Common Mistake: Overmedicating Blemishes
Ack! You have a breakout. So you blast it with a spot cream. Then, for good measure, you douse it again. "Most of these treatments contain acids that penetrate the skin for hours after they are applied," says Ciraldo. "Overuse can result in a burn that causes redness, peeling, and irritation."
A better way: Follow the directions on the medication's package; most say to use it once or twice a day. Avoid drying out your skin.