As a fellow acne sufferer, I need your advice. I’ve been getting these deep, painful zits on my chin and forehead. They take weeks to come to the surface and my usual acne medicine isn’t helping. I remember you said that you have the same problem, how do you treat it?
First off, make an appointment with a dermatologist. If you don’t have one, ask your regular physician for a recommendation. I waited far too long to see a skin specialist, and I ended up with some scarring as a result.
In the interim, don’t pick at the blemish, you’ll only make it worse. Instead, I recommend an old home remedy.
Black ointment or drawing salve is a great product for draining deep blemishes. The first step is to place a warm compress on the spot for a few minutes to open the pores. Step two, apply some of the drawing ointment to the spot. Step three, cover with a band-aid and then go to sleep. Step four, repeat each night as necessary.
Drawing salve drains some of the infected fluid out of the skin, which can heal it without a manual extraction. The process can take a while; I once needed to use it every day for almost three weeks to drain a particularly nasty spot on my cheek. The salve smells terrible, like a combination of rotten eggs and a boy’s lavatory, but once you put the band-aid on it mostly goes away.
Lastly, remember that salicylic acid is designed to prevent acne and benzoyl peroxide treats acne you already have. So if you’re treating an existing blemish with salicylic gel, it’s not as effective. AcneFree’s Terminator 10 is the best benzoyl spot treatment that you can get over-the-counter.