How To Treat

How To Spot One

How It Got There

To Pop or Not to Pop?

Then What?

Blackheads

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Small dark-coloured spots on the surface. They occur on cheeks, across the nose and between the brows

When a pores gets clogged with debris and keratin remains open at the surface the skin reacts with oxygen and turns a dark colour.

Pop using a comedone extraction tool. Use a medical grade one so the edges are honed and so it won’t damage the skin. Or steam the skin and with clean hands squeeze.

Following extraction apply an over counter topical steroid or an acne spot treatment containing salicylic acid to keep the area clean.

Pustules

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Inflammatory yellowish bumps with a red base, often painful to touch. Full of bacteria and purulent pus. Connected with hormonal imbalances, resulting in breakouts on the chin and jaw

A build up of dead leukocytes

(white blood cells) binds with bacteria in response to localised infection. The area then fills up with fluid

Pop it only if it has a head and squeeze until the pus turns to blood.

Disinfect with an antiseptic after popping and then a cold and wet compress to sooth the area. Avoid putting make-up on for two days to let heal.

Whiteheads

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Bumps on the skin with small white heads. Difficult to remove and generally found in women in their 20s as they often have oiler skin.

When your skin is oily bacteria thrives and that’s when a pimple will appear.

Never pop anything unless it’s got a head, if it has cleanse the area and use a tool. If it’s ready it will come out easily if not leave it as you will only scar the skin, irritate the skin and still be left with the spot.

A spot treatment is the best way to target a breakout. You cannot guarantee a whitehead will be gone in the morning but squeezing it repeatedly will make things worse.

Cysts

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Deep seated bumps in the deeper layers of the skin. Extremely sore & red they carry a high risk of scaring & can come up anywhere on the body from the scalp, neck ,face & chin.

Dead skin cells combine with bacteria causing the area to become infected, red and swollen cysts occur when the infection goes deep in the skin and over a wider area.

NEVER EVER SQUEEZE A CYST!! This can cause further inflammation for a persistent cyst seek dermatologist as prescription medication may be needed.

Use acne products containing salicylic acid to remove access oil. Take a daily zinc supplement to reduce inflammation.