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Zits are a fact of life. How we deal with them? Well, that all depends on the person. While I know how I try to squash the situation (sorry, sometimes I can't resist a little pick), I'm a little nosey and needed to know how the world approaches a zit. My colleagues here at InStyle and MIMI are a wealth of knowledge, and I needed to know if they had secret prods I hadn't thought to try before. Here's what I found out.
1. Plant Apothecary Zit Zap Treatment Mask
MIMI's Editor Victoria swears by this badboy in a tub. Here's why: "This might be TMI, but thanks to sweat and sports bras, those annoying zits don't only pop up on your nose. Yep, acne on your back or shoulders is a thing, and I love this treatment because I can mix it with a few drops of water to address those areas. It's also organic, which is a big plus for all those natural beauty lovers out there."
2. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Acne Treatment
This is my OG acne treatment. It's great for white heads and blackheads alike,thanks to the combinations of Benzoil Peroxide and an LHA. Also, it's fantastic for reducing texture literally over night. I keep a backup in my medicine cabinet at all times.
3. Renee Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment
Both Assistant Beauty Editor, Dianna Mazzone, and Associate Beauty Editor, Marianne Mychaskiw, swear by this treatment. First up, Dianna's take.
"I don’t break out all that often—knock on wood—but when I do, I’m prone to painful cystic bumps that form deep under the surface of my skin. I used to visit my derm for cortisone injections, but now when I feel a blemish forming, I reach for Renee Rouleau’s lactic acid-laced Anti-Cyst Treatment. It doesn’t squelch the break out entirely, but it does reduce its lifespan to a matter of days—a small miracle, considering I used to fight a single cystic bump for as long as a month," says Dianna.
Meanwhile, Marianne has this to say about the miracle treatment: "My skin thinks I’m still 15 years old, which is good in terms of anti-aging, but not so much when it comes to acne. Whenever I get those soul-destroying, under-the-skin bumps, I turn to Renee Rouleau’s Anti-Cyst treatment, which is the only thing that can completely kill them within a day or two. The secret is the lactic acid used within the formula—it penetrates at a much deeper level than your traditional salicylic or glycolic mixture, and you need something like that to successfully heal those pimples that haven’t even surfaced yet. They also work on regular breakouts, so it has quickly replaced every other spot treatment I used to keep in my medicine cabinet."
4. Province Apothecary Clear Skin Advanced Spot Treatment
InStyle Beauty Writer Erin Lukas swears by this treatment, and she has gorgeous skin, so there definitely is something to it. "I’m well out of my teens, but my skin likes to think otherwise. More often than not, I’m suffering from a breakout. To make things complicated, I have sensitive skin and traditional acne spot treatment ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are too harsh and drying. Luckily, I found Province Apothecary’s Clear Skin Advanced Spot Treatment. In just a few drops, this all-natural serum packed with turmeric, which is known for soothing inflammation and redness, minimizes my pimples without drying out my skin. Since I can see a difference in the size of my blemishes in the morning if I use it at night, and it even works on cystic acne, I’m convinced this spot treatment is actually magic," says Lukas.
5. Kate Somerville Eradikate To-Go
This is one of the newer treatments to come across my horizon, but I have to say the obsession is real. It contain's a 10 percent Sulfur solution in individually wrapped, pre-treated swabs, so you can stash them in your purse or vacation beauty bag and rest easy knowing that if you see something a little unsightly brewing on your face, you can tackle it ASAP.