So you have something important coming up tomorrow or in the next few days. The problem is that as if right on queue, you get a blemish or even an acne breakout shows up on your skin.
Stress over a breakout can lead to even more breakouts, so take a deep breath and I will share with you what can you do that will help at least ease or even erase the problem. We know that blemishes are noticeable because they well up and are red. We also know that for some of us, it can take days or even weeks for the evidence of an acne breakout to heal.
The good news is that there are a couple of quick fixes to help us out on these type of occasions. While not the long-term approach you should be taking to have consistently clear skin, these are easy and inexpensive to do. Here are the steps to take:
Step 1: If you have overnight to address the breakout, try using a wash cloth to gently steam the area with hot water for 15 minutes, followed by a gentle cleanser and a rinse with cool water. The hot steam will open the pores so sebum, bacteria, and swelling can be released. This also speeds circulation to the problem to speed healing.
Step 2: Next, dab on some plain Tea Tree Oil to kill the remaining bacteria and reduce the swelling of the pore. Tea Tree Oil is an excellent all-natural antiseptic and speeds healing as well.
If you do not have Tea Tree Oil available, then use honey instead. It has natural anti-inflammatory enzymes that can really help reduce the redness and swollen bump. You should see great improvement overnight.
Step 3: If you don't have a lot of time, start dabbing some over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream. This will help reduce the swelling and make the skin look less irritated and red.
Follow any of these methods with my cover-up recommendations you can find here and you should be picture ready for whatever the day holds for you.
Whatever you do - please don't pick at or squeeze the blemishes. This will push bacteria further under your skin causing more breakouts and making the area even more inflamed and obvious.
Wishing you a healthy and joyous day,
"Inspiring Healthy Choices For Better Living."