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What’s the problem?

You get occasional pimples, usually with white heads.

If you have more than 4 or 5 on your face at any one time, perhaps you have acne. In that case click here.

Quick Fixes

For an instant fix, concealer is the best way to go. Warm a tiny bit between your index finger and thumb, then pat it onto the spot using your index finger until it blends with the surrounding skin. Make sure the spot is smooth and moisturised beforehand. If it’s dry and flakey the concealer will cling to those flakes – not a good look.

Opt for a ‘dry’ texture concealer like MAC Studio Finish Concealer so it stays in place all day.

Make sure to get your shade matched in-person at a cosmetic counter, a custom matched shade will be undetectable on your skin.

Skincare Solutions

If your pimples have white ‘heads’ (full of pus), you can pop them – best to do this at night as the area will be red afterwards. Wrap your popping fingers in a sheet of tissue each so you don’t scratch the skin (which creates scars). If the spot doesn’t pop with gentle pressure, leave it alone. Trying too hard will leave it looking worse. Follow up with a spot treatment gel or face mask.

If they’re red, apply a spot treatment twice a day and wait for the pimple/s to disappear. Don’t try to pop red spots.

In general, work a salicylic acid product into your day-to-day skincare to prevent spots from forming. These products also prevent ingrowns.

Recommended Products

  • Dr Nick Lowe Spot Gel – An effective spot treatment, just apply a bit to the offending pimple and it’ll dry out in a day or two.
  • Clean and Clear Spot Treatment Gel – Another spot treatment, this is slightly more effective than the Nick Lowe product but also not suited to sensitive skin.
  • Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid – Splash a bit of this all over your face daily to prevent the formation of spots, follow with moisturiser.
  • Stridex Pads – Swipe these pads across your skin before moisturising. They work similarly to the Paula’s Choice product.
  • Acne.org Benzoyl Peroxide – This works brilliantly as a spot treatment.
  • Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur Mask – Apply this mask all over your face once a week after a shower to keep your skin clear. You can also use it as a spot treatment on pimples and leave it overnight.
  • Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask – A much cheaper yet still effective alternative to the Peter Thomas Roth mask, it works the same way.

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