08 Jul Pimples, Zits, and Breakouts
With the summer heat in full force, the oil glands are working hard and the sticky sweat is causing your daughter to breakout. The sunscreens do not help the situation either. So how do you cover, treat, and get rid of those dreaded zits?
How To Cover It Up During the Day
Neutrogena Skin Clearing Blemish Concealer with 0.5% salicylic acid – I love this product because it conceals the pimple while actively drying it at the same time. Choose the shade that best matches your daughter’s skin tone.
How To Dry It Up
Bremenn Research Labs Emergency Zit Stick contains natural botanicals such as prickly pear cactus extract. Apply a thin layer to the pimple three times a day and your pimple will dry up in no time! Available at department stores, Sephora and www.BremennLabs.com
Clean & Clear Advantage Mark Treatment is a light gel containing both salicylic acid and glycolic acids. It helps reduce the size of pimples.
If you are more adventuresome and like to make things at home, makeup artist Maria Maiowww.mariamaio.com suggests you mash up a baby aspirin and mix it with saline or mineral water to make a paste. Dab the paste on the pimple before bed to dry it up.
How to Get Rid of It
Dr. Friedman-Kien, dermatologist at NYU Medical center does not recommend squeezing a pimple because any type of squeezing can scar the skin. To burst the pimple, run hot water over a tissue or clean wash cloth and hold it to the pimple. Do this a few times a day. The pimple will spontaneously burst or resolve itself internally.
Keep in mind, when you squeeze a pimple at home, you probably do it incorrectly because it’s hard to get the right angle to squeeze out all the bad stuff. Also, you likely have not prepared your daughter’s skin properly to easily release the pus without damaging the facial surface.
If You Are Going To Squeeze A Zit, At Least Do It Properly While I do not advocate you pop your daughter’s pimples I know many people do it. So, if you are going to do it anyway, you should know how they do it in the salons.
Remember only pop it if it has a white cap on it. To get a white cap, you need to apply a topical pimple cream and leave it on for at least twelve hours. Only do this before bed, not before she goes out. It will look worse before it looks better.
- Have her take a hot shower for ten minutes to open pores.
- After the shower, wrap clean cotton around your two index fingers. Dip covered fingers in teatree oil, toner, or astringent. Squeeze out excess liquid.
- Put each finger at the base of the pimple. Squeeze the base pushing fingers upwards until all the white pus comes out.
- Stop squeezing and clean the area with cotton and astringent.
- Stop the blood with a small piece of cotton.
- If she must go out, do not use make-up for at least a half an hour.
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