Not all pimples are created equal—and neither is the way you conquer them. Celebrity aesthetician Renee Rouleau gave us the scoop for how to get rid of them, without wreaking havoc on your skin.
Your Body: The Ultimate Repairing Machine
“When a blemish appears, your body has incredible repair responses (unless you have an immune deficiency disorder) that immediately recognize when an infection is present and then kick into high gear to heal it,” she says. “The problem comes when you, thinking you’re helping, interfere with these natural processes and end up making it worse.”
If Your Skin Could Talk…
When you get a red, painful blemish, ONE of two things will happen: The infection inside the blemish will work its way up to the surface of the skin, resulting in a whitehead. As Rouleau breaks it down: If your skin could talk, it would say, “There is an infection and I want it out. The way I’ll take care of this is to excrete the infection through the skin’s surface.” This type of blemish is called a pustule or the infection will NOT come up to the surface. It will stay deep within the skin until the body eventually re-absorbs it. If your skin could talk, it would say, “I’m just going to hang out down here for a bit. Don’t worry, I’ll go away on my own.” This type of blemish is called a cyst.
Treating Pustular Blemishes
It’s best to not act the minute you feel it coming on—instead wait a day or two for the infection to appear on the surface. “Waiting will allow you to effectively control the blemish without damaging the skin. Once the whitehead is truly visible, gently squeeze out the infection with your fingers wrapped in tissue, and then apply a spot-drying treatment, [she recommends her line’s Night Time Spot Lotion], which will work its way into the skin and eradicate any lingering infection. If you apply a drying treatment before the whitehead is on the surface, it will simply dry out the surface of the skin, keeping the infection trapped underneath for longer. This will cause the infection to stretch the surrounding skin tissue, which sets off a response that creates discoloration and leaves behind a dark acne scar that will linger for weeks or even months.”
And What You Can Do About the Cystic Ones
Mostly occurring on the chin and jaw areas, it is important to remember that cysts are like submarines; they are meant to stay under the skin. “No matter what method you employ, cysts will never rise to the surface of the skin. This means no picking! Your best bet is to treat the cyst with my Anti-Cyst Treatment, which will help dissolve the infection while also preventing future cysts.”