We all know the feeling that overcomes you when it’s the big day and your face breaks out in a star-spangled sky of pimples. This has happened to basically everyone (at least 85% of people in the United States ages 12-24), so don’t let it stop you from having the kind of day you want to have.
Pimples range in size and severity, and those two characteristics determine which plan of action you should take. Even with great, consistent skin care, acne, pimples, and blemishes happen to us all– but don’t let that stop you from taking care of your face.
More often than not, the advice from the professionals is to avoid touching the affected area and try not to put too much makeup on it – then how do we cover it up for the paparazzi? We all want to look our best, and pimples can distract from the beauty we want to put forth. Help! What should we do? How do we hide pimples without makeup?
Don’t worry, we’re here to help you. Here are several tips for how to handle the toughest pimples in a way that will avoid causing even more damage with oily, pore-clogging makeup.
How to Hide Pimples Without Makeup
First, make sure the blemish is in a reconstruction phase. Pimples happen when the pores aren’t cleaned out and dirt gets trapped. Put your beautiful face on the pathway to better health by using a gentle cleanser to wash out those pores. Facial cleansers with less alcohol and less fragrance will help avoid further irritation of the skin, which leads to less redness and discomfort.
That itchy pain on your face should be minimized as much as possible, and the more comfortable you feel, the less tempted you’ll be to touch the problem area. Using water that is too hot on your skin can dry it out more, so keep that water a little cooler to keep hydrated.
One other recommendation when it comes to facial treatment is to use a moisturizer. Again, this promotes healthy skin in general and is important to use regularly. Before bed, clean your face off and use a lighter moisturizer to give your skin a healthy glow.
How to Cover up a Popped Pimple
To hide a pimple that already exists, there are a few options… First, consider icing the area. Keeping it cool helps decrease inflammation and redness, which will minimize the look of the pimple and any discomfort you may be experiencing. Some recommend heat, which could help depending on the person’s skin, but cooling the skin tends to take away more redness and itchiness without drying out the skin too much.
- Take a piece of ice and wrap it in some kind of paper towel/washcloth.
- Don’t hold it on the area for too long; a minute or two should be enough. The best part of this great remedy is that it’s free.
- Just add water! It’s effective for when you need to reduce swelling and redness in any part of your body.
- And remember – don’t put too much pressure on it because popping the pimple will only make things worse!
Don’t be afraid of using some kind of medicated cream that helps specifically with pimples. There are countless kinds out there, so we recommend sticking with more targeted creams that help with one specific area. Benzoyl peroxide is the most common ingredient in most of these over the counter creams, but be careful not to use too much so as not to dry out the skin. Pinpointing the pimple will help it end more quickly. Some doctors will prescribe retinoids and antimicrobials for more severe cases of acne.
How to Cover Pimples Naturally
The antibacterial home remedy of turmeric and honey can be another way to deal with that pesky pimple without using makeup. Both of these substances come straight from nature – what better place to get a clean remedy? Spread the mixture on your face and leave it on for a bit (even overnight) to help cleanse more of the area. Tea tree oil also helps with cases of pimples, but the results can take a little longer, so it may not be ideal for someone who needs an instant solution.
If nothing else, there’s always the quick cover-up. Draw attention away from the redness by wearing cooler colors, more like blues and pastels than reds and oranges. Rearranging your hair and styling it to hide away that pimple on your forehead, wearing a hat, wearing glasses, covering the area with a small band-aid… While not the best options, or anything permanent as far as solutions go, these can help in the short term when there is no other choice.
Whatever you do, don’t pop the pimple! It can be so tempting, we know, but it can cause permanent scarring and can push dirt and debris even deeper down into the pore. Summon that goddess of self control and keep your hands away from your face.
As far as prevention goes, be sure to use sunscreen, wash your face gently, and stay away from oil based concealers and other oil based makeup. When shopping for sunscreen and other skin care products, look for the word “noncomedogenic,” which means it’s healthy for your skin cells and does not clog them up with dirt and debris.
Scrubbing your face too hard when you wash it can actually lead to more damage to the skin and more pimples, so keep it light and don’t hurt yourself. There are some healthier makeup options that also include sunscreen, so check those out for further protection.
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While diet hasn’t been officially connected to acne and skincare issues, it can impact the body’s pH and acidity levels, which can lead to better or worse skin health. Certain fruits and vegetables can keep those sugars in the body in check. Eating foods rich in Vitamins A and E can keep your risks of acne low (plus the rest of your body will feel better, as an added bonus!) Family history has not been officially connected to acne either, but certain things about your body are linked to your blood, so it could be important to reach out to parents and other relatives about their skincare needs.
How to Hide Pimple Marks Naturally
Pimples tend to happen much more during or right before our periods. The hormonal changes that happen during a woman’s menstrual cycle can lead to imbalances in the skin. If you notice that your face breaks out every time it’s that time of the month, maybe it’s time to talk to someone about birth control or another type of hormone regulation.
One more thing – if your hair is dirty and oily, your skin will follow suit. Do not let dirty hair touch your face and avoid letting your hair get too oily. Look for shampoos that are gentler and facial products that do not have skin-irritating fragrances.
One of the most important things we can preach about skincare is hydration. If your body is dehydrated, your skin will suffer like a fish in the desert.
Drinking water (the recommended amount of water depends on your specific, individual body requirements, but is about 7-8 glasses a day on average) is crucial for so many functions in your body – including your skin. When you hydrate, you balance pH levels in your system to avoid dangerous imbalances that can cause breakouts, as well as other health concerns.
And last, don’t concern yourself too much with what everyone else is thinking about that red dot on your chin. Your value does not lie in what you look like on the outside. You are much more than your appearance, and chances are, everyone else is probably concentrating more on their own insecurities anyway.
When you tackle the world with confidence instead of hiding behind some kind of mask, your life is more fulfilling and worthwhile. Of course, that’s easier said than done, but practice makes perfect, right?
Taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally can actually benefit your skin and other parts of your body as well. Exercising regularly, eating well, and getting enough sleep benefit you in so many ways. While stress does not directly cause pimples, it can make them worse and last longer.
Take time every day for yourself. Yoga, meditation, and other mental release methods increase patience, calmness, and stability in your life.
If you are experiencing severe acne or pimples, or another skin condition, that keep coming back and won’t go away, it might be time to consult a professional doctor, like a dermatologist. New research is always being done on ways to treat and prevent skincare issues like acne and pimples, so be aware of developments that might help you.
Home remedies and quick fixes can only go so far if you have a medical condition that requires a doctor’s recommendations. Acne scarring and hormone imbalances are nothing to play around with – take your concerns to a professional who has studied exactly what you’re dealing with and who can help you. Take care of your body, take care of your skin, and happy skincare!