We’ve all heard of some pretty out-there products when it comes to acne treatment…like toothpaste for example (my sister even swears by it for drying up pimples). But here’s something you probably haven’t thought about using as a skin-clearing agent. It lies in a little blue jar of…wait for it…
Yep, you read that right. I know. I was totally shocked too when I first learned of it. But I figured, “What the heck? I’ve tried everything else, why not try this!?”
I stumbled upon the unusual acne-fighter a couple of months ago while searching for remedies on Google. I was shocked to learn that the ointment wasn’t that unheard of for treating acne.
I have tried what seems like every single face wash, topical gel and cream there is. While there’s no way I could actually test all existing pimple diminishing remedies, I have definitely tried a myriad of products, especially topical creams and ointments. They’ve ranged from drugstore brands like Neutrogena and Clearasil, to television-advertised brands like Proactiv, to department store brands like Clinique – and lastly, dermatologist-recommended products.
While many of these treatments worked for a short duration of time (or for milder cases of acne), none of them completely wiped away the peskiest of all pimples – cystic acne.
To my surprise, Vicks VapoRub worked wonders on the bigger, more irritating blemishes. And for anyone who has dealt with even a single cystic pimple, you know how large, painful and embarrassing they can be. And on top of that? They usually last for weeks.
After just two days of applying Vicks VapoRub to my cystic pimple, I saw a difference. Not only in appearance, but in facial comfort (yes, really!). Most of us know of this medicine as a cough suppressant or an ointment for aches and pains. Well, that very same ointment so happened to reduce the swelling of my pimple. Dramatically.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- All you need is Vicks VapoRub and a Q-tip cotton swab
- Dip the Q-tip into the jar and scoop out a tiny amount (just enough to cover the affected area)
- Smear the ointment over the area (treat it as you would a topical acne medication)
In my experience, the bump became smaller and flatter within two days and after continued use of the ointment, eventually vanished.
This rub has now become my go-to product for painful cystic acne. I highly recommend trying it!
– Michelle Weiss