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Wed May 31, 2006 4:20 pm      Reply with quote
I have a zit right between my eyebrows, and I think it was a whitehead but I didn't squeeze it (yesterday). Now it's hard and very
sticky-outy, and I gently squeezed the area just to see if something wanted to come out but it didn't.

I am trying to use cover-up, but its just not working. Is there anything I can use now? tonight? to make it go down FAST?

I am thinking of going to Shoppers and buying the ROC PURIF-AC fast acting gel. Is there anything else I can do? (with access only to shoppers, london drugs).

Thanks!!!
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Wed May 31, 2006 4:28 pm      Reply with quote
I hate those....
I would suggest dabbing a towel in hot water and putting it on your pimple. That way it should come to the surface due to the heat. You can dab some toothpaste on your zit over night to make it go down.
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Wed May 31, 2006 4:33 pm      Reply with quote
Definitely apply heat to make it come to a head faster. I don't know what they sell in London as far as acne products but the mario badescu drying lotion is similiar to bye bye blemish which gets rid of blemishs overnight (well at least most of the time). Or make a paste out of tea trea oil and an aspirin (uncoated) put it on the zit, leave on overnight, should do the trick.

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Wed May 31, 2006 4:34 pm      Reply with quote
I second the hot compress, and try not to squeeze it ( at least till it comes to head), it will just make it worse! I know, it's hard not to! I find a mask with kaolin makes a good spot treatment, and a topical cortisone cream will help with any redness.
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Wed May 31, 2006 4:39 pm      Reply with quote
Oh, i'm not in london, i'm in canada!

i just tried to squeeze it (sorry, i know) and it's just refusing to do anything but STAY there and haunt me. so i'm going to do everything I can tonight when I get home to help it go.

hot compress, ROC cream that I will buy tonight, aspirin.

*cries*
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Wed May 31, 2006 4:45 pm      Reply with quote
This is a long shot, but do you have any green tea powder? Making a paste of green tea powder, aspirin, and hot water has significantly helped me after I unsuccessfully tried to extract an angry blemish. I've also heard that yonka emulsion pure is good under such circumstances, but I have yet to try it.

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Wed May 31, 2006 5:00 pm      Reply with quote
no, unfortunately no green tea powder. i am very limited in my possibilities as it is 5 pm and i have to work until 8:30 pm tonight.

i'm so upset, but i will be manifesting that it will go away overnight....

thank you SO MUCH for all your help!
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Wed May 31, 2006 6:02 pm      Reply with quote
Hot compress, extract, ice pack and neosprin
9in that order) should work!
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Wed May 31, 2006 11:54 pm      Reply with quote
when I used to be really desperate and couldn't wait, I would go straight to my acne doctor to get a cortisone shot. It was like magic, that was the only thing that could get rid of a blemish immediately.

Otherwise, I found drinking lots of water seemed to help a bit ... but unfortunately, no topical treatment I ever used really helped too much.
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Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:17 am      Reply with quote
well, sadly, after a tremendous amount of careful work last night, it's still bad.

i spent $20 on that ROC fast acting gel that basically did nothing. i feel like writing them a letter saying thanks for nothing.

other than prayer, i honestly don't know what else to do!

do i squeeze it anymore or just leave it! should i buy some hydrocortisone cream and put it on?

edit - oh, and just another irritating fact - there is nowhere in vancouver that does a walk-in cortisone injection. thanks vancouver! Mad
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Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:32 am      Reply with quote
OMG, I used to live out in the middle of nowhere, and I remember one time when I couldn't get a walk-in appt ANYWHERE for a cortisone injection and I was SO frustrated!! So, I know how you are feeling. Keep drinking water and green tea if you can get your hands on any, and keep up with the aspirin masks and blemish serums--- it'll get better in a few days!

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Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:34 am      Reply with quote
manslayerliz wrote:
OMG, I used to live out in the middle of nowhere, and I remember one time when I couldn't get a walk-in appt ANYWHERE for a cortisone injection


this is why i want to live in the states. they just HAVE things like that there! lol. plus mario badescu lotion on the shelves.
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Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:21 pm      Reply with quote
pele wrote:
edit - oh, and just another irritating fact - there is nowhere in vancouver that does a walk-in cortisone injection. thanks vancouver! Mad


Aww, so sorry, I feel your pain ... after I moved here (Vancouver), I got a major flare-up, and desperately tried to ask for a cortisone shot at my local walk-in and to my disbelief, they told me they don't do them!! When I used to live in Toronto, the Toronto Acne Clinic used to do them for me on emergency notice and they were soooo great (they even started charging $10 per visit later on saying that the health care coverage didn't cover the visits anymore, but I would have forked over 10x that much in those desperate times if I had to) ... Vancouver should really have a clinic like that here.

Good luck and definitely stop picking at it, in my experience it always makes it worse and lasts longer. I tried topical cortisone before, and didn't have too much luck ...hopefully it will work better for you.
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Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:32 pm      Reply with quote
Vancouver should TOTALLY have a clinic like that. I mean, what, people in Vancouver don't get zits that need cortisone? Come on now.

Anyways, I have given up and am sitting here at work with absolutely no cover-up on and keep applying that ROC fast acting gel and hoping for the best.

Tonight it will be aspirin paste and maybe some ice.

Hey, I wonder. If green tea powder works, would soaking a green tea bag and slapping that on work? Anybody tried this?
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Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:41 pm      Reply with quote
Ice will only temporarily reduce any swelling you may have-- I'd stick with the hot compress till it comes to head. Hydrocortisone cream won't make it go away fast, but it will help reduce irritation and redness.

There's always the option of a zit cream, but I never liked those. Too drying. Worth a shot, if you only have access to certain stores. See if the stores you shop have an organic section and if they have any tea tree oil, or a product with tea tree oil.
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Thu Jun 01, 2006 7:52 pm      Reply with quote
I think soaking a teabag in hot water and putting it on sounds like a great idea! If you try it, please let me know how it works!

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Fri Jun 02, 2006 10:58 am      Reply with quote
well, the tea bag thing did nothing. in fact, i swear it made the area look a little purple. anyways, the whole thing is a scab now so i have to deal with it. these have been the worst few days ever. oh well. live and learn.

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