Beauty, Lifestyle

The handbag staple that will kill your pimple

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
August 22nd, 2016

We’ve all been there. You’re out and about and have a quick look at yourself in a bathroom/rear-view mirror and see that, oh my GOD, your face has sprouted a little white head and worst of all, NO ONE has told you. Before you go out and abuse your friends for their failure to alert you to the disaster, you’ve gotta sort that shit out. No one likes a whitehead. No one.

Contrary to popular opinion, I am all about squeezing that little mofo. I’d much rather a red mark than a pus head, but you need to be wary of the spread of bacteria that could lead to one or two of his little cousins making an appearance to avenge his death. But what to do when you’re in a public bathroom with no Clearasil wipes to save you? You crack out the hand sanitiser, that’s what you do.

First, grab a bit of toilet paper or tissue and as gently as you can, pop that little bastard, ensuring that the tissue is the only thing that comes in contact with whatever comes out. Dispose immediately. Then, grab a drop of hand sanitiser and whack it on the spot where your pimple was. This will sting a little, but therein lies the magic. Hand sanitiser is made up almost entirely of alcohol, which is highly effective in killing germs and bacteria – up to 99.9% in many brands including Purell and Dettol. It’s clear and dries almost immediately, so once you’ve covered the area well, you’re good to go; no white head and no likelihood of it growing back or spreading.

Now, it’s time to go and question those mates of yours for not telling you….

What’s your best pimple-fighting tip?