Pizza Face!

I had always thought that the older you get – the further from weird teenage awkwardness you are…

Apparently I was wrong.

I’m not sure what the f is going on but I’ve had an acne epidemic!  And I don’t think you understand, blogosphere… I never broke out before.  Having 1 pimple on my face was rare.  And I was blessed with this until recently.

I currently have 4 pimples on my face.  4 very large pimples.  4 pimples that Jeremy loves to look at (because I never had the problem before).

It has sent me into a panic.  I went to the store to pick up a zit cream… something I’ve never purchased before.  And I stood in the aisle dumbfounded as to what to purchase.  I looked at Jeremy and said, “Help me!  I’ve never bought this stuff before.  What does this even mean?!”

I picked up Neutrogena’s On-the-Spot Acne Treatment

I used it last night with decent results.  2 of my pimples went down and one of them turned into a whitehead.  So I popped it (not even thinking about it… because in case you’ve missed the point of this post, I’ve never really dealt with pimples before).  And now I have a giant red, scabby spot on my head (thanks to popping it).

Any good pimple tips?!  I hate this so much.  I don’t know what is causing this (I’m sure it has nothing to do with the 10+ hour days I’ve been working lately…)

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8 responses to “Pizza Face!

  1. Toothpaste. I swear – it’s the only thing I’ve found that works better than zit cream. Just dab a little on before you go to bed & it works wonders.

    I’ve heard about the toothpaste trick. I should try it… I’ll try anything at this point!

  2. Kt

    What cleanser do you use? And what moisturizer? Our skin changes and sometimes needs a shift in products as it does. I would maybe look into switching cleansers to see if that helps!

    I think I should probably go to a specialist of sorts at this point. I’ve recently switched to “natural” and “organic” products so I’m wondering…

  3. krista

    Ugh – I hear ya! For the most part, I’ve been blessed with a fairly clear complexion for, but once or twice a month I’ll get a couple breakouts…which, to me, look huge and obnoxious.

    Neutrogena on-the-spot is good stuff. Most any product with salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide will help (I’ve also used Clean & Clear, ZapZyt, and AcneFree products). I know everyone says DON’T pop zits, but I personally find that hard to follow. The key is to wait until it comes to a head, then put a warm wet towel on it for a few minutes, use clean hands and a tissue to gently squeeze, then apply pressure for a few minutes. (ewww, that sounds gross writing it out like that!). Then, for the next few days while it heals, use concealer. (at least that’s one good thing about being female…I don’t know too many guys who wear concealer!)

    How can anyone resist popping the white head?! Great tips! I’ll have to try it.

  4. I had the same thing happen. Nothing as a teen and an eruption about a year ago. Go to the dermatologist. The more stuff you try, the worse it gets. The doc can give you something to fix it, and once it’s fixed, you can find good products to keep fixed, but testing products when your face is already irritated is not good. I really wish I’d just sucked it up and gone when it first started.

    I really should go to a derm. I just hate how difficult it is to get an appointment with one!

  5. From this beauty editor to you: i would go get a facial somewhere that has reputable aestheticians. Sometimes breakouts are a symptom of dry skin, even if you have oil on your face during the day. I didn’t believe that could be true, but it is (I lived it). Also if you use a face wash with a little salicylic acid, that helps with breakouts.
    In my opinion (and I’ve tried a lot of products), natural and organic can cause a whole boatload of skin problems….they can be VERY drying. Not saying that other products with chemicals are so great either–just a matter of finding the right balance for your skin. Feel free to email me!

    Holy crap – you are a wealth of information! I would have never thought that about natural & organic but perhaps that is the cause…

  6. Also, I love Dermalogica’s skin products. Just sayin’.

    One other thing great in a pinch: Bobbi Brown makes a stick concealer that has zit-zapping stuff in it, so you can play down the red and it won’t make it worse! Highly recommend.

  7. I tend to stick to my old stand-by: swearing and crying. But your ideas are probably better.

  8. OH, wait, I actually just remembered something relevant! We learned in make-up class in college that yellow concealer is good for fighting blue and purple (ie, hickeys or when I bash my shins on the dishwasher door) and green concealer is good for fighting red. It doesn’t really help to heal, but to hide a doozy, a dab of green concealer can help calm some of the redness.

    I’ve heard about that as well. But wouldn’t I look strange with a giant flesh colored lump on my face? :-)

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