Pimples! My way of tackling them!
this will be one of my rambles on skin care – one of my favourite topics!
I have been blessed with a relatively pimple/acne free complexion (save for a recent memory of a horrible terrible HUGE pimple years ago – almost 1 cm diameter at the bottom of my nose! morbidly I snapped a photo of the scar – maybe to remind me that it was really THAT huge! *shudder* and no, i shall not gross any of you out by posting it here. kekeke…that would be funny though!).
However in the past year – I had a period where pimples kept popping around my nose and I was a tad upset cos’ it left faint albeit visible marks on my nose and it looked well…distracting. and before the mark completely fades – POP! another comes along. I was trying hard to pin point what caused the pimple outbreak and I can only weakly assume it’s either
- hot humid environment – when I used to bake frequently for orders
- loose powder – i was using to reduce the shine of applying sunblock.
- some other reason – but i just haven’t figured it out…maybe getting older? hmm…
So I tried clay masks, dead sea mud mask soap, exfoliating 2-3 times a week, and the pimples still popped! boy….was it really annoying. Then I started using Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum, and much as I’m a cynic at times (normally I don’t buy the major cosmetics products as I feel that I am paying more for the marketing and advertising costs than the product itself) – it really really worked! at least for me! the marks went away quicker and the pimples stopped for a period! plus it feels good – to be trying to protect my skin from aging!
Though I have to disclaim – the pimples unfortunately came back for a little while – i suspect it’s because I changed my loose powder and maybe maybe the new powder included micro/nano particles and with the heat of the kitchen, probably clogged my pores. I think. The nano particles really gave a smoother finish – but ney – not worth the pimples, and to think about it – being nano sized means it’s easier to go into my blood stream huh? Okay – to the dustbin! Note to self: Please remember to look at ingredients list!
Still, i do get pimples – albeit a lot less now. You know when a pimple is about to erupt – that small but painful bump under your skin, you may wanna try what my sister recommended – Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment and it works! I generously dot the area with the cream before the pimple even has a chance to appear, and instead of an angry red burst of pimple erupting – a small red dot appears. It’s a drying cream – so dab it only on the pimple area – else your skin will flake.