Giant pimples always seem to present themselves at the worst of times, don’t they? And sometimes you aren’t prepared. Your benzoyl peroxide cream ran out, you’re on vacation or staying with a friend and forgot to pack your salicylic acid, whatever. It happens! But don’t freak out — there are three things that you probably DO have that can help out in a pinch:
1. Ibuprofen Liquid Gel Capsules. Ibuprofen is used to reduce inflammation in your body, and guess what? It works on acne too. Split open the capsule and use it as a spot treatment to calm irritation and redness, reducing the offending pimple’s visibility quickly.
2. Aspirin. You can combine aspirin (which contains salicylic acid) with water to make a paste treatment for acne. The Beauty Department has a great how-to article on this one, but it’s pretty simple: crush up the aspirin, mix with a drop of water and dab it on for 5 minutes!
3. Toothpaste. Yes, it’s true: toothpaste can help clear up a breakout because its active ingredient, sulfur, is the same that you’ll find in many drugstore acne treatments. Just use a dab on a zit and let it sit for a while (don’t put it ALL over your face). And if the bottle says “prevents tartar” or “whitening,” then skip this trick: these types of toothpaste can irritate your skin leaving you redder than before!
4. Lemons. With antibacterial and antifungal properties, lemons are a popular natural acne treatment. To use it, just slice one up and rub it on your face! Wait a couple minutes, then rinse off with water. Lemon juice is also a great toner, helping to even out skin tone and reduce redness caused by acne.