Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Brooklyn Bitch's Guide to Flawless Skin: No Dermatologist Required

If you find yourself sitting alone on the couch with a pimple threatening to erupt under your usually flawless skin, we have some wise words of advice for you.


We have a few tried-and-true remedies that you should test out before reaching for that warm washcloth and zit-popping tools. It is simply not in the budget to run to the dermatologist whenever we experience a flare-u, nor is it even remotely possible to test out any of the zapping devices that are currently in the market and run for prices in the triple digits. It’s time to get in touch with your inner mad-scientist and try one of our Bitch-tested, mother approved at-home fixes to any kind of blemish you may encounter.

  1. Dab a spot of toothpaste on a zit overnight to dry it out and reduce redness. Apply paste (not gel) just before bedtime, and wash face off in the morning.
  2. It sounds a little New Age-y to us, but we’ve heard that raw potatoes work wonders. Take a raw potato, peel and grate it. Wrap in a scrap of muslin and tie tightly to form a pad. Rub this pad over the pimple in circular motions for about five minutes, and then wash your face. Helps to get rid of blemishes and prevent scars.
  3. Mix fresh lime juice with a cup of milk and use as a face wash for acne, pimples, and blackheads.
  4. Make your own facial mask with grated apple mixed with a little honey. Leave on skin for thirty minutes and wash off gently wish warm water, followed by a cold rinse.
  5. If you wake up to a new red blemish, put an ice cube on it for two minutes, every thirty minutes, before applying your morning make-up. The cold will reduce the swelling and draw out the redness.
  6. We’ve also heard reports of rubbing raw garlic or lemon slices on a particularly difficult pimple. We won’t suggest the garlic idea if you’ve got a hot date, work meeting, or get-together within 24 hours, but the lemon is fair game.

Got any other at-home remedies for banishing zits? We’d love to hear everything, from your grandmother’s old family secrets to the tried-and-true methods you’ve been using since middle school. Drop us a comment below, send us an email at, or Tweet us @bbonabudget!

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