Following up on my previous article that tackled what really happens when we pick on our faces is today’s breakthrough! Blemishes oh blemishes! Those nasty un-welcomed pops of zits that tend to show up uninvited at the most critical of places and inappropriate of times.. As I always say, knowing the-hows in terms of dealing is 70% of treating any skin issue, the 30% left is given to nature doing its thing.. Today proposes a new question for you;
Are you making your blemish worse in your effort to get it to go away fast?
Our favorite hobby has sadly become invasively interfering with any blemish that shows up.. We jump into conclusions and think we are wise enough by trying to get rid of them.. How? We immediately apply a strong drying acne spot treatment and think that this strategy actually works, as blemishes tend to appear smaller ( thanks to the drying agents that suck out the life of hydration surrounding a blemish), or by blemishes becoming less ‘red’ ( thanks to the false illusion that a non-see-through result is concealing the blemish).. I’m here to tell you this method is wrong! And by wrong I mean the blemish is still alive under there and been thriving all throughout..
Bottom line; this is NOT how you treat blemishes!
By understanding the life cycle of a blemish this information today might just be a game changer for healing your breakouts fast. What’s occurring in your drying process is that all of the newly created dry skin sitting on top of the blemish is now trapping the infection from coming out. Essentially, your blemish is hanging around longer underneath the skin’s surface, which is never good in your effort to get it to go away fast—with the least amount of scarring.
Scientifically speaking, the most common type of breakouts, known as pustules, have an infection within the pore lining that wants and needs to come out through the skin’s surface. This is simply a part of the natural healing/ detoxing process.
Blemishes come in different forms, and while assuming the type of blemish you have wants to be expelled out of the skin’s surface, drying it out is only going to prolong everything. Remember, the longer the infection is trapped under there, the more it puts pressure on the surrounding skin tissue. This immediately sets off an inflammation response that leads to increased melanin production. The result? A red and dark mark scar that will take what feels like forever to go away.
And you thought you were very wise…hmmmm!
The pore remains impacted because the whitehead never came out, this can lead to a clogged pore that leaves a bump. Since there is still a blockage in the pore, it can lead to future breakouts over and over again as the pore is trying to clean itself. Ever have a blemish that always appears in the same place? This could very well be because the infection was never properly removed.
A Note To Consider..
By drying agents we mean your spot treatment consists of one or two of the following ingredients..
- SD Alcohol 40
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Denatured Alcohol
- Benzoyl Peroxide
Not that we are announcing war against those, drying ingredients aren’t bad for pustule blemishes, however those are best to consider using AFTER the infected whitehead has popped out of the skin. Again, the mistake people make is applying it too soon in the life cycle process.
Below, is a list of non-drying ingredients used in spot treatments
- Salicylic Acid
- Kaolin (clay)
- Tea Tree Oil
- Zinc Sulfate / Zinc Oxide
- Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice)
- Beta Glucan
At this point, you are the judge, when do you use drying vs. non-drying spot treatment acne ingredients? But before that, leave it untouched for one night, give yourself some time to determine what type of blemish is cooking.. Sometimes teeny, tiny little whiteheads that quickly pop up overnight can benefit from a drying spot treatment applied right way. However, blind or cystic acne will worsen with drying agents.. Those blemishes that never come to the surface are a whole different story. Using non-drying products works specifically for the deep bumps that form deep within the skin and rarely come to the surface, those would be your best bet!