what to do when you break out

Even those of us with the best intentions can wind up with an ill-timed spot now and then. It happens to me on occasion when I’ve tried a new beauty product that did not agree with my skin or it’s that time of the month (despite adhering stringently to my skincare routine). At the first sign, I pull out a few products that have proven to clear things up in record time.

After a thorough cleanse, I use a purifying face mask either all over or as a spot treatment. I love May Lindstrom The Problem Solver all over. I mix a tablespoon of the powder with a tablespoon of water and apply with a mask brush. Otherwise the Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur Mask works wonderfully as a spot treatment – it’s too harsh on my skin to use all over.

In the interest of not overdoing it with too many harsh treatments that can dry and stress out skin even worse, my next step is the Farmacy Honey Potion Mask. It gets a little warm upon application which is so soothing on irritated skin. It also nourishes, hydrates and reduces inflammation.

Next up is an overnight spot treatment. I use Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment if the spot hasn’t been popped or has just been popped – it helps bring the infection up and out and dry it up. The following night I’ll use Osmia Organics Spot Treatment to speed up the recovery process. I’ve found it reduces redness faster and helps avoid scarring.

Once a breakout is on its last leg, I use the Murad Lightening Gel as my serum for a few nights in a row. It has hydroquinone, willow bark, tea tree and AHAs to fade discoloration and even skin tone.

Photo, Ji Hye Park, Vogue China