I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
While I generally have pretty good skin, I do get some hormonal acne, especially since I can’t be trusted to act like an adult and take my birth control pills when I’m supposed to.
Usually, when I break out, it’s a painful, cystic mofo, and my first instinct is to pick at it. I know. I KNOW. I can’t help it. I think it’s mostly mental and I’m a stress-picker.
Life has become somewhat easier since I started using La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo when I get a pimple because, I swear, there is nothing that works faster to clear up my zits than that little tube. If I can manage to ward off my picking until I get home and use that magical acne treatment, then usually we can avoid a full-on Code Red picking/dark spot/scarring situation.
If we get to a Code Red pick, though, we’re talking days worth of healing, and months worth of trying to fade the dark spots that ensue.
Cue Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots. While the purpose of these dots is not really to prevent anxiety-ridden folks like myself from picking their face, that is exactly what they’re doing for me.
There are 72 little dots in the package, and I like that there are there sizes for when you have a monster situation happening. (At first, I balked at the $30 price tag until I realized that comes to less than 50 cents per pimple). The dots contain salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and hyaluronic acid to help heal your blemishes, but also keep your skin from getting all gross and flaky like some other acne treatments. Plus, there no messy creams or wasting product.
You’re supposed to wear the patches for at least eight hours, which, for stress-pickers, will get you through a full work day (or most of one) with not being able to poke at your pimples. All that time, it’s being treated, but it doesn’t feel like you have anything on your face. After five minutes of it being there I completely forgot I had it on, and when I went to pick my face, I reached up and remembered that I couldn’t do that because it was covered. I call that a success story.
And you’re in luck, folks, because I have the beginnings of a breakout happening right near my mouth today, so I can show you how it looks on a zit in real life!
Can you see it? You can actually probably see the zit and not the translucent dot. You’d have to be pretty up close to my face to see it. I’m an au natural type of gal for the most part, but I thought some people would probably want to try to cover it up with makeup.
Frankly, I think it looks way more obvious when I tried to put makeup over it.
See what I mean? It also could be the placement, because it's near my mouth. It would probably be far less obvious on my cheek or forehead.
Would you try these weird patches? Do you also stress-pick your pimples?