After two weeks of fighting the good fight, this is the result:
To be fair, I am showered and wearing some make-up in the second picture, however I didn’t put ANY cover-up over my forehead zits. There is still some minor scarring and a few tiny bumps/pimples, but all in all, it has cleared.
My skincare regimen for the past two weeks was a bit time consuming. I felt like a teenager again going to bed with zit cream on, but hey, whatever works.
Before I start, I want to share that my skin is not normally prone to breakouts. I get the occasional zit (hormonal or bacteria-induced) like most people, but I have not gotten an actual “breakout” in years until now. My skin type rotates between normal to dry to sensitive.
Here is what I did to help get rid of my pesky “friends”…
1) Wash my face with Cetaphil bar soap morning and evening. Years ago, I used the liquid version, but after reading several recommendations of the bar soap, I switched. More recently, I was using this Aveeno face wash (because my face was super dry), but it didn’t really cleanse, which was purposeless. So I gave up on it, and went back to Cetaphil bar soap.
3) In the morning, before I applied my make-up (but after I put on moisturizer), I used this Bare Escentuals miracle dust that my mom recommended. It’s called RareMinerals Blemish Therapy. I have only been using it for about a week, but I really like it. It doesn’t overly dry out your skin. I don’t know about you, but when I pile on acne creams, my skin gets so flaky. Ewww. This powdery stuff is really gentle and helps clear your skin without the flaky look of a healing zit with a big glob of cover-up on it. Let’s be real, that look isn’t fooling anyone. The downsides are that it smells a little weird (like clay or something), and it costs $28. But you only use it in small amounts, so I assume that it will last a long time.
4) At night, spot treat with a small amount of Clean and Clear Persa-Gel 10, a staple in my make-up bag. For occasional pimples, I always apply a little Persa-Gel at night to speed up the life of the zit. BUT, with my break-out, I needed more than just the Persa-Gel.
Lastly, I made sure not to consciously touch my face during the day. I also didn’t pop any of my zits. I am a total popper, but I refrained. To be honest, I’m not sure if it helped much. I know skin care professionals say to never pop a zit, but I feel like not popping them didn’t do anything except make the little critters grow BIGGER and hang around LONGER. But whatever, I’m trying to be a good girl and not pick at my skin.
And that is my non-scientific method for treating an acne breakout. For other methods, products, etc. please see my initial post about my skin. There were several amazingly helpful comments!