Yikes! A big party is coming up and the last thing you need is a zit popping up at the last minute. Let’s attack it with these simple steps:
1. Wash your face 2x’s with your favorite cleanser (something with antibacterial properties, if possible).
2. Use a toner to re-balance your skin.
3. Place an ice pack on the pimple for up to 20 minutes, if you don’t have one you can make it*. You may apply the ice pack as often as you like throughout the day, but never longer than 20 minutes at a time. The ice will begin to reduce the inflammation which is the troublemaker.
*Make an ice pack by putting a couple of ice cubes into a plastic baggie and wrap it in a towel (paper or thin dish towel). Wet only the side of the towel that you’re going to apply onto your skin.
4. Apply a spot-treatment product containing salicylic acid or if you happen to have benzoyl peroxide (I don’t love BP and will ‘splain in another post). My fave is Chiara Infusion which contains lilac stem cells and a whole host of other antibacterial, pimple targeting ingredients.
The final steps include applying a moisturizer around the pimple and not directly on top, followed by SPF. The sunscreen step is essential, since your skin is in crisis and is more susceptible to sun damage.
There are so many varieties of pimples, blemishes and bumps that we will address in upcoming posts. Stay tuned!
We look forward to answering questions you may have in our comment section.
Stay in touch,
Shelley (S4 Skincare)