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You can try a hydrocolloid bandage- they suck out the moisture without drying the wound out completely, so it heals and shrinks. I have found them at the drug store- go ask for help and cut them down to size for the zits. In future, these are my favorite.
Do you pick through out the day or only when you’re in front of a mirror? Avoiding time in front of a mirror helped me. I also got one of those fidget toys where it’s like pressing buttons. It’s called a pop it. But it’s nothing like popping pimples.
r/compulsiveskinpicking is another sub that might have more tips.
If you don’t have money for pimple patches, you can just use regular bandaids to cover them during your time at home if you’re picking all day (not just in front of the mirror).
I buy my pimple patches in bulk. It’s only $14 for 96 patches on Amazon.
I use the regular CosRX patches. I like them because they're just a basic hydrocolloid patch without anything added that might irritate my pimple. They work pretty well and Amazon has multi packs. Here's the link to the listing
I have had great success with these ones: COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch 96 Patches (4 Packs of 24 Patches) | A.D.F. Hydrocolloid Dressing | Quick & Easy Treatment [link]
thanks so much! this?
i have cystic acne, and she wants me to spot treat those with patches while i work on calming the rest of my face down
I’m almost 14 weeks and am experiencing this too! I’ve found these patches help — they blend in pretty well and don’t show up too much. I also wear them overnight and see big improvements in the morning! [link]
This sounds terrible, I'm so sorry for your struggle! I've dealt with more acne this year from wearing masks all the time. Have you tried pimple stickers? They have really helped me through quarantine. These are the ones I use. [link]
Haha, I do the same thing! Those acne dot things are helpful to me to keep from messing with acne, but YMMV
I get these or something similar when I feel a pimple coming.
Do not use a harsh exfoliating scrub! It's just going to piss the skin off.
Do look onto the Korean Skin Care method. I love Tony Moly products.
I wash my face with Cerave and put these on before I go to bed on the real troublesome spots. I’ve been using them for over a year now and my skin looks so much better! The spots disappear so fast, sometimes as quickly as overnight! Sometimes it brings everything to a head, but either way it works!
COSRx has some great ones that you can buy on Amazon.
You’re not ugly! You just need styling! Don’t worry, unless you’re a model most people do :)
You have a nice nose, beautiful lips and a killer jawline. I understand it’s tempting to grow the facial hair to hide the acne but don’t do it, you’ll distract from your best features!
For the hairstyle, I’d recommend keeping some length on the top and styling it with product to push it up. The hair combed down makes the forehead appear smaller.
Here’s a few ideas: Always go to a barber who has good hair him/herself. And don’t be afraid to ask for personal recommendations on products or to have them demonstrate how to use it if you’re unsure :) hairstyling takes practice and always has good days and bad days.
Your eyes brows are so thick and nice! Go to an eyebrow threader and get them “cleaned up naturally”. Check it out in the mirror and if you’re happy then that’s enough! But if you want a little more done then request a small arch by having the underside plucked towards the end of the brow.
A dermatologist will help with the acne, I know personally it can be so so difficult to feel confident with acne but don’t worry, but people don’t judge you for your acne! (Only in middle school, people grow up after that!)
If your dermatologist doesn’t recommend something for the redness then ask :) For the big pimples that surface, I SWEAR on my life by -Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch
I always keep the patches on at home longer than the recommended time. Often sleeping with it. They’re cheap little pimple erasers :)
If your dermatologist does extractions, do the first few times with them. Remember, your face will always get worse before it gets better! If you want to save money on the extractions part you can get it done at places that might say “Nail and Spa” the spa part offers services that often times include extractions. Just call and ask :)
If you properly pop pimples on your own at home as well the aftercare of a popped pimple is important also. Try to make sure you’ve gotten the root of it but always be gentle with your skin. Once popped, disinfect the open pore. If it’s bleeding or oozing afterward, keep a piece of tissue or paper towel bit on it the way you would do for a shaving nick. Don’t let it dry! keep replacing the tissue until it will no longer stick. Put a thin layer of neosporin on top of you’re confident you got the entire pimple out. Otherwise stick on a pimple patch :)
One of the easiest ways to appear better looking is to stand up tall with good posture and show off those broad shoulders! Set a daily “posture check” reminder on your phone to go off twice a day to help build good posture habit.
Maintaining eye contact while speaking helps people to stay engaged in what you’re saying but also keeps eyes locked into yours. This is hard when you’re not feeling confident but as a server who can’t hide when she has a terrible acne outbreak, locking eyes helps me know their eyes aren’t wandering around on my face..
And lastly!! Be kind! I knew a girl always laughing and smiling, she was supportive in her responses to people and always was there to lend a helping hand. I truly did not notice her acne on a daily basis because her character was the most noticeable thing about her.
they sell them on amazon! right here :)
Here ya go boo! COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch 96 Patches (4 Packs of 24 Patches) | A.D.F. Hydrocolloid Dressing | Quick & Easy Treatment [link]
I haven't applied makeup over them but the
COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches are very discreet. Amazon link.
I’ve used some from Amazon that I like. They’re okay for acne but great as a barrier to keep me from picking.
These are the ones I use: COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch 96... [link]
This is the industry standard as for acne patches goes [link]
I get them from Amazon but due to the pandemic now it might get to you a bit longer than normal.
Buy CosRx pimple patches (4 packs with 96 total patches here for $13.20: https://www.amazon.com/Cosrx-Pimple-Master-Patch-24patches4sheet/dp/B014SAB948) and put them over the affected spots. They're made of hydrocolloid dressing which is used for wound healing and I've found them to be incredible at speeding up the healing process and preventing me from picking. I wear them during the daytime and overnight. When you're not using them, make sure you put sunscreen on your chest and arms because sun will darken the marks even more and slow down the healing process! Also cut your nails as short as you can and get rid of any magnifying mirrors, hand mirrors, tweezers, etc. at least until the conference. Anything you can do to remove the means (I routinely have to give mirrors away ugh).
As far as body skin care, I really like the Carbon Theory facial cleansing bar ($9.99: https://www.amazon.com/Carbon-Theory-Charcoal-Cleansing-Resealable/dp/B07W89FL4B) which I use all over in the shower. It has been the only product that I have tried so far that actually keeps me from getting bumps and pimples on my skin. I also find that exfoliating regularly with a washcloth/exfoliating gloves/loofah helps, and that putting lotion on regularly keeps bumps at bay.
Finally, the Inkey List's Tranexamic Acid targets dark spots specifically ($14.99: https://www.theinkeylist.com/products/tranexamic-acid-night-treatment). Niacinamide (i.e., the one by The Ordinary, which I think is around $6?) is also a really good product for healing dark marks.
Based on this picture it really doesn't look terrible! You can absolutely have this healed up by your conference (and if not, a little concealer never hurt anyone). Don't let this knock your confidence – you've got this!
You probably can't stop the urge, but I'm glad you have your fiance there to help you out. It feels so shitty at the time (at least in my experience) to have the mirror confiscated, but I have always been so grateful in the long run. I definitely recommend either cutting your nails super short (works pretty well for me) or getting fake nails (I saw that works on another post) to make picking harder as well.
I find that getting hydrocolloid pimple patches to put on any pimples (or healing pimples) can be super helpful to keep myself from picking subconsciously because I can't actually touch the pimple, I don't tend to go for them in the mirror because I can't see them, and then they also tend to heal the pimples super quickly.
IMO these ones from CosRx are the best: https://www.amazon.com/Cosrx-Pimple-Master-Patch-24patches4sheet/dp/B014SAB948. $13.20 for a four pack (96 patches total) is also a good deal.
I don't think it's the same thing, but I've worn a Cosrx pimple patch to school after putting makeup on top of it and it wasn't that bad
COSRX Acne Pimple Patches are my go-to!
I use Cosrx. Amazon has four sheets for $11.
I really like the Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch, also on Amazon — [link]
I get these . I go through them so fast I usually buy 10 at a time...
I have oily skin as well and have found that coconut oil tends to make me break out! It is comedogenic/can clog pores so its best for people who aren't prone to whiteheads to begin with. That's probably what's causing the problem! To get rid of the whiteheads you have now, I recommend a clay mask or spot treatment (I really like the aztec clay mask mixed with apple cider vinegar and Cosrx patches, both are trendy but I find they work well). If you really like using oil as a moisturizer, try something formulated especially for skin that doesn't clog pores (Trader Joe's has one that's pretty nice), but I find a water based moisturizer best for me (right now I'm using this Tonymoly moisturizer).
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