Not squeezing a spot is one of those cardinal beauty rules that is often broken, but there are things you can do to lessen the damage if you do choose to mess. Your best bet is always to leave your extractions to the pros, but if you can't resist the urge, take some advice from celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau. "If you are going to squeeze a spot or blemish, make sure you aren't making it worse and creating further damage to the skin," she says. "The issue isn't just the blemish itself, but the red, dark, or purple mark left over from picking that can linger for months. The goal is to get the infection out of the skin in the least invasive way." Learn how to do that when you follow these steps.
The piece: Acne Studios Ruth Air Sweater
The price: £220
Why we want it: Autumn weather is officially here, and when the temperatures make the air crisp and cool, there's nothing more delicious than a decadent cable-knit sweater in a mood-altering lavender colour to keep warm. With alternating textures woven throughout and a ribbed crewneck collar, this Acne option is our top choice for our favourite season.
The piece: Acne Sheena Tuxedo Collar Shirt
The price: £210
Why we want it: A white blouse has an endless amount of styling potential. And while we love the look of a crisp tuxedo shirt on men, we prefer a feminine version in a soft fabric that is light and has movement without sacrificing structure. It's a tall order, yes, but this Acne blouse is constructed in chiffon with stiff cotton-pique trim and classic tuxedo bib styling. For maximum menswear style, we'll wear it with a shrunken blazer, cropped pants, and a statement brogue. To play up the femininity, we'll pair it with a pencil skirt (a high slit is necessary), pointy-toe pumps, and a sleek ponytail. The combinations are endless with a piece this classic.
Pimples under the surface of the skin, especially on or around the chin, can be painful, annoying, and just plain stubborn. Making a hot compress to apply to the problem area is a great way to bring a pimple to a head, but sometimes it's just not enough. Find out how to get that pimple out fast below.
- Tea bag compress: Not only can a warm tea bag help bring the pimple to the surface, but also, the tannins within, particularly in black tea, help reduce redness and swelling.
- Patch work: This bit of advice comes from Dr. Adrienne Denese. Simply dab hydrocortisone cream on the infected area and cover with a plaster. This at-home remedy will also assist in taking down inflammation.
- If you must . . . If you have a whitehead that's reached the surface and you must "pop" it, then start by wrapping tissues around both forefingers for sanitary purposes. Then, don't pop, but squeeze; you don't want to push the bacteria deeper into the skin. Once the pimple has been extracted, resist the urge to touch it, and treat with an antibacterial cream or medicated pimple spot treatment.
- If it's not surfacing: Ask you doctor about your options. A cortisone shot might just be right for you.
We loving talking about lipstick, hair, and nails, but sometimes we have to discuss the less-flattering topics, too, like finding pimples on your derriere. Nobody probably wants to admit it, but most of us have had a butt blemish in our lives. Don't fear the swimsuit, though. See how to get back to that smooth-as-a-baby's-bottom stage when you read more.
Ever notice how acne seems to clear up after a day of sunbathing? Although your pimples may have disappeared, you're actually putting your skin at greater risk from sun damage if you skip protection. But sometimes sunscreen causes an even worse breakout in the end. Sigh.
"While many acne patients seek the sun hoping to 'dry out' their skin, what they normally end up with is sunburned acne," explains Dr. Ava Shamban, board certified dermatologist and author of Heal Your Skin. Find out how to choose the right sun cream, all while keeping your skin clear, when you read more.
Yes, fringe elevate your Summer hair hotness level to the umpteenth degree, but are you paying the price with unwanted forehead blemishes? Hairline acne (street name "pomade acne") can be caused by the constant contact between hair and skin, which deposits debris from your styling products onto your face. Sure, your bangs are the perfect cover-up, but clear skin is the better choice. Get tips for keeping your skin clear underneath the fringe when you read more.
Sure, great skin is the result of regular cleansing and exfoliation, but that doesn't always have to come in the form of a store-bought tube. Some of the best acne fighters out there are hiding right under your nose . . . or in your pantry. In honour of Acne Awareness Month, uncover five surprising zit-zappers you have at home.
Blackheads, surprisingly, aren't caused by dirt. Shocked? We were too. When Dr. Howard Murad offered up his advice and facts about pore size, blackheads, and how we can get our clearest, cleanest skin ever, we were all ears. Murad's Pore Reform Blackhead & Pore Clearing Duo will be available online and in stores the week of July 1. On Kirbie: Aryn K dress, Club Monaco blazer.