Yes, Stars Do Breakout! Get the Emergency Fix

When the blemish fairy comes to visit, use these key products to tell her she's not welcome on your pretty face!

Yes, Stars Do Breakout! Get the Emergency Fix

When the blemish fairy comes to visit, use these key products to tell her she’s not welcome on your pretty face!

-Harvey Helms

LiLo, Jessica Simpson, Katy Perry

Katie Perry. Jessica Simpson. P Diddy. Yes Ladies, even many of our beloved stars breakout. Even Barbara Streisand in her “Funny Girl” stage broke out.  I have received so many requests from you girls lately about how to shorten the time of a blemish without scarring the skin. What works fast?  f you stay up late at night there are a gazillion infomercials with their skin clearing systems. It’s not that they don’t work. Many do. But I think I’ve found the fastest way to clear skin that can be used when your normal skincare routine won’t do the job. It’s called DermaQuest.

Harvey HelmsI have moments at least once a month where I breakout. Hormones? Stress?  Humidity? I don’t get a period like you do but I must admit there are days when your Cyber Main Gay has a PMS attack! Watch out! Maybe I’m just channeling all my fabulous girls? Who knows! These breakouts happen in the stress areas of the face. The chin and around the mouth. Sometimes they creep up into the T-Zone where many of us have more oil production. It can also be seen as more blackheads then usual.  If you’re like me or any of those stars, you want it gone now! What to do? Meet DermaQuest. Medical grade miracle workers! Keep a few of these products in your emergency beauty arsenal. These are for those times when the blemish fairy comes for a visit. You know the times. Before a first date? Job interview? Your wedding? School pics?

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Acne breakouts begin with bacteria, slow skin cell exfoliation, and inflammation. Attack all 3 without killing your skin.

Start with DermaQuest:


*Antibacterial Cleanser- .5 % Triclosan to kill bacteria on the spot. Yummy smell and won’t over dry the skin.

*Acne TX Mask-2.5 % Benzoyl Peroxide to fight acne bacteria and safe non irritating Jojoba beads to manually exfoliate the skin’s surface.

*Clarifying Pads- 5% Salicylic Acid to penetrate deep into the skin to unclog pores.  These are the strongest over the counter pads available without a prescription.  They’ve saved my life many times before photo shoots and TV appearances! They really tingle so don’t over use them. More is not always better. Use every other night!

*Derma Clear– Amazing serum/cream with 2% Salicylic Acid, 5%Azelaic Acid, and 10 % Glycolic Acid. This is the real deal. This lightweight serum super exfoliates while calming redness and lightening any pigmentation caused by the blemish. It’salso hydrating and soothing.

These are all available online!

As far as concealing these little monsters, you want to use the medicated best that treats while it conceals. I’ve used them all and the best is Dr. Murad’s Acne Treatment Concealer.

acne treatment concealer

This concealer contains Salicylic Acid to continue to unclog the pores. It stays put all day and looks natural,  Full coverage, without looking makeup-y. It’s a lifesaver especially if you have an important day where blemishes don’t belong!

So there you go! Bye-bye to blemishes faster then the speed of light! Maybe I should send some to Lindsay to say, “Good luck girl”?



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Harvey HelmsHarvey Helms is a beauty culturist and writer, drawing on 30 years of experience in cosmetics, fashion and design. Harvey has held positions ranging from Global Director of Beauty for Revlon Cosmetics to Executive Director of Special Events for Donna Karan Beauty. Harvey currently lives and works in Silicon Valley, where he just finished writing his first book in a trilogy of three: an engaging tell-all on the fashion industry. Follow Harvey on Twitter at

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5 thoughts on “Yes, Stars Do Breakout! Get the Emergency Fix

  1. I read this with interest until the Triclosan part- that stuff is bad news and should be avoided. Unfortunately, there are many chemicals in our cosmetics and skin care products that are bad for us, but women are ignorant to that and companies lie about ingredients. You should look for the most natural products you can find, and even some of those are deceptive. Research is key for your health.

  2. Would love a product that clears my skin and makes it glow.Summer is on the way and I want great skin just like any woman!!!Excited about the StriVectin contest!

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