Neosporin as….an acne treatment?Posted: May 2, 2011
I don’t remember where I heard this but someone told me once that using Neosporin can help clear up pimples. The logic? Neosporin is an over the counter, topical antibiotic. Bacteria is what causes pimples and acne. Ere go, using an antibiotic like Neosporin will help treat acne. To me this sounded like perfectly sound logic, an incredible “ah ha!” moment. However I wanted to see if anyone else in this big, wide world of ours had also thought of using Neosporin as an acne treatment.
Would you believe that when you type in “Neosporin as acne treatment,” Google autofills it? That right there told me that, yes indeed, other people out there have had the same question as I. About 106,000 results popped up when I finished typing my request in. From my 10 minutes worth of “research” which consisted of skimming the first 4 responses, the results are mixed. There is what this site said about it:
“The active ingredients in Neosporin are bacitracin, neomycin and polymixin-B, as well as zinc, all of which are powerful antibiotics and far more effective than, say, benzoyl peroxide. Furthermore, the oil base in Neosporin means your skin won’t dry out the way it does with other topical treatments. Neosporin is specifically mixed to prevent infection in minor scrapes, cuts and burns. It can also speed up the healing process and prevent scarring. As such, people with acne have experimented in using Neosporin on pimples to see if what can work so well on other skin ailments has any effect.
A dab of Neosporin gently rubbed into the zit itself may shrink it notably and lighten the red mark. However, you may not experience any results, or your acne can become markedly worse. There is no consensus as to the sort of skin, or acne, that responds well to this treatment, although cystic acne may be less painful when treated with Neosporin.[However] Neosporin’s base is petroleum jelly. This is great for a wound, because a fresh wound must be kept moist while healing. However, despite the antibiotics, petroleum jelly does clog pores. Therefore, Neosporin can do more to work against healing acne than not.
All that said, there is one use for Neosporin that acne sufferers rave about. When a pimple is freshly popped, light applications of Neosporin may help heal it quickly and may help prevent the acne scars that are so difficult to eradicate. Of course, you are not supposed to squeeze pimples, but when one opens on its own or with warm water, a quick dab of Neosporin may help to improve the skin’s appearance. If used twice a day for a few days (no more than a week), only on the affected area, it may help heal the skin.”
I will admit that I have used Neosporin before to help prevent scarring and for quick healing. A little dab right before I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning it seems to be more healed than if I had put nothing on it. But this may be a placebo effect. I also read that some people wouldn’t be paid to put it on their face. So how about you, would you experiment with Neosporin as an acne treatment? Have you tried it before?