So, you have a blemish – it’s big, it’s ugly, it’s the only thing you can see on your face – what do you do? You take your treatment product and apply it to the zit….right? WRONG. Below is an excerpt from my eBook Under My Skin that clears up this very common blemish misconception.
“Acne sufferers who rely on the instructions that come with over-the-counter medications often misunderstand how to apply acne products—for good reason. Labels for acne medications often talk about “drying up pimples,” giving the impression that the medication is supposed to work on existing pimples to dry them up. So users often dab the medication only on their blemishes.
In truth, you can’t do much about the advanced-stage pimples you can see on your face—they are highly inflamed and infected, and take time (at least a couple of days) to heal. What you can do is keep future pimples from forming. Remember that it takes weeks for a pimple to develop. What you do today prevents a breakout weeks from now. But because people don’t understand this fact, they often dab the lotion just on their inflamed lesions. This is treating the symptom and not the cause, and does not lead to long-term clear skin. While Benzoclear, On-the-Go and Kiss Zit Goodbye do kill the infection and help speed the healing process, their primary benefit is their ability to stop pores from sludging up with dead skin cells, thereby preventing microcomedones from forming in the first place.
Directions printed on the acne lotions often instruct users to “apply to the affected area.” Most people assume the “affected area” refers only to existing pimples. As you know now, this is wrong. You must think of the “affected area” as anywhere that you are likely to break out—not only today or tomorrow but also during the next several weeks. Acne tends to move across your face in a predictable wave, first on the forehead, chin, and nose, then the cheeks, and finally the jaw line and upper neck. The whole point of treatment is to stay ahead of that wave. Stop it where it is now; don’t wait for it to migrate to other areas. Apply acne products to affected areas, but also keep ahead of the wave by several inches. Remember that if you have a blemish now, chances are you have many more lurking beneath the surface nearby that are just waiting to develop.
Got that? Okay, now you are ready for your treatment application. Wash your hands first. Wash face with foaming cleanser and water; rinse 5-10 times with water, then wait 10-15 minutes. Spread a film of Benzoclear, On-the-Go or Kiss Zit Goodbye over the area. (Again, the “area” we speak of includes existing breakouts and areas where future breakouts are imminent.) What’s a “film” of treatment you ask? There should be visible application, not so thick as to flake off when it dries, but not so thin that it instantly vanishes upon application.”