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We’ve all been there. We have a big event coming up…a party, a date, a job interview, even your own wedding and wouldn’t you know it? You get a visit from a little fairy. No, not the tooth fairy that leaves you a little cash…I’m talking about her evil twin The Zit Fairy! She may be cute, the devious ones usually are, but she leaves disaster in her path. I don’t know about you, but she often leaves me a big ‘ol 50 pounder on my chin right before a big event. Thanks lady! If she’s paid you a visit recently there are ways to fight the damage that she’s done.
I’ve been fighting breakouts my entire life and I’ve come up with some pretty good solutions on treating this problem. I’ve tried everything from toothpaste to mashed up aspirin mixed with water on a blemish. I don’t break out as often anymore, thanks to mineral makeup (see Mineral Makeup…Must Have or Messy, for my thoughts on that) But I do get the occasional visit from the Zit Fairy…I guess she misses me. I think I was one of her favorite landing spots all through high school.
The first thing you need to do, or avoid doing, is pick at it. Do not try to get anything out of a blemish unless it’s right there at the surface. A couple things could happen if you pick at it. You could spread the infection and that will give you more zits. You could just push the thing deeper into your skin, literally making a mountain out of a molehill. And worst of all, you could scar your skin and you don’t want to do that. It’s bad enough that sucker is there, you don’t need it leaving a scar as a reminder of her visit.
When it first appears, treat it with a blemish cream. Look for one with either Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide. Both ingredients will help dry up the problem. Just a little warning: Benzoyl Peroxide can be known to bleach fabrics, so when you’re using a product that contains this ingredient, you might want to keep that in mind and make sure you don’t get it on anything. There are so many treatments on the market, I can’t even begin to start naming brands. Pretty much any skin care brand will have a blemish-zapper in their line. If you don’t have anything on hand, the old stand by always works…toothpaste. Just dab a little on the problem overnight and you will notice a huge difference in the morning!
Is it ready?? Here’s what you can try only if you can see there is something there, ready to get out. Wash your hands first. Press a hot, wet washcloth against the blemish for a minute or two. This will soften the skin on and around the blemish. Wrap tissue around the tips of both index fingers and feel with your fingers to find the very outside of the circumference of the zit. When you have located the spot, press down on the spot while gently squeezing the area. Do not force it. If it’s ready to escape, it will. If you can see something trying to get out but it’s being stubborn, go back to the first step and repeat the steps. Only repeat this process a few times. If it’s being that stubborn, it’s clearly not ready to come out and you don’t want a scar. When you get what you can out of it, put ice on it for a few minutes, clean the area with a good astringent and apply a hydrocortisone cream to the blemish. Remember, this is my method of doing this, but it has worked for me. I am not a doctor, but I am a licensed Esthetician and I have been professionally trained on how to do this.
One important tip to keep The Zit Fairy at bay? Stop touching your face!! This is such a bad habit to break and I have a hard time with this one myself. I notice I’ll get a recurring blemish on an area where I rest my hands when I’m working at the computer. Same spot all the time. If I really pay attention and force myself not to touch my face, I don’t break out. Wow…maybe The Zit Fairy lives on our hands? I hope these are some good tips for you. What are your thoughts on breakouts? How do you keep The Zit Fairy off your face? I look forward to your responses.
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