Quick Fixes for Acne Breakouts
If you feel self conscious about your acne-prone skin, don’t worry: you are definitely not alone.
In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin disorder in the nation and affects up to 50 million people.
However common acne is, however, everyone always wants their pimples to go away as quickly as possible.
That’s why when you go through your next breakout, you should use these great tips to help hide and eliminate those zits fast!
Find the Right Makeup
Acne breakouts seem to pop up up at the worst possible times: weddings, dates, job interviews, school picture days…essentially any occasion during which you want to look your best and make a great impression.
You can hide those blemishes, however, and look your best if you use your makeup–specifically, a concealer–correctly.
For starters, you should invest in a concealer that provides full coverage. Many concealers contain enough pigment to cover up a single pimple when you lay it on thick, but when you have a full-fledged breakout, you need something a bit stronger.
Instead, look for a product that is supposed to give you “maximum coverage”–that way you can be sure that it has enough pigment to conceal your entire breakout and that it will work by just using a thin layer.
Another tip on using makeup to effectively hide your acne is to personalize the color of your concealer by blending two shades together.
If you create a concealer that is a perfect match for your skin tone, you avoid the risk of using one that is either too dark or too light–both of which will result in your breakout looking even more noticeable.
Use Ice to Reduce Swelling
The inflamed pimples that typically make up a breakout are some of the worst forms of acne because they tend to last the longest and can cause scarring on your face.
This is because these red, swollen zits appear when a pore has become filled with dead skin cells, bacteria, and/or excess oil. This makes this pore swell up and break the follicle wall, thus forming a pimple.
The inflammation that occurs as a result of these ruptured follicle walls often causes acne scars because it is indicative of injured skin tissue; your skin cells now have to work especially hard to repair the damaged tissue by producing new collagen fibers.
However, the skin cannot always make those damaged areas as smooth and even as they originally were, and thus that healing process can result in some visible scarring.
Because of this, it is crucial to do your best at keeping your breakout’s inflammation down. You can help reduce that swelling quickly and easily by applying an ice cube to the affected areas, according to dermatologist Jonette Keri, MD, PhD at WebMD.com.
Though it won’t immediately cure your acne or unclog your pores, this direct cold application will instantly reduce your skin’s redness and inflamed appearance, helping improve the look of your breakout and decrease the risk of acne scarring!
Show Your Breakouts Who’s Boss!
You don’t have to let acne breakouts get you down–by utilizing concealing makeup to its full potential and keeping your skin’s swelling down, you will be able to regain your confidence and your clear complexion!