by Charlotte Wood
(last updated October 8, 2021)
We all know that feeling of waking up in the morning, going into the bathroom to wash your face, and seeing that big, sore, red spot that signals an impending blemish. Throughout the day, you're constantly aware of that big spot on your face, and you find yourself absentmindedly picking at it, which of course, only aggravates the situation. By the end of the day, you have a full blown out blemish that's promised to stay with you the rest of the week. How you do correct such a situation? Is there a way to do it without causing the blemish to flame up? If you know the right techniques, you can dramatically reduce the effects of your blemish and can even completely eliminate an oncoming blemish.
The key to correcting skin blemishes is having the right skin care products and knowing how to use them. In your skin care tote, you should have a light cleanser, a scrub cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer. These are all essential and should be used everyday. In the morning use the scrub and the light cleanser, the toner, and the moisturizer; in the evening use everything but the scrub. The scrub you use in the morning will help exfoliate your skin, clearing out your pores so your skin has a lower probability of developing blemishes. (The toner may dry out your skin, so only use it if it works well with your skin type.) Make this your daily regimen.
Apart from your daily skin care products, you need to have a blemish arsenal. This includes an intense spot remover, a light spot remover, and concealer. Use your intense spot remover at night. The more hardcore spot treatments usually are a thicker gel that dries and hardens once it's placed on the blemish. My favorite brand (BeautiControl) has a nighttime spot treatment that dries on the blemish, creating a film that you peel off in the morning. These more intense treatments work to dry out your spot without affecting the makeup you put on during the day. The light spot treatment should be used during the day. This shouldn't affect your makeup (but use makeup around the spot lightly, so you don't aggravate the area any more), and can be used with a concealer.
If you follow these simple steps and routines, then next time that blemish pops up on a Monday morning, you can take action. Blemishes need not define your week!
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