Zits have a knack of showing up out of nowhere just a night before a big date or a photo shoot or an interview. There’s nothing worse than waking up and looking into the mirror to find a big fat bump or an inflamed red devil sitting on your face in the shape of a pustule. Luckily, acne is fairly easy to conceal if you know a few tricks to mask it. If you don’t and you’re still thinking of popping that pimple, hold on and read till the end of this article!
Preparing your skin
The first thing you must do is wash your face with a mild, non-abrasive and alcohol free cleanser. Cleansers containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid do wonders to acne prone skin as they strip away the oil and dirt from your skin and help open blocked pores. Benzoyl peroxide helps reduce redness and swelling and also kills the bacteria.
Take a warm washcloth and press it gently against the acne to draw out the toxins and pus from the pores to help prevent any further breakouts. You must curb your desire to zap the zit as that will lead to a scar on your skin.
Once your face has dried, apply a light non-comedogenic moisturiser. Also remember not to apply too much moisturiser, as that will again clog your open pores. Allow your skin to breathe and soak in the moisturiser for a minute or two.
Concealing Pimples using Cosmetics
It is often said that make-up is the biggest enemy for acne prone skin, but that’s not true. Nothing works better than oil-free make-up to conceal acne at the last minute, especially when you don’t have time to run to your dermatologist.
To cover a zit, start by applying foundation. I know how majority people say you should start by using a concealer, but I personally feel that I tend to rub away concealer while applying foundation on my skin, and therefore I prefer using a foundation first. Next, apply a thick concealer to get full coverage. Use a shade that matches your skin colour closely. Test the shade of the concealer by rubbing some product on the back of your hand or your jawline. If you have a red zit, use a concealer with a yellow tinge to cover it up. Concealers with high SPF are recommended as they protect sensitive skin from the sun. The best way to apply concealer on a zit is to use a small and clean makeup brush.
Use a clean powder brush to dust some shimmer powder on your cheeks and a matte finish powder for setting the foundation. This helps to divert the attention from any acne or unsightly blemish. Another great tip is to draw attention to your assets, for example your eyes, lips or your jawline. You can highlight the eyes by using an eye shadow. Finish your makeup by using a nice, delicious shade of lipstick on your lips. Remember, if you have zits around your chin and cheeks, draw attention towards the eyes, but if you have zits around your forehead or nose, draw attention towards your lips. Also, use neutral lipsticks if the zits are red or inflamed.
Once you’re done with your makeup, style your tresses and put on your favourite dress. There’s nothing like a confident personality and a charming smile to steal hearts! When it’s time to remove makeup, be careful not to use any strong face wash or cleanser, instead stick to your mild cleanser. If there is any inflammation around your pimples, use an ice pack to bring it down. Apply an anti-acne or topical cream to help reduce inflammation and redness and remember- it is advised you go see a dermatologist and check out possible treatments available, especially if you suffer from a moderate or severe kind of acne.
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