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Banish those breakouts

Banish those breakouts

While everyone has had to deal with breakouts, the ways we treat them varies wildly. Some can't help but squeeze them, others slather on expensive products, and there are always those that swear by a blob of toothpaste on stubborn spots.

If you're confused about how to deal with zits, we've compiled top skin experts' dos and don'ts for fighting pimples.


"Do keep your skin clean with a mild cleanser and hydrated with a light, oil-free moisturiser morning and night," Dr Alexis Granite, Dermatologist at Cadogan Cosmetics, told Cover Media.

"Try applying an over-the-counter anti-acne medication (with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid) to help spots clear up more quickly.

"Do try a dab of oil-free concealer or foundation to cover spots."

Antoinette Crawford, founder of Adam and Eve Skincare,, also shared her dos: be gentle, use natural products and calm with products that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Antoinette also recommends getting crafty and using things you already have in the home for a DIY solution.

"Cucumber is still one of the best anti-inflammatories and is a natural cleanser too – so either use a fresh slice or mash some up and lie back and pop on the area for ten minutes," she advised.

"A warm chamomile tea bag brewed with boiled water and cooled to warm is another goodie.

"Or infuse some fresh rosemary and lavender in some water that you have boiled and let cool to warm. Dab a small piece of cotton wool in the infusion and rest on the skin for ten minutes."


"It is never a good idea to pop a spot yourself. Squeezing a spot can spread bacteria. If it is an absolute shiner and you have a special occasion you are best to visit a beauty therapist and have it treated in a clean, sterile environment," Dr Granite said.

"Never attempt to even think about popping a spot without an obvious whitehead with an oozy centre or a blackhead."

She also says washing or scrubbing the skin is a total no-no, as it's just too harsh and can increase sebum production, making breakouts worse.

Applying toothpaste is also one of those myths: it actually causes irritation and can even bring on an allergic reaction.

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