Beauty-Marked: What To Do With A Zit Scab
We’ve been told never to mess with our zits or try to pop them ahead of time.
Now I don’t know about you, but it’s like a compulsion for me. I swear it’s like my hands travel of their own will.
Well just a couple of evenings ago, I had an unfortunate encounter with a clogged pore (i.e. a small bump on my left cheek) which retaliated by morphing into an epic zit; i.e. red, angry and swollen beneath the skin. Me being who I am, I put up with the pain and irritation for exactly one day, and then caved in and locked myself in the bathroom with sulfur medication and benzoyl peroxide.
War and bloodshed ensued.
The good news was that I got it cleared out. The bad news was that in place of the zit, I now have a rapidly bruising, slightly puffy bit of skin surrounding a dark scab, which is even harder to conceal than a zit.
And now that the long grandma’s tale is over, THIS IS HOW YOU CONCEAL IT.
Anatomy of the problem:
[Actual area of discoloration before concealing.]
You have 2 things to hide.
- The scab: Almost-black, hard, raised bump that varies in size. If you’re lucky it’s just the size of a mole. If you’re not… well, this post is not going to help you.
- The skin around the scab: deep red and rapidly transforming into a dark plum or brown as the congealed blood under your skin clots. If you really went to town on your skin, you might also be peeling around here.
The things you’ll need are:
1. A good, emollient concealer a shade lighter than your skin tone.
Preferably something quite fluid rather than hard and dry. You will need to hide texture and smooth it over, so a dry and/or hard texture may sound like a good idea but may look cakey. Also, the more purple your bruise, the more you will need a slightly peach-toned concealer, as opposed to a yellow.
I used: Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer
2. A silky loose powder that is a light pink/salmon shade. It can have a very slight pearl or be completely matte, but the important thing is that it be at least about 2-3 shades lighter than your regular powder.
Your regular powder will grab onto thick concealer and look dark and unnatural. You will need to counteract that by setting it with a lighter, more luminous powder. When your regular powder goes on, it will not grab and darken over the concealer. (You will also sweep away the excess pink/salmon powder at this point.)
3. A dark taupe pencil.
By now, the redness around the scab should have been concealed and set as much as it can be, but your scab should still be visible. Many people make the mistake of putting on more and more concealer to try and cover it but the crumbly, irregular surface (eugh) is just not easy to hide.
What you can try is to dot it with a dark charcoal-brown pencil so it turns into a beauty mark. If you only have black, dot your scab, then set it with flesh colored powder to bring down the color and make it more natural. This will also make the pencil last all day.
Not Recommended If:
- The scab is somewhere on the center of your face. Dotting yourself in the center of your forehead, between your brows, on the tip of your nose and on the center of the chin just - well… it just wouldn’t work the same way. But hey, it’s up to you!
- You have multiple scabs all over your face. (Girl, you ought to stop being that rough with your skin!)