When I get a pimple, my natural inclination is to slather it with cover up so no one can see it. The problem with that is that this can further clog pores, making acne even worse. So what's a girl to do when she wants to cover a pimple, but doesn't want to use makeup to get the job done? Here are some new ideas that you are going to love.
1. Stop Acne in Its Tracks
It has to be said - your first step is preventing future breakouts by making changes to your skincare routine. While this won't necessarily hide current pimples, it will help prevent any more from ruining your day. Use a cleanser formulated to fight acne. Look for ingredients like willow bark extract, marshmallow extract and menthol. These ingredients battle acne without drying out your skin.
2. Find a Good Gel Moisturizer
Oily moisturizers can certainly make acne worse. Using a gel moisturizer helps prevent future breakouts and can give your face a light sheen that will distract from pimples, making them less noticeable. Make sure the gel you choose contains hyaluronic acid for the best results.
3. Use a BB Cream
A BB cream is a type of lotion that helps even out skin tone and soaks up excess oil. Using this is way better than makeup because the cream helps mask redness, helping minimize the appearance of acne, while also mattifying the skin so it's not so shiny. You can find great BB creams in a variety of price ranges so it shouldn't be too hard to find one that works for you.
4. Try a Blemish Clearing Powder
OK, technically this is makeup, but it's not the same as the powder compact from your junior high school days. It's formulated to mask greasiness on your face without looking cakey, while also battling acne. The powder contains ingredients that improve skin health, cutting acne while also providing coverage for pimples you already have. Could anything be more perfect?
5. Try Adding Toner to Your Routine
Toner helps balance the pH levels of your skin, which is an easy way to prevent acne in the first place. It also refreshes skin and helps get it super clean so you don't have to worry about clogged pores ever again. Simply swipe on a bit of toner with a cotton ball each day and you'll notice better skin in no time at all.
6. Use Exfoliation Pads
These miraculous little pads slough dead skin and other junk out of your pores, preventing acne from ever happening. Many of them also impart a tinted ingredient to your skin, which can help mask redness and pimples by evening skin tone and darkening your complexion. Cool, huh?
7. Use a Spot Treatment
There are lots of spot treatments on store shelves, so you won't have a hard time finding something that will work for you. Dab a bit of the product on pimples to help remove redness and medicate the area to shrink the zits faster and more effectively. If you do choose to use a concealing product, a spot treatment is great for priming that area for the cosmetic.
Do you avoid wearing makeup when you have a breakout? What other tips do you have for covering up the pimples?