We all know that dreaded moment – it’s right before you have that important job interview, exciting date, or fun wedding, and you break out with an enormous pimple. And just like that, your confidence goes from all that, to barely there.
But, according to beauty website Into the Gloss, there’s a handy, last-minute, day-of remedy that might help take the edge off, and it’s not what you might expect.
Visine, which you might know purely as an eye drop medication for redness, is said to work like a dream on unsightly pimples. By working to constrict blood vessels (just for a little while), the redness goes down, et voila, you can relax just a little, knowing it’s not quite as visible as it might have been. It certainly beats smearing toothpaste all over it to try to reduce the oiliness (which, spoiler alert, might not even be doing you the good you think it is). How do you do it? Soak up a cotton pad with Visine, hold it to the pimple for about a minute, and watch the red subside — at least a little bit.
Many people on the internet were already Visine fans:
Good tip: Visine for zits. Never had zits growing up but now in my 30s I am experiencing them. I know, I know, what the heck? #RHOBH
— Renae ™ (@Dear_Renae) December 31, 2013
makeup artist here. For bites/zits soak a cottonball with Visine or Murine (eyedrops) apply to the bite for 1 min. Takes away redness.
— Digital Refugee (@Elmiregaf) May 27, 2017
Dab acne with nasal spray and Visine eye drops. They both will shrink blood vessels, thereby taking away the redness.
— Beauty Tricks (@TipBeautyMakeUp) August 28, 2018
— 𝔹𝕣𝕚𝕥𝕥𝕓𝕖𝕒𝕣 (@I_am_Ironwoman) January 4, 2014
investing in visine today LMAO
— sarah (@SLNNx3) August 26, 2018
The fight against rebellious skin has been long-documented – with various home remedies and unexpected drug store products having been touted as the ‘miracle’ cure, from diaper cream (for really bad acne), to various soaps, to thermal water.
Having said all that, it’s important to listen to your own body’s signals, and know that what works for one person’s skin may not necessarily work for another’s. But if you do decide to take action, test carefully, because skincare is no laughing matter. Good luck!