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.
Apart from applying makeup, you should keep up with your pre-pimple skincare routine after popping a pimple. The risks to your health from popping pimples should be minimal if you exercise the proper prudence. To know what to do after popping a pimple see my blog. The majority of people find that popping an unsightly pimple as soon as possible is the best course of action. If it was malicious enough to arrive at such a shameful time, they won’t think twice about pulling it out in disgrace.