As a beauty editor, Im exposed to all types of blemish treatments, from gels to creams to lotions. Years ago, I found the perfect zit fighter. It was created by the owner of a New York City day spa who boasted the Kennedy clan as clients. Unfortunately, the spa closed and the product line was discontinued and Ive yet to find a good replacement—until now. Made up of the same zit fighting ingredients in the day spa product (calamine and salicylic acid), Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17; literally dries up my zits in less than 24 hours.

The smelly (think rubbing alcohol) pink liquid is applied by dipping a Q-tip straight to the bottom of the glass bottle. You work your way first through a clear liquid, then through a creamier consistency below. Because it leaves a pink mark on your face, its best to apply this drying lotion before bed.

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