Should I give myself a pepto-bismol facial?
I know what you’re thinking, why would I EVER want to put Pepto-Bismol, the upset stomach/diarrhea medicine all over my face? To you I would respond, why the f*ck not? On the one hand, it sounded totally gross, but on the other hand, whatever works, you know? If I was going to make a habit of judging everything I came across, I would have probably changed my name to Judy by now, you feel?
In the quest for perfect, pimple-free skin, I’ve tried my fair share of products, most of which didn’t actually work. Now that I’m 25, I’m pretty lucky. While I’ve been known to wake up to the occasional zit, mostly my face is clean, clear and under control – except when the seasons change. I don’t know what it is, but when the weather gets in transition-mode, the pimples can’t stop won’t stop.
Surprisingly enough, Pepto-Bismol contains one of the major anti-acne ingredients: salicylic acid. And seeing how the smallest bottle will cost you less than $5, that makes Pepto-Bismol the cheapest acne fighter in town…if it works, that is.
As anyone with a big sister/the Internet knows, every good facial should begin with a little exfoliation to degunk your pores and gets rid of dead skin cells, so I rubbed some of my tried and true Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub and minutes later, with a hot towel over my face I promptly lost both my glasses and my container of Pepto-Bismol. How? That’s a good question. I was blind at the time, so I couldn’t tell you.
After tearing apart my room and texting my boyfriend nonstop, he called me and calmly started going through a list of all the places they could have possibly gone. They weren’t on my bed, the floor, my dresser, my nightstand, the hallway, the bathroom, the living room, or in my backpack. Finally, he asks me if I’d checked all my drawers and sure enough, nestled in the folds of my underwear was exactly what I was looking for. Having a boyfriend really comes in handy sometimes.
Now came the real fun. I tore open the seal, poured myself a capful of pink, dipped my finger inside and started rubbing it on. Surprisingly, it wasn’t so bad. The smell, while powerful, was pretty pleasant and even though Pepto-Bismol is a liquid, it doesn’t drip on your clothes. Plus your face looks like this when you’re done:
You can’t help but bask in the bubble-gum pink glow.
Anyway, after twenty minutes of waiting, just like any other face mask, the Pepto was starting to crack. Now came the hardest part: getting it off. Seriously, you have to scrub a little and even then, your face still looks kind of pink. And smells kind of like Pepto-Bismol. On the bright-side, my skin felt just as smooth as when I use my Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, which is pretty damn smooth and my pimples even looked a little dried out/better.
All in all, while I don’t think I’ll be reaching for the Pepto-Bismol on the regular, I’d be lying if I said I’d never go pink again. Besides, what else am I going to use PB for? While I don’t think it’s gross to cover my face with it, I draw the line at drinking it. To each her own though. Like I said before, whatever works.
UPDATE: I just woke up and my skin looks noticeably better. My pimples have all shrunk to the point where you can barely notice them, and I feel like my face can still rival the softness of a baby’s ass (not that I’m going to knock on my neighbor’s door and ask to compare). Downside, my boyfriend did peel a little Pepto off of my eyebrows this morning. Like I said, getting it off is the hardest part.