The prevention game plan
A simple but regimented skincare routine is so important if you have clear skin in your sights (and who doesn’t?!). Acne-prone skin likes consistency - it’s when you skip steps that it tries to take matters into its own hands, such as producing more oil to compensate for a missing layer of moisturiser. Less is more for breakout-prone skin. You want a curated line-up of hardworking (but gentle) products. Cleansing, treating and moisturising your skin twice a day will keep the pimples away - at least for the most part (unfortunately, sometimes hormones come out on top, no matter how well you look after your skin). Then, add a mask and exfoliant into the mix once or twice a week.
The need-it-gone-STAT solution
A trusty spot treatment is truly the best friend of any teenager or acne sufferer. It sticks by your side (carry one in your bag at all times) and is there for you when you need it.
A good blemish stick doesn’t just dry out the pimple, it also helps clear the skin so you’re not left with a flaky scab or, worse, an acne scar. Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Blemish Stick contains manuka honey, which helps to improve the appearance of acne scars through its excellent nourishing properties. It is also formulated with 100% Australian pure tea tree oil, a natural antibacterial that dries out blemishes. As a bonus, this dual-action formula goes on clear so you can wear it during the day.
What *not* to do
The last thing you want to do when a pimple strikes is make matters worse - and popping a pimple definitely falls into that category. It can damage the skin, which initially results in a big red mark but could also lead to acne scarring. Plus, you risk spreading bacteria, which can cause even more pimples to form. It’s a vicious cycle so, as tempting as it is, your best solution to hide that blemish from the world is concealer. Opt for one with a matte finish as the last thing you want is an illuminating formula drawing attention to your spot. We like Benefit Cosmetics’ Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer.