Tuesday, January 30, 2007

To pick... or not to pick

Pimples are brutal. Period.
I've been known to be a picker... but at some point, you've got to grow out of bad habits. In my quest to change, I found some really amazing at-home zit-zapping recipes!

See if any of these tricks help your delicate skin battle the bitter break-out!!!

An oldy but goody: Toothpaste. Yes, I've tried and tested and toothpaste really does decrease the swelling and the redness. I prefer Crest, the white kind... it seems to smell the best.

Our friends over at Daily Candy interviewed a fab facialist at Spa to the Stars, Sally Hershberger and discovered a great at home recipe to zap the zit:
The next time you’re tempted to squeeze, prod, and pick your face into an irritated mound, stop. Instead, use this gentler, smarter, at-home zit cream from Karen Axmaker, our favorite facialist at Sally Hershberger Face Place.

cotton swab
hydrogen peroxide
½ oz. powered oatmeal
½ T. fresh lemon juice
¼ c. egg whites
3 drops honey

1. Dab cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide and cleanse the infected area. (This will keep the infection from spreading.)

2. Mix everything else in a small bowl.

3. Cover blemish with mixture and leave on for twenty minutes.

4. Rinse with warm water.

5. Store leftovers in fridge for up to one week. (Do not eat.) Apply twice daily until pimple disappears.


Mike Herman, over at ezinearticles.com, has a few tricks up his sleeves too:
How About This Home Remedy Zit Treatment?

When beginning to make your home remedy for zit and pimples, look at items in your kitchen, pantry, or refrigerator.

When a pimple pops up, rub crushed garlic cloves on the skin.

The garlic will reduce swelling as well as cure the pimple.

Another great homemade recipe is to mix one teaspoon of lemon juice with one teaspoon of ground cinnamon.


So next time you have the urge to purge on your innocent skin, remember that there is always an alternative.

Tell us what zit-zapping tricks you use!!!


Anonymous said...

I've been doing this for years and it's simple and it works: buy some rubbing alcohol (ethanol not isopropanol) at the drugstore. Dilute to a 40% solution with boiled water. i.e take 40ml of alcohol, 60ml of water. Mix. Take a Q-tip and soak in alcohol solution. Dab onto zit avoiding surrounding skin. Repeat no more than 3 times a day. Diminishes swelling, makes the zit smaller and makes it into a tiny hard thing that you can then gently pop without making a hole in your face. Disinfect with same solution after popping and then again once or twice to insure it doesn't recreate a zit. Btw, if you can't find ethanol rubbing alcohol, you can substitute vodka. If using vodka, don't dilute, it's already a good concentration ;)

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