No pimple is created equal— Nor are the ways you conquer them. Here we give us the scoop on how to get rid of those pesky breakouts without wreaking havoc on your skin.
When a blemish appears, your body has incredible repair responses (unless an immune deficiency disorder is playing a role) that immediately recognize when an infection is present and then kick your white blood cells into high gear to heal it. The only real problem arises when you either think you’re helping or just plain “can’t take it,” and interfere with these natural healing processes, which ultimately makes things worse.
When you get a red, painful blemish, ONE of two things will happen: The infection inside the blemish will work its way up to the surface of the skin, resulting in a whitehead. This type of blemish is called a pustule. Sometimes the infection will NOT come up to the surface. It will stay deep within the skin until the body eventually re-absorbs it. I’m just going to hang out down here for a bit. This type of blemish is called a cyst.
Treating Pustular Blemishes
DO NOT TOUCH. It’s best to not act the minute you feel it coming on—instead wait a day or two for the infection to appear on the surface. Waiting will allow you to effectively control the blemish without damaging the skin. Once the whitehead is truly visible, gently squeeze out the infection with your fingers wrapped in tissue, and then apply a spot-drying treatment, we recommend mybody’s myHELPER, which will work its way into the skin and eradicate any lingering infection. If you apply a drying treatment before the whitehead is on the surface, it will simply dry out the surface of the skin, keeping the infection trapped underneath for longer. This will cause the infection to stretch to the surrounding skin tissue, which sets off a response that creates discoloration and leaves behind a dark acne scar that will linger for weeks or even months (reminding you well after it is healed what an atrocity it was).
What You Can Do About the Cystic Ones
Mostly occurring on the chin and jaw areas, it is important to remember that cysts will NEVER emerge onto the skin’s surface with a pustular whitehead. No matter what method you employ, cysts will never rise to the surface of the skin. WE MEAN ABSOLUTELY NO PICKING. EVER. Your best bet is to treat the cyst with gentle skincare, no physical exfoliation, and deep penetrating ingredients that will help treat infection and soothe the irritated layers of skin. We recommend a daily routine of myody skincare’s Take Control cleanser, Calm After the Storm serum, and Safety Blanket moisturizer and a spot treatment or weekly mask ritual of mybody’s Let Me Clarify to address the bevy of skin concerns with cystic acne. If the cysts worsen, seek medical attention from a dermatologist.
Also take note that using a daily regimen that helps keep skin hydrated, balanced, and protected is a great way to keep acne at bay. Hormones, stress, weather, diet, and genes all play an important role in skin types and conditions, so be aware of changes and have the appropriate treatments on hand.
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