MacGyver is one of the more admirable crime-fighters on TV, preferring to defeat bad guys with clever tricks with duct tape and his Swiss Army knife rather than massacres with machine guns or fists. But what happens when the villains are on your face?
Bacteria is one of the most evil criminals there is – at least when it comes to skin care. Whiteheads, blackheads and oozing zits may not land you in the slammer, but breaking out on your face before a date seems like a crime in itself. And what do we usually turn to when we try to banish the bacterial bad guys on our cheeks, chins and foreheads? Caustic, chemical-laden zit creams or the dreaded hand-to-zit combat (squeezing the muck out of that beast).
Stop being so violent toward your skin with these MacGyver-inspired zit solutions! The solution to your acne woes may already be within your possession – just look in your pantry or medicine cabinet.
Crush up a tablet of aspirin and mix with just enough water so it creates a thick paste. Apply it to the zit with a Q-tip and leave the solution on overnight. This magical solution reduces swelling and redness at the site while drying it out.
The uses of baking soda go far beyond cookies and cakes. Mix about a teaspoon of baking soda with a little water, and apply to your face (or the problem area) with a cotton swab. The solution should be runny, not a paste, and you can leave it on overnight. You can also add some to your facewash, scrub and rinse off.
Baking soda is a triple-whammy – it is an acid, which makes it great at balancing the pH of your skin when imbalances are causing acne. It also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that may help heal the zit, and its grainy texture works as an exfoliant.
Don't put your Crest away after you brush your teeth! Toothpaste is also an effective zit-killer. A white paste is especially good for dehydrating a whitehead because it absorbs all of the oil, dehydrating the blemish. Dab a little on the pimple before bed and wash off in the morning.
Be sure not to use a whitening toothpaste on zits, since it usually contains hydrogen peroxide that can burn the skin. If your skin is super-sensitive, any toothpaste might be irritating, so leave it on for just 10 minutes, then wash it off.