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How to *not* freak out over a breakout


When it comes to pimples, one is definitely *one* too many. Two are like a set of evil twins, three’s a crowd and anything above that just makes you want to throw in the towel and wear a shopping bag over your head. Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to avoid a zit attack. You may eat all the veggies in the world and wash your face regularly, but, at the end of the day, you’ve got a body full of hormones. And sometimes, those hormones are determined to clog your pores and make you feel super self-conscious. Here’s how to stay confident through your next breakout. 

Focus on your favorite feature.

We may not love our bods 24/7. However, every gal has one body part that she thinks is flawless. Are your legs Kendall Jenner-long? Do your brows make “fleek” seem like an understatement? If you wake up with a not-so-fun skin situation, distract yourself by playing up whatever it is that makes you feel beautiful. Flaunt your fave jeans or test out a new eyeshadow palette. Soon, you'll forget about that pimple you discovered this morning.

Don’t let your mirror mock you.

Mirror, mirror on the wall…Enough! In times of great skin distress, it probably feels like your reflection’s taking every opportunity to criticize you. One long look in the mirror could be enough to make every negative feeling come creeping up. Now, we’re not saying that you should stay away from mirrors for the rest of your life. That’s crazy talk! However, if you find that being in front of one does more harm than good, try keeping those extended visits to a minimum. 

Resist the urge to over-exfoliate.

Sticking to a nightly skincare routine is a great way to manage acne. Using an exfoliating face wash will help to draw pesky dirt and oil out of your pores, which could bring you one step closer to breaking free from your breakout. Unfortunately, too much of this good thing won’t lead to clear skin. Scrubbing to the extreme tends to dry out your face because you’re removing the essential oils it needs to stay balanced. The dryness causes irritation, and you might end up with even more zits. 

Modify your makeup routine.

There’s no shame in adding a lil’ concealer to your getting-ready game. Although you should never feel like you *have* to use makeup, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to cover up a pimple. Green corrector concealer is a nice place to start because the color helps to cancel out redness. Use clean hands to rub a tiny amount over the pimple, then dab on some concealer that matches your skin tone and finish with a dusting of powder. 

Remember that acne isn’t ugly.

Acne is a part of life. It’s annoying and unpredictable but having it doesn’t make you ugly. You’ll always be fabulous, and you’ll always be fierce. Don’t let anybody—or any breakout—tell you otherwise. 

How do you keep your cool during a breakout? Let us know below!

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by Megan Sawey | 11/7/2016