10 Beauty Disasters... And 10 Beauty Solutions!

And pro advice for how to resolve them.

By Fiorella Valdesolo

March 21, 2012 12:00 PM
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The Unexpected Zit

We've all been there: Go to bed with a clear complexion, wake up with blemishes.

SHRINK AND DESTROY "Gently press an ice cube over the pimple to reduce inflammation, then try a spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide to dry it out and kill bacteria," says dermatologist Dr. Sapna Westley. Or crush an aspirin tablet (it contains salicylic acid) into a paste with water and dab on.

GET HIGH TECH The latest fix? At-home LED devices like Tanda Clear+ ($195) that use blue light and sonic vibration to kill acne-causing bacteria.

SQUEEZE IF YOU MUST Dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler insists that you at least avoid using your hands to do the deed. "Apply a warm compress for five to 10 minutes, then take two Q-tips and use gentle, even pressure," she says. "Then dab dry and apply a little antibiotic ointment."

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