Posts Tagged ‘zit’




A couple months ago we shared how to fight wrinkles with our Red Light LED Therapy Tutorial. We got so many requests for the blue version in the comments that I researched, polled  my colleagues, asked my dermatologist and found the three that we found work the best. Here’s why a blue light LED at-home handheld device is the bomb to fight acne:

  1. It helps kill bacteria that causes many of your breakouts.
  2. It helps clear up existing acne.
  3. It helps prevent future blemishes.
  4. It calms the inflammation and gets your skin to mellow out.
  5. It’s safe for sensitive skin!
  6. Because it’s not a cream/toner/lotion, you don’t have to worry about it drying out your skin, irritating it or having a reaction from it. But you can use a Blue Light LED device in conjunction with your favorite acne skincare.


  • Brook is using the Pulsaderm Blue above because its head covers a big area at once and it really calms my flare ups helping my skin clear up.
  • We also like the Revive LED Therapy because it made a dramatic difference in my cousin’s skin and it’s on sale right now!
  • Lastly, the Tanda Zap is awesome for when a big blemish has parked itself on your face because it targets it not only with a blue LED light but also with sonic vibration and a light warming to get it to chill out fast.


  1. After washing your face, pat it dry. Put on the safety googles that come with the handheld device (I didn’t photograph her wearing them because it crushed my flow!) or place moistened cotton pads over each eye, but then you need to meditate or talk on the phone as you won’t be able to see instead of what you can do in step 2!
  2. Sit down to watch TV or YouTube or while sitting at your desk or on your laptop, hold the device over each affected area for 3 minutes.
  3. Repeat daily and you’ll start to notice a difference within one week! My chin has been a nightmare this winter with acne and a rash-like dermatitus redness thing that’s way harsh, Tai! But 5 days with my Pulsaderm handheld and it calmed down and cleared up.


post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

First let me say it was very hard for me to post a picture of a blemish on TBD! But in the name of sharing secrets, I decided it was worth it. Here’s how I cover blemishes in a way that you can even do on bare skin (like I did on our model in the top picture above). If you wear foundation, then do this technique after you first apply foundation all over.  (more…)


post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

I tell my clients this so much, I feel like a broken record. If you squeeze a whitehead:

  • you inflame it and the tissue around it
  • it bleeds and scabs over, making it harder to cover up
  • it ends up lasting a week instead of a few days
  • you might even damage the skin, leaving you with a scar.

But I get it. You wake up and there’s an unsightly whitehead on your chin. You can’t go to work or class and subject your peers to it. They’ll lose their appetites! But that doesn’t mean you should annihilate your face either and walk in with a scab. Here’s what you can do instead: (more…)


photo: Jamie Nelson post designed by amy nadine

You wake up one morning to the sound of birds chirping and the smell of waffles toasting downstairs and you think to yourself, it’s going to be another glorious day.  Then you catch a glimpse in the mirror and do a double take: there’s a giant zit on your chin.  WHAT??  That was NOT there when you went to bed last night.  Don’t fret!  This happened to me just the other day and I was hosting a dinner party that same evening.  It happened to my sister on her wedding day.  It happens to the best of us.  Here’s how to tackle it properly:

  • If it’s not a whitehead yet, but a huge, inflamed and raised clogged pore (as in my case this weekend), DO NOT TRY TO POP IT.  I cannot stress that enough.  We’ve all been there, nothing comes out and now it’s more inflamed and irritated. . . Just hear my voice in your head as you are tempted to touch it and repeat after me: WALK AWAY FROM THE MIRROR!!  YOU WILL MAKE IT WORSE!!  Also, don’t try to dry it out with drying lotion.  This literally burns the top layer of your skin, makes it last at least a week, could cause scarring and makes it very difficult for make-up to adhere to.
  • If it’s already a whitehead, I totally understand why you want to pop it (we don’t want people staring at it across the table and losing their appetites!).  Here’s how to do it so it doesn’t make it worse or last longer.  Wet a wash cloth with hot water and hold it directly on the blemish until it’s no longer warm.  Re-wet it with hot water and repeat.  This will gently loosen the white top of it.  Then, with the wash cloth still directly on top of it, gently slide the cloth one centimeter to the side, taking the top off with it.  You didn’t squeeze it, causing inflammation or redness.  You just slid it off gently.  Then follow with a medicated toner and let it dry out.
  • Apply foundation to your entire face to see how much of the pimple’s redness is already knocked out with its coverage.  Then, using a concealer brush, apply concealer in the exact same shade as your foundation directly on top of the blemish, blending outwards in a star shape then blend the edges gently with your finger.  Next, press a small amount of powder on it to set it.  Repeat, continuing with concealer and powder until it is completely camouflaged.  I have to say I was very proud of how well I hid mine the other night, I kept glancing by the mirror to admire my work like I had a little secret!
  • Because we are all human, if it’s too late and you’ve already dried it out (creating flaky skin) or massacred it (creating a scab), the only way you can get make-up to adhere to it is by first applying a little Egyptian Magic first.  Then apply foundation and concealer but you’ll have to skip the powder and just keep an eye on it all night.
  • If it does happen to be your wedding day or prom night and you have a small emergency fund, pop into your dermatologist’s office and he/she can inject it with cortisone, a miracle solution that will bring the inflammation down within hours.

XO Amy Nadine