The dot seen round the world.

Zits are 10 times bigger when viewed in a mirror than when viewed on on someone else’s face.
That is a verifiable fact.  
I mean, maybe not totally verifiable but it’s a pretty solid theory nonetheless.
The reasons being:

A. We are generally far more critical of our own faces than we are of others – I’m constantly baffled when women tell me what’s wrong with their beautiful faces and  it’s not that I’m just cluelessly viewing the world from rose colored glasses either. I’m a fairly beauty savvy gal with 20/20 vision and I  sit there looking at them with the most confused face trying to squint or tilt my head to get some faint idea of what they are talking about. I wish everyone could have that experience daily like I do because it makes me realize that my little insecurities could possibly be just as inconceivable to everyone else as theirs. 

B. Not only can you see it,  you can also feel it! Taking up two senses instead of one. Which makes it seem larger than life. 

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In order to carry on with your life as usual with as little zit interruption as possible you gotta:

1. Cut the swelling/pain.
Advil Liquid Gel, baby. Stick a pin in it an squeeze a drop onto your spot. It will soften the pain, squash the swelling and it even helps with redness.
2. Dry that sucker out to shorten it’s life span
My current favorite zit zapping stick is THIS. I put it on at night and I swear the zit is half the size by morning!
3. Camouflage it. 
I have a very old, but still totally relevant video of my zit coverage procedure HERE. The only thing missing in the video is my very favorite concealer for this type of work. Kat Von D Concealer. It actually kind of smells like paint which…could be a little concerning but with staying power like that, it’s worth it.



  • Hailey

    21.01.2014 at 05:14 Reply

    This is amazing! Thank you so much for this little tip!!!

  • MC

    21.01.2014 at 05:46 Reply

    I will totally vouch for the KVD concealer. It smells funny but that thing will not budge all day, and I have oily skin to test that. The finish is not matte so it doesn’t look funny after the powder has worn off the rest of your face. My only gripe with it is that the lightest color is not light enough and sometimes I have to mix that perfect formula with another brand to get a color match. But I would def recommend for covering up zits!

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  • Jessica

    21.01.2014 at 06:00 Reply

    I have watched your blemish coverage video before, and it makes sense, but I am confused about using this with your HAC product. I just got it recently, in medium, and I’m not sure when to put my concealer on as my spots are in the zones where I would use the contour colour. With the blemish video you put on foundation, then concealer, powder, then bronzer…How do I use concealer with your foundation and what shade should I try to use?

    • Kari

      21.01.2014 at 07:33 Reply

      I have wondered the same thing! I have problem skin with random breakouts and dark spots from sun exposure, and have struggled with how to cover them up while using the HAC products! Any info would be a huge help!

  • Anna Belle

    21.01.2014 at 06:02 Reply

    I will have to try the advil trick next time! Thanks for the new tip! I usually rely on neosporin, which I feel like works just a little bit better than the traditional acne creams.

  • Emily

    21.01.2014 at 06:05 Reply

    My favorite spot treatment lately is sulfur. I have a Kate Somerville sulfur treatment. There are cheaper alternatives. I’m thinking of going with Mario Badescu next. It works and doesn’t dry out my skin the way benzoyl peroxide does.

  • Geni

    21.01.2014 at 06:23 Reply

    Great tip, thank you. I find that a dab of vitamin e oil on a new zit or picked at scabby zit works amazingly well!! You’ve got to try it :)

  • Becca

    21.01.2014 at 06:42 Reply

    This is perfect timing considering I woke up with a zit the size of Texas! Thanks!

  • shysnarrativeShy

    21.01.2014 at 06:49 Reply

    Another little alternative when you notice one and have nothing in the house… regular white vinegar! I little bit on a tissue seems to take the redness right out and dry it up. Excellent in a pinch!

  • Annie

    21.01.2014 at 07:01 Reply

    Also try and oldie but goodie: Stridex pads. My derm recommended them and I thought she was insane. At night I wash my face, wide a pad over the zit(s) and let dry, then moisturize. In the morning they are GONE. Love it. Less than $3. I use them a few times a week to keep zit free.

  • Carolyn

    21.01.2014 at 07:05 Reply

    Try Complexion Clear! It’s the bests anti acne skin care I have ever used!

  • Christina

    21.01.2014 at 08:21 Reply

    I have an unrelated to this post question and hope you can help me with it? I have a ‘different’ nose, just a little bulbous at the tip (on one side!). It’s slight, but its there. It’s similar to Tarah’s nose in the Monday makeovers (she’s beautiful!.) I was wondering if there was anything you did differently as far as contouring her nose or did you do it the same? I’ve been doing the contouring the way you showed us, and I was just wondering if I should be doing something different for my nose type? Her before and after pictures look gorgeous and your contouring for her is amazing…I would love to be able to copy that! Thank you for any tips! xoxo

  • lehcar90

    21.01.2014 at 08:46 Reply

    I love the Kat Von D concealer! Thanks for posting this, Cara. I always have a couple acne blemishes (which naturally turn into red acne scars, even when I don’t touch my face at all). So coverup is a necessary and constant process for me. I’ll definitely have to try Advil LiquiGel method for my next breakout!

  • Natasha

    21.01.2014 at 09:56 Reply

    Not sure if this is terrible for my skin, but I usually dip a qtip in rubbing alcohol and swipe it over the blemish before bed. Helps it disappear much faster!

  • kenzie1986

    21.01.2014 at 10:32 Reply

    Thank you for this!

  • Meghan B

    21.01.2014 at 11:31 Reply

    I’ve been fighting the war on zits for over 15 years now and I think I’ve finally found what works for me – Lavender Oil! I got the tip from an interview I read with Emma Watson. Not sure she uses it for zits necessarily, but it works! I wash my face with Philosophy Clear Days cleanser, then put a hot towel spritzed with Lavender Oil on my face. After it dries my face looks a little ashy so I put some Lancome Tonique Confort on a cotton pad and wipe all over my face (It’s really moisturizing and smells like heaven). Anyway, my face has never looked better!

    • Meghan B

      21.01.2014 at 11:32 Reply

      Oh, and I would definitely recommend PURE lavender oil if you try this :)

  • vivianmakeupartist

    21.01.2014 at 11:56 Reply

    I came on here to check which color you said you liked in the Stila metallic shadow and couldn’t help reading your post and you made my day. Can’t stop laughing about the it smells a little bit like paint which could be concerning hahahaha just love you to tiny tidbits!!!

  • Beth Graves

    21.01.2014 at 12:08 Reply

    You are so right, Cara, we tend to be more critical of ourselves than we are of others. I know I am for sure. Most especially with my pores and some sagging since I lost 120 pounds.I would be honored if you and any of your viewers would check out my new blog at I share how I lost the weight on my blog also. Thanks in advance!

  • Catherine

    21.01.2014 at 12:17 Reply

    I have to laugh now about the “acne” I thought I had at age 17. It wasn’t until 30 when my skin really decided to start giving me hell. Thanks for this post & your tips – – I’ll be trying them out!

  • Ericka

    21.01.2014 at 12:44 Reply

    I totally needed this post today. Woke up with a massive zit on my chin and I can tell it’s only getting larger…now I have a few things to try to get rid of it and to cover it. Thanks!

  • Lauren P

    21.01.2014 at 13:03 Reply

    So great. I can’t wait to try that zapping stick! I’m always on the hunt for a good cure. I’ve been finding that clindamycin from the derm has been working well with a combination of salicylic acid. Thanks so much for the product recommendation! xoxo

  • Rachel @ My Adventures as a RInderknecht

    21.01.2014 at 13:05 Reply

    Thank you so much for this post! I literally obsess over every single zit that I get on my face. I have never tried the liquid gel though, that sounds like an awesome idea! :)

  • Jessie

    21.01.2014 at 13:41 Reply

    Thanks for this post genius woman. Could you do a follow up posts called “how to live the rest of your life with out ever having another zit again?” That’s be awesome!

  • Ayla

    21.01.2014 at 17:50 Reply

    Hi Cara. I know that you may not read this message, but I just wanted to show my gratitude for you and this website. I have always struggled with self-confidence and trying to be myself. I have been the person who ALWAYS has to put makeup on-even if I am in the safety of my own home. After I discovered this website, I realized that it’s okay to wear no makeup and be you. I sometimes get comments that I look tired or look like I have been crying because I am not wearing makeup, but I know that those are people who are just jealous, right? 😉 I have grown more confidence from this website and am more comfortable in my own skin. I love your makeup tips and everything about this website! I love your IID foundation too. I have had major breakouts lately due to hormones, and it wasn’t giving me the coverage I need, so I have stopped, but I love it! Thanks for being the best, Cara!

  • Kelly

    21.01.2014 at 18:22 Reply

    I will have to check out the stick, thanks for the recommendation!

  • Kaycee

    21.01.2014 at 18:30 Reply

    First, let me apologize if my critique on your last post was harsh. I just don’t feel like everyone needs a tan. And I’m having a bad week, so I might have been a bit unfair. :/

    But, this post is so genius and helpful! I have *finally* gotten to where I only get major zits when I stress too much or don’t wash my face before bed. I have tried a million acne treatments to tame the occasional monster, including tons do products from my lovely friends at birchbox, and some of them help but nothing seems to soothe the pain of a huge “underground” zit. I can’t wait to try the Advil trick!

    • Kaycee

      21.01.2014 at 18:34 Reply

      Oh and ps… If you’re bad like me sometimes and pick at them, you can dab some coconut oil on before bed, after it’s gone and left nasty crustiness behind, and the flakes will come right off with your morning face wash :)

  • Jen Min

    22.01.2014 at 07:40 Reply

    Love this!

  • Jody Beth

    22.01.2014 at 08:25 Reply

    Seriously, I have been breaking out SO badly lately, so thank you(!) so much for this! This is awesome!


  • Ray

    22.01.2014 at 10:43 Reply

    Really great tips!

  • Glorya

    22.01.2014 at 15:23 Reply

    Hola Cara, how ya doing? It was snowing like crazy yesterday, today it’s jus freezing! My WiFi has been turned off after I changed telephone service providers. Can’t get to the reason “why?” I was promised this friday, I’ll be back in business. This is why I haven’t sent you any of my ideas, plus I would like to know if you truly want ideas on social media marketing. I haven’t seen your IID in the mail. I’ll keep looking. Once I am on-line, I’ll send you my thoughts. Warmest, Glorya @ [email protected]

  • Jessica phillips

    23.01.2014 at 10:12 Reply

    I just tried the Advil Liquid Gel trick last night, and I don’t know if I am doing something wrong, but it totally started burning my face! Is this normal? I washed my face with a gentle cleanser using my Clarisonic and may have let it dry too long (bathtub… good book…) before I applied the advil. I thought maybe I should try and let it dry some, but I didn’t last 5 minutes, had to wash it off. Has anyone had this problem? I’ll try again tonight, this time applying RIGHT after washing my face… If it burns again, oh well, at least I now have a supply of Advil in my bathroom! :)

    • Aimee

      20.08.2015 at 06:21 Reply

      I also have tried the Advil Liquid Gel trick, all I did was take a shower, wash my face in the shower, and then just before bed, I applied it to where I needed it. And it didn’t quite burn, but it got very itchy. Im not sure if thats normal, but I simply tried not to scratch it, and I left it on overnight. However, when I woke up, it worked! So, I also used it last night, and the exact same thing happened. Hope this helps!

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  • Keri

    29.01.2014 at 06:48 Reply

    I know this is an older post but I have been breaking out terrible on my jaw, stupid pregnancy hormones, I don’t have that glow people talk about that’s for sure. Anyway I got the zit stick and you are so right! I put it on last night and I’m just like wow they are less red and smaller after a day! I love your blog and your products thank you so much you have helped me feel less yucky during this unglamorous time in my life, though I’m still praying for pregnancy glow, maybe third trimester?

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  • Kaleigh

    01.02.2014 at 17:47 Reply

    This was such a helpful article! My skin is very sensitive and I often get breakouts on my forehead. I have been searching for years to find a quick fix that actually works to get them to go away. I am looking forward to giving these suggestions a try! Out of curiosity what would you say is the best facial regime to avoid getting blemishes in the first place? I have tried essentially everything on the market but have yet to find a permanent solution. As I said my skin is very sensitive and even if I stick with a product for multiple weeks I still get break outs.

  • mona

    15.04.2015 at 11:24 Reply

    Great article!

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