Good news and bad: There’s no secret ingredient to beating a breakout.
1. For sensitive skin
2. For oily skin
3. For cystic bumps
If you’re looking to beat a hard, under the skin bump fast, your best bet is a cortisone shot. Dr. King suggests heading to your derm as soon as the zit appears for maximum effect. Keep in mind, these treatments cost at least $100 and may not be covered by insurance.
4. Gentle exfoliation is key
Exfoliation should be part of your regular routine, but in winter especially there’s no need to totally strip your face of oils. King loves the Sonic Facial Brush for an exfoliation that’ll leave you feeling clean, not naked. (Instrumental Beauty, $80)
5. Try a gentle peel
If you know you’ll need to glow in two weeks (brides, I’m looking at you) King recommends a gentle peel to ensure clean skin. It’s best to do a dry run ahead of time to make sure you know how your skin responds — for newbies, we love the smooth + flawless starter pack from Dr. Dennis Gross. (Sephora, $48)
6. Skip the DIY
There’s a time and a place for natural remedies, but a new breakout is not the time to test out your grandmother’s famous homemade facemask. King warns to be cautious about trying DIY treatments like toothpaste or tea tree oil, which can be irritating to the skin.