4 Products to Save Stubborn Skin + My Tips

Lots of factors go into keeping skin clear and smooth.  The products you use, the food you eat, and your genes all determine what type of skin you will have.  Even when you have all those things down to a science sometimes something goes out of wack.  New texture shows up on your cheeks, pimples are popping up here and there even when you're not on your period, and never before seen redness that just won't go away are all stubborn skin concerns that have us running to the internet and drugstore to find the miracle product that will achieve skin nirvana.  While I'm very thankful for good skin that is rarely problematic, I always have these four products on hand for when it's acting up (like now, texture and pimples...ughh!)

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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion - $17

This product has a cult following for a reason!  Drying Lotion's formula of salicylic acid and calamine fight white heads while you sleep without leaving your skin dry and flaky come morning.  I love using this overnight on a pesky pimple that isn't quite ready to be evacuated and I do see a considerable decrease in size after using this. 

Clean & Clear Advantage Fast Clearing Spot Gel - $5.99

Clean & Clear's Advantage Fast Clearing Spot Gel is perfect for combating pimples invisibly during the daytime.  After I use the Drying Lotion at night, I smooth a layer of this clear gel over the spot after cleansing so it can work through out the day.  I find this product to be most effective in targeting pimples even before they come to a head! 

Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack - $22

When I have clogged pores, texture, or any white/black heads I turn to this mask to help clear them out and detoxify.  I've talked about this product before and said I wasn't that impressed with it, but after using it more when my skin has been ultra stubborn I really have noticed the difference it makes in detoxifying yet calming down the area.  I also enjoy that its a bit rough so it gently exfoliates as you wash it away. 

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment - $59

If all three of the above products still aren't doing enough, I bring out the big guns...GlamGlow.  This super potent blend of six acids and activated charcoal work double time to reduce pore size, clear clogged pores, soothe redness, and they help treat ingrown hairs (just learned about this one!).  If I have texture and widespread stubbornness I'll use this all over the face, but if I just have a few pimples here and there I'll use it as a spot treatment overnight instead of the Drying Lotion.  I have witnessed a pimple disappearing overnight with this mask and that's why I always have a pot on hand.  While the $59 price tag is scary, the pot is really big and little goes a lonnnnggggg way, so you can easily have one for other a year! 

Products can help address skincare concerns but I like to also implement a few more things to speed up the healing process.

1. Wear little to no face makeup.

This one sounds scary, especially if you use foundation on the daily and it's become somewhat of a security blanket, but giving it up for a few days will help so much!  When skin is mad, the last thing it wants it to be suffocated by makeup.  Also I find makeup usually just brings more attention to the problem.  To distract, focus on something else to play up like a bold lip color or super glowy skin!  I love to add lots of cream highlighter to the cheekbones, nose, arch of the brows, and cupid's bow.  Your skin will look so radiant and glowy, no one will even notice the zit you're stressing about. 

2. Wear SPF!

Did anyone else always hear that the sun will help clear up acne?  While that statement isn't necessarily false, the sun does help decrease bacteria growth, it also still causes irreparable damage that lost far longer than any pimple will.  So slather on that SPF, preferably oil-free and at least SPF 40.

3. Strip Down Your SKincare Routine

As someone who LOVES a long and extensive skincare routine, this one tip is the hardest for me to keep, but I always thank myself when I do!  Sometimes your skin reacts weirdly to a new product you might be using or something else in your regime.  Like a diet, eliminating unnecessary products like serums and oils can help you pinpoint the problem.  Stick to cleansing, toning, and moisturizing until your skin clears up, then gradually add back in those other steps and treatments. 

4. Limit or Cut Out Dairy and Sugar

Sadly, we are what we eat.  A week or two of vacation or just eating crappy can show up on our skin.  Cutting out dairy and sugar, major culprits for inflammation, will not only help your skin clear up, but also make you feel better all together. 

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