Are you suffering through the teenager years? You know: heartbreak, homework and HORMONES. You are probably very familiar with the fact that hormones and acne are besties. Listen, we all suffer from acne now and then. Some people suffer more than others. Just know you are not alone.
Do you run out and buy the latest and greatest acne fighting products at the drugstore but usually end up with less than favourable results? Sure, those products might reduce the severity of your breakouts somewhat but are you left with red, dry and scarred skin? Do you struggle trying to hide post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)? PIH are those flat, discolored areas left over after a pimple has popped; areas that can take months and months to fade. For those of us that suffer from PIH, we live for concealer. Guess what? Your concealer days are over.
There is a solution for you that is affordable and effective! You will be surprised that it isn’t found in the acne skincare aisle either.
Dermatologists have this little secret they don’t share often but it is one of the most effective treatments on the market and one you need to start ASAP. What is it? Well it is nothing more than a simple blister bandage.
Blister bandages, also known as hydrocolloid bandages, are miraculous for healing popped pimples (and work wonders bringing cystic acne to a head as well).
How Do Hydrocolloid Bandages Work for Acne?
Traditionally, doctors use these bandagesto heal wounds by protecting the wound from outside bacteria and, at the same time, speeding up tissue healing. Ok so how do they work on a pimple? They absorb excess oil and pus, reduce inflammation and keep the pimple from developing a scab! If you are PH savvy, these bandages lower PH and create an acidic environment that prevents bacteria growth.
How To Apply as a Spot Treatment:
- Cleanse your face thoroughly and pat dry. Do not add any products to the blemish.
- Cut out a piece of bandage that will cover the entire blemish on your face.
- Peel off backing, apply over blemish and press in edges to ensure no edges are lifted.
- Nighty Night.
- Wake up, peel off the bandage and be shocked when you see the positive progress with that nasty zit!
- Re-apply in the evening if further healing is required.
Where To Purchase
You can find these bandages at your local drugstore, Walmart, Target and anywhere standard first aid products are sold. If you want to purchase pre-cut ones made specifically for acne treatment, Nexcare offers an option as well.
Teen Mashup’s Favourite Hydrocolloid Bandages:
Bandaid First Aid Tough Pads (also sold in Canada as Advanced Healing Pads)
Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers – you can find in the acne skincare section at your drugstore
Corsrx Acne Pimple Master Patch – you can order online
Do you have a pimple destroyer technique that you want to share? Comment below !