BLEMISHES BE GONE
Don’t use a harsh alcohol-based toner or toothpaste to tame blemishes. Stripping the skin of moisture will send oil glands into overdrive and may worsen your condition. Likewise, a dab of toothpaste on problem spots will do more harm than good. The menthol it contains can cause itching and inflammation, resulting in further acne flare-ups.
Do use an appropriate topical treatment on a blemish right away. One that contains lactic acid or natural plain yoghurt is best for cysts—hard, painful bumps that appear under the skin and can last for weeks—while a salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide formula is ideal for minor to moderate breakouts.