Nothing can derail your morning quite like the feeling of waking up with a major blemish. We ask ourselves: How could this happen? What can I use to cover it up? How long will this last? We then make a beeline for our thickest concealer to cover up the imperfection, but we don’t often realize that what we use to cover our blemishes might be causing even more problems.

Simply put, pimples happen when your pores are clogged. Sweating, hormonal changes and even naturally oily skin, are all triggers for pimples, but the biggest culprit is makeup. Wearing makeup on a daily basis has its benefits (obviously!) but it also has its downsides. But good news! Contrary to popular belief, the never-ending cycle of breakouts is in fact breakable! Just follow these few tips to help keep your skin looking healthy and feeling beautiful!

Pay attention to the ingredients on the label.

Although makeup can be expensive and finding products that are right for your skin can be time consuming, it’s well worth the time and investment. You might not realize it, but a lot of popular beauty products contain harsh chemicals and oils that clog your pores and irritate skin. We recommend using makeup products that are 100% mineral based, as well as fragrance and talc free. (HINT: just look for products made with ingredients like zinc and titanium oxide, and you’ll be on the right track.)

What goes on, must come off.

Sometimes, the hardest part of wearing makeup is taking it off. Do you ever get the feeling that after all the scrubs and removers, your face still never really feels completely clean? The secret is simple though: all you need is a damp washcloth and a foaming cleanser. You’d be amazed at how much better your skin looks and feels. Auspect’s Total Clean facial cleanser is the perfect product to eliminate the hassle or removing makeup and to recharge your skin for whatever you may throw on it the next morning.

Don’t panic—breakouts happen.

A committed skin care routine really makes a huge difference when it comes to keeping breakouts under control. But no matter how devoted you are to your skin care routine, you’ll still likely have to deal with breakouts from time to time. It happens! For those dreaded days when you wake up with a fresh blemish, Auspect’s No Problem Serum is essential to have on-hand! The non-greasy hydrating formula reduces irritation and leaves skin visibly clearer, in even at your most problematic areas.