Drew Barrymore’s genius method for fixing that zit you couldn't not squeeze

Drew Barrymore’s Genius Trick For Calming Zits

All you need is ice and eye drops

Beauty Crew Digital Content Editor / March 10 2020

It’s a golden rule of the skin care that you should never pop pimples but sometimes you just can’t resist. And, for those times you just can’t stop yourself, Drew Barrymore has a genius (and inexpensive) method to calm the inflammation. All you need is ice and eye drops.

“I got this huge zit and then popped it then I put ice on it and this morning, it’s better. Although it’s bright red, hideous and scabbed-over, [the ice] made all of that toxic swelling that happens [go away]. By tomorrow, it’s going to be gone," Drew says.

"That Visine trick works too. Put the Visine on the redness and I swear to God, it really lightens it up. So ice and Visine for when you get [pimples],” she explains.

Drew isn’t the first to discover the power of ice and eye drops when it comes to reducing the size and appearance of pimples - makeup artists have been using this trick for decades. The method takes a two-pronged approach: Ice reduces the swelling around a zit meanwhile anti-redness eye drops reduce redness.

If you’d like to try it, we recommend first wrapping your ice cube in tissue to prevent it from giving you frostbite. For best results, leave the ice on for one minute. You could also try a cooling facial tool like Aceology Pink Ice Globe Facial Massager which you store in your fridge until you're ready to use it.

To nix any remaining redness, try some anti-redness eye drops on the pimple site like Drew's favourite Visine Clear Eye Drops.

Aceology Pink Ice Globe Facial Massager

Visine Clear Eye Drops

If you’re looking for more advice on dealing with pimples, here's our guide.

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Isobel is a Digital Content Editor at BEAUTYcrew, marie claire and InStyle. When she's not busy hunting for the latest beauty news, you’ll find her arranging her skincare collection in search of the perfect “shelfie.” Isobel was previously BEAUTYcrew's Junior Beauty Writer.