We know not to indulge in too much sugary food, we try our hardest to remove our makeup before bed, and we have our best intentions to drink eight glasses of water a day and clean our makeup brushes once a week, but sometimes even the best of us slip up. Embarrassing, unsightly, and painful, breakouts are the burdens we have to shoulder after these moments of error.
Fortunately, with the right products blemishes are easily remedied. It’s a good idea to have an alternative skincare routine with products that focus specifically on tackling blemishes. That way you can swap them into your routine as and when you need them, or switch over to an entire regime dedicated to blemish-busting in order to keep skin clear in the long-term.
Whether its acne or the odd-spot that flares up in the wrong moment, these five formulas promise to breakout-proof your skin, fast.
1. Turn up the TLC
It’s a common mistake to assume that blemish-prone skin equates to oily skin. Many cleansers designed specifically to eradicate blemishes are too harsh and stripping, and will simply irritate skin further and incite breakouts. Instead, opt for a nourishing oil-based cleanser – the oils will help to restore calm and balance to skin. What’s more, this one also contains gently exfoliating particles that buff away dirt, grime, and makeup, preventing the build-up that leads to blemish-causing bacteria.
Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser
2. Always double cleanse
A sure-fire way to keep breakouts at bay is to double cleanse – think of it as an insurance policy for your skin. Follow up with a refreshing gel cleanser like this one, which will help to wick away any oily residue or last remnants of makeup, leaving skin feeling fresh and conditioned. It also utilises 3% glycolic acid to naturally exfoliate the skin, breaking down and lifting away dead skin cells, deep-rooted grime, and sebum, creating a clean slate for the rest of the products – the closest you’ll come to literally washing away blemishes.
Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid Facial Wash
3. Apply a targeted treatment
Targeted spot treatments are by far the most efficient way to clear up existing blemishes quickly, and this one literally works overnight (there’s a reason it’s Kylie Jenner’s favourite!). It utilises four key breakout-busting ingredients; sulfur (a natural disinfectant), zinc (reduces inflammation and kills bacteria), salicylic acid (breaks down skin cells to unclog pores), and calamine (to calm irritation). Simply dab it on existing and upcoming blemishes before bed – blemishes will be noticeably smaller, less inflamed, and less painful by morning, with no crustiness or irritation.
4. Don’t forget to moisturise
One of the most important and underrated steps in a blemish-battling skincare routine is hydration. It goes without saying that hydrated skin is healthy skin, and if skin isn’t healthy it can’t prevent or heal breakouts. As well as providing a moisture boost (thanks to Vitamin E and hyaluronic acid), this light gel-like cream contains antibacterial and active ingredients chosen for their blemish-battling abilities. These include tea tree, aloe vera, green tea, and a particularly potent (10%) strain of glycolic acid, which works to buff away the top layers of skin, preventing build-up and fading red marks left behind by previous blemishes.
5. Make salicylic acid your BFF
Although it’s best not to layer too many products over blemish-prone skin (which can clog pores and trigger breakouts), no one wants to be without their primer ahead of a long day in the office or a late night spent dancing. Fortunately, this one is a skincare-makeup hybrid that does double-duty twice over, working to smooth skin, blur imperfections, improve makeup’s longevity, and fight breakouts all at the same time. It will also help to create a barrier between your skin and makeup, preventing foundation from seeping deep into pores. The key ingredient is salicylic acid, a naturally-derived chemical exfoliant which sloughs away dead skin cells.