Pimples are pesky and painful. End of story. We all want rid of them as soon as they appear and — as tempting as it may be — picking them is not the answer. You'll likely end up with more through spread of bacteria and, worse, you could end up with scars. Instead, invest in a blemish buster that's infused with salicylic acid, a known pore decongestant, and other anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredients. Whether your budget's $10 or $60, we've got just the buy for you.
Winter beauty doesn't just call for super doses of hydration and barely-there spray tans, it also calls for whitening and brightening. The cooler months spell the perfect time to target dark spots, pigmentation and skin discolouration, as we're not subjected to direct sunlight. Well, as much as we are in Summer, anyway! We've rounded up our current favourites. You know, the ones that actually work.
Benefit launched its b.right! skincare line to rave reviews mid-last year with a focus on radiance and hydration, and now it's following up with its first-ever treatment product: Boo Boo Zap! ($28). The targeted acne treatment is enriched with salicylic and glycolic acids to help de-clog pores and dry out existing blemishes as well as preventing new breakouts from forming. The purifying clear liquid can be dabbed onto problem areas 1-3 times a day to reduce redness and swelling. The easiest way to apply it is to dip a cotton bud in the top of the bottle, allowing it to soak before holding that against the pimple — this will save the skin around the spot from drying out.
Benefit Boo Boo Zap! will be available from May 19. Stockists: 02 8353 5000.
Because we know that you're always on the hunt to find that special something to put blemishes on the back foot, we make sure that we are, too. And we think we may just have found that sumthin' sumthin': Clean&Clear® Advantage Pimple Control Kit.
Basically it's a 4-step regimen that aims to reduce pimples and make your skin clearer in just ONE day—perfect for those as impatient as me. The set contains Advantage Pimple Control Cleanser, which tackles breakouts without stripping the skin; Advantage Pimple Control Toner which is formulated with natural herbal botanical ingredients to balance the skin, while reducing excess oil; Advantage Pimple Control Moisturiser which is oil-free and contains salicylic acid, y'know, that ingredient that I promise to stop going on about as soon as you agree that it's pretty special; and Advantage Fast Clearing Spot Gel, which is a pretty potent pimple-clearing treatment if ever there was one.
WE WANT YOU to join us on the Clean&Clear® Advantage Pimple Control Challenge and tell us how you like having the advantage over blemishes. Ha, not so smart now, are you little suckers! is the kind of reaction that we're hoping for. To be in with a chance of being picked to trial the products, simply share with us in the comments section how you battle breakouts.
It seems like there are a million products out there claiming to put you on the path to complexion perfection, but do they actually work?
We put a shout out for Bella readers who wanted clear skin in time for party season and those who shared their worst acne moment with us got to trial Neutrogena Rapid Clear® 2-in-1 Fight & Fade Spot Gel ($16.99). Here's what Lucy from NSW thought of it:
"I have pretty sensitive skin and often get pimples around my jaw line. I tried out Rapid Clear Fight and Fade 1-2 times a day on this problem area and found it quickly helped my skin clear up. I was most impressed by the speed with which it worked. A problem pimple which may last a couple of days and only clear up fully after a week was completely clear in half that time when I used the product. It really went straight to work and didn’t let any of those suckers linger."