How To Soften A Spot
Zits. Pustules. Papules. Wheals. Comedones. Milia. There are lots of things that
happen to the skin – especially on the face – on a regular basis. This is purely for:
This is not about acne, blackheads or postules. We’re talking about your average spot that comes up occasionally – you know it’s coming – you can feel it, it started with a bump, felt sore, then got a little red, hurt a little more, then you see a faint hint of something that could be a head. A little white may show underneath.
And then, typically, if you are the average person, you:
●Stab it (leading to scarring)
●Poke it (doing absolutely nothing)
●Squeeze it (if too early, will bruise, then potentially scar)
●Load it with tea tree oil (no need – it’s probably not bacterial)
●Load it with spot treatment (see above)
●Or GOD FORBID – put toothpaste on it (please no)
Next time you feel one of these bad boys coming up you will need the
●Your moisturiser/a good facial oil
Repeat after me: moisturise, massage, moisturise. Repeat. Moisturise,
Moisturise the area like it’s going out of fashion. Yes really. This is particularly
good for those big on-the-chin once-a-month spots.
Moisturising it does a few things:
●Softens the area around the spot – how often have you destroyed the
surrounding area of a zit because you treated the area of the said zit so
And then either:
●makes the spot retreat entirely
●brings it to a head quicker – in which case you have my permission to
pop. Pop pop away. Have at it.
Words of warning:
●A ‘popable’ spot shouldn’t really hurt when popping – it should be
●If it hurts – stop – it’s too soon and you will bruise and then possibly scar
●Stop at the first sign of blood – you’re about to scar
●Never, ever, ever try and pop a milia – this technique may eventually make them go or disperse on the surface. If they don’t, get them removed - professionally. Milia can only be taken out safely by piercing the skin – and a lot of therapists are not trained in milia removal. Ask before you let them attack. And don’t bother trying yourself – all you’ll get for your trouble is a bleeding hole, a bruise – and the milia waving at you from underneath when the dust has settled. And take note – if you do suffer from milia you need to up the hydration level of your creams – less oil, more water-based ones.
So, the next time you feel Mount Vesuvius brewing under the skin – give it a chance, treat it with care, and save the toothpaste for your teeth. Please.