Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are the two main ingredients in today’s acne treatments. Toothpaste is recommended as an emergency home remedy. Unfortunately, all of these products can dry out your skin. They can even cause skin to crack and spread the very bacteria that you are trying to get rid of! And putting makeup over dry acne scabs and flaky skin is never an easy task.
So what’s a girl (or guy) to do?
Use a drawing salve!
I know slapping a thick, sticky tar on your face sounds like the LAST thing you’d want to do to acne prone skin, but hear me out.
Drawing salves, like Prid, pull out moisture and soothe the skin without irritating it or drying it out. While blackheads don’t respond to this treatment like pimples do, it works wonders for cystic acne and can clear up serious breakouts overnight!
Here’s how it works. The salve creates a pH imbalance, and the skin has to give something up to correct that. In order to do so, the pimple will give up it’s moisture and the infection will be drawn out.
What to do:
- At bedtime, use a gentle cleanser. I love Garnier Mattifying Micellar Water.
2. Apply a generous amount of drawing salve on the cyst.
3. Cover with a band-aid. The salve will stain anything it contacts, and you do not want it in your hair.
4. You may very well see results overnight. If not, keep the area clean and continue the treatment each night.
5. A hot compress can speed things along.
6. If you are home during the day, apply the salve three times a day. Clean any drainage with clean cotton, and apply more salve. Use gentle pressure if it needs a bit of help, but do not force it out.
7. Once it has drained to the point of being flat, apply antibiotic cream to speed the healing process.
Seriously. Try it.