*Trigger warning: Graphic images ahead.
I've had a huge pimple on my chin since December. Usually, I would go to the clinic to get a pimple injection. But since it slipped my mind, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I've been introduced to different zit-zappers and been writing about acne-fighting products, so this DIY route should be easy. Read on to see what I did:
First, I tried a spot treatment with salicylic acid. The next day, the big red pimple showed pus. The product "purged" the infection that was hiding beneath the bump, speeding up the healing process. I thought, "Okay, so it's officially a cystic acne breakout." I also washed using a calming, sulfate-free cleanser and a PHA-based toner (a mild exfoliating acid product). I didn't want to apply anything too harsh that may aggravate the current situation.
Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash 200ml, P1,825, Lazada
Hello Glow Get Bright Pore Toner, P150, Hello Glow Official Shopee Store
Votary Blemish Rescue Oil with Tamanu And Salicylic Acid 15ml, P2,840, Sephora
I panicked when I saw it was infected so I decided to place a pimple sticker over it. I left it overnight and I was surprised that it lifted the gross, yellow gunk—the pus! I then gave my usual spot treatments a break and just turned to these colloid patches for five more days until the zit (almost) disappeared.
The once huge cystic acne is now a smaller red spot. Looks like I now have a go-to home remedy to get rid of angry breakouts. ;)
(Ed's note: It's always better to consult a dermatologist to treat cystic acne.)
COSRx AC Collection Acne Patch (26 patches), P320, Lazada
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