Wash your face with a gentle, oil- and fragrance-free cleanser; preferably a
nondetergent one labeled pH balanced.
If you have oily skin all over your face, use a cleanser that contains
benzoil peroxide or salicylic acid.
Don't scrub - irritated skin swells around the pores, which can cause
Skip toner unless your face is very oily, otherwise it might dry out the
Apply a topical acne treatment containing benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid,
or salicylic acid over your entire face, not just where blemishes have
At night, use a drying spot-treatment product and dab oil-free moisturizer
on dry areas.
In the morning, apply an oil-free sunscreen gel over the entire face.
Use a small makeup brush to dab concealer or cream foundation (in the exact
same shade as your skin) directly onto the blemish. Use a fingertip to wipe
away excess concealer around the blemish and, if necessary, apply another
coat of concealer.
If the makeup becomes cakey, carefully wipe it off and start over. gently
brush powder (in the exact same shade as your skin) on top of the concealer.
Tricks Of The Trade:
* If you have oily skin and feel that you need toner, apply it
only on the T-zone, and rinse it off afterward (leaving it on can dry the
skin). Use a clay mask as often as every three days to absorb excess oil.
* To stop redness and swelling in an emergency situation (job
interview, wedding), ask your doctor for a cortisone injection. It calms
down a pimple almost instantly.
* If you can't get to your dermatologist (or needles make you
squemish), temporarily reduce redness and swelling by dabbing on a drop of
drugstore cortisone cream, Preparation H, or Vasocon-A eyedrops.