We've all been there: You look in the mirror, see a huge red mountain on your face, and without thinking, BAM! you went and popped it. Nice. Everybody has popped at least one of those ugly suckers in their life. Trust me, it's not worth it, but we've all done it anyway. So, let me say this: There is a way to clean up that massacre and reduce the chance of scarring, and it's easy.
But now you realize that one of two things is happening:
- It was a whitehead or a cyst, and now we wound has turned into a bloody, gooey massacre.
- It was a blackhead or a small breakout, and you got away with just a painful red bump.
Either way, the treatment should work, but if you ended up in the first category, there are a few quick steps that need to be taken first. You know, so people don't think you were attacked by a vampire bat. You must stop the bleeding or oozing, or the second half of the treatment won't do any good.
- Quickly wash the area with a small amount of gentle cleanser, and immediately follow that with a spot treatment (no toner!) that contains salicylic acid, not benzoyl peroxide. I highly recommend Benefit Boo Boo Zap, because it will speed up the healing process without burning the area.
- wait just a few moments for the spot treatment to act. Once it sinks in, apply a tiny amount of thick moisturizer over the spot, but do not rub it in. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then wipe it away.
Good, the hard part if over. The bleeding/oozing should be stopped, but if it's not, wait it out - do not repeat those steps!
Assuming the oozing is finished now, you can go about the actual healing. Just take a little bit of honey, heat it in the microwave for a few seconds, and lightly dab a bit onto the wound. I hope you don't have plans to go anywhere, because that honey needs to sit on your skin for about an hour for it to take effect. Go read a book or look at cat pictures on Pinterest. Because who doesn't love books and cats?
Honey is great for acne. It has antibacterial properties, soothes irritation, and adds moisture back into the skin, which is important if you want to avoid that awkward scabby/peeling stage.
After you've waited the required hour, gently rise off the honey, and pretend it never happened. And please, think it through next time, and keep your hands off and fingernails out.