4 Common Skincare Emergencies & Easy Fixes
by Cosmetic Blogger Emmy Owens
Let’s face it — there are some days where your skin can be a total drag for absolutely no reason. You can wake up one morning and discover an unexpected rash here or a rogue blemish there completely by surprise. More often than not, skin emergencies pop up minutes before you need to be somewhere and you’re left with nothing but panic. What is a person to do? Luckily, there are a few last-minute solutions to these issues that can bail you and your face out pretty quickly.
We’ve all been there, and we all know this to be true: Breakouts are brutal. They can be minor or major, but each breakout has its own solution. One good approach for a lot of acne breakouts is applying something that you may have in your kitchen cupboard — apple cider vinegar. This household item is great in the fight against blemishes because it has antibacterial properties and can naturally balance the pH levels of your skin. Applying a mixture of vinegar and water to your acne-prone areas can relieve redness and deep-clean the area, helping to clear up small breakouts. Quickly put on this homemade antiseptic at the first signs of acne to clear a potential breakout before it really gets out of control. Or apply the solution to a zit before bed, and you should see a noticeable reduction by morning.
Cracked & Chapped Lips
No matter how religiously you apply Chapstick, it’s possible for lips to become dry and cracked out of nowhere, also often because of our skin’s pH balance. Thankfully, there are many home remedies available to relieve dry or chapped lips that don’t cost a lot of effort or money. Skin heals better when it is kept moist, so combining something like honey and petroleum jelly can not only moisturize dry lips, but can also fight bacteria and heal cracked lips.
Unusually Puffy Eyes
Sometimes, all of the sleep in the world can’t prevent puffy eyes — that’s just a fact of life. Age and lifestyle factors can contribute to this nagging skin concern, but there are a few quick fixes. Cucumber slices under the eyes can be an effective way to combat swelling or dark circles by creating a cooling effect, in addition to delivering antioxidants to the delicate under-eye skin. In addition, cooled tea bags or even potato slices can provide similar results in a pinch.
Unfortunately, rashes can be a scary thing because you’re not always aware of what can cause them. Whether it’s a food allergy or just a bad reaction to a new product or an irritating clothing item, sometimes rashes can appear out of nowhere. Applying aloe vera or basil is a good approach to resolving rash issues with items from your kitchen. However, rashes have the potential to be a little more serious than a simple home concoction. According to the website of Dr. Susan Stuart, a dermatologist in San Diego, most rashes are not dangerous, but expert medical diagnosis is recommended for all unknown skin irritants to safely determine the cause and proper treatment. “Rest assured,” Dr. Stuart writes on her website, “there is a medical treatment for almost every type of rash and skin irritation.” If your rash looks scarier than normal, seek out the help of a professional.
The good news? Chances are, you can solve your skincare scares without leaving your own home. But remember: If symptoms are serious, be sure to seek out a professional to properly diagnose your problems.