When it comes to acne, I usually don’t break out too much. I had a time period when I started noticing small breakouts but after following a few acne prevention tips that went away. I do, however, get cystic acne. If you’re not familiar with cystic acne you’re so lucky! If you do get those nasty deep-rooted blemishes, you know what I mean when I say they’re the worst! They’re so painful and for me, they seem to always pop up before a trip or special event.
If I have time, I go straight to my dermatologist. She gives me a cortisone shot and the cystic acne disappears within a few days. A couple of weeks ago, I got one right before a trip so I couldn’t go see her. And I did the worst thing you can do with cystic acne: I picked!
When you pick cystic acne, nine times out of ten it gets worse. Instead of a bump you get a wound and it’s so hard to cover with makeup. The night before my trip, I went to my friend An’s house and pointed at the massive red dot on my cheek. She gave me a secret weapon: acne stickers.
I applied a sticker that night before I went to sleep. The next morning, my cystic acne wound was so much flatter. I applied another one in the morning before my plane ride to Chicago. Since it’s clear, it’s not visible unless somebody is super close to your face. When I got off the plane the bump was 80% gone. It was still red but there’s makeup for that!
I just had to share my new discovery in case you suffer from breakouts and have a picking problem like me. I’m sure they work even better if you don’t pick first. But I know from experience, they’re a life saver if you do.