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5 Ways to Zap Zits

Typical morning: You wake up and have the birds and squirrels help you get dressed. You start to hum a beautiful tune on your way to the mirror-mirror on the wall and then BAM! A pimple or 13. WTF? How did it get here?

First off, you are not @drpimplepopper, DO NOT POP IT. Do not touch it. Popping a zit can push the bacteria further into the skin or cause an infection. If the blemish gets infected it could cause scarring, and that problem lasts a lot longer than if you just left the zit alone. Here are some at-home and over-the-beauty-counter solutions to help aid you in a speedy pimple recovery.

Over-the-Counter

Paula’s Choice Resist BHA 9

Tatiana isn’t the only queen who believes in “choices,” I don’t know who Paula is, but she’s got them too. The main ingredient in this wonder potion is BHA (Beta-Hydroxy Acid), and that is another term for salicylic acid. The controlled and sustained salicylic acid in Resist BHA 9 helps to unclog the pores while the plant extracts help to soothe. You can use this on a single blemish, or over larger areas to help clean out and maintain problem areas.

Malin and Goetz Acne Treating Nighttime

The pimple-fighting ingredients in this magical concoction combine salicylic acid with 10% active sulfur to help dry out the imperfection. The organic camphor will aid in healing while the zinc will help prevent scarring. Do not shake, just dip a cotton swab straight down, pull out (that’s what he said), apply, and leave on overnight.

Home Remedies

More of a Frankie, less of a Grace, inspired spot mask.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Here is yet another amazing use for apple cider vinegar. Make a solution that is ¼ apple cider vinegar and ¾ water. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and then dab it on the spot, let it dry, and then rinse. Apple cider vinegar has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties making it a perfect pimple fighting machine.

Mariah’s two favorite things, other than butterflies and champagne, inspired spot mask.

Aspirin and Honey

Take one plain white crushed aspirin and mix it with a pencil eraser sized amount of honey! The aspirin is anti-inflammatory, and it also contains the number one acne fighting ingredient, salicylic acid. The honey’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties help to heal, so the combination of both is an amazing DIY mask that won’t break the bank. Advice: Do not do this if you are allergic to aspirin.

Butch Queen, first pimple at the ball inspired spot mask.

Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera

Take one teaspoon of aloe vera gel and three drops of tea tree oil, and mix well. Apply with a cotton swab. The potent antifungal and antibacterial properties of tea tree oil help to kill the blemish bacteria.

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