How to Clean:
- Wash your face with a gentle, oil- and fragrance-free cleanser; preferably a non detergent one labeled pH balanced.
- If you have oily skin all over your face, use a cleanser that contains benzoil peroxide or salicylic acid.
- Don't scrub - irritated skin swells around the pores, which can cause breakouts.
- Skip toner unless your face is very oily, otherwise it might dry out the skin.
How to Treat:
- Apply a topical acne treatment containing benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, or salicylic acid over your entire face, not just where blemishes have already erupted.
- At night, use a drying spot-treatment product and dab oil-free moisturizer on dry areas.
- In the morning, apply an oil-free sunscreen gel over the entire face.
How to Conceal:
- Use a small makeup brush to dab concealer or cream foundation (in the exact same shade as your skin) directly onto the blemish. Use a fingertip to wipe away excess concealer around the blemish and, if necessary, apply another coat of concealer.
- If the makeup becomes cakey, carefully wipe it off and start over. gently brush powder (in the exact same shade as your skin) on top of the concealer.
- If you have oily skin and feel that you need toner, apply it only on the T-zone, and rinse it off afterward (leaving it on can dry the skin turn back the clock). Use a clay mask as often as every three days to absorb excess oil.
- To stop redness and swelling in an emergency situation (job interview, wedding), ask your doctor for a cortisone injection. It calms down a pimple almost instantly.
- If you can't get to your dermatologist (or needles make you squeamish), temporarily reduce redness and swelling by dabbing on a drop of drugstore cortisone cream, Preparation H, or Vasocon-A eye drops.