Acne bacteria are killed by exposure to moderate levels of heat. You do NOT have to burn or scald your skin...just heat it a little bit. The simplest treatment is with a good quality coffee mug. You need to use a good quality mug because the cheap mugs lose their heat too quickly. Fill the mug with water and microwave it until the water is very hot - you can even let it boil. Then - VERY IMPORTANT - let the mug sit for a prolonged period to cool back down. It will usually take about 14 to 16 minutes to cool enough to safely apply to your skin. Test the mug with your hand to see if it is cool enough to use. Then pick up the mug and press it gently against the acne-prone area for about 20 to 22 seconds. If you are pressing it directly to a current pimple, then you should apply it for a full 30 seconds to kill any bacteria in the pimple. Rotate the mug and use a fresh section of the mug to apply to the next acne-prone area. Each section of mug can be used to treat up to 2 areas if you keep rotating the mug. The whole application process should take only 4 minutes. When you are done, the area treated should be fairly pink but not burned and the pink should fade within an hour. Repeat this treatment once per day to prevent any new pimples from forming. There is no benefit to treating your skin any more than once per day or for more than 30 seconds. You should still be able to use benzoyl peroxide in combination with the heat treatments. I can vouch that this actually works as long as you treat the skin every day. If you skip a day, the pimples return.
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