Contrary to popular belief, pimples just don’t appear out of nowhere and they aren’t gone once the pus has disappeared. The lifecycle of a pimple can begin weeks - sometimes even months - before it’s visible. And since we’re all at home in quarantine mode right now, there’s no time like the present to satisfy our wanderlust by exploring a different sort of journey - the journey of a pimple.
Stage 1: His bags are packed (early-stage pimple)
And by bags, we mean pores - packed with dead skin cells, excess sebum and P. acnes bacteria. While all pores naturally contain P. acnes, a problem arises when there's too much sebum and dead skin cells. Regardless of whether your pimple’s trip was prompted by hormones, stress, diet or hygiene, he’s packing these pore-clogging factors and he’s ready to begin his journey from deep within your pore to the surface of your skin.
While an early-stage pimple isn’t typically visible, you can feel it and you know it’s coming. In this stage, acne has developed under the skin’s surface, but it has not yet come to a “head.” Whether you call it a blind zit or under-the-skin pimple, this "early-stage" pimple is unpoppable, often painful to the touch and can appear red from inflammation. The majority of early-stage pimples will eventually emerge and might leave on their own, but it's a while before that actually happens.
How to cut his trip short
Use Micropoint for Blemishes in the very early stage of a pimple, it’s possible to completely heal the pimple before an infection/whitehead even forms. It's got 173 Micropoints made of hyaluronic acid molded to work like microneedles. It dissolves powerful ingredients like salicylic acid, straight to the source to speed up the pimple’s journey. Because really, who wants to wait around forever for the arrival of a hidden pimple?
Stage 2: The pimple has arrived (whitehead)
As white blood cells attempt to fight the pimple, they die and accumulate, creating a whitehead or closed comodone (pustule). This small pimple that appears as a white bump has arrived at your doorstep (AKA the surface of your skin) and looks like he’s ready to pop.
How to get rid of it ASAP
Resist the urge to pop! If you pop the pimple, you risk prolonging his stay by spreading the bacteria deeper in the pore and causing additional inflammation. Instead, stick on a pimple patch! Choose your fighter:
- Mighty Patch Original (for overnight elimination)
- Mighty Patch Invisible+ (ultra-thin for daytime treatment, yes even out in public) or
- Mighty Patch Surface (for those large-area breakouts)
Hydrocolloid patches sucks up all the pus and gunk in just hours. You can tackle your unwanted visitor without skipping a beat.
Stage 3: The aftermath (post-pimple healing)
Thankfully, the pimple is gone. And even though he took all of his pus with him, you can’t believe your eyes when you look at the mess he’s made of your skin. Redness. Inflammation. Dry, scaly patches. But don't worry – Rescue Balm helps your skin bounce back, quick.
How to clean up his mess
With a replenishing ingredient trio of panthenol, beta-glucan, and oligopeptides, Rescue Balm relieves post-pimple skin and speeds up the healing process. We recommend using it daily for a week to restore lingering skin challenges and bring your skin back to it's glowy days.
Restore your healthiest skin
At Hero Cosmetics, we’re focused on helping you not only stop pimples in their tracks, but also gain control over all the stages of your skin journey, from start to finish. Each and every product is uniquely designed to bring your skin back to healthy.