You know those horrible, under-the-skin pimples that take forever to heal? Usually our plan of attack involves slathering on whatever maximum-strength acne ointment we have and monitoring it obsessively for days. This, however, seems to do nothing but dry out the skin on top of the spot (creating even more of an eyesore).
So after our last big breakout, we finally sought out help, and Dendy Engelman, MD, of the Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in New York, shared a trick that we now want to shout from the rooftops.
What you do: After washing your face, apply the treatment directly to the pimple as you normally would. Then seal it in with a thin layer of balm. Repeat this daily until the spot subsides (which, from our experience, typically happens within a couple days).
Why it works: Rather than having the treatment just sit on the surface of your skin (exposed to air and germs), the balm on top acts like a medical occlusion that essentially forces the active ingredients to permeate, making it more effective. It also keeps the skin around the spot hydrated so you don’t get those aforementioned dry patches.
OK, now spread the word for good skin karma.