Tuesday, October 2, 2007

How To Get Rid of Unwanted Pimples

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.

Secret Tips:

  • 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.

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