Want To Know How To Get Rid Of Pimples? Read On!
By Yancy Lael
It seems inevitable that when you need to look your best – whether for an upcoming reunion, wedding, or first date – you’re suddenly dealing with a pimple the size of Everest smack down in the middle of your face. (Stress does, after all, make even the most centered among us prone to breakouts)
If you’re anything like most women, you pull out all the tools in your pimple-blasting arsenal and get down with business: popping, squeezing, medicating, and concealing.
But what if we told you that the answer to ‘how to get rid of pimples’ isn’t in over-treating, over-powdering, and over-concealing that little blemish on our skin and that you’re actually more likely to make the problem even worse.
No matter how tempting it may be, keep these three don’ts in mind!
How To Get Rid Of Pimples: The Don’ts
1. Don’t nuke that pimple. When we wake up to find a new pimple – especially before an important event – it’s only natural to get a little panicky and want to pull out the big guns. There are dozens of spot treatments that we reach for: benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, a dab of clay mask…even toothpaste! The problem is that these treatments will, at the very least, dry out the skin surrounding the pimple so severely that it can (counter-productively!) clog the pore even more while simultaneously telling your skin to produce more oil. Even worse, some of these treatments contain harsh chemicals that can irritate and even burn the skin when overused. The itchy, flaky, bright red spot on your face will end up being much worse than the actual pimple that started all the trouble. If you feel the need to try a spot treatment on a pimple, use a dab of raw honey, which will soothe the skin while working magic on that pimple.
2. Don’t over-powder. If you are worried about oily skin taking center stage, don’t overcompensate by layering powder on your face. As the powder absorbs the oil, it tricks your skin into thinking it needs more oil, leaving your skin even shinier (or exactly the opposite of what you want!). Further, it can seriously clog your pores leaving you wondering how to get rid of pimples… again! Instead, try cutting up brown lunch bags into small squares and using them as blotting sheets for a quick, easy, and cheap DIY solution.
3. Don’t over-conceal. Sure, that pimple is begging you to layer on concealer and cover it up. But oftentimes, the thicker your concealer coverage, the more problems you are going to have. For one thing, the thick makeup creates its own texture, drawing attention to that area (which is the last thing you want). Secondly, the more concealer you layer on, the higher the chances of it migrating – melting into smile lines or caking and cracking. Either way, it’s not pretty. Try keeping the concealer light and playing up another feature – your eyes or lips – so people’s attention will be drawn elsewhere. Or better yet, amp up the wattage of your smile and watch the spotlight shift from your pimple to your happy personality!