Why does it work?
I don’t know much about the science of this, however, from my experience, it feels like the warmth emulsifies the gunk and infection that’s clogged underneath your skin (yuk!) Applying heat seems to help it to clear faster. I don’t think it would work as well from say, a facial steamer, which I had also tried. I’ve only found these results with direct application of warmth. I also think this is the reason why the ice didn’t work, it seemed to just compact the gunk underneath my skin further.
If you attempt this method, – which I would recommend to anyone as worth a try – an important thing to remember not to use a compress that is too hot. You want to warm your skin, not burn it. Always test it first to see if it is too hot for you and if so, wait a few minutes for it to cool down.
I also notice these days that I have fewer cystic acne outbreaks – this is probably a coincidence and I’m not sure it’s anything to do with using the compresses. As I said earlier, I definitely think hormones came into play. However, when it comes to treating the ones I do get, the warm compress is amazing in getting rid of them and I have never come across anything better.
I shared this because it was a huge breakthrough for me and I truly hope this method helps some other people as cystic acne totally sucks and can ruin your confidence. If it doesn’t work for you, carry on trying and reading every forum you can, and I know you’ll find your answer eventually.
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, a dermatologist, or a skincare expert of any sort. I’m just a girl who found something that works for her after wasting A LOT of time and money on just about everything else first! Please get any skin condition you’re worried about assessed by a medical professional.
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