If you can get to a drugstore — Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick is a great alternative if you can’t get to a mall. This glass vial packs a rollerball and several all-natural ingredients, like tea tree oil and willow bark. It is shockingly effective for clearing up blemishes and derailing those that are about to go nuclear. It’s gentle enough to be used twice a day and I find that it makes those awful cystic pimples much less uncomfortable.
If you can get to a gas station — Prepare to be amazed: Neosporin can be a miracle for improving pimple appearance overnight. Please note, I am not a dermatologist and this is not a long-term solution, but I have personally experienced mind-blowing results. Angry hormonal acne often results in sore, irritated skin, and I’ve found that Neosporin softens the affected area, drastically reduces redness, and helps prevent and heal any scarring.
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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $17, available at Mario Badescu; Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick, $8, available at Burt’s Bees; Neosporin, $4.49, available at Drugstore.com.