Acne: The scourge of middle-schoolers everywhere! Many of us hope that as we exit our teens, we can say goodbye to our zits, pimples and blemishes, but that isn’t always the case. For many men and women, acne can persist well into their 20s and even 30s. Why can’t you get rid of your persistent breakouts? It might have something to do with the lotions and makeup products that you’re using.
When you’re stuck with a stubborn blemish, it’s only natural to search for the thickest concealer that will hide your embarrassing spot. However, you may be better off in the long run if you resist smothering your blemish in creamy makeup. If you must wear concealer, search for a product that is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores. Always apply it with a clean brush, not your fingers, to avoid spreading dirt and bacteria. The same rules apply with foundation – use a clean makeup sponge, and choose something light that won’t cause new breakouts.
To prevent pimples, be sure to wash your face thoroughly at the end of the day. Don’t sleep in your makeup – it’s sure to cause you new zits. Instead, use an acne-fighting cleanser, toner and a gentle makeup remover to be sure that you go to sleep with a fresh face that can heal while you rest.
Lastly, never pick a zit! You may think that popping those suckers will make them go away faster, but the opposite is true – and touching your face can lead to new breakouts.