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July 30, 2019

This Acne Sticker Was My LifeSaver After Picking My Cystic Acne

Sydne Style shares how to get rid of cystic acne at home

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.

stick it, heal it

The patches have salicylic acid, which is known for calming acne. It also has tee tree oil, which calms the skin and hyaluronic acid, which makes sure your skin doesn’t get dried out. The stickers come in two different sizes. You just apply them to clean skin and let them work their magic for 8 hours. I like that they’re clear so if you need to wear them outside the house they’re not very noticeable.

Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots, $30

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!

green for red

I’m a huge fan of color correctors. I use a peach color corrector to combat dark circles under my eyes. But when it comes to redness, I always go green. Just like I learned in art class, green and red are complimentary colors, which means they’re directly opposite in the color wheel. By applying a green color corrector to red skin, it heavily reduces the redness. I usually apply to the affected area, then dab my tinted moisturizer on top with a beauty blender.

Urban Decay
Naked Skin Color Correct, $29

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.

Head to my Beauty Reviews Page for more beauty products I love!

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