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7 WAYS TO BLITZ BLEMISHES

7 WAYS TO BLITZ BLEMISHES 7 WAYS TO BLITZ BLEMISHES
Photograph by Kenneth Willardt / Trunk Archive.

Acne is far and away the worst four-letter word in our beauty vocabulary. It strikes viciously at the worst possible moment, and at any stage and age. Whether breakouts (the kind that blow up around your jawline once a month) have haunted your face since puberty, or you’ve been plagued with pimples that are detracting from your glorious pregnancy glow, we have a tried-and-trusted plan of attack we’re willing to share. It’s all about the three Cs: Calm inflammation. Control excessive oil. Camouflage until those gate crashers have left the party. Meet some of our favourite blemish blitzers.

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A GOOD FACE DAY GUARANTEED

Minimise blackheads and flare ups (present and future) from intruding on a good face day with this clarifying mask from Miami skin magician, Dr Goldfaden. Apply to the problem area/s or do as we do and layer this naturally potent mud all over the face as skinsurance. Then simply soak in the Zinc Oxide to calm inflamed redness while Sulphur disinfects pores and absorbs excess oil.

Goldfaden MD Detox Mask

2

SWIPE LEFT AND RIGHT

People over 25, fist bump; introducing the pore-purging, clearing peel that also deals with fine lines, pigmentation and age indicators in just a few sweeps. Alpha Hydroxy Acid retexturises and refreshes tone while Beta Hydroxy Acid gets deep down to purify and shrink congested pores. Love the tingle. Love the glowing pro results yet the convenience of DIY. Love how well they travel.

Dr Dennis Gross MD Alpha Beta Peel Pads

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ALL-ROUND AMAZING

A plumping, juicy moisture gel we’re loving right now. Why so worthy? A generous, yet gentle dose of antibacterial, complexion-clearing Barberry Extract. We also appreciate the barrier protection factor that locks out irritants that can make skin explode. Thoughtful.

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Gel

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THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE

The cult spot slayer (if you didn’t already know). It’s the Salicylic Acid solution that models, makeup artists, Kylie Jenner, and everyone at MECCA HQ keeps on call for badly timed breakouts. Ingeniously developed with red-reducing calamine, it blitzes whiteheads overnight without torching the surrounding skin.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

5

OILY TYPES: LISTEN UP

The riddle: spotty, oil-soaked skin gets dehydrated, makes more oil, then gets spottier. The reason: oil and moisture aren’t the same thing. If your T-zone’s slick yet the rest of your face is thirsty, a specialised, oil-free, soothing-herb hydrator will re-balance oil and chill breakouts.

Dermalogica Active Moisturiser Oil Free

6

CLEVER CAMOUFLAGE

Badly timed hormonal breakouts around the jawline are one of nature’s most savage jokes. So stubborn, so red, so tricky to mask without tell-tale heavy concealer marks along your chin. If it’s a recurring problem, then get thee to a GP to talk testosterone-oestrogen control. In the meantime, this reliably full-cover, yet invisible concealer makes spots look like smooth skin.

bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer

7

THE GREAT PROTECTOR

Heard Vitamin D can help improve acne? Ok sure but it’s safer to get it from supplements and load on this light, MECCA-made, sunscreen instead. Nobody wants to handle UV-accelerated ageing as well as pimples. This SPF, gel-feel mineral cream is delightfully non-greasy and loaded with anti-inflammatory Oatmeal. So good it doubles as skin care. We wear it even in wet weather we love it so.

Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Mineral Gel Cream Sunscreen

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