cube around and try to add a few ingredients to it. 

Here are few things you can add and make in the form of ice cubes to use on your face :

  • Lemon extract – This contains vitamin C and is good for your skin
  • Tea tree oil – This has anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing acne (2).

You need to remember that ice only acts as a cooling agent for your Acne and in no way cures it. You can stop it from getting worse and reduce the inflammation but other than that, it does not help in removing the clogged bacteria or sebum. Ice can work better when you pair it with other forms of treatment for Acne. For example, Aloe Vera is another cooling agent and is also said to have anti-oxidation properties, that when clubbed with ice can work better. 



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