Pale Skin and Acne
Fair skin often is sensitive skin, and may be prone to breakouts and irritation. If you have pale skin, you know it shows every flaw, so acne may be more noticeable. Choose the right products to treat your acne-prone pale skin. Learn how to hide breakouts with carefully chosen cosmetics that are gentle and light enough for your complexion.
While acne can be an issue for any skin color or type, it may be most visible on fair skin because of the contrast between red, pink or purple blemishes and your pale skin color. Fair skin also may be prone to dryness and sensitivity, making it more difficult to aggressively treat breakouts. Scarring is a concern, and hyperpigmentation may be an issue after your skin clears, according to DermaNetwork.org.
People with light skin tones have a higher instance of nodules and cysts, the most severe form of acne and the most likely to scar, reports Acne.org. Cystic acne is painful, vividly red or purple in color, and slow to heal. Other types of acne, including blackheads and whiteheads also can appear on fair skin. Appropriate treatment depends on the severity and type of breakouts.
Common treatments for acne include salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or tretinoin creams, such as the prescription cream Retin-A. However, all of these treatments may cause redness, skin irritation or peeling, particularly initially, according to MayoClinic.com. Such side effects may be more severe if your fair skin is prone to dryness. If you have especially sensitive skin, consult a dermatologist about managing these side effects or finding a gentler treatment for your skin.
Acne treatments--including tretinoin, antibiotics and retinols--often can make your skin sun sensitive. It's important to apply a high SPF sunblock if you have fair skin, especially during aggressive acne treatment, according to WomensHealth.gov. Choose an oil-free sunblock designed for the face to keep your skin healthy while you treat breakouts. Non-comedogenic cosmetics with built-in sunscreen also may work well to protect your skin.
Finding concealer and foundation light enough for your pale skin can be challenging. Visit cosmetic counters to test shades before purchasing concealer, foundation and powder. Choose a concealer that matches your skin tone as closely as possible, suggests TODAYshow.com. Apply it with a concealer brush, then blend with the tip of your finger. Set the concealer with powder and repeat if necessary. Apply foundation on top of the concealer, if desired.
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