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Anti-Blemish Products to Use When You Can't Help But Pop a Pimple!

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If not for a good foundation, concealer and corrector, we'd all have acne scars showing on our Instagram photos. Who hasn't tried popping a pimple at least once?

We have that bright red pimple on top of our nose on homecoming, and we got tiny acne scars from donning the full-bangs trend.

Even celebrities struggle with acne, with the likes of Jessica Alba and Kate Moss showing acne scars on their face.

These appear as pink or brown pigmentation, depending on one's skin tone. However, as these are "technically not scars" -- says Dr. Pimple Popper, Sandra Lee -- therein lies a promise that it will fade as skin cells regenerate.

On the other hand, zits that become inflamed are more likely to turn into a more permanent scar when not handled properly.

Unfortunately, washing your face and sticking to a daily skincare routine is a tough call for other ladies to make.

There's always so much more to do that's keeping us from following a good skin care regimen. Good thing, beauty experts offered skincare tips that aren't over-demanding and complicated. 

1. Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is a busy girl's best friend, as you only need to commit to a one-step skincare routine once a week. Glycolic acid does wonders for dark spots, scars and acne. It even helps minimize fine lines, thoughg it won't do anything for deep-set wrinkles.

For those with very oily skin and lots of acne, 3% Glycolic Solutions Facial Cleanser by Peter Thomas Roth from Cult Beauty is a recommended buy. Use it only once a week, as it is a potent formulation but is safe for those with sensitive skin.

A word of caution when using glycolic acid: don't overdo it!

Washing frequently with this strong cleanser can irritate your skin. Those with sensitive skin will need to choose the lowest percentage.

2. Hydrocortisone Acid

When it comes to red and swollen pimples, combine one percent hydrocortisone cream and benzoyl peroxide and apply it daily. This potent combination helps calm breakouts while preventing irritation and drying out the acne, which benzoyl peroxide tends to do on its own.

With cystic acne, it's important not to dry the face. Instead, you can spot-treat a painful pimple with a combination of a trusted brand like CeraVe Hydrocortisone Cream and over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide. A product like Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel will work, too!

3. Retinol

First off, if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, you can't use retinol treatment for your pregnancy acne breakout. You'll need to turn to all-natural acne remedies like honey, oat and cucumber, and coconut oil when you're bearing a child.

For the rest of us, ladies, we can reap the benefits of retinol treatment to restore skin post-acne outbreaks.

The most recommended retinol treatment for acne is Differin Gel, which contains 0.1% retinol for acne treatment and prevention. It's a product that even dermatologists recommend.

Just remember, you won't get blemish-free skin overnight. Results can take anywhere between two to 12 weeks to show with this treatment.

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