By Tomboy KC | Photography by Stephen Bimson
When it comes to Acne, the only kind we are willing to tolerate is made of leather and sold at Barney’s. Unless you are some sort of masochist or just have bad taste in outerwear, we have a feeling you are with us on this one. But as much as we would like to think little pink mole-hills making their home on our chin is something of our childhood past, we are well past prom and yet still find ourselves battling the pesky buggers. Approaching thirty with the zit infested face of a pre-pubescent teen? Not. Cute.
Here are three things to remember when it comes to kissing acne goodbye once and for all:
1. Keep it clean. Here is a shocker, clogged pores cause zits. We know, take a minute to marinate on that one. Now that you have gotten over your initial shock, it should come as no surprise that clearing your pores of dirt and dead skin is the first step to giving zits the middle finger. We love great cleansers like the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and stand by the power of a good exfoliator (nothing compares to Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate), but when push comes to giving pimples the proverbial shove, our big beauty secret is the Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask. Nothing like lathering charcoal on your face to draw out pore-cloggers like a magnet. No, but really.
2. Size isn’t always everything. The bigger the pore, the more room to house dirt, scum and other crap that, let’s face it, is clouding up your face. And if creating a breeding ground for pimple farms (yep, we went there) isn’t enough deterrent to think smaller, I think we can all agree housing large pores isn’t exactly putting your best face forward. When shrinkage is the name of the game, La Mer’s Regenerating Serum is our potion of choice. Although it is technically designed for anti-aging (just consider those diminished lines your bonus), we find its marked pore reduction to be worth its weight in gold (this said recognizing that it might cost you some to try it).
3: When all else fails, be ready to ATTACK. Despite your best plan of defense, chances are the day is going to come when a pimple makes its way out of your nightmares and onto your face. And, who are we kidding, that face is probably going to be getting ready for a hot date. When disaster strikes, there is nothing left to do except play a little offense. Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick is one of our go-to products when it comes to combating blemishes. With a powerful drying agent and roll-on applicator, worrying about your pre-date zit should be the last thing on your mind. Another cult favorite is Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion (which is actually not a lotion at all, but a clay-like substance you apply via q-tip). Just apply one drop of this miracle combination on top of a pimple and it will heal and dry virtually overnight. No joke. Would we lie to you?