Should a major blemish suddenly
appear, call your dermatologist. A cortisone injection will shrink
it within 24 hours. Is your doctor AWOL? Arielle Kauvar, M.D., a
cosmetic dermatologist in New York City, recommends Neutrogena's
On-the-Spot Acne Patch;
worn overnight, it visibly reduces any redness or swelling.
Consult your doctor to determine
the best way to lighten them, says Dr. Kauvar. If pigmentation is
causing the problem, bleaching creams can help, but even
prescription-strength medicines take at least six weeks to work. A
quicker fix—but considerably more expensive—is laser treatment; one
visit alone can produce a 70 percent improvement, says Dr. Kauvar.
Always have a five-day course of
oral antibiotics on hand for this recurring viral condition (pay
attention to any localized tingling—a sign that a sore is on the
way). Start taking the medication the moment you feel this
sensation, and the sore may never emerge, says Kauvar. If it does,
dry it out with over-the-counter Domeboro tablets or powder
dissolved in water.
Lobster skin? Treat the condition
like any acute burn, says Dr. Kauvar: Apply cold compresses, take
aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve pain and reduce swelling, and smooth
on a gentle moisturizer like Lubriderm Skin Therapy Moisturizing
Lotion to help prevent peeling.
Fat freckles and beauty marks will
fade quickly with in-office chemical peels, says Dr. Kauvar. Any
irritation should clear within a week or two. For lighter
discoloration, use acid-based toners and moisturizers that gradually
lighten skin over several weeks. And always wear sun block. Editor's
pick: Peter Thomas Roth's Glycolic Acid 10% Moisturizer.