Clear and Healthy Summer Skin

Bad hair days, bah. When it comes to beauty problems, there are few things quite as troubling as waking up to a zit. Don't believe us? According to a recent survey conducted by Sea Breeze, 93 percent of women say they have breakouts at least once a month-and zits, the survey found, have even resulted in 32 percent of women crying! While we've yet to find an instant solution, these spot-treatments help clear things up, fast.

Sonya Dakar Drying Potion: "This liquid, which uses sulfur to dry up your pimples, claims to work overnight-and truly, I've witnessed it shrink my zits and take down redness by the next morning. My husband became so obsessed with this product when I was first testing it, I had to get him his own bottle." -Amy Keller Laird, beauty director

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Kiehl's Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion:
"I squeeze a little of this alcohol-based toner on a cotton swab and dab it on the pimple twice a day, and it dries it out in just a day or two. Also good: you can easily put makeup on top of it." -Victoria Kirby, beauty editor

Dermalogica Special Clearing Booster: "It really works! And I love the texture-thinner than a lotion, but thicker than a serum-because you can dab it on the spot and it stays put, but doesn't leave behind any residue or a dry spot." -Stephanie Jacob, senior editor

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: "I've used this pink stuff since I was a teenager. My mother told me to use it when I first started getting pimples, and I'm disappointed whenever I try anything else." -Kayleigh Donahue, editorial assistant

One way to avoid breakouts, quit smoking!

-- Amy Keller Laird, Beauty Director

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