Getting sick is inevitable. Even if you live alone, under a rock, in the desert. Bacteria and viruses are just a part of life. Some are friendly and some…well lets just say we try not to invite them to dinner.

If you are prone to indulging in the sickness du jour, be mindful of how you care for yourself while you are recovering.

No no, this isn’t about what herbs or teas you should use to get better or boost your immune system (we can go there another time), its about how the care you DO choose may affect your SKIN.

Especially if you are ACNE prone.

I know, it sounds like a stretch, so hear me out.

In the event you are already sick (we hope not!), and reading this for fun, I will make it short so you can get back to sleeping and recovering. Coronavirus anyone?

The CDC recommends covering your nose and mouth with a tissue if you cough, this helps to slow the transmission of disease. Tissues are also terribly convenient to catch anything that happens to be escaping FROM your nose too…

However, if you are very acne prone, please opt for PLAIN TISSUES. Forget the fancy ones with lotion. The LOTION IS COMEDOGENIC. It can cause acne! See for yourself. The potentially offensive ingredients are highlighted.

Even the “cooling” tissues are problematic. Stearyl heptanoate and coconut oil are highly comedogenic!


Stearyl Heptanoate,Stearyl Alcohol,Polyethylene,Mineral Oil,Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil,Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract

Even the fancy patented “anti-viral” tissues can be an issue:

So if you can’t use the super soft tissues with lotion-y stuff on your tender honker, what IS a safe option to keep your nose from getting all cracked and raw?

Petrolatum. AKA Vaseline jelly. Not the fancy lotion, just the plain old jelly in a jar. Don’t substitute “non-petroleum” jelly either, that usually has shea butter or beeswax in it, which are also acne mongers.

Just swab a teeny schmear (is that word?) under your nose while you are actively using tissues, and you can really help mitigate that red crackly rash that comes with a typical cold. Just don’t use it forever.

Rescue Balm and CPR cream from Roccoco Botanicals are made for compromised skin like this, and are both acne safe. (in stock too!)

Jojoba oil, inchi oil, meadowfoam seed oil all work well too. However I suspect that unless you are a major skin care junkie, you probably don’t have any of those on hand.

If you ARE NOT acne prone, most unscented lotions will help, but we really recommend something like Bodyceuticals Calendula balm, or Color Up Therapeutics CBD balm. Amazing!

So if you are struggling with a cold, by all means take care of yourself with what you have on hand. Rest, drink lots of fluids, get some sleep, and use plain old tissues.

To learn more about what makes your skin act up and break out, make an appointment with us at Viriditas Beautiful Skin Therapies. Just please don’t come in if you are sick!!

Here’s a cute kitty to make you feel better. She’s resting too, like you should be 🙂

Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

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