Need to clear a blemish on the spot? Here are tips on how to do just that.
While treating your acne problem holistically is the best way to get clear skin, sometimes you need to treat a blemish on the spot. Read on for tips on acne spot treatments that work.
Sometimes, a Blemish Just Happens
Even if you have found an effective acne treatment program and experience clear skin most of the time, sometimes an acne blemish just pops up. This can be due to stress, a reaction to makeup, a skin care problem or a sudden shift in your hormones. If you suffer from ongoing acne, treating your inflammatory acne blemishes is a daily activity. Whether you’re trying to treat a rare blemish that just showed up on your skin one day or trying to get rid of acne blemishes as part of a larger acne treatment program, here are some important things to keep in mind about acne spot treatment.
Treating a Blemish Doesn’t Mean Popping or Picking at It!
Most importantly, you should never pick at or pop an acne blemish or pimple. Picking at or popping acne blemishes can irritate the infection further, causing the blemish to get worse and possibly spreading infection and causing more breakouts. Additionally, picking at or popping pimples significantly increases your chance of developing a post acne mark or acne scar. You want your blemish to heal and go away without leaving you any post-breakout souvenirs. Picking at or popping blemishes doesn’t help them to heal or clear up, and it increases the likelihood that you’ll have marks and scars for a long time to come. Yes, it’s tempting and sometimes hard to resist. But no matter what you do, do not pick at or pop your acne blemishes!
Don’t Use an Acne Spot Treatment That Will Over-Dry and Irritate Your Skin
One of the steps of healing an acne blemish is to dry it out so that the infected blemish and skin flake away. However, many acne spot treatments contain harsh ingredients and acne medications, such as Benzoyl Peroxide, which can actually over-dry your skin. When you over-dry an acne blemish and the skin surrounding it, you risk irritating the skin. This can create more dry skin cells, which can further clog your pores and create more acne causing bacteria, resulting in even more blemishes. Murad’s Acne Spot Treatment contains Sulfur, which dries and heals breakouts without irritating the skin. In fact, Sulfur has natural reparative properties and has been used as both an acne remedy and a general skin care remedy for healthy skin for thousands of years.
The other problem with over-drying spot blemishes as you attempt to get rid of them is that you can increase the damage to your skin, which may result in an acne scar or post-acne mark. If you are using products to dry out your spot blemish, make sure that you’re also using an oil-free moisturizer to topically hydrate and also keeping your skin hydrated from within by eating your water.
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Don’t Load on Irritating Concealers!
When you have an acne blemish, it’s natural to want to conceal it with makeup or a tinted skin care product. There’s nothing wrong with that—if you’re careful. Don’t layer on concealer too thickly, or you’ll clog your pores even more. Also, select concealer products that contain quality ingredients, not harsh chemicals that may further damage or irritate your skin. Murad’s Acne Treatment Concealer comes in three different shades and provides long-lasting coverage to conceal blemishes as it heals them with Salicylic Acid. For more complete coverage, try Murad Hybrids® Skin Perfecting Primer Acne and Shine Control. This acne-fighting formula controls breakouts and shine, minimizes the appearance of pores and gives skin a smooth, matte finish.
Also, be careful when applying your concealer. Using too much or the wrong shade can actually make your blemish more obvious and worse looking!
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Treat Acne Spots Before You See Them
Often, you can feel a pimple forming before you can actually see it. That’s the time to treat your blemish with an acne spot treatment! Many times, the bacteria and clogged pore that are forming into an inflamed acne blemish can be treated entirely beneath the skin’s surface before they create visible blemishes. Use an acne spot treatment together with a skin exfoliating treatment, such as Murad Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel, to treat blemishes that you feel but don’t see. The exfoliating skin product will help your acne medication product penetrate deeper and heal your subdermal acne blemish faster. Healing blemishes before they surface also reduces the chance of acne scars or post acne marks.
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Don’t Just Treat the Symptoms of Acne
Treating an acne blemish on the spot is an integral part of any acne treatment plan. However, simply treating acne blemishes as they arise isn’t enough, so be sure to use a complete skin care regimen for healthy, acne-free skin. Within this resource center, you’ll learn a great deal about the causes of acne, the types of acne and the best ways to treat acne. Don’t let your life be a daily chase to heal a single blemish or a cluster of acne blemishes. Get clear, healthy, acne-free skin by using a complete acne treatment regimen daily. When you do get an unexpected spot blemish, don’t panic! Just use the best skin care tips possible to treat it and reduce redness, irritation and bumps.
What Did You Just Learn About Acne Treatment Products?
In this section of the Murad Acne Resource Guide, you should have learned the following key points:
- When treating an acne blemish on the spot, don’t pick at it or pop it. This will only make the blemish and breakouts around it worse and can also cause acne scars or post acne marks.
- When treating an individual blemish, use an acne treatment that will dry out the blemish, but not one that will over-dry or irritate your skin.
- It’s okay to use concealer to cover up an acne blemish, but choose one that heals the blemish and the surrounding skin while it conceals.
- Begin treating a blemish as soon as you feel it forming, even if it’s not visible yet. This can reduce visible breakouts and future post acne marks and scars.
- In addition to treating individual blemishes on the spot, use a complete skin care regimen that will treat your acne and help you achieve acne-free skin.
Acne Treatment Product Resources
In addition to the product recommendations included in this section, you may find the following Murad products helpful in your acne treatment program.
Murad Acne Spot Treatment
Sulfur dries and heals blemishes as Salicylic Acid exfoliates to encourage cell turnover.
Murad Acne Treatment Concealer
This conceals your blemishes while Salicylic Acid and Retinol clear up acne and reduce oil production to prevent new breakouts.
Murad Clarifying Mask
Use this weekly mask to minimize breakouts and encourage consistently clear, healthy skin. Rare