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The Best Remedies for Pesky Blemishes: Our Tips

If your complexion is rarely perfectly clear, you'll know that your skin likes to spring a nasty surprise or two on you (in the form of a huge cyst or pimple) just as you're about to go to a big event. We like to call it the 'Sod's Law of Skin', because, let's face it, if we have nowhere to go and no-one to see, our skin will behave; as soon as there's something more important in the diary, though...'BAM', that's when a zit will take residence on our chin.

So, what can you do about a blemish or two? Should you squeeze? How should you cover them up - and what can you 'spot treat' them with to give them the best chance of calming the heck down before you head out to that party or special occasion? We look at some options to consider if you're battling blemishes.

Be Gentle

Contrary to popular belief, harsh, exfoliating scrubs (containing 'micro-beads' that slough off dead skin cells) aren't always the best route when you're suffering with spots or acne. Instead, many dermatologists and skincare experts here on this here Internet will tell you that a gentler approach works best in the fight against acne.

In a piece on Teen Vogue, Jessica Weiser, MD at New York Dermatology Group, says: “Exfoliating a pimple can pull away healthy skin cells and create an open wound and higher risk for scarring," before adding that 'Exfoliation should be done with caution, and not more than 2-3 times a week maximum.'

While we appreciate that everyone's skin is different, here at Chemist.co.uk, we'd be inclined to suggest a simpler approach to skincare, too. How about something like the Sebamed Cleansing Bar, for instance? It's a soap-free bar designed to combat pimples, blackheads and skin impurities. Add it into your usual skincare routine and try it out for a few weeks at least, being careful not to 'over-cleanse', as this can also send skin into overdrive.

Don't Squeeze

Some dermatologists will tell you there's a 'right' way to squeeze a pimple, but we say don't do it at all - if you can help it. By poking and prodding at spottier areas, you're likely to spread any bacteria further around your face. Plus, by digging your fingernails into your skin while squeezing, you could be increasing your risk of a scar or two forming. So, don't be tempted to squeeze that spot, as satisfying as you may find it - it just isn't worth it.

Spot Treat Individual Zits

If you're dealing with the odd spot or two, 'spot treat' it with a targeted treatment, but make sure you don't slather any products that are far too drying onto your skin. Instead, use a thin layer, once or twice a day at most. Clean the skin first, before patting the area dry and applying your acne-fighting lotion or potion of choice. We recommend this benzoyl peroxide gel, but go easy on it; irritation can easily occur. Plus, benzoyl peroxide is known for bleaching clothes and bedsheets, too.

Cover It

If you're suffering with spots, remember they don't look anywhere near as bad to anyone else as they may seem to look to you. But if you're in need of a small confidence boost, a little bit of concealer can go a long way. Choose one with a medium to heavy coverage but with a non-comedogenic formulation. The latter means it won't block your pores, so you can rest assured that you won't be aggravating the issue further.

How do you deal with spots and acne? Let us know by commenting below.

Until next time...

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately.

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