A few years ago, I went to a dermatologist so he could look at my spots. My dream was that he would see them, and then remove the scabbiest, toughest spots, especially on my back or scalp since I’ve had them the longest. Years, in fact.
But during the appointment, the doctor just looked at them and said something like, “Oh yeah, I can see the scarring and the dark spots.” And pretty much didn’t do anything.
I mean, as a skin picker, I was probably obsessing over the spots and just wanted them gone so I wouldn’t pick any more. It was sort of a fantasy of mine that he would somehow magically get rid of them.
Despite my dissatisfaction, he did offer me something that I still use to this day. It’s Aquaphor, an ointment. He said to put this on my spots and it would soften them and make them heal better. He also said something about how Aquaphor was just as good as using Neosporin, or some other anti-infection cream.
Aquaphor doesn’t have any medical or anti-infection ingredients, though. It’s just a lubricant and moistener that helps heal damaged skin.
If nothing else, it can help you keep away from these spots because it adds this slippery waxy layer on your skin that makes them moist. That means it’s not a hard scab, that makes it fun to pick. Aquaphor on your scab makes it not fun to pick.
I used to use anti-biotic cream like Neosporin a lot, but now I tend to mix it up. I keep a few tubes of Aquaphor nearby (they’re pretty small and cheap), and I’ll also have some Neosporin (they are in larger tubes and cost more).
Anyway, let me know if you try it, or if you have your own favorite ointments.