I thought that acne and breakouts were reserved only for teenage years. Unfortunately, I was proven wrong. Lately, my skin has been a bit of a train wreck with unsightly blemishes on the forehead and chin. As a result, I have tried a few different methods (besides keeping my skin clean and drinking plenty of water) to help expedite the healing process. If you are in a similar (breakout) boat, here are three ways to fight against those unwanted troubled spots.
Over-the-Counter. There are many spot treatments available at drugstores and higher-end beauty stores. Not all are created equal. Active ingredients will vary with each product – salicylic acid, sulfur, or benzoyl peroxide to name a few. Experiment to see which one works best with your skin, I find ones with salicylic acid work best for me and really like the impact of Murad’s acne spot treatment.
Under Make-Up. The biggest challenge when dealing with a breakout is how to cover them up without making the situation worse. I discovered Bare Minerals blemish therapy powder a few years ago and is my go-to choice before putting on make-up in the morning. With sulfur as an active ingredient, it’s a powder with a slight yellow tint which helps absorb oil and reduce redness. Put this on before applying any face powder or concealer.
Unconventional. Sometimes, if traditional treatments don’t seem to do the trick I turn to toothpaste…yes toothpaste! I learned this trick from a dorm mate during my freshman year in college. It helps dry out the spot and has a menthol/cool feel. Obviously, use this method for overnight use otherwise people will think you brush your teeth in a very weird way.
What are some tips and tricks you’ve used to fight acne?