“My skin just broke out – I’m loving these new pimples!” –Said no one. Ever.
Breakouts. We all get them. Sometimes they’re caused by a new product, sometimes by stress, sometimes dietary preferences, the list goes on. The reality is, our skin can react to numerous factors. While the causes for a breakout can vary, the outcome is always the same, a lot of stress, frustration and inconvenience. Breakouts are just… unpleasant; let’s leave it at that. If you’re experiencing an unwanted blemish invasion and want to do something about it, follow along with these tips for clearer skin in no time.
- Go back to basics: There are tons of skincare products available that serve different purposes, whether it is a brightening serum, a tightening mask or a moisturizing face oil; anything your skin needs, there will be a product for you. These are great for when your skin is at its usual state, but when you’re breaking out, it is best to focus on keeping your skin clean rather than drenching it in chemicals that your face doesn’t need. Wash your face twice a day using a cleanser that is suitable for your skin type, focus on treating the pimples and moisturize only the areas that aren’t affected. It is important to get your skin back to its normal state before focusing on improving it because you might end up irritating your skin even more and exacerbating the breakout. Try not to touch your face often in order to keep the bacteria away and don’t even think about picking your pimples unless you want to see remnants of them long after they heal. It is also better to avoid wearing face makeup as much as you can, since letting your skin breathe will speed up the healing process.
- Salicylic acid is your best friend: Salicylic acid is an ingredient that is known to effectively treat pimples and it is present in many anti-acne products. Applying a salicylic acid-based acne spot treatment on your pimples will help shrink them and dry them out quicker. The Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment ($8) is a personal favorite of mine that is also quite affordable.
- Stick with what you know: In the event that you do wear makeup, choose products that you have tried before and know won’t irritate your skin. The time period during which your skin is recovering from a breakout is NOT the time to try that new foundation you’ve been thinking of testing out. Play it safe and go with products that have proven to work well for your complexion. The same goes for skincare products. If you are trying a product for the first time while you’re breaking out, you risk making it worse. Better to be safe than sorry, right?
- Opt for allergy tested and scent-free: Certain brands make allergy tested products that are less likely to cause or add to breakouts since they have been proven to not trigger allergies. Scented products also tend to irritate sensitive skin and should therefore be avoided, especially during a breakout. There are also makeup products that are infused with acne healing properties, so if you were to cover up a blemish, opting for one of these products can help heal it while covering it up at the same time. I use the CoverFX Blemish Treatment Concealer ($25) for effective but natural-looking blemish coverage.
- Don’t stress: It’s okay to break out every once in a while. It happens. Try not to think about it, stay hydrated and keep your face as clean as possible. It is important to identify the cause of the breakout in order to avoid the same situation in the future. For example, if the reason why you broke out is a product, then that particular product is not for you- sometimes, certain products don’t work as well with certain skin types. In order to still make use of a product that didn’t work for you, try using it on your body since the skin there is usually less sensitive. You could also give it to somebody else to try and see how it works for them. Our skin gets irritated due to a lot of things, and getting to the bottom of the issue will save you a lot of stress in the future.