Tips and Tricks for Problem Skin

This goes hand-in-hand with my last post about my problem skin. Here are some easy tips and tricks for dealing with all sorts of skin issues.


  1. Don’t over conceal! After you prime, use your foundation first to see how well it covers by itself. Then apply a little bit of concealer if necessary. Applying too much concealer can draw attention to the blemish, and make your face cakey.
  2. Wash wash wash! Wash your face at least twice a day. I do it when I wake up and before I go to bed. DO NOT SLEEP IN YOUR MAKEUP! That is one of the worst things for acne.
  3. Moisturize! Even if you have oily skin, it is important to moisturize. If you don’t, your skin will dry out and your face will over produce oils that cause acne.
  4. Try your absolute best not to touch your face with your hands, and if you do touch it, make sure that your hands are clean.
  5. Change your pillow case regularly. I try to change my pillowcase at least twice a week. Bacteria from your face builds up on your pillowcase and causes breakouts when you lay your face on it over and over.
  6. Don’t over exfoliate. Exfoliating your face too frequently can irritate your skin and cause breakouts. Exfoliate once MAYBE twice a week.

Large pores and acne scars:

  1. Primer is key! Use a good pore perfecting primer. I use Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More primer.
  2. If something doesn’t work for you–don’t give up! Try new products, do some research. Everyone’s skin is different, so what works best for me might not work best for you.
  3. Using shimmery blush or highlighter on your large pore/acne scarred areas will make them easier to see. Opt for a matte blush, and apply your highlighter higher on your cheek to avoid making those pores/scars more obvious.


  1. Translucent powder has been a game changer for me, when it comes to my oily skin. Baking my forehead and cheeks with powder after my foundation and concealer keeps my oil at bay all day!
  2. Don’t skip the moisturizer! You can use less moisturizer, but do use some. It’s like I said in the acne section, your skin will think it needs to produce more oil if you don’t moisturize it. Been there, done that. I was a grease ball.
  3. Keep pressed powder or oil blotters on hand when you’re out and about. Those are the best tools for on-the-go oil fixes. Just dab some powder or blot your face on the oily section and you’re good as new.
  4. Choose your moisturizer carefully. Water based moisturizers are best for oily skin.
  5. Don’t use “dewy” or “luminous” products. They will make your face look even wetter and shinier.  Choose a matte finish foundation and/or setting spray.
  6. I find that using too much highlighter make me look too shiny when my oiliness is in full swing. I go lighter with my highlight if I know that I am going to be out for a long time or sweating.

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