This is a post I’ve been meaning to write ever since I’ve started Chasing Elixir, and it’s about The One. The One is a skincare item that nothing else can replace nor compare with in awesomeness, and that I can/will never live without. It is an item that should be available worldwide, and everyone needs to have it in their beauty drawer/cabinet/walk-in closet.
The One is… 3M Nexcare Acne Dressing!!! *cue suspense revealed music: da-dum-DAHHH*
Nexcare Acne Dressing is made of Hydrocolloid dressing, which is an opaque dressing used in medicine to provide a moist wound-healing environment, while protecting from contamination. It comes in various shapes, mostly circles, to assists in the healing of pimples by sucking out the pus and protecting from getting further inflamed.
I stockpile this little beauty by the dozens, and use it every time I suffer a full-blown pimple breakout or milia. It comes in packs of 18-72, and is sealed in a plastic sleeve plus a film at the back.
Before applying the acne dressing, you need to ensure that the area you’re applying to is clean and dry. It’s also the most effective when the wound is open. So for a pimple, wait till it’s ripe for squeezing (ie. when you can see a bit of white under the skin), and pop it until the pimple, pus and blood is almost all gone. For a milia, use a clean blackhead extractor or round end of a clean hairpin to squeeze out the congestion (disinfect the apparatus with some alcohol).
Now we move to the graphic step-by-step account of how the Nexcare Acne Dressing performs its magic – word of warning: DO NOT READ ON FULL STOMACH!
I suffered a major chin pimple a couple of weeks ago. It started way underneath my skin like a sore red bump, and finally reared its white head a week later. At which point I squeezed the sucker out (wrapped my fingers with cleansing wipes, and using an outwardly pushing motion) – it was a momentous occasion as the pimple popped and splattered onto my bathroom mirror… SO SO GOOD!!!!
Taking out a new pack of Nexcare Acne Dressing, I first remove the clear film on the back and take an acne dressing of the size that is bigger than the pimple (in this case, the bigger circle). Each pack comes with a tweezer for this, but I find it easier to peel the dressing off with my fingernail. Then I simply stick the acne dressing onto what is left of the pimple.
You can see that whilst the sticker is clear-ish, it’s by no means invisible. So I only have this on at home or running brief errands. The best thing to do is apply this before bed time, and leave it on overnight. The dressing is breathable, and leaving it on overnight maximises its pus sucking power!
Now I need to give you another word of warning – DO NOT READ ON IF YOU HAVE ANY FOOD IN YOUR STOMACH.
Once on the skin, the Nexcare Acne Dressing starts to absorb all the secretion from the skin – which is all the pus and inflammation from the popped pimple. The amount of secretion depends on the size of the pimple/congestion. As my chin pimple was of the gigantic proportion, the secretion is no short of epicness in a hugely gross way.
3rd warning… THINK BEFORE YOU READ ON.
Ewwwwww!!!! The next morning the acne dressing has absorbed a pile of pus from the pimple – so much so that it has almost come off the skin! After removing it, I apply some AHA serum and mineral makeup for work.
I continue to apply a fresh acne dressing on the area every night until the pimple is all gone and the area is completely flat. Then I deal with the hyperpigmentation with L’Occitane Precious Cream.
As the Nexcare Acne Dressing also protects the skin from contamination, I also use it over whiteheads, and minor congestions to stop them from becoming infected pimples. Sometimes I go months without needing any, and sometime I churn through them by the packets since 1 sticker only covers a small area.
3M Nexcare Acne Dressing is available in pharmacies Asia-wide. For non-Asia residents you can purchase them from reputable Ebay sellers – expect to pay around AUD$5 for a packet of 36.
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