The 12 Best Products for All Your Embarrassing Skin Issues
Whether it's the aftermath of a shave gone horribly wrong or something we have little control over, like eczema, we've all experienced less-than-flawless skin at some point. And in addition to being uncomfortable, painful, or itchy, problems like these can seriously mess with our self-esteem. So we rounded up the very best products to take care of your most embarrassing skin issues—no questions asked.
Click through to see the best products to help with eczema, bacne, razor burn, and more.
Razor burn can happen to the best of us—one dull blade or a bit too much pressure is sometimes all it takes to turn a clean shave into a painful one. Soothe red, itchy skin everywhere from your underarms to your bikini line with Shaveworks The Cool Fix ($25). The cooling gel calms irritation and gets rid of redness, while glycolic and salicylic acids exfoliate and prevent ingrown hairs and other bumps.
These pesky bumps occur after shaving or waxing when your hair grows back into your skin (instead of away from it), and they can be made worse by a buildup of dead skin.
If you see these bumps pop up, resist the urge to pick and make Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads ($38) a part of your post-shower routine instead. A potent blend of glycolic and salicylic acids gets rid of dead skin and keeps your bikini line smooth (though the pads can be used just about anywhere on your body). Just make sure to wait 12-24 hours after your hair removal; otherwise, you risk irritating your skin even more.
If you've ever had a wart, you know that even the tiniest little growth can be the source of major embarrassment. To rid yourself of any unwanted bumps, there are a couple over-the-counter options: a treatment with salicylic acid or a treatment that "freezes" the wart. Try Compound W's Wart Remover Gel ($10), an easy-to-apply gel formula with 17.5 percent salicylic acid.
If you can stand a little bit of stinging, Dr. Scholl's Freeze Away Wart Remover ($17) is a DIY alternative to visiting your doctor's office. It uses dimethyl ether (as opposed to the liquid nitrogen used in doctor's offices) to freeze the wart—after a few weeks, it should fall off on its own.
These tiny, cone-like bumps, caused by a buildup of keratin, tend to pop up in clusters on your derriere or on the backs of your arms. A topical exfoliant can help remove dead skin. Dermadoctor's KP Duty Body Scrub ($46) uses chemical and physical exfoliants to smooth skin without being harsh and irritating.
If you're a perpetual klutz, Jurlique's Arnica Cream ($37) is a product you need to get acquainted with. Arnica helps reduce inflammation-induced puffiness (like, say, from that time you ran into the coffee table) and speeds up a bruise’s recovery time to help them fade faster.
High heels can really do a number on your feet. Invest in Tweezerman's Callus Shaver & Rasp ($12)) to keep your soles looking as pretty as the shoes you put on them. Make sure to soften your skin by hopping into the shower or bath first—when you get out, gently use the shaver to remove any dead skin. Follow up with Ahava's Mineral Foot Cream ($22), which softens feet thanks to avocado, sweet almond, and jojoba oils, and keeps them smooth with a touch of salicylic acid.
Tired of covering up because you're embarrassed of the painful, red bumps on your back? Wash your chest and back with an anti-acne wash, like Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash ($7), to keep pimples at bay. Afterwards, give yourself a little extra insurance and mist on Murad's Clarifying Body Spray ($37), which contains salicylic acid to treat and prevent pimples, along with menthol to cool and calm irritated skin. If your pimples are more on the large-and-in-charge side, try a benzoyl peroxide treatment like Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10 ($7) at night (just make sure you're not attached to the PJ shirt you wear those nights, as benzoyl peroxide can seriously stain).
Moisturizing is an essential step in treating eczema, because it helps replenish skin and improve hydration. Aveeno's Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream ($12) is a mild moisturizer that contains colloidal oatmeal and has the National Eczema Association's Seal of Acceptance.
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