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Well, it works. (See photo: that is pus.)
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 26, 2019
Those were pimples too deep to get rid of with my anjou acne & blackhead remover kit (which works best for blackheads, not pimples).
Even though the pimples were large (half an inch wide on the big one), I put the small size patch on, and it still worked excellently. They did not fall off as I slept.
I sprayed SkinSmart antimicrobial therapy on the area immediately after I took off the patch to disinfect the area (works for killing all skin bacteria, including acne and boils.
I use Queene Helene Triple Whipped Cleansing Cream as a face wash at night. This causes my face to exfoliate half a day later so I wash again with regular Kirk's Soap and when my skin is wet, scrap off the excess skin with a rough wash cloth. My skin sheds a lot, though. An abnormal amount, I think. Sometimes I use a soft children's tooth brush to exfoliate it.
If my skin is dry, I use Tea Tree Therapy brand Antiseptic Cream. This helps a relative with itchy dry eczema, it also kills bacteria well. If you apply it with a soft tooth brush, it exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time.
Other times I use Hollywood Beauty Tea Tree Oil, it is a blend of tea tree oil and carrier oils that helps my acne, too.
Tea tree oil kills bacteria.
Sometimes after using the eczema spray I.mentioned earlier, after it has dried and I wipe off any remaining saline solution (which is what the eczema spray breaks down into after 1p minutes), I spray Probiotic Action Emerald Spray. This sprays good bacteria that is naturally found on a healthy face, Bacillus subtilis, onto your face. This good bacteria eats the food of what bad acne causing bacteria uses to thrive on your skin, restoring bacterial balance to your skin and causing the bad bacteria to die.
Obviously, if you are spraying good bacteria onto your face, you cannot use any other products, except these stickers (but the spray won't get on the sticker part, just other acne spots). Most products for the face (lotions, acne medicines, also makeup if you wear it) have preservatives in them to kill bacteria. This is really good or your product would go bad in its jar. But that means you CAN'T use the good bacteria and the other products at the same time or you are just wasting the good bacteria because it's going to be killed by the preservatives in your other product.
You cannot put the good bacteria from the Emerald spray into a clear spray bottle, either. The light will eventually kill the bacteria. The good bacteria will live long enough on your face to eat the bad acne-causing bacteria's food though, so you don't have to hide in the dark after you spray good bacteria on.
(You see online a lot people with yogurt masks. Yogurt contains good bacteria, yes, but it's only anerobic bacteria, meaning it needs an oxygenless environment — your stomach — to work. You will never get the benefit of good bacteria by using yogurt on your face because your face is not an oxygenless environment. Whomever says you can benefit from a yogurt mask is not being honest, usually out of ignorance.
I've also learned that some East Asian companies put, or claim to put, Bacillus subtilis in creams and face washes along with other products. Obviously, as said before, the other ingredients in the creams and face washes, as well as the preservatives in these products, will kill the good bacteria. Don't fall for any product that claims to use this bacteria in it along with other products, the company isn't honest, or they are poor researchers, and you definitely are not getting the benefit of the good bacteria.)
Also, the following supplements have really helped:
I take × 2 Vita Breeze 95% Curcuminoids with Black Pepper Extract to reduce inflammation; 95% means your body uses 95% of the curcumin, unlike regular curcumin that your body uses very little of the actual curcuminoids, which are what reduces inflammation. Start slow with the curcuminoids, one every other day for a while, then one a day, then after a while one a day. Research 95% curcuminoids: they kill cancer — and thus prevent cancer — they are as effective as prozac for treating depression and if you take prozac they enhance the benefits of prozac, they help with arthritis, and they help your cognition. A lot of medical research which originated from Baylor University is about 95% curcumins.
A lot of people try to sell you curcumin and it isn't the 95% curcuminoids. All research and medical benefits are ONLY on the 95% curcuminoids, so don't be duped into wasting money on a curcumin product that isn't 95% curcuminoids.
I also take any brand Saw Palmetto and Milk Thistle, two types of adaptogens safe for men and women that are for balancing hormones, which was recommended by a dermatologist for hormonal-related acne, and a daily vitamin with some zinc for managing acne that could be caused by vitamin deficiency, also recommended by a dermatologist.
For daily vitamins, I use HEB — regular grocery store — brand Adults 50+, even though I'm not that old. It is less expensive and has more vitamins than ones targetted towards younger people or "men's" or "women's" vitamins, and the vitamins that the one for older people contains help heart and eye health and help prevent problems when you are old and are almost worthless when you've already developed problems with your heart or eyes, so they're really good for people at any age, especially people under 50. Advertisers use warfare's "divide and conquer" technique to try to get our money — divide us into groups, conquer our money — so they may say it's for older people, or some other group of people, when in fact it is good for everyone. That way they can charge more money for products aimed at younger people or their targetted group. For vanity's sake, people go along with the labeling because they think it makes them special, but look at the label of your daily vitamin, because it's the contents, not packing or label or even cost, that matters for your health.
A daily vitamin will also have a little vitamin e and a. These are important for many functions in your body and not having enough can cause skin problems. It's your body's way of showing you it isn't healthy. I tried taking zinc, e, and a separately in larger doses, but zinc made me sick and vitamin a is easy to overdose on because it is stored in the liver. I guess because I wasn't very deficient of either. Also I read men who took high doses of E for a long period of time were more likely to develop prostate cancer. I decided the normal doses in a daily vitamin were enough. If you are deficient in any of these vitamins, and you take a daily vitamin long enough, you will no longer be deficient without having to expose yourself to the risks associated with taking higher doses. You will also consistently be getting these vitamins.
All this has helped me more than the thousands I blew on other types of over the counter products (salicylic acid has never helped me nor anyone in my famiky, benzoyl peroxide felt terrible like my skin was paper thin) or sometimes extremely expensive products from certain dermatologists, including antibiotics that I could only take for a limited time before I had to stop or before they made me sick.
I hope this review helps you avoid wasting time and money and avoid getting ripped off and helps improve your overall health.
I also hope it helps open your eyes that acne is not about "beauty" so much as it is a reflection of health (hormonal, inflammation, vitamins, bacterial: it's all related). I used to get huge pain cysts, which were considered medically category 5 of acne, and it was a real medical problem that I had to go to doctors for, I always hated that acne treatments fell into the "beauty" category online and in stores. I think categorizing it this way prevented me from getting treatment sooner. It is a health issue, and a reflection of health. ThatsThat's probabprobably the reason high quality skin is considered beautiful, because it reflects good health and sound mind. I think wevewe've forgotten that as a culture and turned it into a vain thing, or at least advertisers have, I don't know which came first.
Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it not for looks but to be healthy, like you should all your organs. And don't be embarrassed by people's stupid categorization of acne treatments or how they try to make it a "vanity" issue: ignore people's dumb labels and take proper care of your health.
It's the right thing to do, it is very good to do.