Revive Post-Halloween Skin with These Skin Care Tips
If there’s one thing that’s scarier than your zombie makeup, it’s the skin care nightmare that it can create if you’re not careful. Unfortunately, it can be all too easy to forget to wash off your Halloween makeup before going to sleep, which can have you waking up to the horrors of acne blemishes, blackheads, whiteheads, and skin irritation. But before losing all hope, keep these essential Halloween skin care tips in mind to help you revive your skin once all of the festivities have ended.
1. Wash Your Face
While it might seem to be a little too late, even if you went to sleep with your makeup on, the first thing you should do when you wake up in the morning is thoroughly wash your face. Be sure not to scrub away at stubborn makeup or blemishes, but use a gentle cleanser and technique to sweep away any remaining dirt and debris from the surface of your skin. This serves a number of purposes, including helping to clear your pores to prevent even more breakouts and providing a clean, smooth surface to apply nourishing skin care products.
2. Use Antioxidant-Rich Skin Care Products
Antioxidants are excellent additions to any skin care routine, and they can be especially useful when your skin is in need of a bit of a revival after a night filled with Halloween fun. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that has numerous skin benefits, including aiding in collagen synthesis, helping to defend against UV damage, and providing a skin brightening effect (Linus Pauling Institute).
Skinceuticals CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF are high quality, expertly formulated vitamin C serums that come highly recommended by the team of skin care professionals at Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh and Wexford. These serums can help you achieve a noticeably brighter and healthier-looking complexion.
3. Be Patient
As a general rule of thumb, allow acne-fighting creams and serums at least four weeks to clear your skin. No product is going to work overnight, but that doesn’t mean that it’s ineffective. Even if you’re not seeing immediate results, continue using your dermatologist-recommended acne treatments or other skin nourishing products for several weeks before deciding that they’re not working for you.
4. Cover Up with Oil-Free Makeup
In the meantime, if you want to temporarily cover up blemishes while they heal, make sure you’re using oil-free makeup that won’t clog your pores and lead to even more breakouts. Heavy foundations aren’t good choices, as they can trap dirt and oil inside your pores and may even highlight the appearance of existing blemishes rather than conceal them. Instead, try a lightweight foundation or a light tinted moisturizer, preferably with SPF, to help camouflage pimples until they resolve.
5. Seek Professional Treatment
If you’ve already given your current skin care regimen adequate time to work but you’re still not seeing the results you’re looking for, talk to your dermatologist about professional treatment options that might better treat your condition. Procedures like microdermabrasion and Forever Young BBL laser treatment are often recommended to help clear the skin and remove discoloration or redness associated with acne and acne scarring.
While in some cases, minor acne breakouts will go away on their own, it’s not advisable to let more stubborn or severe acne simply run its course without seeking professional advice, as this can lead to scarring and skin discoloration (American Academy of Dermatology). Instead, utilize the most appropriate skin care products to help clear up any blemishes as soon as you notice them, and work with your dermatologist to address any recurrent or persistent skin issues.
The Bottom Line
Halloween fun doesn’t have to spoil your smooth, flawless complexion. While the best way to maintain clear skin is to prevent breakouts altogether, this isn’t always possible. If you’re struggling with acne or other troublesome skin concerns, speak to a skin care professional to help you decide which treatment method might be the best option for you.
The team of knowledgeable skin experts at Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh and Wexford would be happy to assess your skin condition and design a treatment plan custom-tailored to fit your needs. To schedule your consultation, please call us at (724) 933-1800 or contact us online.