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Banish Painful Pimples with Drawing Salve: Guest Blogger

Blame it on the West Wing, but for a short period of time we were convinced we wanted to be White House staffers. That whim has long past, but we’re still excited to welcome this week’s blogger, Belle of Capitol Hill Style. The DC-based blogger is out to dispel the myth that you can’t be a serious Capitol Hill staffer and also love fashion. We love her sharp, funny style observations and practical advice (to wit: three ways to wear this season’s cropped sweater). All week, she’ll be sharing her best beauty advice.



For some women, acne is an irregular occurrence, but for others, it is a daily battle. Occasionally, I develop large, painful blemishes on my jaw line or on my cheeks. One of the fastest ways to shrink a deep, painful spot is with drawing salve.

The black, gel-like ointment smells terrible — like a combination of paving asphalt and rotten eggs — but it heals pimples by pulling the oil and impurities from the skin. And the putrid smell is a small price to pay for quickly eliminating a large eyesore.

Drawing salve can be found in the band-aid section of many pharmacies next to the antibacterial creams. While PRID is the most popular brand, many retailers sell it under the name ichthammol ointment. To use, follow these instructions:
1) Soak a clean rag in hot (and I mean HOT) water. Allow it to cool just enough that you don’t burn yourself.

2) Place the rag onto the blemish for 30 seconds to a minute, then pat the area dry.

3) Using a Q-Tip (you do not want this smell on your hands), apply a small amount of drawing salve to the blemish.

4) Cover the blemish with a fabric band-aid. The band-aid isn’t required, but trust me, this stuff should not get on your sheets. I prefer the fabric band-aids because they don’t peel off in the middle of the night the way that sheer plastic ones do.

5) Wear overnight.

6) In the morning, remove the band-aid and wash the area with a gentle soap.  The drawing salve may stain the skin slightly, but that usually washes off.

Another miracle blemish eliminator is Sircuit’s Fixzit.

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