Monday, January 2, 2012

Surprising bump cure

There’s one thing that time hasn’t changed too much and that’s the teenagers’ angst about pimples. Fortunately for me I was one of those teenagers who rarely had a pimple and, unfortunately, I’ve had more pimples in the past 10 years than I’ve ever seen in my life. Although to some my “pimples” are not worrisome, I can’t stand to see a lumpy, unattractive bump on my face.

And, without being too gross, I also can’t stand hair bumps. You know the ones that appear in your armpit, the inside of your thigh or within your very private triangular area? To my dismay, over the past six months or so, those inner-thigh bumps have popped in the blink of an eye. Not only are they unsightly, but they can be extremely painful.

Trying to get rid of them is always my first priority. I normally apply a hot compress, massage the area, use rubbing alcohol, press them and anything else I can think of. Yes, I know I should squeeze, but we all know that’s hard not to do.

One day about a month ago I was in the bathroom, opened one of the drawers and saw my Neosporin lip treatment, which I had bought because of an allergic reaction some time ago. I didn’t use it much at the time because I couldn’t tolerate the smell and ended up buying something else. I had thrown the tube in a drawer and forgot about it. There I stood, turning the little tube around in my fingers and considering whether I should dispose of it. I couldn’t do it because I hate being wasteful. I peered into the mirror trying to figure out what I could use it for.

A few minutes later I discovered the dreaded inner-thigh hair bump. The size of that thing was appalling and something had to be done to get rid of it. I bet you can guess what I did. Yup, I applied the Neosporin. I went on and got dressed not thinking twice about the bump, but later that night when I was getting ready for bed I remembered it.

I rubbed my hand down the inside of my thigh and discovered the bump was more than halfway reduced in size. I couldn’t believe it! I contorted my body trying to get a better look and rubbed around to make sure I had my hand in the right spot. It was true, the bump was almost gone. Two more applications later the bump was gone and the discoloration that usually lingered afterward wasn’t there either.

Maybe it was just a fluke, I thought. So, late last week I tried it again. This time a pimple popped up on the side of my face. I applied the lip treatment and, again, the next day it was halfway gone. One more application later – totally gone.

Eventually I’ll do some research on the active ingredients (Allantoin 1.5% and Pramoxine HCI 1%) to see if I can figure out what is doing the trick. That seems like such a small amount of those ingredients to even make a difference so it could be possible that the petrolatum, vitamin E, olive oil, cocoa cutter, cottonseed oil, sodium pyruvate or proplyparaben has something to do with it.

Who knows…. and, right now, who cares! I’m bump free.

I figured I’d share it with you and maybe you can try. Of course, I must say, this is not to be taken as medical advice just my personal, layperson’s opinion about a product I use for something it’s not intended for. Do you use products for something they aren’t intended for? Leave a comment and let me know.