How to Fix a Breakout on Your Face

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Whether you fell asleep in your makeup a few nights too many, are experiencing nature's not-so-friendly hormonal side effects, or have realized your usual skin care routine is just not working out; you have a wide variety of options when it's time to fix a breakout on your face. While spot-treatment is certainly a main component of clearing up an existing blemish, consider the more long-term facets of your daily routine that will clear up current spots while preventing future problems.

Gently wash your face with a facial cleanser containing the active ingredient salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to help clean skin, gently exfoliate, unclog pores and prevent new breakouts. Wash your face twice a day, especially before going to bed to remove makeup and dirt while sleeping.

Spot treat your breakout by applying an acne-fighting spot treatment product to the blemish or blemishes only. Choose a product with an active ingredient that dries out the blemish, such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil.

Apply a spot-treatment sealer if you plan on wearing makeup, so your foundation does not build up or appear unsightly on blemishes. Select a spot-treatment concealer if you choose to conceal the blemishes with or without the addition of foundation.