Visine, It Gets The Red Out… Of Zits?!

7 Nov

Makeup these days can do wonders. However, whenever I have that surprise zit, I always find myself cursing my ‘miracle’ compact. This super simple trick will eliminate the redness of that zit enough for makeup to do its job. I honestly can’t remember where I picked up this scientific phenomenon, but it is sure to please.

In a small metal teaspoon (the perfect one will still hold a slight bowl formation when resting horizontal on the table) drop a few drops of Visine, enough to make a circle big enough to completely cover that darn zit. Try the new Visine Maximum Redness Relief Formula (the red one), $4-$8, available almost anywhere. Then carefully place this spoon in the freezer where it won’t be bothered for a few hours. This is the only downside to the trick– you have to plan ahead if you are in a rush. I keep one dose ready in my freezer for that last-minute emergency. Once the droplet has frozen completely, slide the icy disc off the spoon with your pinky finger and place it directly on the reddened area. For best results, lie in a position where the visine won’t roll right off your face. It will melt immediately, but that’s okay. After a few minutes that ghastly thing will reduce in inflammation and redness.

The active ingredient in Visine is tetrahydrozoline, a vasoconstrictor. Simply meaning, it constricts the blood vessels. When applied to a red area of the face, the tiny capillaries are constricted by the mixture, causing less blood flow to the area and therefore, less redness. This is the same action that Visine has on vessels of the eyeball. The cold formula reduces inflammation just as a pack of ice would on a sprained ankle. Altogether, a great combination for a nasty little pimple.



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