7 spot treatments for zapping pimples away in a flash
Ain't nobody got time for toothpaste
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / February 15 2021
Seeing a pimple popping up is basically the opposite of seeing your food coming in a restaurant; you wish it'd turn around and go right back where it came from.
But while we're well aware that the temptation to squeeze, poke and pick at the rude little (or big) thing is all too real, the truth is that the right topical ingredients can do a whole lot more good than your fingers can, and won't wreak havoc scarring wise.
So, we've rounded up the top spot treatments to try, from pimple patches to drying lotions. Whack one on the next time you get an uninvited guest and get ready to watch it shrink...
Votary Blemish Rescue Oil Tamanu and Salicylic
Anything with a hefty serving of salicylic acid will usually do the trick in the drying out department, but this purifying oil also includes anti-inflammatory tamanu oil to keep things calm once the congestion has been cleared.
Peace Out Skincare Acne Healing Dots
Heard of pimple patches? Of course you have; they took over the 'gram last year. Well, these are our faves; they feature hydrocolloid, an ingredient which works to pull pus (sorry) and gunk out of the blemish while also preventing picking.
Pixi Zero Zit Blemish Solution
Looking for a gentle giant that’ll get the job done without going too hard on surrounding skin? This blemish gel features a natural salicylic acid form as well as soothing wintergreen leaf extract.
Murad Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment
This guy pairs five acids together (salicylic, lysophosphatidic, hydroxydecanoic, sebaic and glycolic; try pronouncing those). But also, if you’re a pimple, try getting past them.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
We'd love to go against the crowd, but everything you’ve heard about this formula is true: it not only significantly reduces redness but hell, we’ll say it, halves the size of blemishes while you sleep.
Malin + Goetz Acne Treatment Nighttime
What do you get when you mix salicylic acid (a pore purifier), sulphur (an oil absorber), and zinc oxide (an irritation easer)? No (or at least very few) blemishes, that’s for damn sure.
Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment
This drying lotion is similar to the Badescu blend (and by that we mean it’s phenomenal at drying up and shrinking spots). Our advice? Apply it as soon as you feel a pimple rising to prevent it from actually showing up.