I’m going to prom this year and I’m really excited, but there’s one problem: I keep breaking out! How can I get rid of my acne in time for prom? I usually just wear a lot of concealer to cover up my zits, but is wearing makeup actually just making them worse?
I’m not going to lie, acne is super annoying – especially when you have a big event coming up and you want to look flawless. Piling on the makeup doesn’t really help, either. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to try to get rid of acne quickly (and hopefully forever!)
If you’re prone to breaking out, you should be working on preventing acne all the time. Even if you go a few days without a zit popping up, you shouldn’t slack off… that’s when they come back! Make sure you’re washing your face with a gentle cleanser every night and morning, and if you’re going to use moisturizer, use one that’s oil-free.
While wearing a pound of concealer and foundation might hide your zits at the moment, it’s probably clogging your pores and could actually be contributing to your breakouts. It’s good for a quick fix if you need it, but make sure you wash it off before you go to sleep, and try to buy brands that are oil-free. Oh, and don’t try popping your zits on your own. I know it’s super tempting, but all it’s going to do is leave a nasty little scar. Plus, touching your pimples is one of the worst things you can do – you’re just transferring the bacteria from your hands on to your face!
If your acne is worse than a single zit once in a while, try using products that are a little stronger. A great brand that doesn’t require a prescription is Proactiv – as long as you use it every day as instructed, you’ll start seeing a difference in your acne (hopefully just in time for prom!). The face washes are great and work for a lot of skin types, plus it’s not going to cost you a ton of money.
But if your pimples are out of control, you should probably take a trip to the dermatologist. Your doctor can check out your skin type and prescribe some products that are super strong. It can be expensive, so maybe make this your last option.
And keep this in mind: you’re always going to notice the zits on your face, no matter where they are, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is. Stress only makes acne worse, so don’t worry about it too much. One or two pimples aren’t going to ruin your appearance!
What’s on your mind? Heather can help! Send her your question at firstname.lastname@example.org
This post written in partnership with Proactiv. But even if they didn’t sponsor us, I’d totally mention them because this stuff works! xo, Heather