Thank Us Later: Blister Bandages Will Let You Pop Your Zits Without Recourse

There was a zit that lived on the inside edge of my left brow for about a week and a half. It was large, raised and on its way to redness. Its presence confounded me. The control freak in me wanted it covered, from edge to edge. The zit’s topography resisted any ministrations of concealer, siding right off in the heat. I occasionally nipped its outer edge with my eyebrow pencil in the morning. For the most part, I tried my best to let it live, knowing that it would eventually rear its horrid head and disappear from my face forever.

After a warm night, I gave it a gentle poke. Three tiny heads — a colony of heads, really — had sprouted. I couldn’t resist. I poked the bear, and it bit back hard, leaving me with a red, ruddy mess on my face.

“That thing looks really … rough,” a friend offered, sitting on my bed as I frantically attempted to powder the pimple into submission. “It’ll go away soon, right?”

It did not. But the internet offered me a solution — hydrocolloid bandaids. I happened upon this solution one night while vacantly scanning thru the internet on my phone, tapping the offending zit with my other finger, resisting the urge to get out of bed and eradicate it once and for all. Hydrocolloid bandages are those thick, gummy bandages used for healing blisters. They’re waterproof and form a protective barrier around the open wound, sucking out all of the garbage within and healing the area, fast. In lieu of, say, going to a dermatologist and getting the thing zapped with cortisone, this seemed like my best bet.

The next night, I went to the drugstore and bought some. I cut out a teensy circle and applied it to the offending area, which was by now weeping quietly from my prodding. I went to bed, not entirely confident that this would work completely. To my surprise, by the next morning, my zit had shrunk in size and the bandage surrounding it was opaque, presumably having vacuumed up the grossness as I slept. The thing wasn’t completely gone, but it was reduced in size — more of a speed bump than the giant mountain it had been before. Because I am an inveterate picker, I came at it hard the next day, inspired by the success of the previous night. The second application was just the ticket. The zit had receded in both anger and size. Its power was finally diminished.

There are products made specifically for this purpose. Nexcare sells a line of acne patches that are basically hydrocolloid bandages cut into circles that you can affix onto your face. But your standard generic brand bandage will work just fine too. Besides, blister bandages are a good thing to have around. Summer is limping through its middle-age right now, and you’re sick of all your sandals and you’ve probably bought some new ones that are rubbing against your hardened feet. You could use a blister bandage more often than you’d think.

If you are plagued with zits far past the age you thought you’d be dealing with them, don’t worry. Pick and prod at those monsters all you want.  Blister bandages are your friend.