I thought this might be an interesting topic for an open thread — what to do when you wake up the day of an important meeting and find you’ve got a blemish on your face? In addition to being a serious confidence killer, it can make you look younger and lead you to being taken less seriously. (And, as an outward indicator of stress, it is definitely noticed! Does anyone else remember that blemish George Bush had on his face during the “who won the race” time period? If you can find a picture, please forward along.) So — what’s a working woman to do? (Pictured: Face Powder with Applicator Brush, originally uploaded to Flickr by incurable hippie.)
For my $.02 — and I normally have pretty clear skin, except for a few annoyances here and there — here’s my line of attack:
a) assess what can be done before the meeting — and how important the meeting is. I’m curious — would anyone visit a dermatologist, or has anyone had any success with those tiny devices for zapping zits, like the Zeno? What other methods have you guys found work best? (I have my own methods, but, well, it seems a bit too TMI to get into — maybe I’ll post as an anon commenter!)
b) if the meeting is later that day, I’ve found all you can really do is apply cover-up and Visine (dab some on a cottonball and apply to the blemish — it gets the red out).
c) finally, I’ve found that a darker lipstick helps “detract” attention — you don’t want the blemish to be the reddest thing on your face.
So, readers, what are your tried-and-true strategies for dealing with the occasional breakout? Does anyone keep a dermatologist on call, or use one of those devices?