Wash your face with a mild, oil- and fragrance-free cleanser; preferably a nondetergent.
Wash your face with a mild, oil- and fragrance-free cleanser; preferably a nondetergent one labeled pH balanced. If you have oily skin all over your face, use a cleanser that contains benzoil peroxide or salicylic acid. Don't scrub - irritated skin swells around the pores, which can cause breakouts. Skip toner unless your face is very oily, otherwise it might dry out the skin.
Apply a relevant acne treatment containing benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, or salicylic acid over your entire face, not just where blemishes have already erupted. At night, use a drying spot-treatment product and dab oil-free moisturizer on dry areas. In the morning, apply an oil-free sunscreen gel over the whole face.
Use a small makeup brush to dab concealer or cream foundation in the exact same shade as your skin directly onto the blemish. Use a fingertip to wipe away excess concealer around the blemish and, if necessary, apply another coat of concealer. If the makeup becomes cakey, carefully wipe it off and start over. Tenderly brush powder (in the exact same shade as your skin) on top of the concealer.
TRICKS OF THE TRADE:
- If you have oily skin and feel that you need toner, apply it only on the T-zone, and rinse it off afterward. Use a clay mask as often as every three days to absorb excess oil.
- To stop redness and swelling in an emergency situation (job interview, wedding), ask your doctor for a cortisone injection. It calms down a pimple almost instantly.
- If you can't get to your dermatologist, temporarily reduce redness and swelling by dabbing on a drop of drugstore cortisone cream, Preparation H, or Vasocon-A eyedrops.