Have you ever wondered why it is that you break out at the same place?
Maybe it’s happened once or more than that.
Here’s the scenario. You get a big pimple on your chin. 2 weeks pass and it still seems to be hanging around your chin. Then one day you finally see that it is starting to heal. You’re thrilled. Until of course you see or maybe feel another one coming up pretty close to it. Or worse still just under it. I feel your pain. I really do. Trying to heal acne feels like taking one step forward and then you slide back down. 4-5 steps.
When you suffer from acne, this is very real and it is frustrating to say the least. This cycle may continue and you may get acne again and again in the same spot. Eventually you’ll be left with an indented scar at that place on your skin.
So why does this happen?
- One of the main reasons you get acne under healing acne is that you probably have touched it, tried to pop it or picked at it.
- The acne upon acne scene typically happens when you have cystic acne. These cysts are so deep within your skin that if you mess with them the infection goes deeper. What happens in this case is that the infection at the surface may heal. While it is healing the infection that is deep within your skin comes to the surface and you get more acne at the same place.
- Once a pimple has been popped or picked or manipulated in some way, the walls of the pore that is infected or in the areas around it tend to get weaker. Once they are weaker the cells lining the pore do not shed well. When they do not shed well, they block the pores and the whole cycle starts again.
What can you do about it?
The main thing you can do is leave your face alone. No touching, popping, picking or squeezing your pimples. Hands off your face. Cysts that are manipulated or touched and felt countless times a day are more likely to occur again and again in the same place or near it.
Sometimes by accident it so happens that you may accidentally scratch a pimple or it gets rubbed on your towel and breaks. In this case best thing is to splash cold water on it and apply an ice cube wrapped in a clean tissue. Do not press it or touch it. Just dab it will the ice cube.
If the cyst is really bad and keeps happening again and again, you might consider going to a doctor to get a shot of cortisone to calm the inflammation. This can make the cyst smaller within a few hours. But do keep this as your last option.
In the meantime just keep your hands off your face.
Whenever I mention the Oil Cleansing Method or OCM I get a little bit of a push back and fear from my readers. Which is totally understandable. When you have acne you are warned that putting oil on your face does more harm than good.
Also with oil you are never sure how it is going to react with your skin. So I generally suggest that anyone with mild to severe acne hold off until their acne is healed to try OCM.
So what do you use in the meantime? If you do not want to use OCM and using a normal face wash dries out your skin, what is your alternative? Enter the Honey Cleansing Method.
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There’s nothing fair about acne. Absolutely nothing. What I have learned over the years though, is that it is of no use complaining about it. Complaining does absolutely nothing.
The best thing you could do for your skin and yourself is try to figure out what is causing your acne and fix that. Most of the time we throw various treatments at acne in the hope that something will fix it. This is the same as taking a multivitamin for a fever. It won’t do anything for the fever.
While the multivitamin is actually beneficial for your body, most acne treatments are not. Antibiotics, accutane, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid all have side effects. Some mild, some severe. Keep using these treatments over the years and you could be doing serious damage to your body. The ointments may leave your skin dry and inflamed.
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Before we get started how do you find out if your acne is hormonal acne? Here are 2 key points to know if you are dealing with hormonal acne or not.
- It starts to form at the same time every month – about 7 – 10 days before your period begins.
- Your acne is in the form of deep, painful cysts that never seem to come to a head. They also feel tender and hurt when touched.
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Let me start straight off by telling you what comedogenic actually means. Blocked pores are called comedones. When a product is comedogenic, it means it has the potential to block pores. How does it do that? Well, by increasing the shedding of skin cells. These skin cells then combine with the sebum (or oil) in your skin and block your pores.
Now since acne is caused by blocked pores, these ratings would obviously matter a lot to people who have acne. We generally would want to avoid products that would potentially cause more blocked pores leading to more acne.
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