The hardest thing for so many people is to avoid picking, popping, and irritating their skin.
A common response to an unwelcome blemish is aggressively attempting to eradicate it with whatever means necessary.
Here are some ways that you can help to soothe and heal your skin without beating it up.
Remember that a blemish (AKA pimple, zit, volcano, etc.) is a bacterial infection at the base of your pore. The undesired symptoms of redness, swelling, and whiteheads are the body’s response to fighting said infection.
By opening up the pore to “pop” it, you are risking:
* further infection from your grubby fingers and the environment
* enlarged pores from stretching the opening repeatedly
* permanent scarring and discoloration
Your body will actually heal the blemish on its own. The best thing you can do for it is to LEAVE IT ALONE.
But, you can help it along, and conceal the appearance with a few tricks:
* cleanse skin thoroughly morning and night without harsh exfoliating ingredients which can spread bacteria
* moisturize – dry, flaky blemishes look worse and are harder to conceal
* treat topically with natural anti-inflammatory ingredients to combat redness and swelling.
* as it heals, try spot treating with Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex which has organic Calendula and Arnica to reduce inflammation, as well as ingredients to prevent scarring and darkening of the skin
When concealing blemishes, keep in mind these basics:
* green tones help to cancel redness
* less is more when it comes to concealer – choose a formula that is not overly cakey like Vapour Organic Beauty Illusionist Concealer
* make sure the shade is NOT lighter than your skin tone – this makes it appear larger
* apply concealer directly with your ring finger and pat to blend well
If it is an EMERGENCY, and you cannot help yourself, extract your blemish the safest way:
* only do this with whiteheads that are already at the surface
* wash your hands thoroughly
* get two q-tips, these can be dipped in a little tea tree oil for antiseptic properties
* using the q-tips, gently apply pressure to the base of the blemish until only the whitehead is extracted
* use a clean q-tip to apply some more tea tree oil or Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex directly to the blemish
* do this at nighttime, so that you can let it heal without putting any makeup on top
* this is a last resort method, since I don’t like opening up pores at all
Also, check out the article, Turmeric the Age and Acne Fighter for a great preventative dietary supplement.