Make breakouts "disappear" with a little makeup magic.
The redness that accompanies acne can be camouflaged with the right makeup and application techniques. Green-based primers can be applied first, to help counteract the redness in the skin. Next, apply a non-comedogenic makeup that matches your skin tone. Finish with a light dusting of powder. Remember to cleanse all traces of makeup from your face at the end of the night.
Men and teen boys can opt for tinted acne medications. These flesh-tinted products help to tone down redness and blend naturally into the skin. Many popular over-the-counter brands, such as Clearasil, Oxy and Neutrogena, offer tinted treatment products.
If you're still unsure, put in a call to your local salon or day spa.
Many have makeup artists or estheticians on staff that can assist you in choosing makeup colors, and give you tips and tricks to help cover acne blemishes. You can even make an appointment to have your makeup professionally done before your big party. But schedule your appointment well in advance; these professionals book up early during this time of year.
Eliminate ultra-dry skin.
Even beautifully applied makeup will look unattractive if it's put on over dry, flaking skin. Dry skin is common during the winter months, and acne treatment products can exacerbate the problem. To ward off dryness and keep your skin soft and supple, use an oil-free moisturizer.
If your skin isn't inflamed, try a gentle alpha hydroxy acid treatment to help eliminate flakiness. Avoid gritty scrubs that can aggravate blemishes.
If you are using prescription acne medicines like Retin A, Differin or Accutane, never use an exfoliant product unless directed to do so by your doctor. Instead, get rid of peeling skin with a washcloth and some very light rubbing.
Choose your clothing colors carefully.While red certainly looks festive during the holiday season, if you have acne you may want to steer clear of this color. The eye automatically matches similar colors. If your skin is inflamed, the red colored shirt will only seem to intensify the redness of the skin. The same goes for all red-based colors, like pink, fuchsia, burgundy and wine shades. Other colors like green, silver, or gold, can be just as festive without exaggerating the redness of the skin.
Tame holiday stress.
The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends. But with so many obligations that crop up this time of year, stress is often a reality of the holiday season. There is some indication that stress may worsen acne. Making a point to soothe tension may help to stave of an increase in breakout activity. Managing stress, at the very least, will make for a happier holiday season.
Use spot treatments on the inevitable pimples that do appear.
Pimples will happen, even during the holidays. Try not to stress about them, and instead reach for a spot treatment product containing salicylic acid or sulfur. These ingredients can help speed healing of the blemish and reduce inflammation.
You may also use a treatment mask containing these ingredients to help soothe the skin, speed healing, and calm inflammation. Most acne treatment masks can be used one to three times per week. Always follow usage directions.