Carolyn has been an online writer for several years. She loves advising others about skincare.
Blemish Free Skin
There is nothing that can ruin your self-esteem like blemish-prone skin.
The truth is, you can wash your face religiously, use the most expensive products on the market, subsist on a diet of only bread and water and still have a face full of blemishes. Hormones, genes and other factors can play a significant role.
Ultimately there are three things you can do. You can:
- Hope they disappear soon while wishing that your personality shines more than your forehead.
- Talk to your doctor about possible solutions via prescriptions.
- Learn how to use cosmetics and skin care products to look your best.
Cleansing and Caring For Your Skin
When it comes to cleansing and caring for your skin, there are certain things you should and should not do.
Skin No No's
- Do not over-wash your face! Once in the morning and before you go to bed is all that is required.
- Do not use a harsh cleanser to clean your face. Even if your skin is very oily, it can cause significant irritation to your skin, causing it to inflame and become more blotchy/red than it was before.
- Do not use face cloths, facial brushes, or other abrasive materials to cleanse your face. They can damage your skin's delicate cells and harbour bacteria that will only cause further breakouts on your face. Use only the pads of your fingers.
- Do not touch your face throughout the day.
- Do not use harsh toners like alcohol or witch hazel that strip your skin of moisture and cause your skin to produce even more oil.
- Do not use a blemish or acne treatment all over your entire face. Spot treat only where necessary.
Care Tips for Clear Skin
- Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face in the morning and at night (this applies to all skin types, not just normal or dry skin!). Your skin should NOT feel dry or tight afterward.
- If you want to use a toner, make sure it is gentle and contains no harsh ingredients.
- Always use a moisturizer in the morning and at night. It should not clog pores, and be sure it is formulated for your skin type, i.e., oily, combination, etc.
- Always use makeup remover for any eye makeup before washing your face and definitely before going to bed.
- Always spot treat the blemish on your face only where needed and use any product sparingly.
Step One: Primer
Primers do several wonderful things for your skin:
- They create a smooth canvas so that your foundation goes on smoothly and evenly
- They minimize the appearance of your pores
- You can use them in the place of a moisturizer unless your skin is very dry
- They can give you an extra glow or enhance the natural luminosity of your skin
- They help your makeup last longer
- They can give your skin a "lift."
If you want to use a primer, buy a product designed for your skin type. Unless your skin is really dry, do not use primer on top of your moisturizer because you don't want too many layers of product on your face.
Also, unless your moisturizer and primer are from the same line, they can react with one another and possibly cause your primer to peel, for example.
QUICK TIP: Low on cash? Don't worry; most moisturizers work just as well as a primer in creating a smooth texture for your foundation.
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Step Two: Foundation
Depending on the severity of your blemishes, it isn't always necessary to use a foundation. If you only have one or two, you may not need foundation unless your skin tone is uneven (redness, pigmentation, etc.) and you wish to correct that.
Your Foundation Should
- Match the colour of the skin on your neck.
- Be lightweight in texture and have light to medium coverage, preferably on the lighter side.
- Even out your skin tone, not mask your entire face.
- Be formulated appropriately for your skin type; oily, normal, combination, etc.
- Not clog pores
Remember: When trying different shades of foundation, be sure to do it in natural light.
The last thing you want is to look like you have a mask on your face because the skin is a different colour than the rest of your body, and there is a definite line of colour along your jawline! You want people to see the glowing features of your face, not draw attention to your makeup or blemishes.
One more tip: Sponges tend to absorb more foundation than you typically use, so you may find yourself going through more products than necessary. It can be costly if you like to use a more expensive brand.
Step Three: Concealer
When trying to create a flawless complexion, many people use the wrong type of concealer.
- Choose a concealer with excellent coverage because you want to apply it on a specific area, not all over.
- Concealers that generally provide excellent coverage come in a pot or a stick.
- Concealers that come in a tube with a wand tend to be thinner and are more appropriate to be used under your eyes to cover dark circles.
- When applying concealer, it is best to use a concealer brush because they tend to work best at blending the product with the rest of the skin on your face.
- The heat from fingers can melt the concealer and not provide the coverage you want.
- You can use your foundation to create layers of coverage on your blemishes instead of using concealer, depending on the amount of coverage you need. When using foundation to develop layers of coverage on your blemishes, use the concealer brush as you would with a concealer product.
Step Four: Powder
The most important thing to remember when it comes to powder is to use it sparingly, no matter your skin type. The best way to apply powder lightly is with a powder brush.
- When selecting a powder, make sure the colour matches your skin.
- Powder is essential for "setting" your look, whether you use only concealer or foundation or both.
- It helps ensure your makeup lasts longer, gives you a more polished, finished look and is the final step in creating a flawless, even complexion.
- Pressed powder is ideal for touch-ups here and there when you are on the go or before stepping out the door.
- Loose powder tends to be softer and more natural-looking on your skin. The downside is that it isn't very portable unless you have a container with an airtight lid.
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Bonus Tips for Clear Skin
Here are some additional tips on how to get blemish-free:
- Be sure to flip your pillow each night and change your pillowcase every two nights.
- Always remove your makeup before going to sleep.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Watch for foods that trigger outbreaks for you, such as chocolate, peanut butter or greasy foods and try to limit them as much as possible.
- Best acne spot treatments contain Beta Hydroxy Acid BHA (known as salicylic acid), a derivative of fruit acids. It can penetrate your pores, clean them from the inside out, and prevent further breakouts.
- Give yourself a tan with self-tanning lotion or bronzer, and make sure you use a self-tanner on the rest of your body, or you will have an orange face and white body. Bronzer and self-tanning products can hide the redness in your face, give you a healthy glow and avoid any sun damage.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2011 Carolyn Dahl
Have Your Say!
Nancy on July 13, 2014:
I have an oily skin and my powder don't last long on my face.