Ten Annoying Beauty Problems All Women Face - And How To Fix Them

Last updated on : June 27 2021

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You've chipped your nail polish, and you're suffering from razor burn. And to make matters worse, you've plucked too much of your eyebrows away.

These little annoyances are enough to ruin your day and undermine your beauty look. Stacked up they are devastating.

Life isn't stress-free, but we can prepare ourselves. There are remedies and preventative tactics for most beauty-related issues.

Here are ten of the worst, most annoying beauty problems, and how to deal with them peacefully and efficiently.

1. My Nail Polish Always Chips

2. I Can't Find A Conditioner That Works

3. My Moisturizer Gives Me Breakouts

4. My Blusher Doesn't Look Natural Or Blend With My Skin

5. My Pores Are Clogged, Even After Regular Cleansing

6. My Body Lotion Takes Time To Absorb

7. My Lips Peel

8. My Skin Easily Burns Or Tans In the Sun

9. I Get Razor Bumps On My Skin

10. I've Over-Tweezed My Eyebrows



1. My Nail Polish Always Chips

Woman painting her fingernails

Chips on your nail polish are the most common and annoying beauty problem on the list. They happen to us all. Even if a brand boasts theirs never chips, they often still do.

It's annoying if you apply a pretty coat and see it come off in no time. So if your nail polish chips within a day or two, try the following ideas.

Alternatives to nail polish like gels or lacquer can be much longer-lasting and firmer. Make sure you use good quality only and avoid quick-drying polish, which tends to chip more often. Fake acrylic nails are an excellent alternative too. Consult with a professional about the right type of finish when you get your next manicure.

Apply polish when your nails are dry of any moisture, including creams and lotions. Dry nails bind better to the polish, making it set harder and stronger (it's a myth that wet nails/soaking nails are acceptable).

Use a different base and topcoat instead of a combined 2 in 1. Separates are specifically designed for their job and do it better than using a combined formula. Remember to let each coat dry properly before adding the next. The results will show in a long-lasting, chip-free finish.

Other frequently asked questions about chipped nail polish:

These are the questions our readers ask the most often.

What does chipped nail polish say about you?

It either says you are very busy and don't have the time to take care of your nails or care about your appearance. If you notice any chipping and don't have time to replace your polish, then the best thing is to remove it. Removing it should take you no longer than a few minutes.

Can I paint over chipped nail polish?

If you choose to paint over a chip, then it's best to smooth over the edge of the tip first with a small amount of nail polish remover. Use a cotton bud or a small brush. Then paint over the chip with the original polish. Two light coats will most likely work the best.

Read more: 15 Holy Grail Nail Polish Shades

2. I Can't Find A Conditioner That Works

bottles of hair conditioner

Hair conditioners help to make your hair smooth and frizz-free. Apply them usually after shampoo to treat your hair cuticles and improve its PH balance. The result is increased shine, with reduced static and overall, more manageable hair.

However, if you're having problems with your conditioner, you could be using the wrong type. As a general rule, select a shampoo based on your scalp condition and a conditioner based on your hair type.

So an oily scalp with dry hair or split ends needs shampoo for oily scalp and conditioner for dry hair.

Avoid oil-based hair conditioners as they can make your hair limp and flat after use. And apply conditioner only at your hair ends if you regularly use a conditioner, keeping the product off your scalp. 

Other frequently asked questions about hair conditioner:

These are the questions our readers ask the most often.

Do you need to use a hair conditioner?

Yes, it would be best to use a conditioner because shampooing cleans your hair and can strip it of some nutrients - leading to dry or frizzy hair, split ends, and breakages. Your conditioner is supposed to add the nutrients back to your hair, giving back it's shine and healthy appeal.

Is it wrong to use just a conditioner?

Using only a conditioner to clean your hair is called co-washing. Shampoo can strip your hair of its nutrients, particularly natural oils on the hair and scalp. So avoiding shampoo and using conditioner only to cleanse your hair can lead to healthier hair. However, co-washing can lead to a build-up of conditioner on your hair. Use a special co-wash cream or wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo every few days to avoid this.

Can I use body lotion as a conditioner?

Use it only in a pinch, and sparingly because body lotion will not necessarily provide the nutrients your hair needs. It can work well on frizzy or runaway hair - apply it to your hair dry for best effect.

What happens if you don't rinse out the conditioner from your hair?

The conditioner will build up in your hair and on your scalp, making it feel heavy, coated, and sticky. Instead, leave your hair to soak in your conditioner for 10 to 15 mins and then rinse it out.

Can I use coconut oil instead of conditioner?

Yes, you can, however, test it on your hair for a few days to see how it works for you. Alternatively, try adding a few drops of coconut oil to your standard conditioner to give it a boost.

Read more: Hair Ideas: Best Styles, Cuts, Colors, Trends & Care

3. My Moisturizer Gives Me Breakouts

acne breakouts on models face

The wrong choice in moisturizers can cause breakouts and acne on the skin. These flare-ups happen when your moisturizer clogs your pores, causing them to become inflamed or infected. Blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples follow.

Certain face creams are more likely to cause breakouts.

Those with lanolin (a substance produced by sheep to keep their wool soft), are significant culprits according to the Face Reality Acne Clinic. The Clinic also refers to oil-based creams, particularly those with coconut, vegetable, soybean, and wheat germ oils as contributors to breakouts. So use these sparingly or don't use them at all.

Protecting against breakouts needs the right non-comedogenic facial moisturizer because these types don't clog pores. They are usually water-based and oil-free. This article by Skin Care QC explains what these are and recommends some brands.

The bottom line, select your facial moisturizer with care, especially if you are prone to breakouts.

Other frequently asked questions about facial moisturizer:

These are the questions our readers ask the most often.

Can facial moisturizer clog pores?

Yes, mainly if you use too much. You don't need to apply your facial moisturizers excessively as they are concentrated. Adding more than you need to add won't make it more effective. Use sparingly. Signs you are overdoing your moisturizer include excess oil on your skin, clogged pores, blackheads, and bumps.

Read more: 21 Foods That Prevent Breakouts

4. My Blusher Doesn't Look Natural Or Blend With My Skin

blusher brushes

Blusher should mimic your face tone (the color your cheeks turn) when you are blushing or flushed. That is why it's called blusher.

However, getting it right isn't very easy and depends on many factors. Your natural complexion, the look you are trying to achieve, the product you choose, and how you apply it are some.

Add blusher so that it sits naturally on your face blending in with your other makeup. Please don't make it the statement piece of your look. Allow it to enhance your features while allowing your lips and eyes to stand out.

Beauty Editor has a fantastic article on blusher mistakes and applying them correctly, with plenty of celeb examples and recommended products. It's worth a read.

Other frequently asked questions about blush:

These are the questions our readers ask the most often.

How do I match my skin toe with a blush?

If you want a natural look, then choose a blush with the same undertone as your skin. If you want a bold looking blush, pick one with the opposite undertone as your skin. So if your undertone is cool, choose a cool blush shade for a natural look and a warmer shade to make a bolder statement.

5. My Pores Are Clogged, Even After Regular Cleansing

pores in a wall

If you're washing or cleansing your face incorrectly, it's likely to lead to clogged pores, dull, lifeless skin, and acne breakouts. Fortunately, the fix is easy.

Improve your cleanse procedure, and adopt as a minimum a wash at night before you go to bed.

When cleansing, make sure you wash away your makeup and accumulated grime properly. Follow a procedure like the Korean Beauty Regime, or this anti-aging skin routine.

If necessary, add a second cleanse after your workout or at times when you've been sweating. Remove all sweat and oiliness from your skin as soon as possible because it's a leading cause of acne.

Lastly, don't over-cleanse (washing more than two to three times a day), as this can remove protective oils and irritate the skin. Stick to a single yet effective daily cleansing with a follow up after a workout or heavy sweat.

Other frequently asked questions about clogged pores:

These are the questions our readers ask the most often.

Can you squeeze clogged pores?

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) advises against touching, picking, or popping any clogged pore or acne type.

If you push some of the contents inside the pimple deeper into the skin, which often happens, you increase inflammation. And inflammation can lead to more-noticeable acne or acne scars and pain.

6. My Body Lotion Takes Time To Absorb

coconut based body lotion

There are many reasons to use body lotion, including the moisturizing of your skin and the smoothing away of dry, chapped or rough skin.

However, if you're finding your body lotion is taking too long to absorb, there are likely a few main reasons. And they are easy to solve.

You've applied too much. Yes, your skin has a limit, and too much lotion will merely sit on the top of your skin.

Or you've built up a barrier of dead skin cells that you need to clean away first. A good exfoliator or scrub solves this problem for you.

Or possibly you're using the wrong lotion. As an example, Oily skin needs a light moisturizer with a higher water percentage than cream in it.

Mayo Clinic has an excellent article on moisturizers and which one is best for you. So there is no need to be waiting around for your lotion to absorb any more.

Other frequently asked questions about body lotions:

These are the questions our readers ask the most often.

How long does it take for skin to absorb products?

It takes about 5 to 20 minutes for your skincare products and body lotions to absorb fully. The time it takes depends on the type of product and your skin type. The general rule is to wait until the previous application feels dry to the touch before applying the next product.

When should I apply body lotion?

The best time to apply body lotion is after you have finished showering. It sounds strange, but moisturizers work best when your skin is hydrated, and it's the most hydrated when it's wet. 

7. My Lips Peel

dry lips on model

Most women face the problem of peeled or chapped lips in winter or through sun exposure in the warmer months. Other causes might include smoking, allergies, or deficiencies in specific vitamins. Licking your lips or breathing through your mouth can also make matters worse.

The first step is to add moisture to your lips and to refrain from picking on them. Picking can lead to trauma, damage, and infection.

Add moisture by softly applying vaseline several times a day and overnight. Or try creams like cocoa butter or sweet almond oil. Exfoliate gently with a clean toothbrush to clear away dead skin safely. Keep the air around you moist with a humidifier when possible.

If your lips don't improve after these steps, make an appointment with your primary care provider or dentist to rule out any more severe causes or allergies.

Apart from the discomfort, peeling lips can be a red flag for your beauty. Keeping them supple and moist is straightforward with the right regimen.

Byrdie has an excellent article on dealing with chapped, peeling, and dry lips. It's full of detail and well worth the read if you're a chronic sufferer.

Other frequently asked questions about chapped and peeling lips:

These are the questions our readers ask the most often.

Is it bad for you to peel your lips?

If you peel away dry and chapped skin from your lips, you can easily damage the live and healthy skin beneath. So it's not a good idea to peel your chapped lips. Instead, gently exfoliate and follow the tips above.

Is Vaseline good for peeling lips?

When you have dry, sore, or chapped lips, it's best to find a way to lock in moisture and protect the lips from further exposure, especially to extreme cold or heat. Products like Vaseline work well to form a protective layer on the lips, rehydrate, and speed up natural healing. 

Read more: How to Choose the Right Lipstick for Your Skin Tone

8. My Skin Easily Burns Or Tans In the Sun

burnt skin from the sun

Sunrays or harmful UV rays are dangerous for your skin, can cause it to burn and turn red, even blister. None of these effects are right for your beauty looks and can cause severe problems over time, including cancer and premature aging.

The best thing to do is stay away from direct sunlight and always wear sun protection. Get into the habit of applying sunscreen every day, whether you are going outdoors or not. Good face cream with added sun protection (30 SPF or more) adds significant protection.

WebMD's article on sun damage shows you how to protect your skin from the sun. And it provides plenty of advice on keeping your skin healthy and moist.

Being proactive about shielding your skin from the sun is the simplest way to rid yourself of this annoying beauty problem. Using protective and anti-aging creams can help combat damage already done.

Read MoreEight Ways To Hide Scars And Blemishes On Your Skin

Other frequently asked questions about sun burns

These are the questions our readers ask the most often.

Why do I burn so easily in the sun?

How easily you burn depends on your level of melanin in your skin cells. Melanin is a skin pigment that provides us with some sun protection. Light skins have less melanin than darker skin and so burns more quickly and easily in the sun.

How long does it take for skin to burn in the sun?

The time to burn can vary by skin type, but it is approximately 15 to 25 minutes at a high UV level. A UV Index reading 8 to 10 puts you at a very high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Take extra precautions for both your skin and eyes because damage occurs quickly, typically within 15 minutes.

9. I Get Razor Bumps On My Skin

old fashioned razor

If you use a razor to remove your hair, you need to be careful about razor bumps or razor burn. It can leave the skin red and inflamed or with small spots caused by ingrown hairs.

The razor's friction against your skin is the usual cause and is made worse by shaving too often or without proper care.

Shaving in the direction of your hair growth, using a moisturizing shave cream (not a bar of soap), and replacing your razor blade often are steps you can take to resolve the problem.

If you still suffer, then treat the symptoms with an exfoliating body scrub. Scrub removes dead skin and releases trapped ingrown hairs. Treat your skin with a warm compress to reduce inflammation and redness. And apply a moisturizer to keep your skin fresh and soft.

Other frequently asked questions about razor bumps

These are the questions our readers ask the most often.

Do razor bumps go away?

Razor bumps happen as the shaved hair slowly grows back. As a result, they take a little longer to appear, and some more time to go away. Razor bumps carry a risk of scarring but tend to resolve by themselves within two or three weeks of shaving.

Should I shave over razor bumps?

If you want the razor bumps to go away more quickly, don't keep shaving over that same area because this will further irritate them and result in them taking longer to go away.

Read more: The Best At Home Hair Removal Techniques

10. I've Over-Tweezed My Eyebrows

over tweezed eyebrows

Removing too much of your eyebrows is a thorny problem, and is sure to cause you a lot of embarrassment. But it need not.

There are a few eyebrow tools and techniques that you can use to fix the issue.

The most common is an eyebrow pencil. Find one with a fine tip to create precise strokes that look like actual brow hair. Use it to fill in the gaps carefully.

Other tools include an angled brush and powder, or brow pomades and markers. These allow you to reconstruct the shape of your eyebrow dramatically (for those terrible tweezer mistakes).

Regardless of your method, the trick is to choose a color more muted than your actual brow color. A muted color helps you achieve a natural look. If you've put on too much, dab the brow with your fingertip to soften the shade.

Other frequently asked questions about over-plucked eyebrows

These are the questions our readers ask the most often.

Do over-plucked eyebrows grow back, and how long to wait?

Yes, they usually do grow back. However, how fast depends on how often you pluck and how traumatic it is for your hair. You can expect eyebrows to grow back entirely within 4 to 6 months.

Read more: Tricks To Pluck Perfect Eyebrows


Beauty problems are common and annoying. But they don't need to be debilitating or ruin your next hot date.

Take some time out to prepare for these little annoyances, or better still to avoid them altogether. Knowing what to do and when to do it is quickly learned and put into place.

It is all about the way you handle the situation. Keep calm, and the right fixes will save the day.

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