How to Fix a Breakout on Your Face

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Ginnifer Goodwin sports a breakout-free complexion at the 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills.
Ginnifer Goodwin sports a breakout-free complexion at the 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills. (Image: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Whether you fell asleep in your makeup a few nights too many, are experiencing nature's not-so-friendly hormonal side effects, or have realized your usual skin care routine is just not working out; you have a wide variety of options when it's time to fix a breakout on your face. While spot-treatment is certainly a main component of clearing up an existing blemish, consider the more long-term facets of your daily routine that will clear up current spots while preventing future problems.

Things You'll Need

  • Facial cleanser
  • Spot treatment product
  • Spot-treatment sealer
  • Spot-treatment concealer

Gently wash your face with a facial cleanser containing the active ingredient salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to help clean skin, gently exfoliate, unclog pores and prevent new breakouts. Wash your face twice a day, especially before going to bed to remove makeup and dirt while sleeping.

Spot treat your breakout by applying an acne-fighting spot treatment product to the blemish or blemishes only. Choose a product with an active ingredient that dries out the blemish, such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil.

Apply a spot-treatment sealer if you plan on wearing makeup, so your foundation does not build up or appear unsightly on blemishes. Select a spot-treatment concealer if you choose to conceal the blemishes with or without the addition of foundation.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid wearing makeup, moisturizer or any product when working out; as pores try to cleanse themselves out, the product on the surface of your face may result in clogged pores and breakouts. Clean your face immediately after working out to help manage existing breakouts and prevent future blemishes.
  • Avoid scrubbing your face, particularly the breakouts, to avoid irritating your skin, which may result in extra oil production and inflamed skin.
  • If you wear sunscreen, choose oil-free, non-comedogenic, lightweight selections to avoid making things worse and causing breakouts.

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