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Does Having Acne Impact Your Job Prospects? The Answer Might Surprise You

Much to the dismay of anyone with atychiphobia, the truth about job hunting remains: in interviews, like in life, there are only so many things you can control. Even when you’ve fine-tuned your résumé, researched the company, and concocted a decidedly thoughtful response to the wild card “What kind of animal would you be?” question, sometimes there are other, far less obvious factors playing into your odds of getting hired – like the condition of your skin .

It isn’t always conscious, but for some interviewers, the bias is real. Studies have shown that people with facial acne are discriminated against in the job market, with one survey revealing that 78 percent of respondents thought people with blemishes or acne scars were less likely to be hired based on their appearance.

“We live in a society that socializes us to have certain stereotypes that might exist outside of our conscious awareness,” said Alison Green, an ex-hiring manager and columnist for the popular career blog Ask a Manager . “These biases can be about race, gender, age, religion, disability, socioeconomic class, physical attractiveness – all sorts of things.”

“Whether consciously or unconsciously, we assume that attractiveness is associated with competence, even though we know that it’s not true.”

From a legal standpoint, no federal law has been passed to protect people based on their appearances, at least not without the evidence of a disability. But that last part – a bias based on someone’s physical attractiveness – has been widely researched.

“Whether consciously or unconsciously, we assume that attractiveness is associated with competence, even though we know that it’s not true,” said Matthew Traube, MFT, a psychotherapist who specializes in the psychological impact of skin conditions. “I have had clients tell me that they felt that they would have gotten a job if they did not have acne.”

In some cases, this bias can vary depending on the actual open position; Green notes that more managers will put weight on a candidate’s appearance if the job is a client-facing one. “They’ll often frame it as looking for candidates who are ‘well-groomed and polished,’ but in practice that’s sometimes more about a particular physical look than it is about polish,” she said. “And to be clear, employers should recognize that you can have acne and still be well-groomed and polished.”

As for the reason behind the bias, Traube theorizes it could be due to the misguided perception that acneic skin is a result of poor hygiene – an association that, again, the interviewer might only be partly aware of. Dr. Josie Howard, MD, a psychodermatologist and expert for Abreva , agrees: “Blemishes, cold sores, and even psoriasis and eczema are often seen as a source of contagion. Society can have a negative perception of blemishes, especially on the face, even when the condition is common.”

In an ideal world, all employers will have trained hiring managers on how to identify, and then guard against, every type of unconscious bias. Still, acne bias can also be self-inflicted. Going into an interview already worried that others will think less of you because of your skin, Traube says, could then negatively affect your performance.

“People become acutely aware of any visible blemishes, and their self-consciousness is intensified.”

“Having any visible skin condition – especially one that is on the face, like acne or a cold sore – can have a profound impact on self-esteem,” Dr. Howard said. “By definition, job interviews are a time where you are presenting yourself to be evaluated and trying to put your best face forward, so to speak. People become acutely aware of any visible blemishes, and their self-consciousness is intensified – taking their mental and emotional focus off the content of the interview and interpersonal interactions and onto worrying about their skin and appearance.”

To make matters worse, if you’re prone to hormonal breakouts , the stress that comes with prepping for an interview could also trigger flare-ups . “For skin conditions that are exacerbated by anxiety, this can become a vicious cycle,” Dr. Howard said. “Stress can impair the immune system and in turn make you more vulnerable to acne. Then, the stress of a visible outbreak increases stress , further worsening the blemish.”

When you feel stress acne coming on, the most important course of action is to stick to your normal skin-care routine . Don’t add an extra step or spend too much time in front of a magnifying mirror – that only makes it worse, she says. Keeping a fast-acting spot treatment or hydrocolloid bandage in your purse can give you peace of mind. More importantly, though, wear your confidence as if it were included with purchase of your Cole Haan loafers.

“The single most important factor is presenting yourself as comfortable in your skin,” said Dr. Howard. “You might have a visible blemish, but focusing your attention on your excitement about the job will quickly shift your interviewer’s focus as well. As Sophia Loren said, 50 percent of beauty is believing you are beautiful.”

Read This Before You Start a Prescription-Strength Acne Product

We all have that friend who credits their clear complexion to one miracle skincare product. (Damn you, Becky.) The rest of us might have to turn to prescription-strength treatments. And while it’s now trendy to know what buzzy ingredients are in your skin products, learning the ins and outs of the hard stuff can feel like studying for a chemistry exam. That’s why we enlisted NYC dermatologist Dr. Neal Schultz to break down every type of blemish-bashing prescription product out there, so you can know what you’re getting into before you jump on the Clindamycin or Accutane train.

11 Acne Products For Your Clearest Skin Ever in 2018

Gave up on those New Year’s resolutions already? No judgment. Here’s one goal that will be relatively easy to commit to this year: clear skin. No doubt, there will be breakouts that just won’t let you be great – but chances are there’s a product for that.

This crop of newbies (and some not so new) will do all the pore-clearing, bacteria-zapping, and skin-smoothing you need to reach your skincare goals. There’s still some work involved on your part (the products won’t slather themselves on!) but these powerhouse acne products have all that you need to get rid of problematic skin .

You're 3 Ingredients Away From Clearer, Brighter Skin

While we love testing the hottest masks and skin care treatments on the market, nothing can beat a no-frills DIY . If you’re struggling with a dull, blemish-prone complexion, whip up an aspirin mask. The effective ingredient in aspirin is chemically similar to salicylic acid, which helps exfoliate skin. Just mix the over-the-counter medicine with three ingredients (you already have them!) for an affordable treatment that really works. Use it as a resurfacing paste, or leave it on for about five minutes as a mask. No matter how you use it, you’ll see clearer, softer, more radiant skin.

You will need:

  • Four or five uncoated, plain aspirin pills (Advil, Aleve, Tylenol, and the like won’t work)
  • A tablespoon or two of lukewarm water
  • Honey or plain yogurt (optional)

Directions:

Mix the aspirin with just enough water to make a paste. If you want a thicker mask, then add a dollop of honey; if you prefer a more soothing mask, then some plain yogurt can do the trick. Apply the mask in a thin layer on your face, then allow it to dry. Remove it with warm water, rinsing away the mask in gentle circular motions.

Please note: Some people are allergic to aspirin, so try a patch test on your forearm before spreading this all over your face.

Can't Get Your Breakouts Under Control? You Need to Read This

Tackling day-to-day acne is quite the process as it is, but when you add hormones into the mix, it gets increasingly frustrating. Getting hit with a hormonal breakout is a major letdown: it makes me feel like I have to start from scratch to get my skin balanced again. I know I’m not the only one who knows this struggle all too well. That’s why I spoke to some leading experts in the skin care industry to find out what causes hormonal acne, how to prevent it, and ways to manage once you have a flare-up.

Acne: An Overview

Let’s start with the basics of what causes acne in general. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always about the amount of oil but the quality of oil. Some of us get breakouts when the production of excess sebum and oil is too thick and waxy. “Instead of flowing freely through pores, this type of oil becomes blocked and forms a plug,” New York City dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross explained. That plug congests the pore and results in a blemish.

Oily complexions aren’t the only source of spots. If you have dry, flaky skin and still suffer from breakouts, you may have an oil flow problem. Dead skin cells prevent sebum from making it to the surface of the skin, so it gets trapped inside of pores and creates acne-causing bacteria. This typically results in blackheads, enlarged pores, and even drier skin.

Francine Porter, founder of Osmotics Cosmeceuticals , told me another root of acne can be “abnormally sticky skin cells” because they don’t properly shed, clogging hair follicles. That’s why cell turnover is so important when combating breakouts (more on that later).

Say Goodbye to Pesky Dark Circles and Spots With This Makeup Routine

The following post was originally featured on Love, Grey Skies and written by Tiffany Diana Torres , who is part of POPSUGAR Select Latina .

Who knew that adult acne was a thing? Not me.

Up until about a year and a half ago all I had to worry about was the occasional break out from Aunt Flow and the dark circles under my eyes. Boy how things have changed. A year and a half ago I developed adult acne which has really taken a bit of a toll on my self esteem. Hey, I’m a work in progress. Since then I’ve learned ways to cover and conceal not only my dark circles, but the scars left behind from the acne and I’m going to share it with you!

Step 1: Start with a clean & moisturized face. After that, apply a thin layer of primer. This allows your makeup to stay on all day and go on smoothly. I used the MUFE hydrating primer, because it’s my favorite! Glides on nicely and really makes my skin feel nice and plump.

Step 2: Apply an orange/salmon colored concealer under your eyes. This will cancel out the dark purple/blue shade and help neutralize the “bags.” Plus, this little trick makes you look fresh faced and wide awake!

Step 3: If you have any fresh acne that is irritated and red, then it’s best to go in with a green concealer . This will help cancel out the redness and allow the foundation to do its job by covering up afterwards.

Step 4: For the under eye area, I take my ring finger and blend, but I’ll use the beauty blender for the other spots.

Step 5: Apply foundation. This is one of my favorite foundations because of the finish and coverage!

Step 6: Apply a thin layer of concealer. I used the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye first in the shade Light, but I felt like it was too bright so I went in with my favorite; Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Neutral. I concealed under my eyes but I also highlighted areas in the center of my face such as my nose, cupid’s bow, and forehead.

Step 7: Set your face! I use the Laura Mercier Translucent powder which allows everything to just stay in place.

Now it’s time to just glam up!

These are steps that I take every time I do a full face of makeup, because I like to look as even-toned as possible. This definitely helps those days when my face isn’t in the best condition, but remember that it’s really important to have a skin regimen and to drink lots of water. Your makeup only looks as best as your skin does, so remember to take care of it.

Proof That Color-Correcting Can Hide Acne Scars Like Magic

If you thought that color-correcting is just another makeup fad, think again. Beauty bloggers and professionals alike have been using multicolored concealers on dark circles and redness to create a clear complexion. One Reddit user proved the popular technique is equally as effective in covering up severe acne scars .

In a thread posted online, she shared the incredible before-and-after images of her face in three phases: without makeup, with foundation only, and with color-correcting concealers. With just the application of a few pigmented concealers, her acne scars were practically undetectable compared to using foundation alone. Scroll through to see her transformation and get inspired to try it out yourself!

No Makeup

“I have medium/deep skin that scars easily. Every blemish, knick, breakout leaves me a lovely parting gift- for months. This is actually the best my skin has ever looked, and I’m still kinda nervous.”

Up Close

“As you can see, I have some full on purple pitted acne scars with marred skin on my jaw that is especially dark around my lips.”

Old Foundation Routine

“I did one side of my face the old way: foundation layer one, foundation layer two, spot conceal.”

New Foundation Routine With Color Correcting

“I prep my skin with Skindinavia Primer Spray ($35). I squeeze out a bit of L.A. Girl orange corrector ($5) on my hand mixing it with the L.A. Girl yellow corrector ($5) to make a shade that is close to my skin tone. The L.A. Girl orange corrector is POTENT. Applying it straight on changes my undertone and I felt like my face was a bit “two-toned” post foundation. Mixing it with a pure yellow (or concealer if you need it way lighter) allows it blend seamlessly.”

“I dot it [the concealer] right over the blemish/scar. I will put the pure yellow corrector directly on the most prominent part of my under eye circles and blend.”

“Set with Sacha Buttercup powder ($20), using a very light hand. I’ll fast forward past my brows/eyes.”

“I added two more dots near my chin. All the foundation I’m using!”

“Conceal and blend the under my eyes. Set with Banana shade in NYX contour palette ($25)”

Results of Old Routine

“Two layers of foundation, concealer, creme contour and highlight, and set with powder.”

Results With Color-Correcting Routine

You Have to See How Birth Control Made This Woman's Acne Disappear

When we hear about a “magical cure” to any beauty ailment, be it wrinkles, enlarged pores, or breakouts, we only have one question: where are the before-and-after photos? Imgur user seventytimes generously shared selfies of her journey through acne treatment with the internet, and the simple treatment she used shocked us: it was your run-of-the-mill birth control pill.

Seventytimes bravely revealed many photos of herself bare-faced, showing off her cystic acne . She explained that much of it was caused by ceasing her use of Prednisone, a powerful corticosteroid that treats everything from lupus and asthma to Crohn’s disease. One of the unfortunate side effects of withdrawal is blemishes. “My dermatologist was convinced I’d have to go on Accutane,” she said.

For those of you unfamiliar with Accutane, it is the strongest acne medication on the market . Many have seen incredible results from taking this treatment, but it is not without risks. Not only is it severely drying to the skin, but Accutane can cause terrible birth defects, and you must commit to using two forms of contraceptives while taking it. Many women elect to use birth control pills during this time, including Imgur user seventytimes.

“I started the pill a month in advance,” she remarked. “Five months later, my skin has never looked better. No Accutane necessary.”

If you guys are wondering what else birth control can do…

According to NYC dermatologist Dr. Neal Schultz , host of DermTV.com and creator of BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz, oral contraceptives decrease your skin’s oil production. This is one of the primary causes of acne. While this treatment isn’t for everyone, it could certainly be a good option to try before Accutane, which is seen as a “last resort” by many dermatologists due to the severity of its side effects.

Just like Accutane, birth control pills can also have disadvantages, including weight gain, migraines, mood changes, and melasma . No acne treatment is one size fits all, so be sure to ask your doctor what’s right for you before starting any new medications.

In addition to taking birth control pills, seventytimes also swore by a few changes to her beauty regimen. She now always washes her face before bed, preferring to cleanse in the shower (she declares her face, neck, and chest get cleaner this way). Once weekly, she uses face masks and switches her pillowcase to a clean, fresh one. She also got all new makeup brushes and cosmetics and uses a special towel exclusively on her face.

These are all excellent variations to her routine. Many people fail to realize how dirty their pillowcase can get – it’s not just old makeup remnants and face grease that are soaking into the fabric, but oil from your scalp, hair products, and other blemish-causing bacteria. By purging her beauty stash and starting fresh, she can ensure that all her products are hygienic, too. See more of seventytimes’s amazing pictures when you read on.

When your face is birth control enough..

How Sex Can Give You the Best Skin of Your Life

That’s right, we’re talking about sex and skin ladies (which happen to be our two favorite things). While there are endless benefits to having a weekly orgasm when it comes to fitness and health , you can actually enlist your significant other in a wild romp for a clearer complexion, too. And did we mention bed head? Nothing gives a fresh blowout texture like a quickie. Now, we know it sounds too good to be true, so we’ve called upon a couple dermatologists to prove our point. Below you’ll find five fantastic beauty reasons to have sex tonight, and tomorrow, and yeah, you get the picture!

Why You Need to Stop Using Tinted Moisturizer ASAP

We’ve long celebrated tinted moisturizer as a complexion solution for the laziest among us: it’s so easy to use that you can slap it on without a mirror. But according to our friends at MIMI , this holy grail item is not sanctioned by the Jenner sisters’ dermatologist, Dr. Christie Kidd.

Kylie recently confessed that she hates wearing heavy makeup (despite the richly pigmented products in her beauty routine ), declaring it’s bad for her skin. But it seems that our beloved, lightweight formula is more hazardous than we thought.

Dr. Kidd told Kylie (and her app viewers) that the sheer, lightweight formula of tinted moisturizer is more hazardous than you’d think. “Tinted moisturizers are designed to absorb deep in the layers of your skin to hydrate your skin and protect it, but it’s bringing all that pigment with it,” the dermatologist explained. “That’s going to break you out.” That makes a lot of sense – and it’s terrifying. Looks like we need to find a new low-maintenance makeup option ASAP.

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Erase Your Breakouts by Watching These Skin-Changing Makeup Tutorials

Few things can destroy a person’s confidence like acne. Painful red bumps and scabby spots are a struggle to treat , let alone deal with on a daily basis. Beauty-lovers have the upper hand when it comes to a bad breakout – not only do they know that their addiction to makeup isn’t to blame for their skin struggles, but they have the skills to hide them. That said, there’s always something new to learn! We combed through YouTube and found the top 10 tutorials on how to conceal acne, so even when your complexion isn’t looking its best, only you have to know.

The Best Foundations For Covering (and Healing) Blemishes

Why just hide your skin concerns when you can treat them? Our friends at Charlotte’s Book found seven foundations that will not only cover your blemishes and blur wrinkles, but will correct them, too!

Every product that makes it through the judgement phase and onto your skin is part of a well-considered balance: whether sensitive, oily , dry, wrinkling, or fresh as a daisy, the skin can only take so much.

And because skin health = beauty, we’re starting to think of makeup as working with our skin care routine, not just as something we need to strip off every night. New breakthrough products (BB, CC creams) are fusing skin care with makeup, and ultimately changing the way we feel about our foundation – for the better.

These hybrid products pack all the skin-loving ingredients needed to treat, not just cover, our biggest beauty ailments while giving our faces a flawless finish. But they’re not all perfect, so Charlotte’s Book tested the best and came up with seven fusion products we love.

4 Tips to Prevent Exercise Acne

The following post was originally featured on Fit Bottomed Girls and written by Susan , who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness .

If there’s one thing I definitely don’t miss about my adolescence, it’s acne.

(Also up there? Not having a CLUE how to grow my bangs out, general social awkwardness and feeling totally weird in my body. But that’s for another post.)

And while I’m happy that the majority of my adolescent acne woes are behind me, I still get the occasional annoying breakout – some of it is hormonal, I know, but others fall squarely in the exercise acne camp.

And it’s no fun! You go to the gym to feel better inside and out – not break out! Which is why we wanted to share these tips how to prevent exercise acne from New York Dermatologist, Dr. Jeremy Fenton of the Schweiger Dermatology Group , for Be-YOU-tiful Week .

How to Prevent Exercise Acne

Nothing feels better than a good sweat session. Working out isn’t always as good for your skin as it is for your health. A build-up of sweat can clog pores and lead to breakouts. Not to mention, touching your face transfers oil and bacteria (which thrive in moist, humid environments like the gym) to the skin, leading to possible acne flare-ups. Here are four easy ways to prevent exercise acne each time you hit the gym.

  1. Don’t postpone showering. Showering soon after a workout will prevent sweat from sticking around and mixing with dead skin cells to clog pores. If you don’t have time or access to a shower right after your workout, you can use a medicated pad with salicylic or glycolic acid (such as Clear Clinic ClearMe Pads) for a quick wipe-down to prevent exercise acne.
  2. Use the right body wash. Trading out your regular soap for an antibacterial or anti-acne wash containing ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can also be helpful at preventing exercise acne. One tip for using a benzoyl peroxide wash is to leave it on for a few minutes after you lather (shave or brush your teeth in the shower) before rinsing it off. This can help the medication sink in. There are also micronized forms of benzoyl peroxide on the market now that have smaller sized particles of the medication, allowing for deeper penetration into the pores and follicles.
  3. Exfoliate regularly. Regular exfoliation is the key to preventing the buildup of skin cells: exfoliating scrubs, body brushes or just a washcloth can make a big difference.
  4. Breathable clothing. Try to wear loose-fitting, breathable cotton clothing. The tighter, synthetic materials just compress the sweat and dirt into the pores.

Do you know notice exercise acne flare-ups when you don’t do these things? I’ve found it’s a little bit better for me in the winter than the summer just because I sweat less and there’s less humidity in the cooler months, but number 3 is so key for me!