As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Sandra Lee always urges people to resist popping their own pimples because it can often do more harm than good — making spots worse and leading to scarring and potential infection. She is aware however, that most of us will not listen to that. With this in mind, we asked for her expert advice on how to pop a spot properly.
When you think about breakouts you automatically picture a teenager with a few spots. But while there is still a stigma attached to the age we experience them, it is becoming more and more apparent that breakouts do not discriminate against age.
The products included in The Breakout Box were hand-picked by our Founder and Skincare Expert, Caroline Hirons. Read on to find out why she chose breakouts as a theme and why the products were selected.
Why did you choose breakouts as a theme?
Irrespective of your age or skin tone, if you have oily or combination skin and visible breakouts, this is the Box for you.
The Breakout Box came to fruition as we know that quite a few older people bought into our Teen Box. Breakouts are something many of us experience at some stage in our lives and so I wanted to create a targeted routine designed to decongest, soothe and balance blemish-prone skin.
Why did you choose these products?
Whether you’re experiencing large, painful, hormonal spots or a cluster of breakouts from a heavy weekend, I’ve chosen products that can help to tackle breakouts, no matter what the cause.
Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser:
This gently foaming cleanser is ideal if you suffer from excess oil and blackheads. It removes dirt, oil and makeup without stripping the skin, thanks to the addition of glycerin and aloe vera.
Murad Daily Clarifying Peel:
Working over time to decongest pores and resurface the skin, this multi-action peel is a triple-threat when it comes to breakouts. Addressing both the cause of spots and appearance of congested skin, it uses a powerful combination of glycolic acid, salicylic acid and a retinoid.
If you are new to acids, please start by using twice a week. Increase if you feel it is necessary.
REN Clearcalm Replenishing Gel Cream:
When your skin feels oily, angry and congested, the last thing you want is a thick, heavy moisturiser. This soothing, lightweight gel cream is designed to boost moisture in breakout-prone skin, leaving it feeling calm and comfortable.
Votary Blemish Rescue Oil:
This oil has been designed as a sophisticated alternative to traditional spot treatments which can be quite drying. It’s brilliant if you suffer from regular breakouts and want an invisible treatment that can be re-applied throughout the day without stripping the skin.
What’s your advice for dealing with breakouts?
First and foremost, work out what might be triggering your breakouts. Is it your hormones? Stress? Your skincare routine? Each of these factors can lead to breakouts, so it’s important to identify the potential cause when treating them.
On that note, treat the spots, take care of the skin. Don’t treat your entire face as if it’s covered in breakouts (unless it is!). Spot treatments such as the Votary Blemish Rescue Oil included in the Box, are brilliant for targeting localised areas.
I’ve also created a complete guide on types of spots and how to deal with them which you can read here.
Shop The Breakout Box.
Wearing a mask creates a humid environment, which provides a host of organisms (such as bacteria/yeast) the perfect conditions to grow. The combination of micro- organism growth and friction can cause/exacerbate acne, eczema, rosacea and contact dermatitis.
Don’t start poking about at your face if you don’t know what you’re dealing
with. You’ll end up scarred, bleeding and all manner of annoyed.
Here is a guide on the different types of spots, and how best to deal with them.
Zits. Pustules. Papules. Wheals. Comedones. Milia. There are lots of things that
happen to the skin – especially on the face – on a regular basis.
This is purely for:
This is not about acne, blackheads or postules. We’re talking about your average spot that comes up occasionally – you know it’s coming – you can feel it, it started with a bump, felt sore, then got a little red, hurt a little more, then you see a faint hint of something that could be a head. A little white may show underneath.
And then, typically, if you are the average person, you:
●Stab it (leading to scarring)
●Poke it (doing absolutely nothing)
●Squeeze it (if too early, will bruise, then potentially scar)
●Load it with tea tree oil (no need – it’s probably not bacterial)
●Load it with spot treatment (see above)
●Or GOD FORBID – put toothpaste on it (please no)