Hyperpigmentation, acne, flaky skin, large pores, and blackheads are some of the most common (and most annoying!) skincare issues we deal with as women. Getting clear skin is no easy feat, but it’s not impossible either! There are tons of things you can do to fix, hide, and help problematic skin types and blemishes! Here are 7 beauty tips and hacks for those of you struggling with blemished skin.
Profile Your Blemishes
Knowing exactly what you’re working with is how you understand what it’ll take to solve the problem. Look at your skin and ask yourself a few questions: What is this on my face? How long has it been there? Can I treat this at home or naturally? These questions will help you narrow down the products you should use, determine the time it’ll take to go away or fade, and ultimately help you figure out if you should seek professional help.
If there any scars or marks on your face that are relatively new, take care of them right away so that it doesn’t turn into a problem you can’t handle at home or by yourself.
Color Correct, Then Conceal
Most of us are fine with slapping on some concealer then foundation, and going on about our business. However, we don’t have to spend so much time and money on a good concealer if color correction can (and will!) make the whole process a lot easier and smoother.
Color correcting palettes typically come in colors orange, green, yellow, and purple. For fair skin, the colors are more on the pastel side while the palettes meant for dark skin offer more vibrant and saturated colors.
Green- For redness and acne.
Orange/Pink- For dark marks and hyperpigmentation.
Yellow- For dark purple bruises, under eye circles, and veins.
Purple- To combat dull skin and yellowish discoloration.
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Toss the Face Scrubs
Face scrub–homemade and store bought– are all the rage when it comes to skincare. The gag is, scrubs aren’t all that great for your face– especially if you already have blemished skin. Salt, sugar, microbeads, and everything else found in a scrub is often too abrasive for any skin type.
Salicylic and glycolic acid are the two active ingredients you should look for when searching for a good exfoliant because not only are they the most effective, but they are also the gentlest for your skin.
Stop Picking, Scratching, and Popping
This should go without saying, but it’s always good to have a reminder: picking, scratching, and popping whatever is on your face will always make it worse than what it is. By messing with the bumps and blemishes on your face, not only do you further irritate your skin, but you spread bacteria that cultivates an environment for more bumps and blemishes, cause deep scarring, and prolong the stay of whatever is on your skin.
Leave your face alone! Do whatever it takes to erase, fade, and eliminate marks and blemishes but please don’t—for the love of all things clean and clear–pick at your face.
Don’t Skip Your Nightly Routine
Think of it like this: You’ve had a long day today. You went to work, the gym, applied and reapplied your makeup, did a cute wash and go, and went out for drinks. You come home and take a shower, but pay no special attention to your face. Wait, what? You don’t even attempt to deep clean after collecting all of that dirt and bacteria on your skin throughout the day? Ah, so it’s no wonder why you have all of those blemishes and breakouts.
No, seriously, this is why your skin is acting up. You’re not doing anything to your face at night and then going to sleep, letting everything sit pretty on your face for 8 whole hours! At the very least, remove your makeup, thoroughly wash your face, and moisturize every night.
Protect Your Skin From the Sun
The sun can be your worst enemy when dealing with blemished skin because not only are UV rays harmful to your skin in the long run, but the sun can darken and irritate bumps and blemishes and cause sunburn on top of that.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, shade, staying inside, skin covers, and avoiding deliberate tans will all helps to protect your skin from the sun. Be mindful of how much exposure to the sun your face gets when you’re outside, and everything should be fine!
Go To An Esthetician, Not A Dermatologist
In short, dermatologists are skin doctors and estheticians are skin beautifiers. Estheticians are the people you go to for waxing, lash extensions, facials, and they’ll even help you build a useful skin regimen and routine.
For issues like severe eczema, rosacea, cystic acne, and the like, you should go see a dermatologist because it may require medication and extended treatment. Estheticians, however, can help with managing your skin type, clearing blemishes, skin rejuvenation, and cosmetic services.
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