Here's how to treat painful pimples

Acne is the most common skin condition in the country, affecting 50 million Americans annually, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The most painful form of acne is a pimple. There are steps that people can take to reduce a pimple's size, swelling and redness, dermatologists said. Gently wash your skin, using a mild, fragrance-free cleanser. Wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and apply that to the pimple for five to 10 minutes three times in one hour. Apply a product that contains 2 percent benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria that causes acne. If a whitehead begins to form, apply a warm washcloth to the pimple for 10 to 15 minutes three to four times a day. If you have a lot of acne or if it isn't responding to over-the-counter medications after four to six weeks, see a dermatologist.

Gun violence means rise in suicides

You can't talk about gun violence in the United States without talking about suicide, said Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Firearm suicides have gone up nearly every year since 2006. During 2016, the 23,000 suicides by gun accounted for twice as many deaths by suicide as suffocation, three times as many as by poisoning and 20 times more than intentional falls. Most people who kill themselves with a gun do so  quickly after deciding to end their lives. Strengthening gun safety laws can reduce these deaths by stopping some impulsive decisions combined with easy access to firearms, Brown said. A Brady Center report recommends implementing waiting periods between the purchase and transfer of a gun, passing laws to enable loved ones of someone in crisis to have guns temporarily removed and entering mental health records into state and federal background checks to ensure that people at risk of harming themselves don't have ready access to a gun.

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Health reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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