5 Best Blemish Busters

If the summer sun (and excess partying) has left your skin a little worse for wear, we’ve tested 5 of the best ways to get rid of blemishes on your face and body.

1. Toothpaste

We’ve all heard about toothpaste as a blemish buster, but does it really work? Yes! The secret is to use the tiniest amount of toothpaste (the size of a pinhead is more than enough) and to lightly pat it into the pimple. The menthol draws out impurities and dries out the infection. About $4.

2. Clinique Turnaround Body Smoothing Cream

If the heat has left you with red bumps and rough dry skin, you’re not the only one. Lots of women have been complaining about summer skin irritations, and this miracle body cream is one of the best beauty counter products you can get your hands on. It contains salicylic acid which sheds dead surface cells and encourage healthy cell turnover. Body blemishes usually disappear in 1-3 days. $52.00.

3. Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Blemish Stick

Tea tree is an age-old antiseptic and this handy blemish stick is just the thing to keep in your handbag for on-the-spot emergencies. It contains pure tea tree oil, as well as vitamin E and spearmint oil to dry out the pimple and reduce its size and comes with a clever sponge tip applicator so there’s no need to use fingers (which can spread bacteria). A friend who woke up with a huge pimple on her chic found it reduced by half in a matter of hours. $5.25.

4. T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel

We’ve raved about this witch hazel tonic before but it’s worth trying alone for giving blemishes the flick. Witch hazel is a natural disinfectant which reduces bacteria, helping to prevent inflammation. Dab a small amount on cotton wool and apply to the blemish twice a day. You should notice a reduction in the size of your pimple within hours. $5.95.

5. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

You’ll either love or hate this cult product. Celebs like Natalie Portman and Reece Witherspoon religiously use this spot treatment made with a blend of calamine and salicylic acid, but not everyone gets the overnight results it claims. I’ve found it works quickly on smaller blemishes, while angry pimples take 2-3 nights to clear. I’ve found it’s particularly good for whiteheads too. $48.95.

What treatments do you love for getting rid of blemishes?