THE FASTER WAY TO HEAL BLEMISHES
Apply a spot treatment to conceal and treat acne quickly.
Spot treatments are not new to anyone who struggles with acne, but traditional formulas are often thick, white, or textured, making them suitable only for overnight use. However, there are products that can be applied during the day to covertly heal blemishes—and speed healing.
Engelman notes that these treatments should only be used as needed, and should not replace an ongoing regimen of medication, moisturizer, and cleanser. “You’re treating acne after it’s already reared its ugly head, not preventing pimples from forming,” she says. But when a quick fix is necessary, try one of the below for a fast and discreet solution.
Glossier Zit Stick
Unlike many spot treatments, which should only be used once pimples have come to a head, Glossier’s Zit Stick can be applied at the first sign of a breakout. The formula, which combines bacteria-killing benzoyl peroxide with pore-unclogging salicylic acid, dries clear and can be used up to three times per day.
COSRX Clear Fit Master Patch
COSRX’s pimple patches, which are applied directly on top of a blemish and work to draw bacteria out, are thin enough to be worn during the day or disguised under makeup.
It Cosmetics Full-Coverage Concealer
Oil-based concealers can clog the pore and make the breakout worse. This one from It Cosmetics is made with tea tree, a natural acne-fighting extract, and sulfur, which dries out excess oil and unclogs the infected pore.