Without fail, I will sprout the world’s biggest zit the second that I’m away from home. I don’t know if it’s the change of pollution in the air, the stress of traveling, or the little hiccup in my product routine, but I can pretty much guarantee a breakout whenever I am on the road. I’m normally savvy enough to pack an arsenal of weaponry to conquer such a mishap, but having been caught without the appropriate solution on more than one occasion, I have nailed down three perfect pimple anihilators, no matter what may arise.
If you can get to a beauty counter — Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion is my spot treatment of choice. It’s got sulfur in it, which reduces oiliness and unblocks pores. What I love most about this stuff is that you just dot it on with a Q-tip, no rubbing or blending. The formula is concentrated and fierce so it reduces the pimple size overnight. If you need an extra dose, you can put some on in the morning as you get ready, too.
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.