What to Do When You Get a Pimple at Work: a 5-Step Plan
Getting a pimple is never a good thing, but it's arguably even *more* annoying when it happens at work. Dealing with a zit in the office isn't easy. Unlike your apartment, you can't really walk around with a glob of spot treatment on your face. (Imagine if you were called into a last-minute meeting. Shudder.)
If you do find yourself in this precarious position, don't fret. All you need are a few products preemptively stashed in your desk drawer, a few minutes of privacy and this story. (Screenshotted on your phone for emergency reference.)
Ready? Follow the simple five-step plan below and thank us later.
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Blemish Patrol Pads ($56)
Get thee to a mirror (bathroom or compact) stat, and assess the damage. If a teensy red bump has taken up residence on your face, you can probably skip ahead to step #3 or #4. If the spot in question is actually a whitehead, take a closer look. Is it ready to be squeezed or could you feasibly cover it with makeup? Bear in mind that popping a blemish in a communal bathroom probably isn't the most hygienic thing to do, and covering up a weepy sore (sorry—gross) is trickier than masking an in-tact bump. If you elect to squeeze, do so with clean fingers, and hold a salicylic acid-soaked pad on the spot afterwards. If you're not playing Dr Pimple Popper, we'd still recommend you swipe to cleanse the area.
Bioderma Sebium AKN Purifying Corrective Care Fluid ($25)
Dabbing on a clear lotion containing either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide a few times during the day will work wonders if you can suffer through leaving your spot uncovered. If not, apply a tiny bit after your initial discovery and gently massage it in with a cotton bud. Give it a minute to fully absorb before moving on to the next step.
BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Prep Gel ($38)
It may seem strange to layer primer on top of a blemish, but if you choose one designed for problem skin you'll reap skincare benefits in addition to a smoother canvas. This one is made with spot-fighting tea tree oil as well as oil-absorbing minerals that combat shine. Again, a tiny dab is all you need, and you'll want to let it settle for a minute before adding coverage.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($52)
If you've ever had trouble successfully hiding a blemish, it's more than likely because you were using the wrong product. (Trust—the day I learned the difference between waxy and creamy concealers changed my cover-up game.) If your spot remains unsqueezed, opt for a waxy formula like the Laura Mercier pick above. This type of formula (solid at room temp) covers well and gives the skin a matte finish that helps conceal the texture of the skin. Apply with a brush ($25) for best results. If you did squeeze, a concealer may not "stick", so apply a sheer layer of powder first to give it something to bind to. No-one in the office kitchen will be any the wiser.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($26)
Once you're home, it's time to cleanse and treat your blemish properly. Double-cleanse your entire face as soon as you can and apply your usual serums and moisturiser. (Avoid smoothing anything too heavy over the blemish itself—you'll want to give it the opportunity to absorb the actives you're about to apply.) Hit the spot with a blemish treatment, then leave it alone. Apply again once or twice before bed, and wake up to a much smaller (and easier to conceal) spot on the morrow.