Updated January, 2020
To pop or not to pop? That is the question. Remember when you were young and your mom would tell you to keep your hands off your face? They would always tell you not to pick your pimples or blackheads but you just can’t stop.
There’s this urge to do it, a battle-cry, a mantra in our heads “Must get rid of this zit…Must get rid of this zit…”
We can only sleep peacefully thinking that we managed to cover every square inch of our face and popped everything that could be popped.
The story continues when you wake up after an evening of pimple-popping and blackhead-purging session. Your face looks like an aftermath of a battlefield; bloody and horrendous.
You might even manage to create craters or depressions in some parts of your face. Yes, that will forever leave a battle mark (Hello, acne scars!). Then comes the guilt, regret, and self-loathing (or it could just be hormones…) and you just break down and cry.
The good news is, you are not alone.
Many of us have tried countless products to keep blemishes and breakouts away. Some girls have counters filled with beauty products with promises of banishing these unsightly marks. So, why doesn’t it work?
Some products don’t do well if mixed with other skin care products. Chemicals have a different reaction when mixed with other chemicals. That’s why you should be cautious when trying out products. It may be good by itself, but disastrous when mixed with others.
Common acne remedies are Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic acid. Products with these components are good in banishing blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. If you do not respond to these types, it may be a sign that you need antibiotics or prescription acne medication.
You must see an esthetician or dermatologist and let them assess what type of medication you should use.
Here is a link to typical acne remedies you may use.
Aside from topical treatment and chemicals, Blue light therapy is also proven to combat pimples and acne. This FDA-approved acne solution utilizes blue light to kill acne-causing bacteria.
It penetrates the pores to target P. acnes bacteria that may be causing mayhem deep within your skin. BlueMD is also approved to decrease oil and sebum production. With as little as 5 minutes per session, twice a day, you can get rid of acne-causing bacteria and pave the way for better-looking skin.
BlueMD has 3 sets of light, Blue to fight off acne-causing bacteria, Red to reduce inflammation, and Infrared to penetrate deeper skin tissue to trigger faster cell renewal and healing.
So, do you still hear that awful mantra? Why not start a new one? Try, “I Will not pop my pimples…I will not pop my pimples…” or “I will not squeeze my blackheads… I will not squeeze my blackheads…” or something else that might keep you from going to war with yourself.
Step into the light and never go back to popping pimples ever again.
Post updated for 2019.