A Beauty Chat: How To: Treating & Covering Spots


There are many things that contribute to getting breakouts, from hormones to stress, to diet to skin type. Anything that interferes with our clear skin is never welcome, is it? It's no secret that I suffer from breakouts like many others, so I'm going to be sharing with you a few things I have learnt along the way, to treating and covering our little friends. To see my other post on how to prevent and manage blemishes, CLICK HERE.

Like everything, there are reasons that you cannot control with why you are prone to blemishes, but that doesn't mean that you have to put up with them and just give up. These little face demons are something that we just add to the list of "go away and don't ever come back...please". 


1. First thing I have found that really helps with breakouts, is super affordable and easily accessible is Tea Tree Oil. This can be used in a few ways and I alternate between them depending on how my skin is. Tea Tree oil can be used as a spot treatment, applied on a cotton bud and dotted on the blemish, which is something I often do before bed. It can also be used as a toner or facial spritz, so add a few drops into a spray bottle, and fill up with water and this can be sprayed onto the skin and with the antibacterial properties it not only fights the blemish but also hydrates and refreshes the skin which for is very important. Add a few drops in to your moisturiser or serum and this will dilute it down but will still give the benefits of this magic little bottle of awesomeness. 

2. Next is the Avene TriAcneal (£23.00) which contains Glycolic Acid, Efecticose and Retinaldehyde, which are the spot fighting dream team. They 1. Smooth skins surface and reduce scarring and pigmentation, 2. Reduces inflammation and 3. Eliminates imperfections. This product is a brilliant treatment, and since I've started using this, I have seen a huge improvement in the size of the spot and the marks that it leaves behind.

3. Next up is from La Roche-Posay and it's the Effaclar K. I did use the Effaclar Duo for quite a while but my skin never seemed to be free of those tiny red and painful bumps and once I stopped using the Effaclar Duo they went away and I have been reluctant to try the newly released and improved Effaclar Duo +. Anyway, the Effaclar K gradually exfoliates the skin to reduce pores and improve the texture providing a clear and smooth complexion. Coming in at £13.00 it's not breaking the bank and it really does work. 

4. The Body Shop have some great skincare products, the Tea Tree range is of course, targeted at blemish prone skin, but I found the foam washes and moisturisers a bit too much for my skin, but the Blemish Fade Night Lotion (£9.00) is amazing. It is a lightweight lotion that again uses the antibacterial properties of tea tree oil and leaving a matte finish, and whilst a spot treatment, it still soothes and moisturises the skin and dramatically improves the skins texture - my skin whilst using this was so smooth, anytime I didn't apply it I could tell straight away. However be careful not to put this anywhere near your eyes as even just the scent caused some irritation for me.


1. The most important step for me, having problematic skin is applying a primer. Primers can not only increase the longevity of your makeup but can also correct and smooth and blur out and imperfections. Examples that I use and recommend is The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser £7.50, which smoothes and reduces pores whilst leaving a matte finish, the Benefit POREfessional £24.50 which is brilliant for those with oily skin too and it just smoothes skin creating a perfect base for makeup. Another brilliant option is the Seventeen Skin WOW 3 Way Highlighter, which may come as a bit of a surprise, but this is brilliant for blurring those imperfections which oddly enough, doesn't highlight the blemishes at all. I apply this as a primer duo, and use it with another brilliant option which is the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch which I love as it just smooths out the skin, doesn't do anything fancy but provides a brilliant base for makeup.

2. When you look in the mirror and see a active breakout, a scar, or the remnants of breakouts, what is it that makes it noticeable? Is it the bump, the dry, flakey skin, or maybe the discolouration or redness? What makes a blemish difficult to cover is either the redness or the texture (or both). Starting with redness, using a yellow or green concealer will banish most of the redness (see more HERE) which then makes it very easy to cover the rest with foundation or your normal concealer. Yellow is the shade that for me covers redness amazingly with which there are other products like primers or yellow concealers that are brilliant, but for others, the green concealers and primers are what works best for them so you just need to see which is best for your skin. But once the redness has been counteracted with whichever shade, it makes it much easier to cover the blemish. 

3. Covering the texture of a spot and dry flakey skin is tricky as makeup tends to accentuate it (to see how you tackle the texture issue, see the "managing" section of my previous post HERE). But using a small detail brush like the Real Techniques one or even just a small clean detail eye brush, dip into the concealer and wipe the excess on the back of your hand (start with a little bit and build up) lightly dab the brush on to the centre of the blemish and pat the product onto it gently, then with a translucent or coloured powder, using the same brush, lightly dab the powder on top of that concealer - this not only adds a little coverage but also sets the concealer so it doesn't budge though the day - if the blemish isn't covered to your satisfaction then repeat the step. Remember, don't pack a load of concealer on to speed this process up, it won't have the same effect. 

4. Now that we have the blemish concealed, we want to make sure our makeup won't go anywhere. For that a finishing powder is your best friend. There are lots of options for finishing powders, from the likes of Rimmel Stay Matte priced at £3.99, to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. For years the Stay Matte was a constant staple in my makeup as it is amazing for setting makeup, withou it looking cakey or too powdery. The Ambient Lighting Powders are also a brilliant option, as they have technology in them which blurs out imperfections, which is brilliant for someone who has problematic skin. But it's pretty pricey at £38.00 but I think it's a brilliant powder.

That's it for the Treating & Covering blemishes, I hope you found this helpful, and don't forget to check out the Preventing & Managing post that went up yesterday (SEE HERE).

Have you got any tips for treating or covering blemishes? 

(I in no way claim to have perfect skin, nor am I a professional or think I know everything about skin are, this is just what works for me and what I have learnt along the way.)

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