Some of us who suffer from acne can easily feel defeated. Sometimes we try and try and feel that nothing is working…but today I want to offer 3 tips that you hopefully haven’t tried. They are tips that help to conceal and diminish the appearance of your tiny friends and will make you feel more self-confident when stepping out the door.
1.) STOP TRYING TO ATTACK YOUR ACNE.
Ever so often I will come across clients who are just being too hard on their skin. They’re frustrated with their complexion so they scrub and scrub or apply topical treatment like crazy. Here’s the thing, less is more and skin is smarter than we think. If you start to incorporate a few gentle, soothing products into your lineup your skin will notice a huge change. Sometimes acne is as red as it is because we are irritating it so much! Once you start using products to cool and calm the skin your redness will go down and so will your dislike for your skin. This tip includes not using a strong acne cleanser every time you cleanse, not cleansing/scrubbing your face more than twice a day, and not using strong topical acne medications that burn your skin. Give your skin a break and it will reward you.
Quick tip: look for products that contain soothing ingredients like aloe, green tea and chamomile to calm the skin. It is best to look for these ingredients in products such as cleansers and serums.
2.) THINK OUTSIDE THE
Here’s the thing – if acne didn’t cause such discoloration we probably wouldn’t notice it so much, right? But every time we get a new “friend” the redness and swelling (not to mention scarring caused from picking) is one of the hardest things to conceal. This is where we bring in our special teams enforcement. This is where the sunless tanner comes in! The sunless tanner will do a fantastic job of covering redness and dark spots and also allows you to use less foundation/concealer in the morning, allowing your skin to breathe. Some women like the look of their skin after applying sunless tanner, so much so that they don’t even need or want to wear foundation, and that’s perfectly ok! If you give your skin a break from pore clogging makeup products, you might also find your culprit!
Quick tip: make sure the sunless tanner you purchase is specifically made for the face. Our favorite brand is the St. Tropez sunless tanner and some women are ok to use the body tanners on their face but it’s all individual. Test is out before any important events to see how your skin does with it.
3.) GET ICE-Y WITH IT.
Saving the best for last – this is a tip that is easy, accessible, and free! It’s very simple, and all it takes is two medium to large sized ice cubes. You will hold them in your hands and massage your face in the morning with them until your ice runs out or until you’re done holding cold ice cubes. By using the ice we are reducing swelling, redness and even pain. This is no different than icing a swollen ankle and it works well because you can do this day and night and it’s extremely gentle on the skin. This is also a great tip for pregnant women who can’t use harsh acne products! The best part is that the ice also tightens and closes pores, and who doesn’t want that?
Quick tip: if the ice feels so strong for you in the morning, throw a metal spoon into your freezer at night and use that the next morning instead. The spoon is easy to hold and allows you to hold it on an acne mark while you use your other free hand to brush your teeth or apply eye makeup, etc.