A Confession: I Picked Again... The Z Word
It's that dreaded tingle, then "Oh shit! Am I getting a zit?!" You loose all control and your fingers start poking and prodding with reckless abandoned, "Don't touch it!" You scold your hands and enter the denial phase, "maybe it'll just be little".
It's massive and you have a date tomorrow night.
I’ve definitely had these moments, not to mention volcanos on my face. Sometimes once in a month, sometimes what seems like everyday. I work with incredible skin and makeup people, I tell my friends not to, my mum forbids it, yet I will inevitably squeeze and pick. I just can't help myself. Then it's really bad. Boiling, red, angry and on my face! The whole world staring at it. What I know about myself is that the best remedy I've found to combat these nasty little rudolf-noses is my diet. Fool proof. When I don't eat dairy, I don't get them. But it’s so hard not to eat any dairy. It's nice to use the excuse that it's in everything, or hidden by conspiring restaurants, or maybe they were giving out amazing chocolate truffles at Whole Foods and I got cornered, but really, it's because deep down, I don't want to give up dairy.
Continuing my quest to establish the cause; it can also be hormonal. I may have used something new that my skin didn't like. Maybe I've been running ragged or maybe I am stressed. Whatever has happened, it's there now, so I have to deal with what is tormenting me in the mirror and look at minimising the next one.
Here is what I have found is realistic and what seems to work. I use clay masks and seaweed masks and clay-with-seaweed masks on my skin to help it deal with my weak and caving resolutions around dairy. The two I’ve come to love most are: Eve Lom’s Rescue Mask and GlamGlow Supermud. I find they both equally reduce redness as well as speeding up the healing process of existing white or black heads. I can't say much about prevention obviously...pass the chocolate.