For as long as I can remember, we’ve had a can of Nixoderm in our home. We used to call it “pak-yok-ko” in Cantonese; translated – white medical ointment or cream.
This was an all-purpose cream which we used for all sorts of insect bites and itches. But during our teenage years, my siblings and I also used it for our pimples. We were told that Nixoderm was too strong to be used on our faces; and that it would leave a scar over time. But since we did not have any alternatives, and since this was listed – and still is – as one of the uses, we continued to use it. And this was until a product called Clearasil came along, which was widely advertised on TV.
Anyway, Clearasil seemed a little too feminine (and expensive) for macho kampong boys like us; and so only our sister switched to Clearasil; though at times, I remember quietly ‘stealing’ some of her Clearasil.