Derm's sug: Pop or Not Pop, it is a question.
Acne is a very common problem. Pimples always seem to appear at the most inconvenient times. We all have been tempted to pop and squeeze it to get rid of it fast. But that is a myth. It will not go away faster. Popping pimples can even lead to bigger problems, some fatal. When you pop and squeeze a pimple at home, you can push bacteria and pus deeper into the skin, causing more redness, pain and swelling. This will cause it to take longer to heal, or heal with a scar or lead to an infection. It is potentially dangerous to pop a pimple in the “Danger Triangle” on the face, which extends from the eyes down to the upper lip, including the nose and corners of the mouth. The vessels in this area drain directly into the brain, so an infection in this area can travel right to the brain and can potentially lead to death. I once had a professor tell me the only safe way to pop a pimple is with your elbows. Since that maneuver is impossible, I think the message he was trying to get across to us was not to ever pop pimples. As a dermatologist, there are safe ways I can do it in the office using sterile instruments and proper, sterile technique to cause the least amount of trauma and to prevent infection. I have even used steroid injections to ease the appearance and symptoms of larger cystic pimples. The best way to treat a pimple is use your medications and wait for it to go away on its own, or seek help from a professional. There are many over the counter acne treatments you can try to get your pimple to resolved faster, such as products that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or retinoids. But products do not work overnight, even prescription ones take time to see great results. Please be patient.
Before & after ITS WORKING (2nd vid is before)
I only have one active pimple and I think that’s because I fell asleep in my make-up. Anybody else do that when they are seeing someone new too afraid to take your shit off in front of them? 😂 The other marks are flat and are drying up. I’m not sure which product is to credit the most, but I have a feeling it’s the AHA+BHA. I’m looking to add some products to prevent wrinkles and keep my skin glowing so If you have any recommendations for acne prone skin let me know!
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
If you have acne in this area, this might be why
So for the past month my skin has really been going thru it. I’ve been having acne and closed comedones all along my cheek, chin, and jaw, to the point where my skin almost feels like sand paper. Truthfully, I don’t let it affect me too much. I know I’m a human being and acne is completely normal. So there’s no need to take it out on my self confidence or self worth that I worked so hard on! That being said it’s still my body talking to me, and it’s still something to treat! If you sprained your ankle and knee accidents happen and everything will be ok, you’d still treat it! So even though I know I’m still ok and healthy and my skin is going thru a phase, I can’t ignore that it needs treatment. I have a pretty great skincare routine. YTTP kale cleanser, chemical exfoliant 1-2x a week, top tier moisturizers and serums and evening curology! But for the past month NONE of them have worked on me! So I finally went to a dermatologist because this clearly is way above my knowledge as a self-proclaimed skincare junkie. I did a televise and paid my insurance co-pay if $20, and after sending my derm photos of my skincare and a ton of other info on my the verdict was..... Hormonal acne caused by too much testosterone production! My doctor let me know that the placement of my acne, along the cheek, jaw, and chin, is 100% hormonal and that acne that closed comodones and acne he was seeing on my face is due to over production of sebum because of my body overproducing testosterone. He also said that this is super common among women over 25! I felt relieved to finally pinpoint what exactly was causing my acne (because I didn’t change anything in my diet or routine and just months before my skin was clear) and I was prescribed ￼epiduo forte ￼Spironolactane, a pill that blocks testosterone He also advised me to chuck my skincare routine and just use CeraVe - Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser as a wash and CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion along with the AM version as well. I am so happy I went to a derm because I would’ve been trying product after product feeling hopeless! I should receive my prescription later this weekend and I also have a 6-week check in coming up, so I will let you guys know how it goes :) If you have any q’s about seeing a dermatologist IRL or online, drop them below and I’ll do my best to answer them.
CeraVe-Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser