Blemishes. A multitude of causes, but almost always the same effect; they come unexpectedly, stay for far too long and almost always leave an unsightly mess when they go. Imperfections are a fact of life, but keep the below do’s and don’ts in mind when trying to move them along as quickly as possible…
DO Leave It Be
I know, I know, I know. It’s tempting as the practice of picking and squeezing is instantly gratifying. But the instant gratification will quickly be off set by the myriad of complications that shortly follow. Picking spreads bacteria, encourages additional breakouts, large pores, inflammation, pigmentation and even scarring. It’s especially risky for those of us with darker skin.
DO NOT Neglect Your Diet
Inflammatory foods, namely dairy, alcohol and sugar may exacerbate blemishes (and a whole host of other skin concerns). A good diet is everything when it comes to skin and just about every other aspect of wellbeing…
DO Keep It Clean!
Change your pillowcase regularly. Wipe your phone down with an antibacterial wipe at least once per week. Refrain from touching your face as much as possible. And never, ever go to sleep with your make-up on, double cleanse every evening no matter how late you get home.
DO NOT Forget The Power Of Make Up
If you’re in need of a quick fix, gently dab (the verbs gently and dab may seem innocuous but they are key to avoid aggravating the blemish) a yellow or green based concealer onto the spot after applying foundation. Using too much will lead to a cake-y finish, so go easy. Set with a translucent powder.
DO Treat It Properly
At home, opt for cleansers with salicylic or lactic acid and ensure that you (gently) exfoliate two to three times per week while forgoing rich and heavy skincare. Incorporate retinol and AHA serums at night to chemically exfoliate and encourage skin cell renewal. Treat spots directly with blemish lotions (look for clay to draw impurities to the surface) and use a face mask formulated to treat blemish prone skin.
Professional treatments can help with extractions, too. Sonophoresis, a deep cleanse via ultrasound, is a wonderful option. It works by loosening dirt, oil and debris in the skin while gently coaxing it out of pores. Microdermabrasion and gentle peels work wonders on blackheads and general congestion.
DO NOT Hesitate To See A Dermatologist
If you are experiencing continual breakouts and angry, inflamed skin, a dermatologist will be able to help identify any underlying causes and map out an effective treatment plan.