Imagine, you have been anxiously awaiting a big event. You have planned and prepared to the max. But when you wake up the morning of, Mount Everest has emerged beneath your skin. Your face is breaking out!
We’ve all been thwarted by horribly timed breakouts. And there is nothing more frustrating than standing in the mirror with no idea how to treat it. Do you pop it? Apply some of that random spot treatment you found in your bathroom drawer?
Having a break-out survival kit will take the guesswork out of your panic-induced skincare. Please keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different. If you think that your skin would react badly to anything on this list of ways to combat a breakout, do not use it!
What Causes Breakouts?
We all know that acne is caused by dead skin, oil, and dirt clogging your pores. Your skin naturally produces oil called sebum. Some sebum is normal, but if sebum is produced in excess, you may notice your face breaking out.
So many things can contribute to excess sebum production like diet, genetics, hormones, and skin type. There are several misconceptions about what causes acne.
Despite popular opinion, sweating does not cause acne. While it is always a good idea to grab a shower after the gym, your work out has nothing to do with your breakout. On the other hand, over-washing your face can cause your skin to dry out. This causes your pores to produce more sebum, causing acne.
If you’re struggling with consistent acne, talk to a dermatologist to see what works best for you.
Ways to Combat a Breakout:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a miracle substance for many reasons. ACV has a naturally balanced PH level of 2-3. It is slightly acidic, which can help treat acne. It contains lactic acid and other organic acids that suppress inflammation and reduce blemishes.
When using Apple Cider Vinegar, make sure to dilute it with three parts water and one part ACV. You can use more water if you have sensitive skin. Keep in mind, that ACV can dry you out, so make sure to use a noncomedogenic moisturizer after.
ACV can reduce your breakout and eliminate excess oil, leaving your breakout ready for further treatment. It’s also a great addition to your routine to prevent breakouts.
Neem oil is made from the seed of Neem trees. It has antibacterial properties that can help with breakouts. Ideally, Neem would be implemented into your daily skincare routine, but it can be helpful for emergency breakouts, as well.
This oil has properties that reduce swelling and redness associated acne. The fatty acids in Neem oil also prevent scarring.
You can use this oil as a spot treatment by applying it directly to the problem area. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes before washing it off. Don’t forget to apply a tried and true moisturizer to prevent your skin from drying out.
Hydrocolloid Bandage is a fancy name for instant pimple cure! These bandages were originally made for blisters. They create a moisture barrier over your pimple and draw out all that gunk you’re dying to get rid of.
They make them in many sizes specifically for acne. You pop one on, leave it for a few hours, and take it off to see a considerably smaller pimple. Or you can apply your makeup right over it – out of sight out of mind.
It’s never a good idea to pop a pimple, but if you fall victim to this habit, apply a hydrocolloid bandage right after. And make sure to wash your hands before you go poking at your face!
Hydrocolloid Bandages are great for wearing overnight, too. It gives them plenty of time to work their magic while you rest. You won’t panic about your face breaking out with these in your survival kit!
No matter how hard you try, the chance of your breakout disappearing in less than 24 hours isn’t likely. The next best thing is makeup. Green concealer will cancel out any redness and leave you with a neutral skin tone.
By combining green concealer and some of the anti-inflammatory properties mentioned above, you can significantly reduce the appearance of your breakout. Make sure to cleanse your face thoroughly once your home to reduce the chance of your acne worsening.
The Right Products
If you’re experiencing frequent breakouts, you may want to take a look at your products. Not all skincare is created equally and neither is your skin. Do some research around your skin type and determine whether your products are right for you. If you have the ability to see a dermatologist, I would recommend finding one you like that doesn’t over prescribe and can be your touchstone for any skin related questions.
Skincare products play a significant role in breakouts, but there are other things to consider. Make sure you are changing your pillowcase regularly, cleaning your phone screen, and keeping your hands away from your face!
Having an airtight survival kit can help with your face breaking out, but it isn’t a forever fix. Make it a point to at least cleanse, moisturize, and apply sunscreen every day and watch your skin glow!