As mortals, we all know we shouldn't care what we look like, because we're all beautiful. And that's completely true. But, sometimes you really, really, really just want that stupid, evil pimple to go away...
FYI: I have really
THE 24 HOUR PLAN: As far as I know, none of this has caused scarring or any pain. This, I think, is a better approach than eek... popping pimples.
Something to remember: acne can spread (it's not contagious or anything) but if you touch one pimple with a finger, wash your hand before touching another. AKA if you're applying product to your face, alternate fingers & cotton balls.
1) Things to start doing before 24 hours: Probably should have written this before the heading.
--Food often makes a difference. Everyone knows about greasy food and chocolate etc. so I'm going to skip that. This is not a change to make 24 hours out.
-- Use a light facial cleanser every night. I'm a fan of St. Ives, because I can usually find it in my shower, their Green Tea scrub and soap is great. WARNING: if you use products like this every day, your skin will become immune to the product. I try to use cleanser at night, and Neutrogena Clear Pore in the morning (you pour some on a cotton ball and swab it on your face) to alternate.
2) Drink water (24 hours to go): this greatly reduced the coloring of my acne. If you've got something to go to Saturday night at 7:00pm, and it's Friday morning, start drinking water NOW. 2 pint glasses usually starts doing the trick.
I like to drink my water out of a Krispy Kreme mug-->
Don't judge me.
3) Ointment & lotion (have it done before day of):
--Bacitracin Ointment is the... good stuff. Apply a very thin layer before you go to sleep, and when you wake up, you will find regular red-spot acne deflated (and demolished). Acne that has a head (white or yellow or whatever) is a little trickier. You NEVER want to touch it, so do the same thin layer thing, with minimal contact, and be aware that when you wake up there might be a very, very small amount of blood surrounding the head of the pimple, because the Bacitracin dried the pimple out, and the head popped off. This step is absolutely painless, which makes it SO AWESOME.
--When you wake up Saturday morning, apply a little bit of lotion to areas surrounding acne spots, just because the Bacitracin dried it out. I like Olay complete, because, again, there's a whole lot of it in my bathroom cabinet.
4) Saturday day/night: There are a couple other lighter products you can use during the day (I don't like to use any during the day at school because they tend to get kinda gross) but here are the ones I've tried (all this stuff was under $6):
--E.L.F. under eye concealer is for absolute emergencies, when you really CANNOT bear to let your pimple be seen. It comes in a lipstick contained and you just roll some on. Not a great plan, but makes you feel better.
-- E.L.F. primer-- not the greatest stuff, but on sale at Target when I needed primer. It tends to hold things under control during the day- but is too shiny.
Really: I don't like buying acne stuff. The best product on this list is the Bacitracin ointment. It dries everything out without any pain. The lotion is good to use with it too.
Water's probably the cheapest thing on this list- reduces redness like no other product.
That's about it.
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Thanks for reading + hope this helps!