There's nothing like an unwanted pimple to mess up your daily skin care regimen. Whether it's chronic picking or trolling Instagram for a cure-all spot treatment, a breakout always feels like a call to do something different. (And of course, it always happens the day before a party where you know you'll run into everyone you know.) But when it comes to healing irritated skin, we've learned that less is more.
So, to help you deal with and get rid of your breakouts as soon as possible, Get The Look is warning you about the top 5 behaviours you should avoid when you get a pimple.
5 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO WHEN YOU HAVE A PIMPLE
DON'T PICK YOUR FACE
We know you've probably heard this one before, but picking your face when you have a zit tends to cause more harm than good. Picking can cause trauma on the skin, which in turn leads to inflammation, infection, and potentially scarring. In other words, if you pick your zits, it will take them twice as long to disappear – so hands off!
DON'T OVERDRY THE AFFECTED AREA
It's not the chemical you use, it's the amount you use. Just because a product works well on your skin, it doesn't mean you need to use more of it when you have a pimple. Using more product will only irritate the skin, making it scaly and flaky and red. To prevent irritation, try a lower concentration of active ingredient once you've already broken out.
TONE DOWN ON TONER
When you have a breakout, any astringents you use can disrupt the skin barrier and cause inflammation and irritation. Unless you have very oily skin, skip the zit itself when you're applying toner as a part of your daily skin care routine.
It's never a good idea to squeeze a pimple, as this can cause scarring and redness. Instead of popping a whitehead that is poking through your skin, wet a washcloth with hot – but not scalding – water, then place it with a bit of pressure onto the whitehead to excavate the puss before applying your spot treatment. After a few seconds, remove the cloth by gently wiping it along the breakout, and the whitehead should be removed. Continue with your usual spot treatment.
DON'T OPT FOR A STRONGER CLEANSER
Swapping your usual face wash for something harsher seems like an obvious fix – not quite. Your cleanser needs to be gentle so topical products can penetrate your skin. It's best to stick to your regular skin care routine until the breakout disappears, then see a dermatologist if you think you're in need of a full-time acne cleanser.