Can't Stop Picking At A Pimple? Here's The Perfect Solution
Blemishes are truly the worst. They're painful, itchy, and they can last days or even weeks! For many of us, it's virtually impossible not to pick at them. Unfortunately, this habit gets us nowhere. In fact, it can even exacerbate the problem, putting you at risk for infection, scarring, and longer healing times.
Don't believe me? Take it from Diana Yerks, lead esthetician at Rescue Spa: "Picking a blemish can force bacteria and debris further into the follicle, causing it to spread and worsen the infection. Throughout my experience, I have noticed that clients who leave their breakouts alone have less of a risk of residual post-inflammatory pigmentation that those who don't." Yikes.
Healing your skin takes time, but blemish patches can help.
None of that sounds ideal, but luckily, this is a problem that can be solved. At mbg, we always recommend tackling skin health issues from the inside out, and that's because internal imbalances—like those in the gut and with our hormones—often show up on the skin. Sadly, however, acne isn't always something that heals easily or quickly. If you're struggling with acne, a great place to start is an elimination diet—or going to see a functional medicine doctor who can pinpoint underlying issues that might be affecting your skin.
But even if you do all this, healing your skin can take time, which is why in the meantime you may want to try a solve like Acne Healing Patches, $4.50, from Rael, a natural feminine care company. What's so great about blemish patches, you ask? They speed healing time and protect your pimple from germs and the temptation of picking.
Why blemish patches can replace other harsh spot treatments.
I was impressed by these clear little patches. Initially, I planned to only wear them at night because I assumed that they would come off easily and be easily visible. Instead, they practically disappeared on my face and I could wear them all day long (even with makeup). They significantly decrease the size of my blemishes and really speed up the healing process. Plus, most importantly, they forced me to keep my hands to myself and not scratch or pick, meaning acne disappears without a trace.
According to Jessa Blades, a celebrity makeup artist and natural beauty authority, these are probably a better route than traditional spot treatments. "Choosing the right way to heal pimples is very important, as many products out there in the market today do more harm than good and can leave the already irritated skin even more irritated. Gentle is the way to go. Avoid the products that further irritate, dry out, or burn the compromised area," she explained.
Compared to some of the harsh spot treatments out there, "Rael's Acne Healing Patches are made of a hydrocolloid dressing that is designed to absorb the pus and impurities inside a pimple without using any harsh chemicals or drying formulas. The dressing also keeps the affected area covered, which protects from dirt and bacteria, creates a moist environment that promotes healing, reduces scarring and blemish size, and keeps you from touching and picking the area," explained co-founder and CEO Yanghee Paik.
The best part? They're less than five dollars. So while other natural spot treatments might do the trick for increasing healing time and reducing scarring, the added protection of the patch is great—and you can't beat that price.
Gretchen Lidicker is an mbg health contributor, content strategist, and the author of CBD Oil Everyday Secrets: A Lifestyle Guide to Hemp-Derived Health and Wellness and Magnesium Everyday Secrets: A Lifestyle Guide to Epsom Salts, Magnesium Oil, and Nature's Relaxation Mineral. She holds a B.S. in biology and earned her master’s degree in physiology with a concentration in complementary and alternative medicine from Georgetown University.