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u/jolla92126 · 70 pointsr/coolguides

I know everyone’s joking about r/popping but seriously some zits need to be lanced.

  1. Pierce top with a lancet.

  2. Squeeze junk out (preferably with the looped wire extractor).

  3. Apply salicylic acid (wipe with a Stridex pad).

  4. Apply a hydrocolloid bandage (Nexcare Acne Cover, or cut to size Dynarex Dressing).
u/psychie · 50 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

HYDROCOLLOID BANDAIDS. Trust me, I get these suckers all the time. Stick one on and it will suck the white head out. I buy these acne bandaids, but since you need something ASAP -- just go to Target (or CVS, etc.) and buy Hydrocolloid Blister Bandaids. Cut it up into whatever size you need (I cut it so it's a bit bigger than the pimple so I can peel it off afterwards). Stick that bad boy on and wait. If I'm in a rush, I wait an hour. If I'm not in a rush, I stick that on all day. Peel it off before I take off makeup/jump in the shower. It'll either suck the puss out or make it so you just need to push out the puss a bit. Trust me on this. They're a godsend.

*EDIT: You don't need to poke a hole in it. I'd say 90% of the time it just sucks it out for you. Some times it takes an extra day. Someone else said Mario Badescu Drying Lotion -- it does work, but not all the time like Hydrocolloid Bandaids work. I get huge cyst acne. The most I've had is 5 whiteheads on one cyst acne. I've pretty much controlled my skin.. for now.

u/fraggedears · 26 pointsr/popping

If you don't want to apply new products without testing, you could use sterile lancets and then pop a hydrpcolloid bandage over it. /r/skincareaddiction may have some feedback too. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

u/theoatogo · 22 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

Make a dermatologist appointment, but in the meantime try these: https://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Cover-Drug-Free-Gentle-Breathable/dp/B00BRGUNV2

u/Moose_Gwyn · 13 pointsr/YouShouldKnow

There are so many points that need to be addressed...

  • the best advice on reddit (and probably the internet) regarding acne is right over at /r/skincareaddiction

  • drying out your skin is bad for acne... but not for the reasons listed in the post and article. Dry, cracked skin lets bacteria and grime get into your skin much easier than non-dry, plump skin. Plus, dry flakey skin can look nearly as bad as acne.

  • Sebum is not what protects your skin from bacteria and the elements... your acid mantle does that. What destroys your acid mantle is using products with an extreme pH... the most common of which is lemon and baking soda, which people should NEVER put on their face.

  • If you have oily skin, drying out your skin can make your skin produce even more oil. This is why the oil-cleansing method is so popular for people with oily skin - it helps your skin normalize and stop overproducing oil for dried out skin. Another method that people use to restore their acid mantle and thus their natural protection against bacteria and acne is the caveman method. This is extreme, and some go full steam ahead while others just simplify their routine. The caveman method is simple: don't touch your face. with anything. That means no makeup, no products, no washing, nothing. Some people won't even let their face get wet in the shower. Don't touch your face, don't scrub at it, nothing. Some people will moderate this and just use a really simple and safe sunscreen, and let it wash off in the shower. It will take about two weeks for your acid mantle to restore.

  • It is important to distinguish between physical exfoliation and chemical exfoliation. Overwashing your face (physical) can dry out your face (bad). However, this isn't going to remove the top layer of your skin. That's what chemical exfoliants (specifically AHAs) do. And this is not a bad thing - nor is it drying, or encourage more sebum production. Any physical exfoliation should be gentle (read: do NOT use St. Ives apricot scrub or similar products), a microfiber washcloth is a great option. Any chemical exfoliation should not exceed your tolerance (start at a lower percentage and work your way up, don't use it every day if your skin reacts badly, patch tests, etc).

  • Diet can effect your skin. When you consume an irritant, your skin can reflect that. So if you're lactose intolerant (or just sensitive), dairy may be causing some of your acne. The health of your gut bacteria can also have an effect on your skin bacteria. Believe it or not, not all bacteria (even on your skin) is bad. MOST of it is actually good. So eating probiotic foods or taking a probiotic pill can actually help your skin. Cut back on things you know are bad for you (sugar, gluten in some cases, dairy in some cases, etc) and introduce more of what is good for you (probiotics, vitamins, fruits/veggies). Furthermore, acne caused by stress can be helped by regular exercise. So you can lose weight and get better skin at the same time.

    In sum:

  • DO use a moisturizer... but make sure it has no irritants or ingredients you're allergic to. That means if it has parfum (if its scented), don't use it.

  • DO use chemical exfoliants like BHAs and AHAs. DON'T use harsh physical exfoliants, like scrubs.

  • DO subscribe and read /r/skincareaddiction, which will help you...

  • DO simplify your skincare routine down to the basics, and introduce new products slowly.

  • DO lead a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy, exercise often, and get enough sleep.

    And one last trick for dealing with acne: hydrocolloid bandages. By the non-acne geared kind or the acne geared kind. But if you pop and pick at your acne, this will help more than anything else. Stick it on, leave it on overnight, and have all the gunk and goop sucked out by morning.
u/thewidowaustero · 12 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Ooo, I'm addicted to both Amazon and skincare so this thread is my jam.

  • Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream! My skin is dry and very prone to dehydration so I can't use a lot of the popular AB sunscreens that have high amounts of alcohol. But most of the alcohol-free sunscreens I've tried never seen to dry down so they're hard to wear under makeup. This one is happily in the middle ground, it does have some alcohol in it but it's halfway down the ingredient list instead of at the top so it doesn't dry me out, and it manages to actually dry down enough to wear makeup over it.

  • Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Lotion is another favorite of mine. The "premium" version is a major upgrade from the regular version IMO. I've used them both extensively and the thicker texture of the premium version is so much nicer. Fifty Shades of Snail's review convinced me to upgrade and I've never looked back.

  • Elta MD UV Pure is a really nice physical only sunscreen - good for when your skin is overly sensitive or recovering from a peel or overzealous use of actives.

  • Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers are excellent for putting over whiteheads and/or zits you couldn't restrain yourself from popping.

  • Packs of microfiber cloths are excellent if you like using a washcloth in your skincare routine but want something softer than terrycloth. I bought two 12-packs, I have a big pile of them next to my sink, I use a new one each night and then toss it right into the laundry to keep things super sanitary. Just learn from my mistakes don't put them in the wash with new terry cloth towels because the new towels will shed all the fuck over them and you will be picking fuzz off of them for weeks.

  • Less skincare related than the rest but still sort of: this unscented Alaffia Shea Butter Bubble Bath is excellent if you have sensitive skin.
u/Helen_Damnation · 12 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I didn't realize they made blister bandages, I've been using these and love them!

u/DifferanceQ · 12 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

What helps me is covering them up with hydrocolloid bandages - you can either use those blister band-aids they sell at the store, or they make some specifically for acne. Not only does it help heal stuff I've picked at, it keeps me from picking anymore, because I don't want to peel off the band-aid and disrupt all the pus-sucking it's doing.

u/EmilyLynn · 9 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I live in Canada too, but I actually order them online because I have yet to find them in a store. I don't know if you have a target where you live in Canada but as someone said below, this is also the same thing just a different brand and you cut them up yourself.

u/WithLinesOfInk · 8 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

They absorb moisture, oil, pus, from trouble spots without chemicals. I wear mine overnight, many people will wear all day, depending on your preference. They seem to work better on surface acne than cystic but still reduce the timeline of my cystic acne a lot. I buy mine from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BRGUNV2/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

u/Cairnwyn · 8 pointsr/breakingmom

I finally have my acne under control after 20 years. Here's what worked for me:

  • Wear makeup as infrequently as possible

  • Use an oil based cleanser to remove makeup and don't wash with anything but warm water if I haven't worn makeup (I use the tried and true Ponds cleanser -- green top). Spend at least 30 seconds massaging the cleanser into your skin, particularly in your problem areas. Wipe off with a warm washcloth. Do not scrub.

  • Moisturize religiously with a mild facial lotion twice a day (again, I use Ponds -- blue top -- but Cerave is the most popular option on the skincare subs)

  • Use a water based sunscreen when not wearing makeup (I use Biore Watery Essence https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LA6QEOE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1). Note that the trick to these is to NOT RUB THEM IN. Just glide it over your skin and let it dry. No one tells you this on the skincare subs, so it took me a while to figure it out.

  • Use a makeup primer when wearing makeup (I use Rimmel Fix and Perfect). Again, glide it over your skin -- do not rub it in.

  • Use a good quality foundation for sensitive skin. I use Clinique.

  • STRIDEX RED BOX. This is seriously my gold star product. Use one wipe across your whole face before bed. Let it dry completely then apply your moisturizer. Research if it's safe while breastfeeding because I know you're not supposed to use it while pregnant (although as a topical, it is most likely still safe -- just one of those over cautious things).

  • Change your pillow case regularly

  • Use a fresh washcloth every time

  • Avoid touching your face as much as possible. This was a HARD habit for me to break. I'm a "lean my head on my hand" kind of girl.

  • Keep your hair off your face and make sure you're using products in your hair that don't irritate your skin. It's one thing people forget to think about because it isn't a face care product, but it is so close to your face that it can cause breakouts particularly if you don't wash the product out of your hair before going to bed since it can get on your pillowcase and then on your skin.

  • Get a good mask and use it 1-2 times a week when your skin breaks out or feels super oily. I use a mud mask. Cleanse with an oil based cleanser after using the mask.

  • Disinfect anything that touches your face regularly (sunglasses, cell phone, hats, etc.)

  • Use hydrocolloid bandages on actual breakouts overnight (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BRGUNV2/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&th=1) and keep them covered as much as possible particularly at night. However, I also find that spending 10 minutes a day in the sun with my acne uncovered helps too.
u/n00bquake · 8 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

This is my favorite brand of hydrocolloid bandages! I started out with the Nexcare Acne Patches, which were WAY too small to stick to anything (they ended up falling off within an hour or two).

Picked these up at Safeway and was blown away by their performance! They stick amazingly well, and pull out a ton more garbage than the Nexcare HCBs. I cut each bandage in half to maximize usages.

u/srasm · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/EssKelly · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Clean whatever you use to apply your makeup. With hibiclens. It’s on Amazon if your local CVS/Walgreens doesn’t have it.

These hydrocolloid bandages are what I was referring to. Wear them overnight (no epiduo underneath, you risk chemical burns if you do that). Check the reviews and pictures.

Edit: sun/saltwater combo used to work for me was a teenager. Once I hit my early 20’s, it made me break out, like you. I got on a good retinoid, paired with Cetaphil cleanser, and finally have my skin more or less under control.

u/maincoursdelegance · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Sure!

Step 1: steam your face or a hot steamy shower. Open the pores up! Refrain from any harsh cleansers or scrubbing other than gentle gentle gentle.


Step 2: swipe a stridex pad or any other salicylic acid based toner over the spot. Wait 15 min. It gently dissolves the dead skin layer that is clogging the pore, and begins to break down the layer of oil and crud that is keeping all of the fluid and pus inside.


Step 3: spot treat with Aztec clay mask, mixed with apple cider vinegar. You must mix the betonite clay mask with the Apple cider vinegar, to balance the pH and avoid burning your skin. It smells funky as hell but it is an acne killer, every single person on this thread will agree that it’s amazing for acne. It will draw it to a head quicker. This is great as a full face mask, be aware that it will pulse and tingle intensely as it dries! Your skin will be bright red for 30 min to an hour after removing it.


Step 4: wait 10 min until it dries and carefully peel it off the zit. It may even take the clogged pore top with it, opening it up for extraction — use an extractor tool or pore vacuum and do NOT just go squeeze it. If it does not come to a head repeat this again tomorrow! Do not do the full mask every day, the spot treatment is ok daily only on blemishes. As a full mask it’s best to use it once or maybe twice a week at most, or you risk compromising your lipid/moisture barrier and going through some seriously not fun times. Always follow up with a good oil free moisturizer.

This is the best way to completely drain this blemish, without forcing the pus further into your skin and creating even more breakouts down the line.


All of these products are easily obtained on Amazon, or any major grocer that has a health food section or oriented towards health. I know for a fact that Gelsons, Whole Foods, Erewhon, sprouts all carry the Aztec betonite clay mask and apple cider vinegar. Any chemist or pharmacy will have stridex wipes and benzoyl peroxide & maybe even the extractor tool as well. If they do not have the extractor, pick up some Hydrocollegial bandages as well as small diabetic lancets (Tiny needles used for blood sugar testing) if you don’t have anything you can use at home to poke it with.


Now steam your face for 5 to 10 minutes to open your pores then see if you can gently lance the pimple with a lancet or sterilized small needle. (It must be sterilized and rubbing alcohol for a few minutes first, or you will get an infection.)

Gently pierce it, then allow it to drain and very carefully apply pressure straight down to the sides of the blemish. Do not squeeze directly into it, again super bad. Once you’ve gotten as much out as you can, slap a hydro colloidal bandage on it and sleep with it on. The bandage will suck all of the fluid and pus out, leaving you with a flattened bump in the morning that you can apply a little dab of benzoyl peroxide on. Benzoyl Peroxide is an anaerobic substance, it penetrates all the way to the base of the skin through multiple layers to target acne bacteria. It’s best used as a spot treatment and will fry the crap out of your face. Always use sunscreen after using these medicines!


Products mentioned:

Stridex, Single-Step Acne Control, Maximum, Alcohol Free, 90 Soft Touch Pads https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074GF1PNL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_uGWFDb3Z0AY3M

Aztec Secret - Indian Healing Clay - 1 lb. | Deep Pore Cleansing Facial & Body Mask | The Original 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay - New! Version 2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0014P8L9W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_8GWFDbDHXR0ZP

Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 16 oz (1 Pack) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E3B30WW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_xHWFDbXYZFBTS

CHIMOCEE Professional Surgical Blackhead Remover Tools, Blemish and Splinter Acne Pimple Removal Kit, Come Done Extractor Tool for Whitehead, Pimples and Zit Popper Leather Case with Mirror, Pack of 6 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072KK5J8K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_VHWFDbRHCCA6C


Nexcare Acne Cover, Hydrocolloid Technology, Invisible, 36 count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BRGUNV2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_-KWFDbZBFA91H


Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Treatment Gel with Maximum Strength Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Medicine, Pimple Cream for Acne Prone Skin with 10% Benzoyl Peroxide, 1 oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NR1YVYU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_xLWFDbMR0TMZ0

u/bookishbritt · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

http://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2 Looks like there's some moderately priced patches available now that are already shaped for acne. When I cut down the sheet the edges are too blunt and can be rubbed off easier. The precut ones have edges that thin out to allow a better bond. They also talked about the white stuff in the product info. "Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers visibly indicate that they're working by turning from translucent to white. This means they've absorbed pus and oily secretions.
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u/texanandes · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/whoopiepiez · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Went through the same thing recently. It was actually what brought me to this sub. At first it was just damage control but eventually I started an actual routine and saw a major improvement.

For now invest in hydrocolloid bandages they were and still are my saving grace.http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BRGUNV2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I actually have these set up to auto deliver every other week. These are basically blister bandages, search this sub for them and you will see they are a little plastic miracle. Basically they suck the gunk out of zits, I use them on deep under the skin hormonally charged beasties and they REALLY make a difference, in severity, duration, and healing. I am very pale so any and every spot or bump sticks out like a spotlight. I put these zit stickers on every single spot that even looks like it may even think about being a zit someday.

I also snagged a 2.5% bp to spot treat, I have dry skin so I can't go slathering this stuff just anywhere.http://www.paulaschoice.com/shop/skin-care-categories/targeted-treatments/_/Clear-Regular-Strength-Daily-Skin-Clearing-Treatment/ I got the trial size in June and I still have oodles left. I put a dab on a qtip and apply only to the zit itself.

Stay moisturized, this may seem counter intuitive but slather yourself in lotion. The better the hydration the quicker the healing. I don't have any oily skin suggestions as I am SUPER dry, but if you search this subreddit there are plenty of solid suggestions for oily skin.

Definitely check out OCM(oil cleansing method) there is a link to this in the side bar, it can feel overwhelming when you first read about it but this stuff really helped my skin. I use evening primrose oil mixed with other moisturizing oils. Evening primrose sounds like witchy hoodoo but it has made such a huge difference in my skin. I am super, super fair skinned. The girls in sephora run away when they see me coming and this has helped with redness and scarring SOOOO much. Give this a search as well.

Try adding a BHA and AHA, BHA is great for acne as it exfoliates inside the pore. AHA exfoliates closer to the surface of the skin, great for surface issues such as discoloration and scarring. My trick for remembering this in the beginning was BHA is Beneath the skin and AHA is Above. Personally I use both. Check out paulaschoice.com they have a cult following for good reason, they offer sample sizes of everything they offer so go sample crazy before investing in the big sizes. I use their 2% BHA liquid and 10%AHA liquid and love them both. I started with BHA to tackle my acne and a few weeks later I added paulas choice 8% AHA gel to help with scarring and dry skin issues. I loved it so much I eventually moved up to their 10% option.

You will want to add the oil cleansing, BHA, AHA and even your moisturizer one at a time. Make sure to test each on a small patch of skin first, nothing worse then jumping head first and having a bad reaction because then you have no idea which item caused it.

Feel free to message me with questions and what not :]

u/Tinfoilhartypat · 6 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

These have helped me so much!

The less you touch your face, the better! I use these at night, even on blemishes that haven't fully erupted but feel coming on. Seriously a miracle product.

It is SO SATISFYING to see the patch in the morning, it turns white with the absorbed oils, and honestly, pulling it off my skin, seeing the contained puffy white goo, and knowing I haven't destroyed a larger area of skin trying to extract a zit, feels even better than popping. (And to be gross, yeah, I'll poke the patch with my nail in awe.)

Couple other tips that are helping me stop the break-out cycle-

  1. Change your pillowcase everyday. I put 3-4 pillowcases on my pillow, and when I go to bed, I take the last one off, and boom, fresh clean surface. This has made a noticeable difference in my skin! Amazon has endless options for inexpensive pillowcase sets, and is cheaper than Bed Bath & Beyond.

  2. Be religious about washing your face before bedtime. I'm not always perfect at this, but I'm working at making it habit. The ritual of caring for my skin helps me stop picking. After I've washed (Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser) and used my products, it is a big motivator to not touch my face.

  3. I also have a ridiculous stash of washcloths. I keep these in a basket in my bedroom, and use a fresh one each morning in the shower, and a fresh one to dry my face at night.

    When you have a pimple that has fully come to a head and you just have to pop it, wash your hands first, and better yet, use one of these tools, and make sure it is sanitized (I use rubbing alcohol) before you use it, and after!




u/PolarBearInSpace · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Even these don't say that word on them, so I wasn't 100% sure I was buying the right thing:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BRGUNV2

Everybody gotta be all scientific up in here using fancy words.

u/RockyColtTum · 5 pointsr/CFBOffTopic

Hydrocolloid bandage for the pimple. It will make it go down overnight.

Like this.

u/lurkercreep · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I have relatively healthy skin, though it's prone to dehydration and occasional acne.

These are all subscribe & save items (in addition to being prime eligible), listing current price w/ 15% subscribe discount (need 5+ items to qualify)

Face:

Cerave PM 3oz $7.05

PC 2% Salicylic 4oz $24.65


Cerave Hydrating Cleanser 16oz
$11.89

Nexcare hydrocolloid patches 36ct
$5.69

Alpha 14% glycolic aha 2oz $16.14

Body:

Cerave SA Renewing Lotion 8oz $9.20

Dove sensitive skin bar body soap, 4oz x 14 bars $11.88

u/HideNSqueak · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Just about anywhere that sells regular bandaids. They are often marketed as blister bandages, because they are designed to manage wound fluid.

Here's an example from Target, and if you want little rounds ones just for acne, you can order them online.

u/AnOkaySamaritan · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/blue_gator · 5 pointsr/acne

So if I have a massive whitehead that I don't feel like walking around with for the world to see I go ahead and pop it. Yes picking is bad BUT it makes zits disappear a lot faster. I generally do it at night after my face is clean. Then before I put in my moisturizer I put a hydro colloid acne patch over it.

Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BRGUNV2/ref=cm_sw_r_oth_api_Vs.EzbT5A23G9

Ever pop a zit and then wake up to find it has filled up and gotten even more gross over night? Well these patches absorb the crap oozing out of the popped zit. And when you wake up the zit substantially less swollen and has not "refilled" itself again. Seriously it's the best 8$ you'll ever spend.

u/shroedingerscook · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Try a hydrocolloid bandage on the pimple. Nexcare makes some specifically for pimples

Pus filled pimples will eventually go away on their own without being popped, it just takes a little while. Hot compresses also help. And putting a little benzoyl peroxide on it can help as well (do not put BP on under a hydrocolloid bandage... Put it on for a half hour or so, wash off, then use the bandage)

Google the "Danger Triangle of the Face" to understand why you shouldn't pop pimples on your nose.

u/sympathyofalover · 5 pointsr/BabyBumps

Talk to your OB about azelaic acid. I didn’t use it, but it’s the only thing I’ve seen other posts talk about using that was deemed okay for them by their OB.

My OB is super cautious and I keep getting shot down whenever i ask what I can use, so I just did a simple routine (Neutrogena foaming cleanser) and sometimes I will oil cleanse with Argan oil and a drop or two or tea tree oil. I haven’t asked her about the tea tree oil, but I haven’t seen anything related to it being a problem and I’ve probably only used it twice and I’m 20 weeks now.

Keep your sheets and pillow cases clean, make sure to wash your face morning and night, moisturize and try not to pick. You can use hydrocolloid bandages to help overnight (I like the nexcare ones you can find on amazon, also called acne patches or blister bandages). nexcare on amazon

Head over to r/skincareaddiction too for more posts about pregnancy/hormonal acne and the side bar include info on oil cleansing. There isn’t much we can do about it overall, but mine did ease up a lot throughout the 1st trimester and now I hardly get any. Hopefully you’re able to find something that works!

u/Griphmeister · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Blister bandages(hydrocolloids) or other acne patches (there are 2 kinds, tiny hydrocolloids, and little patches with acne medication on them) really help me with not picking. I use sterile lancets to gently poke a small hole in any whiteheads that I have, then I put the hydrocolloids on them and leave it on overnight or longer if I can. The hydrocolloids draw out and absorb fluid, so normally by morning they've absorbed most or all of what was in there.


For acne that isn't a whitehead I tend to use the other kind of acne patch to help keep from messing with it, the medicated acne patches are not good for absorbing fluid from whiteheads though. Also links are just for examples so you know what I'm talking about, I'm not recommending any specific product.

u/atomheartmama · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

ok here's what's worked for me and my dry/dehydrated/sensitive/acneprone skin! i broke out in closed comedones and small whiteheads mostly around my chin/mouth area mostly, had constant redness and flakiness was common. my skin isn't perfect but much more clear, moisturized, and healthy. little to no scarring and any spots that come up leave quickly.pretty normal skin after years of experimenting, 1 year of experimenting on SCA. hope this helps anyone!

cleanser: cerave foaming cleanser at night, sometimes in morning. i use cool water when using the sink. 12 oz bottle lasts forever, i use it for body in shower too.

moisturizers: alternate between Avene trixera emollient Cream & Balm. can do reviews on these if anyone would like since they are not well known. both contain several oils, but cream is more oily/dewy while the balm is thicker and seems to dry/set more. enormous ~13 oz bottles can be purchased through amazon so these will each last me a year at least.

sunscreen: hada labo uv creamy gel. contains alcohol but not as high up as other comparable sunscreens. also contains hyaluronic acid. similar alternative for those wanting to avoid alcohol is Hada labo uv whitening gel- contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin c. small bottles but relatively affordable.

exfoliants: paula's choice 2% bha liquid and 8% aha gel. i use the AHA most nights and 1-2x a week use the bha instead. i no longer use exfoliants in the morning (used to do bha in AM and aha in PM but found it was too much for my skin type, and reducing frequency helped without sacrificing results). may seem expensive upfront but i'm still using the 2 original bottles- the bha i bought around august and will still last me another couple months so between the size & referral codes it's a bargain.

makeup remover: Almay oil-free makeup remover pads. been using these for a decade. use them to remove eye makeup so that when i cleanse my face, my mascara isn't running over my skin. very gentle on eyes.

makeup- NARS radiant creamy concealer and more recently purchased the new Bare Minerals complexion rescue gel. NARS- does a great job at concealing without causing any skin issues. BM- pretty sheer coverage that does not break me out, and i do believe it helps keep skin moisturized and calm.

so essentially AM: avene trixera emollient balm/cream, hada labo sunscreen, Bare minerals complexion gel

PM: almay makeup remover pads over eyes, cerave foaming cleanser, nightly 8% AHA or 1-2x week bha liquid, avene balm/cream.

extras: nexcare acne patches to help heal any spots and try not to pick!

edit: added links

u/ermalfaro · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

hi! warning: long post ahead, but i understand its always frustrating when you're used to your skin being one way then changing so just wanted to share what's helped me. i personally went through cystic acne hell and back.

also just wondering what face wash do you use, is it the micellar cleansing water?


anyway, here's some products that were all under $20 each, but were really effective in getting my acne under control:

number 1 recommendation is retinol. i use differin and it's made a world of difference. it's about $12 at the drugstore in the states and you don't need a prescription!

another thing that's worked for me is the oil cleansing method and just incorporating oils in my skincare (after some troubleshooting and learning more about oils). here's a good article:
http://www.minimalistbeauty.com/oils-specifically-for-acne-prone-skin/

another thing that's helped is making my own toner with ACV + water. super simple, but it's one of the most potent things that's worked with making my acne less inflamed and skin less oily. here's an article about that:
http://coconutsandkettlebells.com/diy-apple-cider-vinegar-facial-toner/

a clay mask once a week also does wonders for calming any redness and inflamed acne. or as spot treatment. i recommend the aztec clay mask + a bit of ACV / water:
https://www.amazon.com/Aztec-Secret-Indian-Healing-Cleansing/dp/B0014P8L9W/ref=sr_ph_1_s_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1505341329&sr=sr-1&keywords=aztec+clay

lastly, this acne patch has magically helped suck up the puss (gross, but satisfying) and helped me pick my acne less:
https://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2/?th=1

overall, sounds like you're experiencing some hormonal changes (being a woman is great!) and that your skin's needing some more TLC, exfoliation, and moisture.

u/Xub543 · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Checkout this thread where another user who was tight on cash used an online derm and the $20 fee went towards the RX.

https://www.reddit.com/r/SkincareAddiction/comments/ctoim2/acne_just_had_a_great_experience_using_an_online/

Not sure if you're limited to spending the Amazon gift card or if it could be fungible.

Edit:
You may want hydrocolloid acne patches to help speed up healing the spots you have. This is one option:

Nexcare Acne Cover, Hydrocolloid Technology, Invisible, 36 count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BRGUNV2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_uFtODbYTY7H38

u/carrigura · 4 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Why not try a hydrocolloid bandage? I had one that was sitting on my cheek for the longest time and it flattened that sucker out.

You can get them at your local Walgreens/CVS (if you're in the US) or possibly Shoppers if you're in Canada. Alternatively, I use these and I can't get enough. It comes in two sizes - one that's about 1 cm and one that's about 2.5-3 cm (just guesstimating).

u/Yoyochan · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers are good, and have two different sizes in each box. I've gone through tons of these, they're so handy! Just don't leave them in a really humid area (near the shower) because the natural tackiness can disappear... oops.

u/ZKXX · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/tt-asha · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I think you are confusing the terms hydrocolloid and occlusive. Petroleum jelly is an occlusive, which is explained in "Classes of moisturizers" in the side bar, while hydrocolloids are a completely different thing. Hydrocolloids are bandages that absorb wound exudate, or in other words the icky stuff that comes from a wound like the pus from a pimple. You can buy fancy ones like these that are already in a circle shape or most drug stores will carry hydrocolloid bandages like this that you can cut into smaller sizes. I'm suffering from a bout of hormonal chin acne too and I find that hydrocolloids stop me from touching my chin as well. I don't find my chin acne to be "itchy" though since mine just feel sore and painful. Do you think the itchiness is from dryness?

u/cutiehoney12 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

i personally use the cosrx acne master patches, but i think you're more likely to find the nexcare version at your local pharmacy. if you can't, you can usually find a large sheet version and cut them to size. i wear them at night if i've been a lil too rough with my skin and i find they really speed up the healing process vs. keeping them uncovered. good luck & congrats on graduating!

u/Lorosaurus · 3 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

Try not to beat yourself up about it. Use this as a reminder of why you had to quit in the first place and why you won't do it again. As for the self conscious part, everyone gets the random zit & no one really cares as much as you think they will. People on here talk about something they put on their spots, I think it's these things -> http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00BRGUNV2/ref=pd_aw_sims_3?pi=SY115&simLd=1

u/ask_anything_korean · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You can get them from:

u/urvirb · 3 pointsr/popping

I usually use these dot ones They work overnight and come in a couple sizes.

u/Killerchark · 3 pointsr/ladyshavers

I believe you can get them at Walgreens, yes! They look like this - they're see through. The clear ones for blisters work exactly the same.

u/eaglenumberone · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Does Nexcare have bigger ones? The ones that are the size of a nickel (http://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2) just fall off if I wear them to bed.

u/these-points-of-data · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hydrocolloid bandages! They're basically blister bandages. Unless you're talking about something else, they are usually not medicated, and instead help by sucking out all of the oil/pus and preventing you from picking at them.

Nexcare bandages tend to be a popular brand since they're already circular, and are tinted. Another popular option is to buy a big box of blister bandages from any drugstore and just cut them up to size. I've heard very good things about the KMart brand, but as there's not a location near where I live, I'm perfectly happy using Target and it works just as well.

u/lilgadget · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You might want to add the 3M Nexcare ones to the list. I see that a couple of other people mentioned them and I think they're pretty popular.

u/Britneeswedding · 3 pointsr/weddingplanning

These are a lifesaver if you have big spots or whiteheads. Also, blister bandages work just as well. They work on blisters by sucking the liquid out, I guess? And they do the same thing with your face. Sleep with them on, wear them as long/as often as you can. They only take like 2 days to work so it’s a great immediate fix if you can’t woek out anything with a dermatologist! Good luck, and no matter what you’ll look great. You’re more than just your skin!

ETA: these are the type of bandaids I’m talking about. And you could find these at Walgreens or target or wherever. They are a lifesaver.

u/TheLuckyTraveler · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Actually have an aloe plant and just break pieces off and rub it on my face. It’s a great plant because it hates direct sunlight, and you only have to water it like once every 2-3 weeks. Plus it puts off a ton of oxygen so it’s a great, low maintenance indoor plant that’s also great for your skin.

And as far as hydrocolloid bandages go, I buy the nexcare dots off amazon. And the lancets

Nexcare Acne Cover, Drug-Free, Gentle, Breathable Cover, 36 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BRGUNV2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_7utOBbJ279PJX

Care Touch Multi Colored Twist Top Lancets 30 Gauge, 300 Lancets https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07199BSMC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_bwtOBbCNMF6M1

You sound like you have sensitive skin like me honestly. Try to avoid hot water and harsh products and try focusing on healing your skin for a little bit.

u/Brooklyn-NY · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Check this out, it works wonders especially for cystic acne- it’s actually made from the same stuff they use on ulcers.

https://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Cover-Drug-Free-Gentle-Breathable/dp/B00BRGUNV2

u/Wasted-years · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

After it comes to a head if you put on of these on it after you pop it, it takes away so much redness and clears it up super quick! These things are life savers for me, it's like a vacuum that just sucks all the gunk out.

u/pazuzu6666 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Do you shave often? Maybe you get ingrown hair from shaving?

But if don't I recommend these Asian products since you mentioned you're interested in them.

http://www.wishtrend.com/skin-care/502-vitamin-c20-serum-ost.html

I don't break out anymore! My scars are significantly lighter and my face is so much brighter and glowly.

I also like using Hydrocolloid bandages on pimples that are "ripe" (can see the gross pus) I use sterile diabetic lancets to pop the white head and put the hydrocolloid bandage over it overnight. It sucks all the puss out...gross but highly satisfying.

http://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2


Good luck!

u/RebelTimeLord · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I use the Nexcare ones from Amazon, haven't seen them in any stores (USA). They work for me, but are the only ones I've ever used so I'm not sure how they compare to other brands.https://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Cover-Drug-Free-Gentle-Breathable/dp/B00BRGUNV2/ref=sr_1_12_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1542208461&sr=8-12-spons&keywords=hydrocolloid+bandages&psc=1

edit: typo

u/jingabobo · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Is this the same thing?

u/manziniyo · 3 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

For under-the-skin breakouts I always use stickers like these. I don't normally put anything on my skin underneath them (lotion and such will make them slide around) but these always either bring it to a head or make it go down for me.

u/gaseum · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Firstly, ditch both the Apricot scrub and the Garnier. You're better off using nothing at all rather than those. It's like saying, "I'm trying to start drinking more water, but I'm going to get through this bottle of vodka first to save money." It's counterproductive.

  1. Leave your breakouts alone. Don't touch them. Consider putting hydrocolloid bandages on them.

  2. Yes. After you've switched to your new cleanser, use it for two weeks and make sure you're don't have any negative reactions to it. Then add in an exfoliant. I suggest starting with Paula's Choice 1% BHA Lotion. Use it at night between cleansing and moisturizing for two weeks. Monitor your skin carefully for signs of irritation, redness, or flakiness. If all is well, up it to twice a day. Try this for two weeks. If you notice any irritation, cut back to once a day. This is the lower strength formula, so if you use it twice a day and you're seeing some improvement but not as much as you want, you can consider purchasing the 2% next time. Because of your eczema and skin sensitivities, I'd like to start you on the lower strength first though.

  3. Yes, you need to wear sunscreen. It's not just being outside, it's any time you're exposed to daylight (coming in the windows, driving a car, etc.) Even if it were just 30 minutes a day of exposure, yes, you need sunscreen. Eczema can be tricky - you never know what will set it off. That said, try Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30. I would introduce this before the you start using an exfoliant because proper suncare is the number one thing you can do to protect your skin. So switch cleansers -> two week test period -> replace morning moisturizer with this SPF -> two week test period -> BHA once a day -> two week test period -> BHA twice a day. Got it? :)

  4. No. Vitamin pills don't do anything and are actually contraindicated for some disorders. We're not allowed to give dietary advice on here, but the best I can say is that if you want vitamins to be effective in your body, you need to consume them in whole foods.

  5. By blackheads, do you mean sebaceous filaments? The BHA I suggested will help.

  6. A lot of dark circles is just genetics. Eye cream is a waste of money. There's nothing special about eye creams that you can't get from a moisturizer. The number one thing you can do is...wait for it...wear sunscreen every day. Seriously. Always wear sunscreen and sunglasses when you're outdoors. After you finish testing all your other products, consider adding the Paula's Choice Resist Skin Brightener under your eyes after your exfoliant and before your moisturizer twice a day (again, work up to it with two-week test periods). I've been using this for a while and have seen a very slight improvement. The best piece of advice for getting rid of dark circles is to invest in a good concealer to hide them! If you're willing to fork over the cash, the Q-switched ruby laser is an effective treatment.

  7. "toner" has no real meaning other than a liquid you put on your face. There are a TON of awful toners, and some quite good ones as well. The best toners will help replenish ingredients stripped by cleansing as well as introduce other beneficial chemicals to your skin. For you, I might try the Paula's Choice Clinical Redness Relief. This is what I use for my toner as well. It comes after cleansing and before exfoliating. Remember that if you introduce new products, you need to do them one at a time with a two week test period in between.

    I hope this has helped! Let me know if you need clarification or if you have any other questions! <3
u/existie · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I'm not the person you're responding to, but I've seen these - Nexcare Acne.

u/mixterrific · 3 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

Well, they're really supposed to draw out all the liquid from the pimple, which they do great. Here's a couple brands (I think the Nexcare ones work better but the CosRx ones are cheaper):

Nexcare

CosRx

They cover the whole area, so you're also prevented from picking at it. You can see it working, the patch is translucent and when it has drawn out moisture it gets opaque and bulges a little. They really, really work and are non-medicated so not as drying as some ointments.

u/BoredGoat · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle - exercise, drink water, get enough sleep, avoid processed foods and foods high in bad fats and sugars.
  • Don't touch your face or pick at/pop your acne.
  • Change your bed sheets and pillowcases regularly (2-3 times a week).
  • Use Hydrocolloid Bandages to suck the pus out of zits overnight. Seriously, they're miraculous.
  • An AHA exfoliant will help with scarring. Sun exposure will make scars darken, so wear plenty of sunscreen.
  • Neem Oil seems to work for some. I've never tried it.
  • A masque can help dry out zits or bring them to the surface, faster.
  • Benzoyl peroxide (I use 5% but 2% is recommended to start with, especially as you have sensitive skin) applied as a spot treatment can also be effective.
u/seaturtles · 2 pointsr/Accutane

Hey! When your whiteheads do pop, you can put a hydrocolloid bandage on top. You can find bandages like this in bigger versions at your local drugstore. You can just cut them to your desired size to cover the pimple. It'll absorb some of the blood/gunk inside and help it heal faster.

u/tootsmcguffin · 2 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

These!!:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00BRGUNV2/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1381719886&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX110_SY165_QL70

Seriously, they are fantastic. They soak up sebum, so if you have a zit, the gunk inside gets pulled out of your skin and into the bandage. I pop one on after washing and exfoliating, then go to bed for the night. In the morning, it's usually much better.

u/bearable_lightness · 2 pointsr/Rosacea

I totally know what you mean about the MB Drying Lotion! I'm guilty of using it myself but want to switch to an alcohol-free sulfur spot treatment. I also find it comforting to cover up spots with hydrocolloid bandages, either pre-sized like these or cut to size from a larger pharmacy brand blister bandage. If your skin tolerates honey well, another option for coverage (plus some hydration) would be something like these.

u/bangarang_bananagram · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

ASK AND YE SHALL RECEIVE! I love these. I even use them on spots that won't directly benefit from the patch, but that I'll potentially pick at.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00BRGUNV2?pc_redir=1405383733&robot_redir=1

http://m.walgreens.com/mt/www.walgreens.com/store/c/nexcare-acne-absorbing-covers-assorted/ID=prod6188359-product

Walgreens stores can order an item for you with no shipping charge. Just go in and ask for it, the order is placed and you pre-pay, and then pick it up when it arrives.

u/unspokensmiles · 2 pointsr/acne
u/Ones_Fate · 2 pointsr/AskDocs

I'm not a doctor but I have problems with acne, including cystic acne, I also have OCD which includes some skin picking so I understand the wanting to touch it. What helps me is hydrocolloid bandages, they absorb all the grossness and also makes it harder to pick at. I like these ones:
https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/walgreens-advanced-healing-premium-adhesive-bandages/ID=prod6169377-product?reactjs=true

You just cut them to the size you need.

There are also these ones:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00BRGUNV2/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511684388&sr=8-1-spons&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=nexcare+acne+patch&psc=1

They work pretty much the same, they might absorb a tad less but are more convenient.

u/iamworkingnoreally · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Second the hydrocolloid bandages! You can get CosRx or Nexcare pimple patches on Amazon.

u/scarieb · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I would recommend seeing a dermatologist, if you can. My dermatologist was able to give me a prescription strength spot treatment, and if I am ever uncomfortable with a cystic spot on my face I can call and get in quickly for a spot treatment (which I've never had to use because the prescription she gave me is great). I recommend using hydrocolloid bandages like these. If you decide to lance, which I don't always recommend because each spot is unique, make sure you use something that is sterile!

Overall concerning your routine, I would recommend cutting back or eliminating physical exfoliation, especially in the morning. You may not even need to cleanse in the morning and the toner may be enough to refresh.

u/PeggyAnne08 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I do. The CosRx Pimple Patches are popular on here. I use the Nexcare version or Clearasil ones because they are available at my local drugstore.

u/Kainiaa · 2 pointsr/BeautyAddiction

If it's seeping then you should try the Acne Spot Pads. I use these and within 1-2 days it's damn near gone. I've also been told you can use the blister pads as an alternative as well!

u/miscakes · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I would really recommend getting better face wash, especially since you're buying Paula's Choice which isn't cheap. Cheap face soap options:

  • CosRX low pH

  • Equate or Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash

  • Cetaphil



  1. Super Booster would go after face wash and before toner
  2. Yes, I would suggest using the AHA at night, but since you're using a sunscreen it's not as big of a deal. If not, it would go after the Super Booster and before the toner.
  3. These are great for acne that has it's head (i.e. extractable). They suck out most of the goo, no extraction required, overnight (but I extract first because I'm bad too!). Otherwise, you could reapply a little of the AHA as a spot treatment, or get a salicylic acid spot treatment.
  4. I would recommend repurchasing if it works for you until your skin is used to the new products. However, it looks like a relatively simple ingredients formula. I'm on the snail train with /r/AsianBeauty, you could look there for possible new moisturizers. I recently bought cosRX's Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap which is a light moisturizer. You may want to look towards moisturizers with more humectant ingredients (more moisturizing) if your skin feels tight or dry.

    AsianBeauty megathreads
u/aviondepapier · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

They actually are hydrocolloid bandages, but they are the only type I have ever introduced myself to. There are probably cheaper solutions, but I buy these on Amazon and they work incredibly well for me. Sometimes I buy on Walgreens.com when they have 20% off coupons. They are good to have around.

u/bkolmus · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
  1. Sign up for PocketDerm. There's a reason every fifth post on this sub is about them these days.

  2. Get yourself some of these. They should help you quit popping.

  3. For the beginner's routine, start with finding a cleanser and moisturizer that work for you, and build from there. If your moisturizer doesn't have SPF, find a sunscreen. My favorite is the Hada Labo Creamy UV gel, because it's SPF 50+/PPD 16+ and goes on with no white cast. For moisturizer I use CeraVe in the tub and Benton Aloe Propolis gel.
u/alexanderthegeek · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
u/colleeninator · 2 pointsr/CompulsiveSkinPicking

I'm a software engineer! I've found gloves (like the knit cotton kind) work fine on "classic" keyboards, but they can get a bit tricky on laptop keyboards.

I also pick my shoulders and wearing long sleeves helps cut down on that a lot.

Fidget toys are great for a lot of people, but with habit replacement it's best to pick something you can perform in any situation you might pick (so, if you get a fidget toy as your habit replacement, what do you do when you don't have it with you?). Making a fist works well for me, someone else here mentioned trying snapping and said it worked really well to ahem snap him out of it.

OMG Hydrocolloid bandages. So, they're blister bandages, but somebody smart figured out you can use the same thing really effectively for pimples and started marketing them as such. The material they're made out of absorbs fluid and can pull pus out of "mature" pimples (ones with a head to them). Some people say it only works if they lance the pimples first, but other people can get them to work without lancing the pimples. And you can get generic ones from just about any grocery or drugstore for a lot cheaper and cut them to the sizes you want (they'll be near the normal band-aid type bandages and say "hydrocolloid" somewhere on the label). Search around /r/skincareaddiction some (I think there's actually a picture post about hydrocolloid bandages near the top there right now) and you'll see a bunch of people raving about them or talking about the best way to use them.

u/endCoastLn · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hydrocolloid Bandage may accelerate the process, which helps imo
http://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2

u/Fucklebutt · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hey, I have a hard time keeping my hands off my acne too, but I've found that these bandages really help with the urge to touch/pick at it.

u/cc1191 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I live in the US and have not seem them anywhere, even though I've checked lots of places. I know they sell them on amazon, but I always just buy the Band-Aid Brand Advanced Healing Blister Bandages or the store brand of wherever I am. The only ones I've used that I don't like so far are the Nexcare ones made for blisters. They don't stick well.

u/notimeforidiots · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I buy mine on Amazon. I prefer the Nex Care ones and that is the only place I can find them!

These to be exact!

u/niht · 2 pointsr/ftm

This may be an obvious question, but have you tried a consistent skincare routine? I've heard it can take a while for your body to get used to your new hormones, but consistent washing and actives keep me from being a pimple demon. /r/SkincareAddiction has some good guides and advice for finding products and a routine that's specific to your needs.

Also, pimple bandages are magic.

u/greentoaster56 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

It looks like you have some acne and blackheads. BHA (salicylic acid) usually helps with that.

The SCA routine explains the steps in an effective skincare routine.

For the "exfoliate" step, I would recommend a BHA that you use once a week, and slowly up the frequency as needed. There are a variety of products you can use to help acne, but salicylic acid/BHA is usually effective.

For the "spot treatment (optional)" step, hydrocolloid bandages (pimple patches) are amazing. I use the nexcare ones and they work great. If the pimple hasn't popped yet I'll lance it carefully with a sterilized needle before putting the patch on. Always put the patch on clean skin.

Try to find a sunscreen that won't break you out that you can use every morning. Anything labeled noncomedogenic and fragrence-free is usually less likely to cause break outs, but everyone's skin is different. The sidebar has great information on everything I've mentioned.

u/electricdinosaur1990 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Hey dude, I'm right there with you, struggling with the exact same thing.

Previously I tried the Neutrogena Body Wash, Benezoyl Peroxide, and PanOxyl bars, but they didn't help at all. So I ditched the Neutrogena body wash this week and started a new lineup:

In the shower I use the Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash. It smells weird but it's fairly mild. Supposedly it has the same PH level as your skin. It has Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which dries some people out- but I have oily skin, so it doesn't really bug me.

After I pat dry, I use the Paula's Choice Resist Weightless Body Treatment 2% BHA.

Seems to be working pretty well so far. Got a ton of PIH leftover though.

These things are also really fucking handy to drain a pimple once the white stuff comes to a head. Less damaging than popping the pimple:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BRGUNV2/ref=gno_cart_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

But BY FAR the biggest help for me was to stop eating wheat, milk, and processed sugar. Essentially it's the paleo diet. It's tough to stick to, but try it for a month. See if it helps. Good luck.



u/SkinSins · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I have had some pretty good success with these.

u/Neurotikitty · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I get the Nexcare packs that have like 36, in case you're interested. :)

http://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2

u/jdavij2003 · 1 pointr/acne

I read that hydrocolloid bandages work wonders. I haven't tried them myself.

u/smallfoxx · 1 pointr/acne

http://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2 - Just be patient and wait until it comes to a whitehead. If that happens, use these.

u/mamobus · 1 pointr/SkincareAddicts

Have you heard of the Nexcare bandages?

You can get blister bandages at the drugstore, it's the same ingredient (Hydrocolloid bandages). Put this on the pimple overnight, or during the day, and it will suck all the crap out of that pimple in a few hours leaving a flat red mark. It should alleviate some of the pain, too.

u/MarcellaDuchamp · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

So you can buy hydrocolloid bandages designed for acne (like this Nexcare one) or you can buy any regular hydrocolliod bandage and cut to size. They are effective on pimples that have come to a head, i.e. when you can see the yellow gunk. They are not effective on blackheads, and somewhat effective for SFs.

Simply pop on a hydrocolloid after cleaning your face. You don't need to put any ointments on or anything. You can keep it on for a couple hours to work, most people do it overnight.

u/ihatenewaccts · 1 pointr/AmItheAsshole

ESH. Couples counseling. Your conflict resolution skills aren't good.

If I am understanding this correctly, you only have one room to go to cool down ? You could go for a walk I guess ? How much space are we talking here and for how long ? I don't think you need to kick her out every time.

Fast forward. You are married and live together. You would be the asshole if you told her to sleep on the couch so you can have space. But you are allowed to go sleep on the couch yourself for space. That's fine. You can go to like the office while she stays in the living room to cool off. If she follows you to the office, she's the asshole. If you demand she go to a different room because you need space but she was already in there doing something, you are the asshole.

Also it sounds like she brought up the family stuff, so asshole there. But you are the asshole for "2 wrongs don't make a right." Saying something about her family was shitty.

Popping pimples is bad btw. Don't do that. https://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Cover-Drug-Free-Gentle-Breathable/dp/B00BRGUNV2/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Nexcare+Acne+Cover&qid=1554220647&s=hpc&sr=1-3

Use these on pimples. Check out /r/SkincareAddiction

Quite frankly the original fight sounds like you were being a major asshole. I'm not saying you held her down, but if you kept asking when she said no, you are a huge asshole. If you asked once and she freaked out, you are fine.

u/frenchpressgirl · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Just out of curiosity, are these them? I have Prime and would totally add them on to an order...

u/true_cats · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Disclaimer -- I have a pittance of medical knowledge. But I have had similar experiences. I get a pimple, try to ameliorate it with BP or heating pads, but it may come to a head anyway, especially if it's on my T-zone. At this point, it's going to pop anyway, and when it does, it forms a crystal-like scab at the end. This will get knocked off, and a scab will take its place. This scab my get knocked off, to be replaced by a bigger scab. If that gets knocked off, well it will take forever to heal and I actually got a pitted scar this way, especially since I was stressed at the time with school. (Sometimes it will "come to a head" with some white stuff more than once during this scabbing process.) I used to wear small bandages for week(s) until the wound healed. It prevented the scab from being damaged through face washing or picking.

Now I'm testing Nexcare Acne Patches, which have been reviewed a few times anecdotally on this sub. I think they have potential, since they short-circuit the scab and absorb wound exudate, but ask a doctor or wound specialist because I am just a random person on the internet!!!!!!

A face potentially full of bandages may not be what you're looking for, though :( sorry. Acne may reflect stress or an unhealthy diet/lifestyle, which is sometimes the story of a student's life.

u/paperseverywhere · 1 pointr/AskWomen

If you haven't already, I recommend putting a hydrocolloid bandage on it right after you've squeezed it. Clean it and then put the bandage on while it's still open. I get blister bandages from Target and cut them down, but there are also little round ones that are meant for acne. I've found they work amazingly for persistent zits.

u/tensett · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I usually put them on at night and sometimes during the day if I'm just staying home so they don't stay on longer than ~10 hrs. Before this however, the bandage usually has absorbed as much pus/fluid as it can and leaving it on just protects the area.

The ones you got probably won't stick to skin properly when cut as the 'woundpad' in the middle is not adhesive. You should look for the [Nexcare acne patches] (http://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452379936&sr=8-1&keywords=nexcare+acne+absorbing+cover+two+sizes+36+count) or something similar. These can be easily cut in half for small pimples. I personally buy this pack of 5 from eBay.

u/bluebuckeye · 1 pointr/AskWomenOver30

I had pretty bad hormonal acne that was exacerbated by my birth control when I was younger. I went on medication for it in my twenties for but within the last couple of years I've found a good skincare routine has helped even during periods, more so than the medication.

I agree with /u/neish about a solid skincare routine (shout out to /r/SkincareAddiction) and I believe they meant hydrocolloid bandages for helping with acne, (there may be something cool about hydrocortisone for pimples that I am unaware of, though). I've used these by Nexcare and they've worked well.

u/_slayerjj · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction
u/Spectralpoetess · 1 pointr/amiugly

You are a really cute kid. Puberty isn't finished at 17, you still have time to grow into yourself. You do have a few pesky pimples which sucks but Nexcare pimple patches work amazing for those. Take care of yourself and you'll do great.

u/AnEndlessDream · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Seems worth a try. What about on amazon? Nexcare

u/Marcus_Petronius · 1 pointr/acne

I wouldn't touch them. Just let them heal on their own if you can. If you must pop/drain them, use a sterile needle, a clean gauze pad to absorb any puss, and then place a hydrocolloid bandage on it. I place Nexcare acne absorbing dots about a minute after popping any pimple if I have to. I think you can find them at Walgreens if you don't have Amazon Prime.

u/ana_bortion · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

If I accidentally shave acne I like to put a hydrocolloid bandage over it once it stops bleeding. I use these but you can get larger, cheaper ones at cvs or something and cut them up. If you're having difficulty getting them to stop bleeding (sounds like you are), try a styptic pencil. And definitely don't physically exfoliate over open wounds (I'd recommend only physically exfoliating once or twice a week). I also second the recommendation to stop using that scrub; microbeads aren't actually bad for your skin provided you don't use them overly frequently, but they are bad for the environment. More information here. If you really like microbeads you could try a product with jojoba beads, which are exactly the same except they're biodegradable. I don't have any specific product recommendations since I don't physically exfoliate.

u/N1ck1McSpears · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I use the acne dots from amazon. They're priceless https://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2

u/hellocinch · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

A hydrocolloid bandage might help: https://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1491233519&sr=8-1&keywords=nexcare+acne+patch

Or http://www.ulta.com/plastic-bottle-drying-lotion?productId=xlsImpprod6200681

Overall, try to wash your face after you brush your teeth (in case the toothpaste is breaking you out) and avoid resting your face on your hands when sitting at a desk (my downfall!)

u/Amplitude · 1 pointr/AsianBeauty

It's hard to describe, because I don't want to encourage anyone to pick at their face!

But you can tell a pimple is at the surface when it's ready to pop. Have you ever had a painful blemish that you've tried poking and squeezing, but nothing has come out despite lots of clawing at your face? It's still too far below the surface of your skin.

If a blemish is something that's just about ready to pop, or something that could be extracted, the hydrocolloid patches will draw it out! It's not always visible as a whitehead blemish, but it has an open pore as opposed to a clogged pore.

This especially works well for cystic acne - because those blemishes are more severe, usually cannot be extracted fully, and often leave scarring. Hydrocolloid bandages are a complete game-changer.

Sometimes it takes 2-3 nights of hydrocolloid patches to completely flatten a bad cystic breakout, but it absolutely speeds healing.

I'm not sure if the Etude House brand is a true hydrocolloid patch - or if it's a simply a medicated patch. There's several versions on the market, and some are not made of hydrocolloid material, so they don't absorb acne guk or draw it out. The differences are due to company patents, I believe.

These Nexcare patches are made by 3M which holds a patent on hydrocolloid material:

http://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2

u/MissHampton · 1 pointr/acne

Something I've found that works pretty well for me is Prids Drawing Salve. As soon as I feel one of the cystic pimples emerging I put the salve on at night with the sticky part of a bandaid over it. It might take a couple nights but I can usually get a head to form to release pressure. Once I am able to lance it, I use this to help absorb what's left.

u/Fritzer74 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I agree on the hydrocolloid patch. I found mine on Amazon for roughly $12 (two boxes) because I needed them ASAP and couldn’t wait for shipping on the AB sites. Here’s a link https://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Cover-Drug-Free-Gentle-Breathable/dp/B00BRGUNV2/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1541610188&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=nexcare+acne+patch&psc=1

u/cassieness · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

They are also often marketed as blister bandages. I am not familiar with Qatar and what's available but they often look like this: http://aerialamy.com/blog/wp-content/themes/simply-pink//2012/06/hydrocolloid_Wound_dressing.jpg

Doctor's offices will have them if you can't find them in stores, but you should be able to in the bandage aisle. People also like these Nexcare patches.

You put them on a pimple that's come to a head or popped (don't forcefully pop them yourself!) and they suck all the gunk out. If you get the non-Nexcare bandages you cut them into the size you want.

u/SkinnyGirl84 · 1 pointr/Accutane

Very bad idea. I would recommend putting on a hydrocolloid bandage. You can get a big one at CVS and cut it up or something like:

http://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2

u/sparkplug28 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

These, these, these, these, these!!!!! I swear by them. They are the ABSOLUTE best!!! https://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2

u/ren33nay · 1 pointr/tretinoin

I've bought them online & in person at Target. Some people have strong feelings about which kind is best, so you might have to try a few types

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch

Rael Acne Pimple Healing Patch

Nexcare Acne Cover

Welly Face Saver Clear Spot Bandages - 36ct

Clearasil Rapid Rescue Healing Spot Patches 18ct

u/hoetheory · 1 pointr/Hidradenitis
u/whitegirlAMA · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Put a hydrocolloid bandage on it overnight! Something like these.

u/LadyJuggernaut · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I've had great luck covering blemishes with Benefit Stay Don't Stray and Benefit Boi-ing Concealer (which is my HG concealer because it doesn't oxidize on me like Dermablend does and also works well under my eyes)

Even though makeup covers blemishes well, it still makes me sad to see raised texture/bumps on my face, and I have to say that hydrocolloid bandages have really, really helped me with minimizing that, so i can just go ahead and truly cover up a flat red area with makeup vs a swollen red area that looks like a tan lump when i'm done. This is the brand I use: http://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2

I'd suggest more blush, like others are saying. This is my fave 3 in 1 blush, highlight, and bronzer trio that you may enjoy: http://www.urbandecay.com/naked-flushed-by-urban-decay/359.html

If budget is a concern, this set is really, really awesome for a lot less:
http://www.eyeslipsface.com/studio/face/blush/contouring_blush_and_bronzing_powder

Happy wedding!

u/autumninthefall · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

http://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2

I've personally never tried one of these but people on here seem to love and swear by them. Maybe walgreens/cvs/walmart might have them?

Honestly though if it doesn't subside soon, I agree you should probably go to the doctor; Just because you've never had a cystic pimple before and now you get one, and it's consuming over half of your chin. That's a bit scary!

I really hope it clears up soon!

u/african_violent · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

hydrocolloid bandages! I want to try them. I do. I went to the pharmacy - the ONLY kind was ~$11ish for not very many / in huge size Tegarderm (or maybe the DuoDerm?) sheets. Sooo....I can cut them down to smaller sizes? Does the...uh...sterility of the bandage become compromised once unwrapped?/while waiting to cut the next patch out? do I need super sterile scissors?
Would I be better off waiting for these to arrive?

u/theoldicetongue · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

orr.... amazon is amazing!!!

u/RhinoKart · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Can you link the mask you found?

As for the bandages, they can be called blister bandages, or acne patches, or simply hydrocollod bandages. These one's seem to be pretty popular on this subreddit although I think any version will do.

http://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2

u/adrun · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

They are bandages like this or this that seal wounds, absorb moisture, and act like a scab to help them heal faster. When used on pimples (closed or otherwise), they help reduce inflammation and allow the blemish to heal without using harsh treatments.

u/a_pure_heart · 1 pointr/PCOS

Nexcare acne patches are the bomb for those deep, painful, headless pcos acne cysts!

https://www.amazon.com/Nexcare-Absorbing-Cover-Sizes-Count/dp/B00BRGUNV2

u/Nekkosan · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Those aren't the pimple patches but are hydro colloid bandages. Depends what you want them for. Also they can be cut. But here are the Nexcare acne patches

u/vvwwvwvwv · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Heya, have you heard of hydrocolloid bandages? I use them to put on lanced/popped pimples to help suck the ooze out. They're pretty good.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BRGUNV2/

this is one brand, you can also buy store brand ones and cut them to size for cheapest/efficient use.

u/SEX_NUGGET · -1 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I've recently had a similar issue out of no where. Things are making a HUGE difference for me:

  • Nexcare hydrocolloid patches at night & when I'm just chillin at my place
  • washing my pillow case every few days/ always sleeping on a clean side
  • (trying to) sleep on my back. This really helps.
  • sleep deprivation and cortisol reak havoc on skin.
  • drink water. LOTS of it. This isn't said enough on here. It's important to flush those toxins out of your body.
  • On that note, watch the eating. Eating cleaner/avoiding as much soda & sugars has been gradually making my skin clearer and more radiant.

    But seriously, for the cysts, get these. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BRGUNV2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I did my research; knock-off brands don't seem to work as consistently well. I found these bad boys 20 days ago and have already gone through 7 boxes and am signed up for a monthly subscription. They work!!!!!!!! Also, since they keep the skin covered, they stop my picking habits in their tracks.

    Ooh - also - be weary of using harsh stuff like stridex. Your skin thirsts for nutrition; that's what strengthens its mechanisms. Supporting your body's natural responses (giving your skin nutrition) should be the first course of action... coming in with the big guns may strip away impurities, but it will also strip away your skin's defense line.