Take an aspirin tablet and crush it int powder (It HAS to be aspirin - or a generic where the active ingredient is Acetylsalicylic/Salycilic Acid). Add a drop of water - enough to make it pasty but not dissolve it. Slather on pimple. Apply bandaid and let it sit. Gently wipe off when it starts to flake and dry. Works wonders.
Aspirin has great anti-inflammatory properties that help with swelling, and it unclogs your pores. Dries any unnecessary oil from your skin. I don't know why it works 100% but google it and people swear by it. Some people use it as a nightly face scrub, actually.
ive fought acne for YEARS shoebox, and have never heard of that. I MUST try this now. Thanks :)
Another thing that can work. If you buy pure, raw honey (nothing with added crap in it like sweetners or whatnot - many people use the organic honey. The stuff in the bear shaped bottle is no good.) I have heard of some pretty great results for that too. Thin layer on face, leave for ten minutes, gently wipe off. I'm sure you've heard of honey being used to treat wounds? Same concept! And your face will smell good. Some people add things (Sugar for exfoliation, cinnamon because of supposed antibacterial properties) but I'm no expert you'd have to do some googling.
I've seen some drastic improvement for a bad breakout.
As for you 'just leave it alone' people - you obviously have MUCH better self control than me! I am NOT capable of leaving my zits when I get them I have to poke and pick at them. If it's a bad, deep one I sometimes leave it till after a shower when it's easier to get at - but MAN I am bad at leaving it be, until that sucker is popped! See example below. That's pretty much me.