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I also really on a salicylic acid-based product, namely Dermalogica’s overnight clearing gel. When the blemish is almost gone, I gently exfoliate to remove any dry skin around it.

Mario Badescu drying lotion is the best!!! The smell is not great but it works. Both I and my daughters use it. Can’t believe I am 47 and still getting a pimple here and there. Sigh….but this stuff makes a difference with one use. Best stuff I have ever used in terms of treating blemishes already there and I have used a lot in my day sadly…..

Mario Badescu stopped working for me, so I tried Neutrogena blemish gel with salicylic acid and it works.
Plenty of moisturiser on the spots.
SKII treatment mask seems to heal them faster too.

I used to handle them really wrong before I got into skin care routine. Now I don’t worry much about them, most are gone within 1-2 days somehow. S I don’t touch and ignore them.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo when I know it’s something that will be nasty if left unattended. If it’s something small, Effaclar K will do the trick!

I’ve been using GM Collin Puracne Oxygen Gel all over & Acne Complex to spot treat. Both these products are gentle but effective.

I usually dab some Retin-A on the blemish at night to make it go away faster. If it’s a cystic acne, Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion is also helpful in getting rid of it without it coming to a head.

I very rarely get pimples but dammit right now I have a monster–slight exaggeration– growing on my jawline with no ammunition in my house to battle it. Need to look into this Mario Badescu product

I use glycolic acid, 9% salicylic acid, and 2.5% benzoyl peroxide (all from Paula’s Choice) all over my face daily, which seems to help a lot to begin with, but for stubborn pimples, I’ll do a 10% benzoyl peroxide spot treatment (Persagel) and use my AcneFree sulfur mask.

I take prescription acne medication so I generally don’t have a problem with blemishes anymore. When I do get one I apply some Tretinoin cream on it and it’s usually gone by the morning.

Neutrogena 2-in-1 spot treatment (salicylic acid) is a life saver. I’ve never used anything that works as well as it does. It’s good for acne that is still forming, or to get rid of existing acne.
I also use a baking soda paste for cystic acne that is under the surface.

neutrogena vanishing acne cream, with 2% benzoyl peroxide. if my skin is feeling particularly difficult, i’ll wash with neutrogena oil-free acne wash with salicylic acid and do a baking soda exfoliation, then a l’oreal moisturizer on top. that’s usually enough to stop my hormonal breakouts. for just one blemish though, i keep washing with plain ol’ water and a clean washcloth and just use the benzoyl peroxide cream.

betadine or iodine as a spot treatment overnight-kills it instantly, but it’s suitable only if you have blemishes very rarely, don’t use it daily and regularly, might be bad for your thyroid gland

The Body Shop Tea Tree blemish stick. I keep them in all my bags.The will zap a blemish overnight and they are also great for calming brows after a waxing.

I use Tazorac every few nights and salicylic acid in the morning but I still get one here and there. They are almost always cysts. I bomb them with bpo and cortisone ointment. I do this repeatedly every few hours. I also use ice to reduce the inflammation. This will keep them small and often they will disappear in a day or two. If I do nothing they will get huge and be around for weeks and hurt a lot.

Tea tree oil. Or if it’s not erupted yet, I’ll draw it out with a dab of Glamglow and LUSH’s Mask of Maganaminty.

Tea tree oil does the trick most of the time but i also recently discovered the wonders of Ahava purifying mud mask. It really works! Just dab a little on the spot and leave it overnight, then let the blemish heal on it’s own to avoid scarring.

I put a tiny dab of the Proactiv overnight zit zapper thingy on it, and repeat if it hurts. I mostly just try not to touch it, and wash my face with coconut oil as usual.

Tea tree oil… stinks but works wonders!
For those stubborn ones I’ll add Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, also stinks but works!!! Neosporin is a must when I do resist the urge & pop one


I have an issue with wanting to pop everything. So, I at least finally understood I can’t stop this tendency and bought a blemish tool that I can sterilize, so I’m not using my fingers, at least. :/

When I get one that’s really tense and hurts, I am powerless before the urge to extract. But for more “normal” zits, I alternate between MB Buffering Lotion and a 10% benzoyl peroxide from Clearasil. When I do blow one out and end up with flaking or scabbing, I have actually had better results with a tiny dot of Clinique Moisture Surge a few times a day (either the regular or Intense formula) than I have with Neosporin – it seems to keep the area softened so it doesn’t flake and peel as much.

Oddly, for me internal things help more than cosmetics.

Water, workout, water, shower – especially for deeper blockages. And did I mention water?

Topically, if fairly close to the surface, it’s a matter of Finacea and making sure I only use products/products that have been sanitized.

Deeper issues: Retin A

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