“I got this huge zit and then popped it then I put ice on it and this morning, it’s better. Although it’s bright red, hideous and scabbed-over, it made all of that toxic swelling that happens [go away]. By tomorrow, it’s going to be gone.”
Using ice to reduce the size of a pimple is an age-old trick that has been used by makeup artists for decades. Not only does ice reduce the swelling around a zit, but it also helps to calm redness.
If you’d like to try it, you'll want to first wrap your ice cube in tissue to prevent it from giving your skin frostbite. For best results, leave the ice on the inflamed pimple for one minute. You could also try a cooling facial tool like Aceology Pink Ice Globe Facial Massager which you store in your fridge until you're ready to use it.
Then, to remove any remaining redness, Drew says she loves using anti-redness eye drops on the pimple site like Visine Clear Eye Drops.
Aceology Pink Ice Globe Facial Massager, $64, available at aceology.co
Visine Clear Eye Drops, $8.49, available at chemistwarehouse.com.au
This article originally appeared on InStyle.