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"If I have a really bad zit—even one of the hurts-so-bad-but-there's-nothing-there-yet-types—I use a Q-tip and place tea tree oil directly on the zit itself. (Or the area where I know a zit is just a few days away from becoming a reality.)" - Caryn Prime, Managing Editor
"I know people keep saying that there's no proven link between chocolate and breakouts, but I absolutely, positively spot more spots when I've been hitting the candy harder than usual. Limiting sugar in my diet (well, to the best of my abilities—I'm only human!) helps clear skin in a big way, at least for me. Even as a pre-teen, I remember breaking out like clockwork each year right around Halloween—and now I know why." - Elana Fishman, Senior Digital Editor
"If I find that if my skin is just getting kind of congested, and I have a few little bumps here or there—but not painful full-fledged zits—then I use Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Cream for a few nights in a row, and that really keeps my skin clear and bright in the mornings." - Caryn Prime, Managing Editor

"I know this is strange, but since high school I've always put a bit of toothpaste on a blemish to help it dry out faster while I sleep. It's not glamourous and you need to sleep on a towel, but it works. By the morning it's usually in a good place to throw on some cover up. It's the cheapest beauty treatment I ever found." - Stacey Casper, Director of Audience Development

"Toothpaste always works!!!!! Just a little dab!" - Lisa Goldstein, Fashion Market Assistant

"When something will just not go away, I use Kate Somerville Anti Bac clearing lotion." - Maura Lynch, Senior Beauty Editor
"I use this tool! It's so great for impatient people like me who have no time to let a pimple run its course, and SO satisfying to use. (Gross, but true.)" - Jayna Maleri, Senior Fashion Writer
"Two words: Eve Lom. I have had acne for 10 years and nothing has ever cleared my skin (and kept it clear) better than Eve Lom's Cleanser. It is pricey, but the 3.4fl.oz container has lasted me 8 months and I still have some left. I use it at night and my skin is clean and rejuvenated every morning. Also, it removes makeup better than any makeup remover I have ever used." - Stephanie Kornblum, Public Relations Coordinator

"I swear by drugstore favorite Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser; then, I double up with the Persa-Gel 10. This combination is lethal!"  - Elle Strauss, Senior Fashion Editor

"I've tried it all—Differin, Accutane, antibiotics—and truth be told, nothing kicks moderate acne's ass quite like benzoyl peroxide. I swear by Clean & Clear's Persa-Gel 10, which boasts 10 percent BP as its active zit-banishing ingredient. And while I occasionally use it as a spot treatment, I often just slather a thin layer across my whole face before bedtime. The two downsides to this product? It bleaches all fabrics it comes into contact with—towels, sheets—so you may want to switch to white linens before you start using it. Also, it dries your skin out like crazy, so make sure you're combatting that less-than-desirable side effect with a good moisturizer." - Elana Fishman, Senior Digital Editor

Every since this French pharmacie staple got the GOOP seal of approval in 2011, it's been a little easier to find stateside—but not much. And it's waaaay more expensive. (In France, a tube costs roughly $10; here, I've prices run in the $40 - $70 range.) Still, if you can't stock up overseas, it's worth paying the premium: this stuff is miraculous. Rub a pea-size amount all over right before bed and you'll wake up smoother, glowier and, yes, Gwyneth-ier." - Alison Syrett Cleary, Digital Writer
"I swear by the Renee Rouleau Anti Cyst treatment for painful pimples." - Maura Lynch, Senior Beauty Editor
"Fresh Umbrian Clay: It fixes ANYTHING. And Glytone is amazing. And Yes to Tomatoes Wipes!" - Jean Godfrey-June, Executive Beauty Director

"OMG, these two: Kate Sommerville EradiKate or Mario Badescu Drying Lotion—both are the same in my opinion. You just take a Q-tip, dip it down to the bottom (don’t shake the bottle!) and dab it onto a full-blow pimple—sleep with it and you wake up blemish free!" - Megan O'Neill, Associate Beauty Editor

"I am absolutely in love with the Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment. The sulfur in this product quickly dries up zits like nothing else out on the market." - Joane Amay, Senior Fashion Credits Editor

"Mari Badescu drying lotion works wonders on your average breakout." - Maura Lynch, Senior Beauty Editor

"If I feel a MAJOR pimple coming on (like the deep, painful kind that last for weeks), I head to the dermatologist for a super-quick cortisone injection. Yes, it's indulgent, but a no-brainer if I have a big event/occasion coming up and want to look and feel my best." - Jenna Gottlieb, Senior Fashion Writer
"I swear by my Clarisonic. A couple blasts of that brush and the swelling always goes down in a day or so."- Stacey Casper, Director of Audience Development

"At work I use Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish Stick if something pops up on my face; it soothes and takes away some of the redness." - Esther Haynes, Deputy Editor

"Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish Stick is kind of the overnight night miracle I wish I didn't just discover in my 30's." - Melissa Lum, Accessories Editor

"My skin is naturally dry and sensitive; so whenever I get a pimple, I opt for spot treatments that won't irritate my entire face. My trick is a homemade paste made by mashing up an aspirin and adding a little bit of water. I dab it on the problem area over night and when I wake up, the inflammation and redness is significantly improved. This method has worked quicker than any other product I've tried." - Sarah Ferguson, Production Assistant

"Aspirin works wonders on pimples. It's anti-inflammatory and contains a form of salicylic acid. Smash an aspirin and mix with a tiny bit of water. Dab the paste on your pimple. And, by the next day that ginormous zit will be greatly reduced." - Joane Amay, Senior Fashion Credits Editor