Whether your skin is showing some signs of stress or you’ve got a little more time to spend on your skincare routine thanks to the current situation, a targeted treatment is the answer.
While we all like to think that our skincare routines are tip-top, even those with 10-step routines complete with serums that will set you back hundreds of pounds aren’t immune to a pesky spot from time to time. That’s right. Although getting the odd whopper of a spot can leave you screaming Why me?! from the rooftops, you should also find solace in the fact that literally everyone gets spots.
Some spots might be painful and rock-hard, and others may appear red, inflamed, and juicy. While they can often leave you feeling helpless, providing you know exactly what to do, they shouldn’t stick around for too long.
When shopping for a cleanser, look for gel formulas that aim to keep the skin’s balance in check as much as possible. Skin expert and facialist Lisa Harris advises, “I recommend a gentle gel enzyme cleanser for all problematic skin. Not only do they gently cleanse by dissolving dead skin cells and debris, but the enzymes actually help to speed up the healing process of any active breakouts, too.”
While most beauty editors will tell you to never squeeze a spot, the truth is sometimes you’ve just got to. The key, skin experts warn, is in knowing which spots to tackle and which ones to leave alone. “You should never squeeze a nodule or papule spot, as they leave scars and can be very painful. Only ever squeeze a spot if it has white pus and is loose enough to ooze out,” says Harris.
Right now, masking might seem like a bit of an at-home novelty, but finding the right formula for you can dramatically improve the appearance of your skin. When it comes to spots, using a deep-cleansing mask can really help draw out impurities and give pores a deep cleanse. While some purifying masks can be drying, it’s important to remember that when using a mask, you don’t have to apply it over the whole face.
It might seem counter-intuitive to apply moisturiser when you have a breakout, but keeping your skin happy is really important if you want your spots to heal. Having said that, it’s important to find moisturisers with ingredients that won’t exacerbate the problem. Harris recommends keeping things simple with a hyaluronic acid serum. “It will help to balance out the skin and hydrate to prevent the skin from overproducing oil and sebum,” she says.