Your Skin Might Improve if You Use Fewer Products
Picture this: you’ve just woken up to a huge pimple.
What’s your go-to move? Assuming it’s not going to town with your two fingers and squeezing (which it shouldn’t be, obvi), it might be putting on your fave pimple cream or dabbing some toothpaste on the blemish.
If it’s a really big pimple, you probably squeeze out a glob of your product of choice and keep reapplying every couple hours to dry that bitch out.
Well, you should stop that. Seriously.
In fact, Manhattan dermatologist Neal Schultz, M.D. explained to Glamour that less is more when it comes to anti-acne products.
“People think if a little salicylic acid, or glycolic acid, or toothpaste is good, more is better,” he said to Glamour. “It gets to the point that the active ingredient irritates the skin, making it scaly and flaky and red.”
Yikes. Not lit.
Instead, he suggests using something gentler if you’ve already broken out. This makes sense, ‘cuz the face wash meant to stop your skin from breaking out is probably not going to help once you’ve already gotten a pimple. He suggests something with a benzoyl peroxide concentration around 2.5 percent.
And sometimes, much as we hate to admit it, the best thing to get a pimple to go away quickly is to leave it the fuck alone.