Acne: Do’s and Don’ts

DO: Apply a Sulfur-based/benzoyl peroxide product
Look for over-the-counter acne remedies like Acnestar which contains benzoyl peroxide, it can reduce your blemishes. You may not get immediate or dramatic results instantly, but it will help for sure.

DO: Use Full-coverage concealer
When acne strikes right before your wedding or any other big event; do not freak out. Time is not for wimpy concealer, but a product with enough pigment to hide your acne with a thin coat.

DON'T: Apply toothpaste
Some ingredients in toothpaste might dry out your acne, but remember that fluoride and whitening ingredients of the toothpaste can cause an allergic reaction when applied to the skin. Save the toothpaste for your healthy smile.

DO: Lessen swelling with ice
For swollen acne, smoothly apply ice for a minute or two. It doesn't work for each and everyone, but there's no harm in trying. Don't keep ice for long that it irritates your skin.

DON'T: Apply crushed aspirin
If you are searching the Internet for acne remedies, you may come across a suggestion to use crushed aspirin paste. Aspirin is related to salicylic acid, a common ingredient in the acne products. Salicylic acid products are prepared especially for the skin. Applying a paste of pure aspirin can possibly irritate your skin and worsen the situation.

DON'T: Get a facial for the quick fix
Facials, peels, and other spa treatments can sometimes improve acne, but the results are not immediate. In short, your skin may look more red and irritated. A special occasion is not a good time to try a new facial treatment. If you have a big event coming up soon, schedule your facial several weeks ahead to avoid the embarrassing situation.

DON'T: Camouflage with accessories
If your pimples are only on your forehead, you may try to hide them under a tight cap or the headband. It is fine for a quick event, but you may pay a price in the long run. The heat and friction can worsen your acne.

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