Don’t scratch itchy zits – those infections can become very serious and painful. You should avoid rubbing or scratching to keep from irritating the skin. Even very minor hand contact can cause itchy pimples to spread, starting the whole cycle over again. Try some Tamanu oil.
I've noticed more so today than ever that I touch my face more than I think I do. I do not "scratch" anything but occasionally I find myself just slightly touching the area. Maybe this is contributing to my recent acne breakout. I was never a toucher before. For example, touching face when talking.
Use an acne or oily skin mask to treat your "itchy" pimple. A mask with Sulfur will help to dry it out. Dot your pimple with the mask. You can also put a HALF drop of tea tree oil ( I like Desert Essence brand) in the palm of your CLEAN hand and mix with the mask. Leave on overnight. Tea tree oil is a natural antibiotic it is very tingly and will sooth your itch without having to touch your pimple.
* Use sulfur soap to keep oil glands clean.
* Clean the day's make-up at night before going to bed.
* Steam your face once in a week to keep the pores open.
* A Fuller's earth (Multani mitti) pack is an effective means of controlling pimples.
* Take a spoonful of honey mixed with rose water daily.
* Apply cucumber juice mixed with rose water.
I discovered Liquid Oil of Oregano thanks to my aunt, and I find it works very well on big, 'itchy' breakouts. I have nodular acne, and after washing my face, with clean hands I rub in one drop of oregano oil on the pimple(s). Depending on how "raw" the pimple is, the oil may sting somewhat. I find itchiness starts to go away immediately, and with applying the oil morning and night, even nodules diminish within a few days. All without prescription drugs or steroid injections! Apparently this oil can be used on any inflamed "bump" that comes up, like insect bites. Where I live, it costs between $20 and $40 depending on brand, for 30 ml. And yes, it does smell like oregano!
Using a desinfectant like mentioned is not necessarily a bad idea. Tea tree oil is the exeption among essential oils that can be applied directly on the affected area. Like mentioned, just have a few drops on a Q-tip and lightly toutch the area. You can also use salicylic acid much the same way, it will speed up the healing process. Combining tea tree oil and salicylic acid can enhance the effect of each other. If you tend to get those red or purple scars for weeks after it will help, if you are lucky they are prevented all together. There is fairly good scientific research on this, enough to make it worth the effort.
When your pimple is itchy it is all ready irritating the surrounding area and as several have mentioned generally the best thing to do is avoiding further irritation. There are times when even the experts squeeze the zits, but mostly an early treatment can prevent it from going that far.