How to Heal a Popped Blemish—Overnight
In the world of beauty, it’s considered extremely taboo to squeeze, pinch, pick or pop a zit. Estheticians tell you it scars your face. Dermatologists remind you that it spreads bacteria. Your mom scolds you that it’ll only cause a big, bloody mess.
And yet, when I have a pus-filled bump on my face, not picking it is about as likely as me ever becoming an Olympic gymnast (my third-grade dream).
I have certainly learned my lesson (those estheticians, derms and moms are right) and I know that the less I pick my face, the fewer blemishes I’ll get and the more warm, fuzzy feelings I’ll have towards my skin. Plus, I have far fewer zits to worry about in general, thanks to my more consistent and skin-healing morning routine.
But sometimes a blemish gets the best of me. I stress pop blackheads and if there’s a whitehead on my face, there’s no way I’m going to let it erupt on its own (I. Just. Can’t. I used to pop my brother and sister’s zits, for Pete’s sake. But don’t worry—I always used a tissue and was very gentle. I think.). I’ve experimented for years with ways to soothe and calm just-squeezed skin, and I can’t believe it took me until now to discover the best overnight skin-fixer.
A drop of lavender essential oil on a just-popped blemish, covered with a Band-aid, heals said blemish overnight.
Ever picked a zit only to be crestfallen the next morning when you realize that you didn’t get all the infection out (despite marginally mutilating your face in the process)? Lavender+Band-aid solves this. It kills the bacteria you didn’t fully squeeze, eliminating the additional pus.
Ever been a little too harsh on your skin only to wake up with a giant scab that’s impossible to cover up with concealer? Lavender+Band-aid soothes your skin and helps heal it faster so you can avoid huge, dark scabs (you might end up with a small one, especially if the popping process got bloody, but lavender will calm that huge mess into a little, concealable spot).
I’ve now been doing this for a few months and I can’t believe the results. I’ve had practically no scarring from my intermittent zit popping, and I have really temperamental, sensitive skin that bruises and injures easily. Every time I use lavender+a Band-aid overnight (it’s now only about once a month, because I try my very best not to pick my skin), I wake up to find healed, calm skin. Barely any remnants of my attack and very little scabbing.
Two disclaimers here:
1. I don’t recommend popping all the zits on your face, all the time. Try to mess with it as little as possible. If you feel you have to pick something, use clean fingers, covered with tissues to prevent the spread of bacteria, and be gentle with your skin. If nothing will come out, just let it be—don’t over-pop. You’ll be mad at yourself later.
2. Lavender is one of only a few EOs that you can put on your skin undiluted. Other EOs can cause damage if not mitigated in a carrier oil, so don’t go putting a ton of other EOs with helpful properties on your face. And don’t put more than two drops on a blemish before covering it with a bandage.
Have you tried this on a blemish? What other overnight healing tricks work for you?