Dealing With Zits
Ask any acne sufferer what the absolute worst part of having acne is and they will quickly tell you it is the zits that really get them down. With inflamed red zits on your face, you may feel like you have a neon sign on your face saying “Look here.”
What’s even worse is when they get infected and, instead of just a flaming red face, you have a bunch of nasty looking pus-filled spots as well. It can be extremely tempting to pick at those sores.
It even seems to make sense to do so – after all, the faster the pus is out, the faster the infection will heal. The problem is that this is not the case at all – picking at the sores will damage the skin even more and may even lead to the bacteria spreading over the surface of your skin and under the surface.
A zit is something like an iceberg –only a small amount shows at the surface – the main globule of pus is further down. The problem is that the pressure applied to pop the zit causes the main pus to move up against the walls of the pore – in some cases, it is able to break out of these walls and spread into neighbouring cells, infecting them as well and then the vicious cycle starts again.
A secondary problem can develop if you do not get the main plug of pus out – the sore will reform and just grow another head.
Add into this the fact that you nails harbour a lot of germs and you risk infecting you skin by simply touching it and the idea of creating a hole in the skin for bacteria to enter is not quite as appealing, is it?
Because that is basically what you are doing – you skin provides a layer of protection to your internal systems from the outside world. It is like a plaster protecting a wound – it keeps the dirt and germs out. Just like with a plaster, if you make a hole in it, it is going to an awful lot less effective.
If your zits are really bothering you, mix up a simple aspirin mask – crush two aspirins and mix with either water or honey. Honey is a great moisturizer so use it if you want a boost for your skin. The aspirin contains Salycilic Acid – a popular ingredient in a lot of acne treatments and this helps to reduce inflammation and redness.