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Oh god, I picked it...

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Tubbylittletitwitch Mon 29-Jun-15 20:48:16

I couldn't help it, I had the beast spot from hell which luckily appeared just as I went on holiday for the weekend. It was like 3 spots in one and had a massive creepy whitehead so I just squeezed it a teeeeeeeny tiny bit and then a teeeeeny bit more. And then obviously I was there for an hour because I couldn't stop and now I've got a big, angry, swollen, red and scabby chin. sad Also because I got a lovely tan none of my concealer matches and I'm going to have to go to work naked face. ALSO, I have a presentation to give in front of 20 people...I'm freaking me...what can I do right now?

DoItTooJulia Mon 29-Jun-15 20:50:19

Take ibuprofen for the swelling. Get a cold compress on it. Don't squeeze any more. Slather cream on. Sudocrem, piles cream, germolene, whatever.

How long till you leave for work?

Wideopenspace Mon 29-Jun-15 20:50:28

Tea tree oil.
Ice cube
More tea tree oil


Mrsmorton Mon 29-Jun-15 20:50:45

Ice it. Will help the redness.

Wideopenspace Mon 29-Jun-15 20:51:03

Oh, yeah, ibuprofen too.

Shadow1986 Mon 29-Jun-15 20:52:44

Eeek. Whatever you do just don't pick the scab off too early, I did this and it's left a hole/crater in my face - forever!!

Give your face a really good clean a few times to try and dry it out? Not good for rest of your tan though!

Tubbylittletitwitch Mon 29-Jun-15 20:52:56

Does ibuprofen really work??? That's amazing I'll take some now...I haven't got any tea tree but I do have sudacrem....I am in work at 9am...presentation at 10!

Wideopenspace Mon 29-Jun-15 20:55:08

GET SOME Tea Tree. It is magical.

Aloe vera is also good for calmimg.

I sound like a fucking hippy.

CarolPeletier Mon 29-Jun-15 20:59:15

Stick some toothpaste on it too - will dry it out.

Cadenza1818 Mon 29-Jun-15 21:01:22

Yup toothpaste!

Yarp Mon 29-Jun-15 21:03:24

Tea tree oil works on:

mouth ulcers
infected cuts
athletes' foot

It truly is wonderful

MagicalHamSandwich Mon 29-Jun-15 21:07:42

Ice cube or spoon chilled in the freezer.

You can mix a little light brown eye shadow or bronzer in with liquid/cream concealer to match your colouring.

Trust me, I'm a consultant! grin
(More pertinently: I have adult onset acne!)

Tubbylittletitwitch Mon 29-Jun-15 21:11:57

Oh noooooo. I picked the scab off already. I get the same bloody spot every few moths for the last 15 years in the same place and it's always horrific. I don't usually pick it but I just snapped. The eyeshadow tip is absolutely genius thank you magical!! I'll take ibuprofen and get some ice on it too. Thanks for all the tips.

chickenfuckingpox Mon 29-Jun-15 21:13:01

go to tesco buy concealer that matches tan?

i have a small scar from when i did this i actually went back to it and pulled the scab off it had a huge amount of yuck under it and it was so friggin itchy (im scratching my chin typing this)

Wideopenspace Mon 29-Jun-15 21:13:51

STOP picking it.

Seriously, you end up with a carbuncle the size of your actual head.*

*disclaimer: this may not be true

DoItTooJulia Mon 29-Jun-15 21:21:52

Do not touch it again, you will only make it worse.

I don't like toothpaste, I find it leaves it too dry for makeup the next day. I'd be inclined to use something like a drop of tea tree mixed in Vaseline or Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream, but I may be a lone voice. smile

AuntyMag10 Mon 29-Jun-15 21:26:49

Listerine on it and it will dry it out almost immediately

Wideopenspace Mon 29-Jun-15 21:29:12

For the love of GOD don't put vaseline on it or 8 hour cream (which is just posh vaseline) - that stuff clogs your pores like nobody's business.

<not sure why I'm so emotionally invested in someone else's spot>

AuntyMag10 Mon 29-Jun-15 21:34:44


riverboat1 Mon 29-Jun-15 21:40:57

When you squeezed it, did you actually get the puss out?

I know from personal experience that there would be no point me doing all the tea tree / ice / concealer stuff until I was sure I had actually squeezed as much out of it as possible. The compulsion to keep squeezing would be too strong.

I've had bad experiences with toothpaste too, it's way too drying and makes it all flaky. Once you're done, I'd wash your face with a good old fashioned bar of soap and a flannel. Then put on whatever creams/ointments you have and don't touch any more.

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