Our editors have independently selected the items featured in this article because we think they’re worth knowing about. Shop TODAY has affiliate relationships so we may get a small share of the revenue if you buy something through our links.
I’m a little obsessive about skin care and always on the lookout for something to brighten, plump, moisturize and generally fix up my face without a lot of makeup. The one thing I usually don’t worry about is pimples.
I hesitate to say that because it sounds braggy, and I believe in jinxes, karma and all kinds of superstitions.
But, I am telling you this because I have seen the other side. When I was pregnant with my first child, I had something called perioral dermatitis, which is a fancy way of saying whitehead pimples all around my mouth and chin. It’s one of the more disgusting things that can happen to a person’s face.
It didn’t respond to normal acne treatments — that just made things worse — and my dermatologist at the time said she couldn’t really treat it because I was pregnant, and then breastfeeding. I suffered through this eruption for months and months while also having a difficult pregnancy and generally feeling like a giant, misshapen and spotted gourd.
The No. 1 thing I did for my skin was find a better dermatologist. After giving me a topical antibiotic, she followed with a prescription retinoid and prescription sulfur face wash that together cleared up 99% of my problems. (Try this Differin gel, which used to be prescription only. Sephora reviewers also love this Sunday Riley sulfur mask.)
For that other 1 percent, I have this Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. If I see a pimple start to surface I put this on and watch it disappear overnight.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $12 (normally $17), Amazon
Stuff We Love
There is a thick, pink goo made of calamine, zinc oxide and sulfur at the bottom of the bottle that you reach with a Q-tip through a clear liquid of salicylic acid and alcohol on top. (Don’t shake it.) It’s been Mario Badescu’s bestselling product for 50 years, and a single bottle lasts forever.
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel, $17, Sephora
“Absolute best product I’ve ever used!” one editor says. The $17 price tag includes 5 peel packs.
Tata Harper Clarifying Spot Solution, $35, Sephora
Another editor described this with a series of flower emoji — which sounds absolutely magical to us!
Nexcare Acne Covers, $7, Amazon
An editor called these little pads the BEST thing she had ever used.
Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment, $13, Target
This retinoid, which used to be prescription only, was recommended by an editor’s sister-in-law, who happens to be a dermatologist!
This article was originally published on October 23, 2017 on TODAY.com.
Looking for more skin solutions? Check out
- The serum that makes dark spots disappear
- Expert-recommended fixes for acne, dandruff and other trouble spots
- The best drugstore beauty products under $5
Shop TODAY takes care to recommend our favorite items chosen by trusted experts and editors, as well as inform our readers of great deals, customer favorites, and newsworthy products from around the web. For more on our process, click here.