That was my mistake in the past, I would experience these potentially dangerous breakouts and not do anything about it until it was fully grown. Then I'd try to physically reduce it and would be left with a traumatizing scar. I've learned my lesson. Treating it at the first signs is critical. During the initial phase, the one thing I do is AVOID TOUCHING IT with my hands. I've learned the hard way that messing with it, especially in the beginning stages can aggravate and cause even more swelling. This is the exact opposite of what I used to do and it has paid off in a major way.
After I finish my glass of lemon water, I immediately fill up my water bottle and get back on my track with my water intake. My goal is to facilitate internal cleansing as quickly as possible. I'm trying to send a message to my body that I'm serious about detoxing so there's no need for detox through my skin.
Clarisonic Pro, works tirelessly to remove surface dirt. One thing I appreciate about my Clarisonic is that it's never aggravated my breakouts or made them worse. Since I can't use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, my secret weapon are my purifying masks. My favorites are Glam Glow clearing mud, Fresh Clay Mud Bar, Origins charcoal mask or any of my homemade concoctions. These masks deep cleanse my skin drawing out impurities. I can also rest assured that the longevity of my breakouts is much shorter thanks to the help of my fast acting masks.
If I didn't get to the enemy fast enough and it's increased in size, I start to work on decreasing the swelling. I do this by applying an ice cube (wrapped in a zip lock bag) directly on the blemish. Just like applying ice to a swollen ankle, it helps shrink down the swelling. Finally, I will utilize my hot/cold facial treatment on very active breakouts to help shorted it's lifespan. Luckily I haven't had to deal with fully grown pimples in a while thanks to the mastering of steps 1, 2 and 3. So now, I'm able to focus completely on minimizing my scarring without having to deal with pimples that leave behind more spots.