The Dos and Don’ts of Zit Care

A quick guide to minimizing your breakouts

If you’re like most women, you thought your breakouts would end after adolescence, only to be proven wrong in your twenties. The truth is, blemishes come in all shapes and sizes and impact faces of all ages. The good news is, on those days your face is a few spots shy of flawless, you don’t have to suffer – at least not for long. Click here to see the dos and don’ts of dealing with blemishes as quickly and painlessly as possible.
 
Do: Practice Patience
Odds are good you’ll want to pop that pimple. Don’t! If there’s any way for you to stop yourself, your face will thank you long after your bothersome blemish is gone. Popping pimples, especially if you don’t have the skill of a facialist, irritates your skin, breaks capillaries and can even lead to scarring, and nobody wants that. Instead, take a breath, grab the right products and get to work.
 
Do: Spot Treat
Feel or see a pimple on the horizon? Don’t fret – spot treat it, ASAP. A penetrating clay mask will draw out impurities and may even prevent a pimple from forming. Likewise, Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid will dry a zit out, relinquishing its power to progress!
 
Don’t: Pick
Even if you’ve managed not to pop a zit, you may find yourself touching, poking or prodding it. Stop! The rule of thumb when it comes to blemish care is no contact. So keep your hands to yourself – and off your face. The oils and dirt on your fingertips are likely to exacerbate things and irritate the skin around your pimple, making things look even worse than they are.
 
Don’t: Primp Your Pimple
If you’ve managed to keep your hands off, you may avoid broken skin. However, if you’ve popped your zit – or it’s popped on its own, the last thing you want to do is risk bacterial infection by covering it up. Instead, steam your face, use toner and apply an anti-bacterial cream to hasten the healing. It may mean showing imperfection in public for a day or two, but it’ll save you from scarring in the long run. 
Stephanie K. Smith is a freelance writer working across mediums. Her pieces have appeared on sites ranging from CNN.com to National Lampoon and she’s written television pilots for Fox, CBS, The CW and Legendary Television. She lives in Los Angeles with her son, Dash and their (girl) cat, Fred.  http://www.stephanieksmith.com/

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