Zits have an uncanny ability to surface at the worst times (like before a big action-packed weekend or a nerve-racking job interview). The trick to making your blemish disappear quickly is to diagnose what kind of eruption you’re up against, then treat it accordingly.
*A superficial pimple—the kind that is on the surface of your skin and can be tempting to pop—can be cured by using a spot treatment that contains the maximum amount of either salicylic acid (2%) or benzoyl peroxide (10%). Treat your pimple morning and night, and bring down any swelling by icing it for 10 minutes. These tactics should zap your zit within a day or two, and in the meantime you can keep it covered with a blemish-fighting concealor.
*If you’re cursed with a cystic pimple—those are the ones that are imbedded deep in your skin and can be painful when you press it—you’ll need to visit your dermatologist to see fast results. A quick cortisone injection will shrink that volcano down within a day.
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