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. [Update: this is essentially the same stuff, and usually less expensive—also works great.]

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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