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Saving Face: 4 Simple Skin Solutions

The cures and quick fixes for everyday skin struggles; from pimples and bags to splotchiness and undereye circles, we've got you covered.

By Ilana Blitzer

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Skin Challenge: Breakout Bummer

The Cause: Whether you're 14 or 44, pimples can be problematic. Inflammation and hormones may be the culprits; stress often exacerbates the situation.

Help It: First, take a deep breath—it won't clear your skin, but less stress can lead to more stable hormone levels, resulting in fewer breakouts and less inflammation, says Dr. Fried. In the meantime, shrink the spot with a topical product containing salicylic acid, like Benefit Boo Boo Zap, $16. To increase its effectiveness, first apply a little over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream—it's anti-inflammatory and constricts blood vessels, so it helps get the red out, says Dr. Fried. Be sure to use sparingly—a pinhead dot will do the trick.

Hide It: Applying concealer over an acne product can be a recipe for a cake-y skin disaster. Instead, lightly dot on some spot treatment and give it a minute or two to dry completely. Mix a drop of cream concealer with foundation to thin out its thick consistency, says Bowers. Then use a wedge sponge and dab over the area, working outward so it blends well. Or try the dual-ended Jane Iredale Zap & Hide, $25; it has anti-inflammatory tea tree oil and oil-absorbing algae extract on one side, concealer on the other.

Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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