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1.Stop pimples in their tracks as soon as you *spot* them with some drying lotion. Just a drop overnight can kill 👏 that 👏 zit, even if it's not a whitehead yet.
2.Neutralize your breakout's appearance with the proper color-correcting concealer (green = bye bye red zit). Knowing what shade best counteracts your ~goals~ will help you hit the cancel button on that pimple très vite.
3.~Sleep~ on breakout worries by using Nip + Fab glycolic night pads before bed. Each pad is saturated in all-powerful glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and fade discoloration, acne scarring, pigmentation, and active breakouts. If you want clearer skin by, like, daybreak consider this is your new best friend.
4.Apply a cold compress (like an ice pack) directly on the zit until it comes to a head. It's quick, easy, and at the very least diminishes swelling and irritation before you walk out the door.
5.Heal breakouts FAST and without causing scarring (or letting you pick) by simply slapping on an Avarelle rounded or extra-large acne patch to tackle every kind of breakout that dares to challenge your complexion. They're both powered by tea tree oil and calendula oil (all of which are gentle on sensitive skin) to reduce inflammation and absorb pus, whether it's just one zit or a spread-out breakout you can cover with one patch.
6.Or! Treat cystic pimples by getting deeper to the ~root~ with Rael microneedle patches. They use microneedle technology (don't worry, they're thinner than a strand of hair), salicylic acid, and tea tree oil to heal large, buried blemishes before sunup. It's sweet dreams for tough breakouts 😈.
7.Pick your foundation based on what kind of quick and easy coverage you prefer. For example, mousse foundation provides full coverage with a satin finish, while loose mineral foundation fades redness and won't irritate sensitive skin.
8.Spritz your visitors away on-the-go with nothing more than a bottle of Teddie Organics rose water toner spray that'll tell redness and oily T-zones to take a hike and leave you with a dewy, refreshed complexion that lasts allll day. Basically if you're running late and your SKIN IS STILL UNEVEN, just grab this for your commute.
9.Don't get mad at me — but you can't pop your zits. I KNOW. It seems like the fastest solution. But it leaves scars that last for weeks! Instead, gently bring out the whitehead by holding down a warm washcloth for a few minutes. Soon enough, you'll be able to slide the whitehead off with the cloth. You'll still have plenty of time to get ready with *zero* scabbing to worry about.
10.So what if you already popped it?! And now it won't stop oozing and you need to GO!?!? Don't panic — dab a little Neosporin on a cotton swab and gently apply it to the open wound. The combination of pressure and antibiotics will soothe the skin and halt, er, leakage. Plus, now it won't get infected — or spread!
11.Satisfied with your now clean, popped pimple? Apply some Coty Airspun setting powder on top to keep the area dry *and* provide coverage all day. It's designed to conceal acne, reduce redness, and control excess oil to leave you with smooth, even skin — making your morning nothing but a distant memory.
12.Treat active breakouts with an *incognito* approach by putting on some TreeActiv acne spot treatment before you leave. This goes on CLEAR, aka you can wear it under your makeup to let its peppermint and tea tree oil formula have a word with your pimple as you go about your day. The conversation will go like this: go away.
13.Name your zit in more ways than one. Identifying what kind of pimple Roger is can help you choose the most effective solution STAT. Whether yours is more of a whitehead (which needs salicylic acid) or the hormonal type (usually a cyst which needs sulfur-based products), knowing right away how to treat it will make the whole process so much faster.
14.Treat your enlarged blackheads with something that'll truly double in efficiency: a pore vacuum. It's just as effective as it sounds — it suctions buildup hidden in clogged pores, exfoliates dead skin cells, and removes excess oil (so they can't come back). Aka if you use this the night before, your nose will still be clear come morning.
15.Disguise unwelcome surprises (good morning to everyone but this pimple) with nothing more than some Tarte full-coverage foundation. Its wildly popular Amazonian clay formula provides a matte finish, oil control, and lasts all darn day (12 hours to be exact) without creasing or caking. Plus, it actually helps balance your complexion long-term.
16.Vacuum out clogged pores and tough breakouts like never before with an Aztec Secret clay mask. A little of this and apple cider vinegar has conquered thousands of breakouts (including cystic!) so there's a good chance that this + an hour = a now shrunken zit. You can even use it as a STRONG spot treatment overnight!
17.Identify what the heck your pimples are trying to tell you STAT by learning the meaning behind specific areas. For example, if you're breaking out on your chest it could be just sweat, which can be quickly treated with some body wipes.
18.Ensure your carefully-applied concealer lasts the whole day by using some NYX makeup setting spray. Reviewers say it provides a lightweight, matte finish that lasts WELL into the night so you can rest assure your pimple is still ~under wraps~.
19.Match your skin concern to the proper face mask — most aren't a one-fits-all solution. By narrowing down choices with a mask recommendation quiz, you can most likely skip any trial-and-error and successfully treat that darn breakout in a super timely manner.
20.Control excess oil (which might be causing your breakout in the first place) with The Ordinary peeling solution. It's basically a ten minute exfoliating facial that kicks shiny T-zones — and all its bumpy cohabitants — to the curb FAST.
21.Rely on an LED three-panel mirror to get *up close and personal* with your zit. It boasts three magnification levels so you can REALLY focus on concealing, and mimics natural light to make sure your foundation is actually fully blended.
22.Take a skin-identity quiz to learn what works best for your skin and avoid causing MORE of a breakout — something we've all done when panicked. It'll take things like your age, typical routine, stress levels, and even diet to figure out what your complexion will actually benefit from using.
23.Nourish your skin by incorporating a powerful vitamin C serum into your routine that boasts hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to reduce pores and breakouts, target discoloration, and make your overall complexion ~brighter~. And, yes, its benefits show faster than you can think of a rhyme for orange.
24.Unclog pores and bring acne to a head within just a few minutes with a powerful facial mister. If you've ever gotten a pro facial you know this is their first step — it's relaxing, efficient, and has you saying "gotcha" to that pesky zit in no time. Because this *opens* up your skin, you don't have to worry about scarring like with spontaneous popping...the whitehead is actually ready to come out.
25.Combine serum and a makeup sponge to say a final goodbye to foundation dry patches, aka the result of pesky acne scabbing (post picking or popping). Your makeup will look natural and dewy, and acne scars will stay safely flake-free.
26.Target breakouts ALLLL over (hello, surprise butt pimple) with a bar of African black soap before you have time work yourself into a lather. Its combo of shea butter, vitamin E, and coconut oil work together to quickly wash those unwelcome zits down the drain.
28.Conceal and treat your acne at the same time with some Mario Badescu healing powder. It doubles as a setting powder to absorb excess oil, but it'll also drastically reduce redness and irritation. Basically you can speak "pimple, what pimple?" into existence after putting this on under makeup.
29.STOP PICKING — no matter what! I assure you, that'll only make it worse! If you're saying "impossible!" then keep your hands busy with a fidget spinner so you can train your fingers to leave your pores alone without actually trying.
30.Zone in on clogged pores and blackheads with a precise Dr. Oracle peeling stick. They're essentially cotton swabs loaded with acne-fighting acids to get rid of breakouts, so they work almost as fast as it takes to apply them (aka no time at all).
31.Conquer tough cystic acne once and for all with a TreeActiv acne spot treatment specifically designed to target such breakouts. It drastically reduces inflammation and fights infection so you're not stuck with your new friend for the usual forever-long period.
Most importantly — don't forget you're GORGEOUS, pimples and all!!! Repeat the below at least 20 times before leaving:
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