Pimples are unwelcome visitors that somehow seem to pop up at the worst of times. If you sense one forming below the skin surface, try these secret weapons to zap your zits goodbye.
Text: Eugene Quek / HerWorldPlus / July 2017
Additional text: Cheryl Lim
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Shot through the heart
Dab on a dollop of Innisfree’s Bija Trouble Spot Essence at the very first sign of bumpiness.
The first order of business is to squelch the swelling that makes pimples so unpleasantly prominent (and painful!).
Take it from my go-to skin doc: “An anti-inflammatory cortisone shot is the quickest way of treating new pimples,” advises dermatological doyenne Dr Karen Soh, medical director of Prive Clinic.
IDS’s Acne Spot Treatment boasts a tinted formula for virtually instant ‘erasing’ of imperfections.
If injectables aren’t your thing, consider off-the-counter cortisone creams or targeted treatments like this blemish buster from IDS instead. Any respectable pharmacy or cosmetics counter ought to stock what you’re looking for. Simply slap on a generous glob onto the affected area and gently pat it in, wiping off any excess.
Ice, ice baby
Next, reduce any residual ruddiness by cooling the “hotspot” as if you were icing an injured knee. Create a quick-and-dirty cold compress by bundling a couple of ice cubes in a wash towel.
Hold it against the blemish for about 30 seconds, then pat dry. The dip in temperature shrinks the skin’s blood vessels, dialling back the blotchiness of the blemish. Bonus: this cool trick also takes care of puffiness, pores and such – essentially any and every cosmetic concern.
All that’s left to do is follow up with a mattifying moisturiser, like Sisley’s Mattifying Moisturizing Skin Care with Tropical Resins, which is excellent for soothing stressed-out skin, to comfort your complexion and squelch shine through the day. And you’re done; all ready to “face” the world in less than a minute.