WARNING: This post is gonna be gross. If you've never felt the truly sublime release of popping a ripe zit, this post is not for you. If the word pus makes you cringe or you've never felt the urge to show a friend your biore strip, proceed with caution. If you're like me, read on... 

I just got a microdermabrasion facial. It was heaven. There was a blueberry acid peel, then a facial massage, then the microdermabrasion, then extractions, another face and shoulder massage, one of those insanely expensive fabric masks, another face massage, pure oxygen facial and then I was done. I floated out of there never wanting to put a drop of make up on my face again. 

But the best part? The amazing Kate, of Kate SPA, showed me the pad from the microdermabrasion. She was like, look at what I got out of your skin.... OMG. It was amazing. On the tissue was a little fluffy pile of dirt. About the size of a dime, beige in color... It was truly an alarming ton of crap that had previously been in my face. IN. MY. FACE. Seeing it out there in the world was glorious and liberating. 

Now, I wash my face twice a day. I have one of those clarisonic brushes. I am currently on a two mask a week pre-wedding regimen (both interestingly enough, green) both of which detoxify and clean out my pores.*** I know they do. I see the difference after I use them. But I also live in a city filled with cars and people and all their gunk, and I haven't yet started wearing a Hazmat suit when I go out in public to protect my skin (the thought has crossed my mind.) 

However, like a long awaited vindication, on the pad on the tissue was all this stuff that this magic wand had pulled out of my face. It was pure bliss. I'm hooked. 

In the same vein of getting extreme pleasure from seeing pus and other bad stuff pulled out of my skin, I have become obsessed with these Nexcare Acne Absorbing Pads

You put them on before bed, and in the morning is a white bubble of all the nasty toxins and pus that has been absorbed into the little pad. Even better, my most massive, sebum-filled, hormone and pre-wedding stress induced face mountains found themselves noticeably flattened after one night. By the next day they were  totally flat (thereby making concealer banish them.) That's because all that glorious pus was sucked right into that little pad. If you touch the white part you can feel the little bump that definitely wasn't there when you put it on. It's so cool. I would call this a review of the Nexcare Acne Absorbing Pads but it's more like the grossest love letter of all time. 

Yes, I'm talking about those huge cystic ones that linger for weeks, being painful and refusing to be masked by concealer because they just protrude like a little pebble of awful under your skin. All I want to know is, where have these little magic things been my whole life?!? 

One more shout out, because I am super into this whole zit barrier thing (clearly I'm a picker, if you couldn't tell that from the above story you have a problem) so when I read about this little Missha Anti-Trouble Patches that sit on zits and deliver a potent dose of salicylic acid. And they keep your dirty fingers from touching them. They are so thin and clear the HF can't even tell when I wear them. And they are so effective when you have a zit brewing under the surface. You just know it's gonna come up big and vicious and there's nothing you can do... Until now. I put it on the stirrings of a deep, painful cystic face mountain that was clearly erupting under the surface (I could feel that little pellet under the skin) and after thee days.. It didn't. It just never came. I feel like I averted a natural disaster.  The only downside I can see is that I will miss having those juicey white heads to pop. I mean not really, but kinda... 

***I bet you want to know which ones? Currently obsessed with Perricone MS's Chloro Plasmal Mask and the green Glam Glow Powermud which goes from clay mask to oil cleaner.