by Wendy, GF Editorial co-ordinator
| Jan 29, 2014
What to do when there’s an outbreak, on yo’ face.
When you go through puberty, acne happens
– unless you’re somehow immune to hormone fluctuations (can you show me how you did that?). It’s a testing time…so many urges to pick and pop and just scratch the damn thing off. But let’s talk consequences
: if you do, you risk infection, scarring or worse, the zit re-emerging because some of its' contents were left behind. Alas, sometimes it’s best to just let blemishes take their natural course, but there’s a whole bunch of things you can do to shorten the lifecycle
of a pesky pimple. Don’t over-clean
Hormones trigger breakouts by causing excess oil production, and if you’re not cleansing twice a day
and exfoliating once a week
, dead skin cells can build up, blocking pores and trapping oils underneath the skin causing pesky pimples to rise up and attack.
But you don’t want to over-cleanse
, which you can tell you’re doing if your skin feels really taut, tight and uncomfortable, and looks red after a wash. Skin has a delicate PH balance, and once you tip the scales of this balance by over-cleansing it can get really dry and irritated. Steer clear of cleansers with high alcohol concentrate
as they can be a bit harsh on your mug and strip it of its natural oils. When your face is dry, it tries to produce more oils to compensate
for the loss, continuing the vicious breakout cycle. Treat it right
Your average skincare routine might not cut it if you’re skin’s breaking out, so look for products with these zit zapping ingredients… Benzoyl Peroxide What it does:
Kills bacteria in its tracks, and is super effective on stubborn blind spots and recurring pimples that go much deeper. Salicylic Acid What it does:
Exfoilates the skin and calms inflammation. Great on whiteheads and blackheads – and is less likely to irritate. Tea tree oil What it does:
A natural anti-bacterial treatment also used to treat fungus and other gnarly, disgusto things. It’s gentler than BP and salicylic, if you find they’re drying out your skin too much. Try these!
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $26.95, kitcosmetics.com.au
If you only have enough to spend on one thing, make it this potent little mix. Overnight, the clay draws out the head, and the antiseptic kills bacteria and dries the spot out so you can basically wash it off the next morning! Stubborn blind spots take a little longer, but this still works faster than anything else I’ve ever used!
Jurlique Blemish Cream, $32, jurlique.com.au
If this product were my friend, it’d be my most reliable one yet. Guys, meet my daily blemish cream – and because it’s beautifully skin-toned, it also doubles as a concealer so it’s hiding and treating my spots at the same time! How’s that for multi-tasking? Also, it contains calendula and aloe vera, both refreshing natural healers. How do you deal with spots? What are you top two fave pimple treatments of all time?
Tell me tell me, I really want to know! Comment below :)