Don’t Pop That Pimple!

You’re staring at your reflection and you can only see one thing: a huge pimple right in the middle of your face. What you’re looking at, as described by health writer Angela Palmer, is the result of a “pore [that] becomes engorged with excess sebum, dead skin cells, bacteria and, often, pus.” As tempting as it may be, don’t pop that pimple!

A new TV show on the TLC network stars a dermatologist nicknamed Dr. Pimple Popper. Like virtually all dermatologists, Dr. Pimple Popper (real name Dr. Sandra Lee), does not recommend you take a DIY approach to a pimple gone wild. She became internet famous by posting YouTube videos of herself attacking pimples, cysts and more serious skin conditions.

But she’s a medical professional, and can prescribe antibiotics to head off infections, or inject cortisone to the affected area. She also knows the difference between a skin issue that can benefit from her unique hands-on approach, and one that should just be left alone.

Don’t Pop That Pimple!

No matter how much you may want to, squeezing a pimple can “push the contents into surrounding skin, making the problem worse. It can also lead to infection and temporary darkening of the skin in that area,” according to IFLScience.com. If that’s not bad enough, the inflammation this causes can end up scarring your skin even after the pimple fades away.

If you do find yourself with an enormous zit but you don’t feel it merits a visit to the doc’s office, just wash your face with a gentle cleanser like Smart Cover’s Makeup Remover & Cleanser. You may want to cover up the blemish with our Camouflage Crème, or you may just want to let it breathe. After all, skin positivity means only covering what you want to cover, when you feel like covering it. That pimple will be gone before you know it, but your brand of unique beauty isn’t going anywhere!

Sunscreen on Your Shoulders Makes Us Happy

sunblock faceOne of the most quoted pieces of advice in recent American history came from an essay by Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich, which immediately became so popular, that it was even turned into a dance song:

“Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.”

Even though Smart Cover gives you extra protection because our coverage is so opaque, we always recommend that you apply suncreen under our concealers. Since we are passionate about helping you to look and feel your best, we wanted to offer you some tips for purchasing sunscreen.

Opt for products that specifically say “broad-spectrum UV coverage” on the label (meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays).
Look for the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) or the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of approval.

Check the expiration date. The FDA requires that sunscreens remain effective for at least three years, so that’s how long you can expect yours to work at full strength. When in doubt, toss it out.

Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you go outside, and be diligent about reapplying every two hours and always after swimming or “sweaty” activities.

Use a shot glass as your guide — it takes a full ounce of sunscreen to adequately cover the exposed areas of your whole body, says the AAD.

Don’t forget your neck, ears, nose, hands, and toes, as well as the backs of your arms and legs.
Love your lips by protecting them with a lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher.

Limit your time in the sun, especially between 10AM and 4PM, when the sun is at its strongest.
Wear sun-protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses as an added layer of defense.
Schedule a yearly screening with your dermatologist and alert them ASAP if you notice any changes in your moles or any new growths or lesions. Caught early, most skin cancers are highly treatable.

And, if you want to “go for the faux,” Smart Cover offers our Suntan Essentials Kit. It’ll give you a tanned look without the harmful rays of the sun.