You used to apply Vick's vaporub to your lips? Well, I see that it only got half of the bacteria out... not all of it raised to the surface even after I tried it 2nd day. It is half the size, which is a major improvement. However, it is still red or inflamed from the bacteria still present deeper down. Maybe it gets rid of all the bacteria in one squeeze if it is not weeks old with more bacteria to get out like mine. I will try it the first day I notice a cystic pimple next time.