Hey, Everyone! (:
Today, I wanna talk about some unconventional acne treatments. As someone who has dealt with acne my whoooole life, I have tried EVERYTHING. I used to suffer from cystic acne, which is the worst kind of breakouts because they go deep under your skin, are nearly impossible to treat, and stay on your face for weeks to months at a time. Oh, and did I mention you can’t cover them up with makeup? You can slap on as much makeup as you want and you can use color correcting formulas and concealer and everything, but that will just change the color… not take away the bump itself. I’ve tried a ton of acne-fighting products, from prescription to drugstore and everything in between. Once none of those work, you get desperate and take to the internet to research those crazy home remedies. That’s what I’m gonna talk about today!
I just want to let you guys know before you read on that I have been using basic “house” products like this for upwards of 8 to 9 years, so you can bet that I completely understand how these products work with my skin. And before I recommend ANY of these products to any of my clients, I make sure that they have gone to a dermatologist and have tried many, many products. These are used as a last resort thing, not products to be used on the daily. And the results depend on your skin type as well… my gorgeous girls with oily skin will be able to use much more potent products more frequently than my dry skin beauties. So, keeping all of those things in mind, let’s start talkin’!
Unconventional Acne Product #1: Colgate Toothpaste. Now, I don’t know about any other toothpaste (except Crest, which DOESN’T work!), but I know Colgate works for sure. You just need to be sure you get the all white, normal toothpaste… NOT gel toothpaste with stripes of mint or something else in it. Just basic toothpaste. What you do is slap this on your pesky zit after you’ve washed your face at night and (you can even put a band-aid over it to keep it from getting every where) go to bed! When you get up in the morning, wash it off, and your zit (while it may not be completely gone) will be seriously reduced in redness and in size!
Unconventional Acne Product #2: Vick’s Vapor Rub.I know what you’re thinking, but stick with me! Vick’s is that stuff in the blue jar with the teal/blue lid. You apply this exactly how you applied your Colgate toothpaste, with a band-aid if you don’t want it to get everywhere overnight. The thing I love about this unconventional product is how much is soothes those sore zits. It’s crazy! The second this product touches your breakout, it will be instantly soothed. And, another bright side? It will dramatically reduce the size of your breakout, or make it completely disappear, overnight. I, personally, have never once experienced any drying while using this and neither have any of my clients or friends that I recommended it to.
Unconventional Acne Product #3: Hydro-cortisone Gel. Since this product is already made for skin, I recommend this very, very often to people. Anyone who has struggled with acne knows what a cortisone shot is. You go to the dermatologist to get an injection directly into your zit and it will start to reduce within 24 hours. This is a fraction of the cost of the injection and it’s a topical solution instead! A lot less scary if you ask me! This gel is kind of a lesser-known product, but you can pick it up anywhere. It comes in a smaller toothpaste-like tube and you can get it in the first aid isle because it’s used for cuts, eczema, burns, rashes, and other skin infections (like acne!). Instead of just leaving this sit on top of your skin like the first two products, I want you to rub this in. It will alleviate any soreness almost instantly and, while it may take three or so days to make your zit go away completely, everyday you will notice a difference!
Unconventional Acne Product #4: Hot Compress. This is so basic and simple that this is something everyone should know about! All you do is take a rice pack or an electrical heating pad, hold it on your breakout for 10 to 15 minutes, and it will either soften the skin and drain your breakout or shrink it in size! You might have to do this a couple of time to see results, but it will work! Promise! Also, be sure to do this on a day when you can stay in as this is more than likely going to make your skin a little red (though it should never hurt or turn tomato red, that means it’s too hot or you’ve used it for too long!).
Before using any of these products, always wash your face and, after using them, always apply your moisturizer! There are a ton of other home remedies out there, some I’ve tried, some I haven’t, but I wanted to share these with you because I know they work and I trust them enough to recommend them to my clients, friends, and family as a last resort action. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to comment below! Keep in mind, I am just a makeup artists, so, while I am knowledgeable on all skincare products, always see your dermatologist for severe, constant breakouts! But I’m always here to help and give my advice and encouragement (: