Like the thigh-face makeup trend, some beauty phenomena are far better enjoyed on YouTube than IRL. And nothing embodies this more than the internet’s current skin-care obsession: pimple popping. Sure, we feel elated by every zit Dr. Pimple Popper takes down, but when we wake up and see the little red dots on our own complexions, the feeling is far from mutual. So before you go and try to recreate your favorite pimple popping video, try these spot treatments to take down inflammation and dry out pimples in a cinch.
It helps to dry out pimples, and dry them out FAST, thank you very much. It’s great to tap on before bedtime for some overnight action. However, it’s potent—a little goes a long way.
Buy it: $5, target.com
This salicylic acid-spiked formula is great at eliminating problem spots without being overly drying, according to one of our editors who swears by it. (We also like this natural mud that zaps zits and soothes your skin from the Women’s Health Boutique!)
Buy it: $22, amazon.com
These bad boys come in sheets with ingredients like salicylic and glycolic acid and witch hazel to nix that zit while also packing in the serious soothers like aloe, cucumber, and chamomile to help reduce irritation. Best yet: They’re individually packed and easy to carry to the gym.
Buy it: $28 for 10, bluemercury.com