Since moving to D.C five years ago, my mild, hereditary acne has become full-blown cystic acne. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on miracle cures and expensive dermatologists, to no avail. So imagine my surprise when the best product that I’ve tried thus far cost less than a Starbuck’s latte.
Because I’ve tried every prescription cream on the market, I started searching for a homeopathic cure. Several websites extol the virtues of drawing salve for the treatment (not prevention) of the cystic acne, so I thought that I would give it a whirl.
The black, gel-like ointment smelled terrible–like a combination of paving asphalt and rotten eggs. So I was less than thrilled to use it. But, to my surprise, it helped.
1) Soak a clean rag in hot (and I mean HOT) water. Allowing it to cool just enough that you don’t burn yourself.
2) Place the rag onto the blemish for 30 seconds to a minute. Then pat the area dry with a clean rag.
3) Using a Q-Tip (you do not want this smell on your hands), apply a bit of drawing salve to the blemish.
4) Cover the blemish with a fabric band aid. The band aid isn’t required, but you do not want this stuff on your sheets. I prefer the fabric band aids because they don’t come off in the middle of the night the way the sheer band aids do.
5) Wear overnight.
6) The next morning, remove the band aid and wash the area with a gentle soap. The drawing salve may stain the skin slightly, but that wears off.
In the weeks since I first purchased the product, several deep, painful blemishes that I’ve had for years have either gotten smaller or disappeared completely. So while I wish it helped with the prevention of acne, I’m happy to have a better treatment method. Hopefully, using the salve will prevent any further scarring.