Editor’s Picks: The Best Acne Treatments

Pimple Punishers

Next to my folders of beauty press releases and products, I’ve got a Post-it note with a running list of words I avoid at all costs when writing: moist, plump, and pimple. Yak.¬†Pimples are certainly not pretty subject, but you can’t rid yourself of them if you don’t talk about ways to zap those things. From a DIY method to luxe pimple punishers, I’ve rounded up the best acne treatments for oily skin types.

Benefit‘s new and revamped Boo Boo Zap! will vanish any heinous things that appear on your face. This invisible treatment purifies and dries blemishes and can be applied multiple times a day, under or over makeup.

If you think Kate Somerville’s 24 Hour Pimple Punisher won’t do the trick in a short amount of time, think again. I swear by this product. It’s incredibly convenient to have this when the most inconvenient pimple appears.

Neutrogena’s Pink Grapefruit Line is a great drugstore buy for those who prefer an oil-free lifestyle. Their acne-fighting facial cleanser¬†has been a long-time staple, made with 100 percent naturally derived grapefruit extract and Vitamin C and gentle enough for everyday use. The newest addition to the fam: Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes for acne-prone skin.

And for those on a serious budget (or just looking for an easy DIY beauty treatment) one local top-notch plastic surgeon spills about his full-proof zit zappin’ solution.

Dr. Paul G Ruff IV, M.D., F.A.C.S., Director of Ruff Plastic Surgery & RPS MedSpa, recommends these ingredients for an at-home treatment to remedy any pesky pimples:

1. “Mix ground cinnamon with pure honey to form a paste and apply to skin or blemishes.”

2. “Leave on for at least five minutes (can be left overnight but this can be messy). To avoid dripping and getting everything sticky, use a piece of saran-wrap to occlude the area of application.”