How to Treat Irritated Skin at Your Desk
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How to Treat Irritated Skin at Your Desk

by Justine Figueroa
November 19, 2015

SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO HANDLE A SKIN EMERGENCY IN A PINCH. WHEN LIMITED TO YOUR OFFICE RESOURCES, HERE'S HOW TO TACKLE ANY BUMP, BLISTER, AND BLEMISH FROM YOUR DESK. 

We all have work emergencies from time to time and sometimes they can totally get under your skin—or right on top of it. With changing seasons, fluctuating work and life stress, and just those mysterious changes in body chemistry, it’s no surprise that sometimes your skin decides to act up at the office. Good news, though, there are plenty of quick fixes you can use at your desk to bring your skin back to its usual happy place. {Click to Tweet}

ZAP ZITS AWAY

You can feel it coming. A dull pain and a red spot start to form in what seems like seconds, but somehow it’s already too late: a big, painful and distracting zit is keeping you from focusing on the task at hand. If you or a coworker has some Advil Liqui-Gels on hand, you’re in luck. This tried and true method will calm your surprise blemish in no time. All you need to do is puncture the capsule, and squeeze some of the gel onto your zit (BTW, the gel is actually clear, so you won’t spend the rest of the day walking around with green goo on your face). Then? Just leave it alone. Picking and prodding will only make it worse.  It should dry up the pimple and clear up redness within a matter of hours.

CALM REDNESS

If you find your skin feeling irritated and looking red and blotchy, that’s a sign of inflammation. Pop an Advil or some other anti-inflammatory medicine from your office’s first aid kit. Then spritz your skin with a calming mist like Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray which contains aloe vera, a natural anti-inflammatory.  If the redness and discomfort persists, head to the bathroom for a moment and use a soft cleanser like Cetaphil to wash your face. This will remove any makeup that may be causing a bad reaction or chemicals that may have gotten onto your skin. Pay attention to how you feel as you use different products to determine what you may be allergic to. You don’t want to have a reaction on the job. 

HYDRATE DRY SKIN

Whether you’re adjusting to a change in season in your new city or just mummified from the air conditioning that’s constantly blasting at your office, your skin is going to react. Dry, itchy and flaking skin can make you feel super self-conscious and is just really uncomfortable. Keep a moisturizing lotion like Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer in your desk to hydrate those dry spots and soothe any itching. Glossier’s Balm Dot Calm is another great moisturizing product that you can dab onto dry skin, cuticles and hands right at your desk. 

KISS, SHINE, GOODBYE

If you feel like your skin is shiny and super oily during the day, and you’re at a loss for what to do, there is no need to worry. You can start by preventing oil and shine from interrupting your day by mattifying your makeup with Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation and Powder. If oil starts to surface, blot it away with NYX Blotting Papers, they come in four different varieties and are designed to treat your specific problem area. 

Having a shine emergency with no powder on hand? A makeup artist once told a Career Contessa editor that toilet seat covers work great as stand-in blotting papers. Yes, we’ve tried it. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

Panicking over problem skin is a thing of the past with these easy-to-use and affordable products. They’ll leave you feeling pretty and productive in no time.  Do away with your beauty woes and focus on your success, not your skin.

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What products do you keep at your desk for skin emergencies?