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Imperfection might be human, but that doesn't mean you want it written all over your face. Acne, acne scarring, injury scars and sun damage spots don't only mess with your makeup plans -- they can also be embarrassing, itchy and painful. Most undesirable skin damage derives from one too many days in the sun or acne gone wild, and the not-so-hot hyperpigmentation that follows. Fight your frustrating facial spots at all stages with immediate skin treatment and preemptive acne breakout control.
Say Goodbye to Acne Spots
Wash your face each morning with an oil-free cleanser and rinse away all residue. Dab toner on any prone-to-oil patches of your skin with a cotton ball.
Treat your skin before bed with a salicylic acid cleanser to help control breakouts. Rinse thoroughly.
Moisturize daily with an oil-free moisturizer to keep skin soft and supple without the added oil. Apply a dab of moisturizer to your fingers and gently smooth it over your face.
Squeeze a dab of gentle exfoliating scrub into your palm and work it into your skin one to two times weekly to loosen dead skin cells and unclog pores. Rinse thoroughly.
Consult a dermatologist for cystic acne or severe, constant breakouts.
Do not pick at any acne blemishes. This causes scarring.
Repair and Reduce Spots Before They Set
Treat any new wounds, from acne or injury, with a dab of antibiotic ointment. Keep acne swelling down by applying ice, because inflammation often leads to permanent spots.
Wash gently around new scabs and do not wipe. Scab damage causes darker scars.
Moisturize new scars and scabs with vitamin E oil during the day. At night, apply cocoa butter. Wear sunscreen over any scars when going out to prevent darkening.
Lighten scabs and dark spots from scarring or the sun with lemon juice. Apply a dab of juice daily until the spots match your skin tone. Salicylic acid cleanser and scar-lightening moisturizers, used daily, can also help.
Consult a dermatologist to help lighten, fill or excise stubborn scars with prescription medications or surgery.
If All Else Fails, Use Makeup
Apply moisturizer, and then coat your face with makeup primer. Use a silicone-based primer if pitted scars are prominent.
Dab wrinkle filler or a clear face mask product on any depressed scars.
Stipple concealer over flat or raised spot, and blend well with your fingers or a makeup sponge. Use a green-toned concealer to cover dark red spots.
Apply your foundation with a makeup sponge or brush, dabbing gently over the concealer spots. Do not wipe. Set the foundation with a light dusting of matte pressed powder.
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