How to Get Rid of a Pimple


Over the years I’ve read all sorts of advice to get rid of that one unsightly blemish that inevitably seems to appear—out of nowhere—before something important: “avoid stress” (easier said than done), “use toothpaste (really?), “apply crushed garlic” (I hear it burns your skin!).

Someone recommended this overnight Sonya Dakar Drying Potion—now Ultraluxe—before my wedding (when I collected almost all my beauty routine advice, it seems), and it’s never disappointed me. Keep the little blue bottle on hand for emergencies and heed these tips: keep the rim clean so that the top stays on tight and it doesn’t dry out, and warn anyone at home about the white spots—it’s not invisible.

What do you swear by? 

P.S. I’m certain that Bjork’s beautiful face is in fact always flawless and apologize for any implication otherwise. I love this photograph of her by Jane Bown.

[Bjork, copyright Jane Bown for The Observer, 1995]

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