The zit remedy (Day 85)…

May 24, 2007


I realize that headline caters strictly to fans of Degrassi, but I couldn’t resist. At least the cartoon above, courtesy of the snortingly hilarious Natalie Dee caters to pretty much everyone, unless you’re some perfect, zit-free being, in which case I want nothing to do with you. Just go. Go!

Yes, the sad reality of life is that acne is much like that weird guy from accounting with the stain-resistant khakis who’s always the last one to leave the party: You can’t help but sigh and roll your eyes when it shows up, and when it’s still lingering by the empty keg at 2 a.m. you just want to squeeze his head until it pops.

Even if I clean my face regularly, eat tons of healthy crap and try super hard to be stress-free, I still get zits, usually at the most inconvenient times and even more inconvenient places (my personal favourite is right between the eyes).

Treatment up until now has consisted of trying to mentally will it back into submission and Oxy, but both have led to disappointing results. In fact, sometimes I think this stuff actually makes the zits bigger. Then, I checked the expiry date on the bottle, which might explain things: it was March, 2003 (what can I say, it lasts forever; it could probably even withstand a nuclear bomb).

I had to throw it out, not really because it was expired but because it was completely ineffective. Of course, zits are ineffective too, but they don’t seem to be getting ready to leave any time soon. So I went looking for an alternative. I’m slowly getting better at remembering that the words “natural” and “organic” don’t necessarily mean the product is toxin-free, and I’d already put a couple things back on the shelf after seeing all the parabens and stuff I couldn’t pronounce in the ingredients list.

Then I came across Dr. Burt’s Herbal Blemish Stick, which admits to being only 99% natural — I’ll forgive that one percent of evil — and contains safe stuff like willow bark, juniper, calendula and tea tree oil. It stings a little, which I like, and while it doesn’t zap the suckers into oblivion, it does seem to work better than the Oxy. I also like that it comes in a glass container rather than plastic.