Some of you out there, not pointing any fingers, but some of you naughty people out there have a tendency of picking at your skin! Agh! This screams disaster to every aesthetic/dermal nurse/beauty consultant out there. We know the (avoidable) damage you’re doing to your delicate precious skin! We’d rather you consider the best way to cover a pimple instead, and treat the real problem from the source.
The big squeeze dilemma
Are you prone to whip out the five billion watt, 20 x magnifying mirror and inspect your skin like a forensic scientist. We’re hoping this small piece of advice will have you throwing your tools away!
Firstly, when squeezing at these blemishes, pimples, scabs or blocked pores, you can actually cause an infection. This obviously makes the situation worse (and sticking around a lot longer). This happens because when you’re squashing a pimple, you’re often pushing oils, bacteria and nasties back down into your skin as you squeeze. Don’t get us stared on the germs hiding under your nails, on your tweezers or in your needles.
Your pimple is today, scarring can be for life.
Secondly. Scarring. Our skin is very delicate and doesn’t take well to poking, prodding, or needling that isn’t done by professionals, in a controlled environment. When aggressive force is taken upon a pimple for example, you can damage the surrounding tissue. Resulting in an EVERY DAY reminder of that pimple-scarring!
A huge deterrent for most people, is the look of your skin after this picking frenzy. Your skin which once had blemishes or blocked pores unnoticeable to most people (except you and your therapist) is now covered in red, inflamed, angry spots. These bad boys are a nightmare to cover up with make up. Sometimes they take a long time for the inflammation to heal.
When it comes to creating a flawless, even make-up look, the smallest of spots can unfortunately ruin the overall result. Inevitably even the way you feel for the day. Let’s face it, we all feel fantastic on a good skin day! Realistically, covering a picked pimple is a daily, weekly or monthly occurrence for us all. We’re here to shed some light on how to quickly cover these up, without causing more damage.
The first thing you’ll need to do, is ensure the blemish spot isn’t bleeding/weeping. This means the pores are still open and exposure to foundation, concealer, powder is just going to make the area angrier and harder to cover. You can blot the area with a cotton makeup wipe until it’s dried out, but if possible, leave your skin makeup free for the day so it can heal.
Give your skin the chance to heal
When ready to apply foundation, apply it over the entire face as normal and follow with a dab of concealer over the red areas (Jane Iredale’s Disappear and Zap & Hide Concealers are perfect). Use your finger to tap into the skin. If you have a finishing/blotting powder dab a very small amount on top to control excess oil and your products from moving. If the area has scabbed up, skip this step completely! Powder will dry out the skin, adding to the notice-ability of the inflamed area.
The last thing you’re thinking with a red blemished area of skin is moisture, but a spray of hydrating mist all over your face will help the skin heal and remove any flakiness. Treat your skin over night with a nourishing, moisture rich mask, the last thing you want to be doing is irritating and inflaming the skin with harsh acids, or ingredients that will only flare up the area.
The moral of this story is please, where possible leave your skin to run it’s course of natural oil secretion. Gently remove pimples with a fruit enzyme mask that naturally lifts dead skin from the surface and/or introduce Vitamin A to your routine, which will exfoliate your skin for you. If these breakouts are happening regularly, make an appointment to chat to your local therapist about a treatment plan that will have them treated before they even appear! Our best advice, approach your skin gently and try to avoid quick decisions to pick and ‘attack’. Your skin will forever be thankful 😊
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