Do I apply my zit zapper product before or after my face cream? – Holly.
Hol, even if I had somehow taken ownership of a wishing well, several magic lamps and a small, powerful gypsy, I could not have wished for a better question.
It seems insignificant, but is actually quite important because as with sunscreen, the order of application means the difference between your prodz being able to do their job properly and effectively, and them wandering around aimlessly, out of work, kicking tyres and hustling for cigarette money.
The short answer: Apply them before.
The long answer: There are several types of blemish zappers one can use on one’s spots, which I might just go over quickly, because it’s so fun.
You might choose…
– A benzoyl peroxide product, which will work to clear out the bacteria and dry up the spot. Try: Danné Montague-King’s 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Lotion or Dermalogica’s special clearing booster. Note: Benzoyl peroxide can be drying and irritate-y for sensitive skinned dames. Go easy. Another note: Benzoyl peroxide is particularly good for blind pimples, although you shouldn’t really be giving your pimples beer in the first place, in my opinion.
– A drawing paste, which uses gentle ingredients like clay, sulfur and zinc oxide to draw out the whitehead, purify the skin and reduce redness. They are best to use at night so that in the morning the whitehead will (“should”) show on the surface and you can hygienically extract it with a tissue, not your paws. I love Payot’s Pate Grise for this. So much. And it lasts for years.
– A salicylic acid-based anti-spot gel, which you apply directly to spots with an applicator or cotton tip (never fingers!) and which calms the spot down and helps with redness and inflammation. Try: Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel Salicylic Acid Acne Medication or Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pimple Cream.