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October 16, 2012

Thank you, I will let you know how it goes by the end of the week. I have a fall photo shoot with my boyfriend this saturady and I hope it helps. thanks again.
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October 16, 2012

Please do and good luck! :)
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October 17, 2012

So I left it on over night and when i washed my face lightly it felt really sensitive and didnt peel the scab but i notice its kind of yellow now? is this normal? and how long should i keep it on for? and how many layers at one time? Thanks a lot
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October 17, 2012

The yellow IS normal - it's a sign that the scab will be ready to roll off within a day or two MAX. I would only keep it on for 3 hours at a time MAX and only apply 3 layers. Don't forget to allow each layer to fully dry before applying the next :)
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October 17, 2012

Because of where it is on my face. everytime i talk it cracks open, and ideas? it wont heal and its even more sentitive..should I continue applying it.
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October 17, 2012

Yes, definitely keep applying it. I've had the exact same issue before and I just had to keep applying the calamine lotion to it. If you remain vigilent and consistent it WILL get better. :)
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October 16, 2012

Whiteheads are the worst....mine do the same thing...skin..peel...skin..peel...over and over. Taking forever to heal. I have one from a week ago sunday thst is healed but left a pink spot that is still hard to cover with a little indent where the white crap was...so annoying!
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October 18, 2012

hi new perspective! just read this page and i don't know when my skin picking started, pretty sure it had to do with this quest to look perfect for my boyfriend (even though he puts no pressure on me) and i made everything worse. i had pretty great skin till i messed around with it and i really have not picked except for a week ago and i guess i bruised and scabbed a large part of my left cheek, there is even a cyst. i have used zeno to heat treat it, tea tree oil... then neosporin on the scabs. since then the scabs have peeled and i put a scar serum on the pink marks that remained.. now the skin is rescabbing (not as dark though) and then peeling (ughhh) and grrr you can imagine my frustration. on top of all this i exfoliated which i read i shouldn't be doing and now i am afraid of scarring. a piece peeled off that like looks very red and possibly a small indentation so now i am extremely freaked out, i am so scared that it will become an icepick scar! i just want this pink discolored skin to blend with the rest of my skin which looks good, but this uneven tone looks terrible! do you think the calamine lotion would help with that? i just want this pink skin to fade and be the skin it used to be.. help :( p.s. you seem so sweet and caring in your posts and i really appreciate all the time and thought you put into your answers new perspective! xo
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October 18, 2012

Welcome to the site staypositive527! The most important piece of advice I can give you is to treat wounded skin VERY gently. I've personally never had any success with Zeno or Neosporin. Zeno has been known to actually burn your skin and it's especially bad to use on broken skin (I learned the hard way from my own personal experience). Tea Tree Oil is also great for spot treating with, just not on broken skin. I definitely feel like a mixture of the Zeno treatment, the Tee Tree Oil, and the exfoliation are contributing factors to your cyst, and the skin surrounding it, not being able to heal properly. The calamine lotion should definitely be able to help the skin to heal and if you can refrain from picking at it, there should be no icepick scar to speak of. :) PS - remember to only use gentle products on your face until your skin has completely healed. My top favorite products I use to help speed up healing that are 100% gentle are Cetaphil Antibacterial Cleansing Bar, T.N. Dickinson's Witch Hazel, Calamine Lotion, and Wal-Mart's Equate version of Proactive's Repairing Lotion (for night-time use only). All of these products can be purchased for under $15. :)
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October 18, 2012

thank you! okay so i definitely going to pick some up after work. now i was reading and wan to make sure i get the right kind ao i believe i should get the kind which is more liquidy? is that hard to find? and also i do use cetaphil as my facial cleanser and witch hazel as my toner so we are good there (i use dickinsons too!) so you think all of this is making my skin actually not heal? i heard tea tree oil is great on scrapes, but more importantly cysts which i still have.. but it is covered by a light scab! (sigh) so i really don't know how to treat it! since the picking it has only been about 5 days now so i am hoping i just have to remain patient and stay calm. oh and the directions for using the calamine lotion are not over night? and to let it sit for 20 minutes then wash it off? thank you!
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October 18, 2012

I used to use Tea Tree Oil for my wounds because I read that it would be beneficial, it turned out to be the exact opposite. If you have a Wal-Mart close by, you can find the calamine lotion there. I purchase the HUMCO brand (don't purchase Caladryl - it's not as effective). They also carry the Equate Repairing Lotion I use. It contains 2.5% BP so it's great for night-time use. It's very soothing and gentle so you can apply it all over your face at night and it will not only help heal your skin, but it will also help prevent breakouts as well. :) DO NOT use the calamine lotion at night. I apply three layers (allow each layer to completely dry before applying the next) and then I let it sit on my face for an hour before I wash it off. After you've washed it off, apply your witch hazel and favorite moisturizer of choice. :) If you remain patient and consistent, your skin will be healed in no time! XO
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October 18, 2012

okay girl thank you so much! i am definitely going to try things your way and i will update ya soon :) looking forward to trying this!
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October 18, 2012

Of course! I'm happy to help in any way I can. :) I hope you experience the positive results from the calamine lotion that I have. :)
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October 20, 2012

hi new perspective! me again! haha okay so i have been using the calamine lotion tonite is the 3rd time (i actually have it on right now lol) and this really seems to have toned down the pink in my skin already! quick question though out of curiousity.. how is it on acne that you haven't picked? and how would it be on a pink mark that has been there for a month? thanks for your help! :)
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October 20, 2012

Hello there! That's AMAZING news! I'm so happy to hear that the pink spot has lightened. :) My neighbor is 18-years-old and she's suffered from cystic acne for years. I recommended that she give calamine lotion a try. Last weekend, I saw her for the first time in a long time and she expressed to me how much the calamine lotion had been helping. She said that she'd tried EVERYTHING and nothing ever seemed to work for her long-term, until she tried the calamine lotion (she's been using it consistently now for about 5 months). Her skin looked incredible. The last time I'd seen her, her skin was red, splotchy, and inflamed from her severe acne. Now she had about 3 small spots and the rest of her face was clear. In answer to your question, I would have to say that the calamine lotion works well on acne. :) The calamine lotion has worked well for me in lightening old scars and hyperpigmentation I've accumulated from picking (but it does take time). I started seeing drastic results at around the 2-3 month mark (with newer spots it was sooner). If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask. :) XO
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October 20, 2012

that is great news! so glad for her! i actually don't have cystic acne, just the one i described to you.. plus every now and then i will get one at random. most of my acne is just the standard whiteheads or blackheads that i had been picking (not lately though after this last debocle lol) and making more of a mess of! i noticed the one pimple (not cystic) i had pretty much dried up since i put the calamine on it and the cyst is in the process of drying still, but is definitely shrinking and less red/brown! yeah i figured if the spots were there for a while they probably will just need a little extra time to fade, but i will definitely keep up with this even once the hyperpigmentation is gone i will continue to use calamine lotion on my acne! (well not the blackeads.. but anything raised!). so only put in on the hyperpigmented spots/red or pink spots, or acne correct? i just don't want to over do it (i have a tendency to lol) and get dry skin and break out cause of that! but just want to tell thank you again! you have no idea how much confidence i had last night at work looking at people in their eyes compared to last week when i was continually trying to dodge people and woke up in tears looking at how red and bumpy my face looked asking my mom what i could do cause i had to see my boyfriend later! i will definitely spread the word about this! you are the best! :D
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October 25, 2012

After two nights and days of picking and re-picking and hiding from co-workers with huge gobs of concealer on my face....I decided to do some research and I wish I had found this forum sooner! I now know how bad it is to pick the scab, but lesson learned for next time! I went to Walmart straight from work and got all four items you've mentioned in five mins for $14! (Calamine, witch hazel, cetaphil bar and repairing lotion). I've started the regimen tonight but already have a couple questions...first, do you have any tricks/tips for applying the calamine? It was so runny and messy! Second, if I were to only put it on a few spots would I notice those spots getting lighter than the other parts of my face? Thank you for your help/advice to all of us with this embarrassing problem!
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October 26, 2012

Hello nikchick30 and welcome to the site! :) The calamine lotion is EXTREMELY runny! I always lean over a sink when applying it. The best way to apply the calamine lotion is with a cotton ball. Apply a significant amount to the cotton ball and apply it to your face. The first layer you apply will be very thin. Once that layer has completely dried, apply a second layer. Allow the second layer to dry before applying a third. Only apply 3 layers (no more and no less). Keep it on your face 1-3 hours before washing it off. Honestly, I've only ever used the calamine lotion as an all over face mask and have never used it as a spot treatment. It would be great if you would like to try to apply it ONLY to the spots that you want to lighten and let us know how it works. :) Thank you for commenting and please keep us posted/updated on your progress! :)
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October 27, 2012

if its any help i have been spot treating with the calamine lotion and it seems to just heal the scabs i have picked by drying them out and they peel off in 3-5 days with really no scarring. the skin underneath is slightly pink, but it is because it is new and i still apply a little calamine to those pink spots because it seems to fade them, but so does time. also i have been using it on older pink spots so hoping it will fade those out too. i even put it on a pimple to dry it out and it works well before even picking it.. and if you pop it one of the best things i heard is to put rubbing alcohol on it (which i have been doing this past week) so that the bacteria that leaves the pimple doesn't spread and then then i put calamine lotion on it. did this wednesday (its now saturday) and the area looks completely unaffected with no makeup!
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October 27, 2012

That's incredible! Thank you so much for your post/update. It will be useful information for others. :) It's good to hear that you are doing well. :)
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October 27, 2012

yeah i am working on it.. :) still have a way to go and trying really hard not to pick at my skin, especially at things that are barely noticeable cause i realized i make it worse! its hard though! just keep telling myself the less i mess with it the better it will be. patience is a virtue lol
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October 27, 2012

It's extremely difficult to avoid picking, but like you said, IT MAKES THINGS WORSE! I literally have to say this to myself every single day. I've noticed that the less I touch my skin, the less breakouts I have, ie. Fewer imperfections to pick at or obsess over. :) Maintain your self control and you will continue to experience positive results! XO
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October 26, 2012

MY EXACT SKINCARE REGIMEN - IT WORKS!!! - Here are a list of products that have worked for me and are continuing to work for me these past few months: Cetaphil Antibacterial Cleansing Bar, Calamine Lotion, Equate's Original Clean Facial Cleansing Towelettes, Equate's version of Proactive's Purifying Cleanser, Equate's version of Proactive's Repairing Lotion, T.N. Dickinson's Witch Hazel Astringent, and Biore's Deep Cleansing Pore Strips. When I have wounded skin that is in need of healing, I wash my face in the morning with my Cetaphil Antibacterial Cleansing Bar and follow with a Calamine lotion mask. After 1-3 hours, I wash it off using my Cetaphil Antibacterial Cleansing Bar. After I pat my face dry, I apply a cotton swab of Witch Hazel all over my face. Once the Witch Hazel has dried, I apply my favorite SPF moisturizer (Image's Matte Moisturizer SPF 30) and follow with applying my foundation and makeup. The foundation I use is BareMinerals Matte Foundation and Original Mineral Veil with SPF. At the end of the day, I remove my makeup and clean my face using Equate's Original Clean Facial Cleansing Towelettes followed with a cotton swab of witch hazel to remove any excess makeup or oils left behind. Once the witch hazel has dried, I finish up by applying Equate's version of Proactive's Repairing Lotion. I found this to be the gentlest way for me to heal and treat my wounded skin AND prevent any new breakouts from forming. Once my skin is relatively healed, I discontinue use of the Cetaphil Antibacterial Cleansing Bar and replace it with Equate's version of Proactive's Purifying Cleanser. This cleanser is NOT harsh like Proactive's Purifying Cleanser. It makes my skin smooth and it's a gentle exfolliant for daily use on wound-free skin. After I pat my face dry, I apply a cotton swab of Witch Hazel all over my face. Once the Witch Hazel has dried, I then apply my favorite SPF moisturizer listed above. During this time, I also discontinue use of the Calamine Lotion so as not to dry my skin out. Once a week, usually on Saturday or Sunday, I will apply a Biore Strip to my nose to remove any blackheads I might have. I will usually do this after I've washed my face but before I apply the Witch Hazel. At night, I continue with the night-time regimen listed above. I swear by this method and my skin has truly never looked clearer and my husband has even made the comment that my skin has never looked this good with or without makeup in the 3 and half years we've been together. My skin tone is more even and my pores are smaller. The BP in the Purifying Cleanser and Repairing Lotion has really helped my skin to maintain a smooth, clear complexion and the Witch Hazel has really helped to minimize the size of my pores. I truly hope you all will give this skincare regimen a try. My skin truly has never looked better and miraculously my scars are fading as well. I've been following this particular regimen and using these products for 3 1/2 months now and I am continuing to experience positive results. I hope this helps! XO - newperspective
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April 28, 2013

Hi newperspective,, one thing I'm concerned with is it very hard sometimes to get all the dried Calamine off of the wounds. I can't really scrub a wound because it will probably never heal if I do and also because its quite painful. I'm I doing something wrong? Thanks so much for your advise and truly caring!
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October 29, 2012

newperspective.... You are one lifesaver. A God send. I literally prayed for help with this self inflicted wound I created. I was in a panic as I had to work and actually called in sick one day. I had a friend pick up the calamine. Wow. What a simple remedy but absolutely brilliant. Here I am, a healthcare professional and I would not have thought of calamine. It literally dried it up to point I could put small bandage on the following day and work. (not without some self consciousness but I muddled through looking like a little bit of a tool). Day 3 now, I'm off and home and can keep it open to air but more cetaphil soap last night (I was already using) and calamine. It is so much better. I just want to say thank you so very much. It was answered prayer as far as I'm concerned. You rock!
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October 29, 2012

Hello hippiechick and welcome! Thank you so much for your kind words - they melted my heart and put a BIG smile on my face. :) I really appreciate that you took a moment to post how the calamine lotion worked for you. Posting/updating our results, whether they be positive OR negative, truly helps others decide whether or not the calamine lotion (or any other product) would be right for them. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to read that it has worked for you too. :) I hope you have a wonderful day off from work and here's to your skin experiencing a speedy recovery! XO
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October 30, 2012

Newperspective, I appreciate you finding time to care about everyone else on here while you yourself are working through it. I think like anything else...prevention is key. But it sure is a blessing when someone has a pearl out there to help us out when we fail !! There is something comforting about seeing all the posts on here and knowing we share in this absolute weirdness. It has been a huge catalyst for me to look at the issue deeper though. I am a self evaluating person and I can look at any friend or my sons and say...."Don't pick"!!! Its good advice right?? So, um, why am I doing it? I am determined to be healthy and a good example. I think all of this stuff has roots. We need to get to the root of it and heal from the inside out. In the meantime, its great that there is the internet and a site actually dedicated to this. Hugs to you too my friend!
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October 31, 2012

Hello I'm new here. Can u tell me how and when do I use the calamine lotion ?
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October 31, 2012

Hello Newnew and welcome! After you wash your face with a gentle facial cleanser (my favorite is Cetaphil's Antibacterial Cleansing Bar), pat your skin dry and use a cottonball to apply a layer of calamine lotion all over your face. Once that layer has completely dried, apply a second layer. Allow the second layer to fully dry before applying the third and final layer. Keep it on for 1-3 hours before washing it off. I hope this helps! I'm here if you have any other questions. :)
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October 31, 2012

Hello Newnew and welcome! After you wash your face with a gentle facial cleanser (my favorite is Cetaphil's Antibacterial Cleansing Bar), pat your skin dry and use a cottonball to apply a layer of calamine lotion all over your face. Once that layer has completely dried, apply a second layer. Allow the second layer to fully dry before applying the third and final layer. Keep it on for 1-3 hours before washing it off. I hope this helps! I'm here if you have any other questions. :)
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October 31, 2012

Hello Newnew and welcome! After you wash your face with a gentle facial cleanser (my favorite is Cetaphil's Antibacterial Cleansing Bar), pat your skin dry and use a cottonball to apply a layer of calamine lotion all over your face. Once that layer has completely dried, apply a second layer. Allow the second layer to fully dry before applying the third and final layer. Keep it on for 1-3 hours before washing it off. I hope this helps! I'm here if you have any other questions. :)
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October 31, 2012

Hello Newnew and welcome! After you wash your face with a gentle facial cleanser (my favorite is Cetaphil's Antibacterial Cleansing Bar), pat your skin dry and use a cottonball to apply a layer of calamine lotion all over your face. Once that layer has completely dried, apply a second layer. Allow the second layer to fully dry before applying the third and final layer. Keep it on for 1-3 hours before washing it off. I hope this helps! I'm here if you have any other questions. :)
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November 01, 2012

maxmimum 3 hours ? can i leave it on for more than 6 hours ?
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November 01, 2012

umm i'm actually trying a new product . hirusscar. do i stop using it and start using calamine ? or do i just use both ?
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November 03, 2012

Hi i was just wondering, would caladryl work the same as calomine? i couldn't find any calomine at the Target nearby, so I was just wondering if I needed to go out looking again! Thanks so much!
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November 03, 2012

Hello falling4autumn and welcome to the site! :) Caladryl DOES NOT work the same as Calamine. Calamine is far more effective. I buy the HUMCO brand of Calamine Lotion from Wal-Mart, but the Rite-Aid and Walgreens brands have the exact same ingredients as the HUMCO brand. I hope this helps! :)
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November 03, 2012

If my wound is about as big as the tip of a q-tip, do you have any estimate of when it will heal by? I can apply the Calamine at night, but during the day I have school and such. Thanks so much again!!
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November 04, 2012

It depends on how deep it is. If it's really deep then it'll take around 7 days to completely heal. If it's just a surface wound, I would allow 3-5 days. :) Try to relax and not stress over it too much - patience is key! :)
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November 04, 2012

It depends on how deep it is. If it's really deep then it'll take around 7 days to completely heal. If it's just a surface wound, I would allow 3-5 days. :) Try to relax and not stress over it too much - patience is key! :)
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November 04, 2012

It depends on how deep it is. If it's really deep then it'll take around 7 days to completely heal. If it's just a surface wound, I would allow 3-5 days. :) Try to relax and not stress over it too much - patience is key! :)
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November 05, 2012

thank you so much for the advice!! i hope it turns out to be as effective as others have said! thanks again!
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November 03, 2012

hey ugh i feel like such an idiot! first off i picked at this little blackhead on my chin and of course i made it worse as usual! just came back to look at the boards and i saw that i shouldn't have been using Caladryl! anyway thats my fault, it was written a little further down! i was always wondering why people were saying it was runny! so just picked up the Rite Aid brand which you said has the same ingredients as Humco and i even double checked online lol :) so i am going to start spot treating with that today and i'm sure i'll see more improvement! it is very messy as you warned so i am using a q-tip! can't wait to see some good results! i will let you know!
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November 10, 2012

Hi--I am 56 years old and until finding this site thought I was the only person on the planet with this problem. I can literally zone out for hours picking one tiny spot on my face. It can bring me to tears but it has been going on for so many years. Right now I only have one sore on my chin that I have been digging at for three months. After treating it with Tegaderm films at night (which do help) and calamine lotion in the day it is finally healing. I have also been taking an antibiotic because it was so deep and sore. My question is, even with all of this and I must say it is getting better why does it still hurt. I JUST WANT TO SPEND A DAY NOT FEELING MY FACE THROB. It is so much easier to ignore it when I don't feel pain which I then interpret to mean that something is still inside of it that I have to pick out. I do notice as I get older that my sores take longer to heal. I have missed so many events and so many weekends with hiding that I can never get back. My husband and grown kids all want me to stop but as you know that is so hard to do. Anyway back to my question--why does it still hurt if it is obviously healing?
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November 13, 2012

Hi, i am new to this .. Please i am having a scar on my face from an Accident about 9years ago .. Do you think this will help clear the scar off of me .. please kindly reply cause i have lived 9years hating how my face looks like .. thanks.
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November 22, 2012

new perspective usually knows all about this, but just figures i'd try. seems like the longer a wound is present on my face the longer it takes to heal, however i don't see how it would hurt to apply it to a scar. i know i most likely would give it a try! also i know a little expensive or maybe your dermotologist would do it.. but microdermabrasion gets rid of the first layer of skin. go 2-3 times a year and helps even out skin tone. hope i helped!
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November 15, 2012

hii, so i was wondering if applying a few layers of calamine to some of the red spots i have on my face at night will help the redness heal? i would love to just be able to not have to cover the redness up! thanks so much!
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November 22, 2012

hey new perspective is the real pro at this, but if you are wondering about redness i have applied it as spot treatment and seems to fade them. the older spots that were there for a while are taking a little longer, but i have seen an improvement. i use it on my acne too. i hope this helps!
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February 04, 2013

Just went out and bought calamine lotion. Mr problem at this point is that after I peel the skin off my nose or above my eye so that it's bright red...I leave it for a day or two and it heals with a hard thin layer of skin (a scab I guess) but it drives me crazy because it's hard and I peel it off again. This goes on and on and on. I keeping thinking that it's just going to be hard discolored skin forever. I thought that keeping it moist with shea butter, vaseline or coconut oil would prevent the hard layer. Red is bad and drying dark hard skin is no better. I will stop picking if I know I'm going to have normal skin again. What does anyone think? Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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February 05, 2013

Hi, i came across this thread and am hoping someone can help me. I've had a terrible pimple on my nose (of all places!) for over two months now. It's now gotten to a point that it's weeping and I can't cover it up (which is the worst part). I feel that the skin is very tender and it's a raw, open wound. Would calamine lotion be the best for this? I have used polysporin in the past, but maybe my skin has become immune to it because it doesn't seem to be working. Also, has anyone ever heard of fucidin? Because I am using that currently. edit: also, there is skin around the edges which I feel are preventing it from healing. I want to pick the skin around the edges as I feel it will help, but obviously am also afraid it will make things worse. if anyone has any advice or thoughts, I'd really appreciate it.
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February 28, 2013

Do you still have it? Have you had a dermatologist look at it? It COULD be a skin cancer that won't heal. 3 months is way too long.

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