Mario Badescu Acne Kit for $46.00
You want to fight your enemy, you have to know your weapons and enemies right? Let's take a look at our weapon options.
Drying Lotion, $17 for 1.0 oz, use on white and black heads. Don't shake, dip your Q tip till you get pink powder on the tip. Then spot treat. Night treatment only, leave on overnight.
Drying Cream,$14 for 0.5oz, use on papules and pustules. Can use under makeup for day and night treatment.
Buffering Lotion, $17 for 1.0oz, use on nodules and cysts. Also night treatment, leave on overnight.
Next, let's take a look at our enemy, acne. There are different types of acne. White head, black head, papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts.
1. Blackheads: clogged pores that are opened to the environment. looks like a tiny, little black dot.
2. White heads: clogged pores that are closed. You can't see them very well, but you can feel little, tiny bumps. Does not give you the smooth complexion look unless if you cover them with foundation.
3. Papules and pustules: ( < 0.5cm ) These are clogged pores that got inflamed from irritation. Papules are tiny bumps that are red, inflammed, HARD to the touch. These are the immature ones you can't pop! Pustules are filled with white pus because it's infected. These are the bumps that are white in the center and red in the surrounding. They are also HARD to touch. These are ones you really want to pop because no matter how much you cover, it's obviously there. This is different from nodules and cysts in both texture and size.
4. Last but not least, cyst and nodules. ( > 0.5cm AKA abscess) Cysts consists of both pus and yellow fluid that are deep into the skin so you don't see the pus on top but it's a giant red bump. They are SOFT to touch and they hurt. Nodules are also much bigger than papules and they are white on the outside like a pustule. Main difference here is size.
Identify your enemy and kill with the right weapon. I always say, why hammer a fly and cause collateral damage when you can use a fly swatter. It's the same with pimples. If you use the drying lotion on papules or nodules, they will just shrink a little and the redness may go away, but, they will never disappear. Or if you use the buffering lotion on a white head, you will only get dry patches that looks flaky with makeup on top. So know your enemy and know your weapons!
Good luck! Hope this will help you if you don't have a solution for acne yet. I personally don't want to use topical or oral antibiotic and build resistance. Nor do I want to use retinoid on my nodules because I hate taking oral contraceptives and dislike being sensitive to the sun. So for me, the Mario Badescu Acne Kit was the best discovery ever! Who doesn't want clear, smooth skin right?
Please share your acne treatments with me too. I'm always open to learning more!