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How does a Vogue cover girl deal with unexpected breakouts? If you’re Kendall Jenner, you head for the pantry. The model/ reality-TV star/honorary Kardashian, who has admitted to struggling with acne in the past, recently revealed on her website a do-it-yourself spot remedy she swears will banish any blemish. Jenner mixes up half a teaspoon of baking soda, half a teaspoon of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of honey, then dabs the resulting concoction on any problem areas for 10 minutes before rinsing it off. The baking soda and lemon juice, she said, help “dry out” the zit, while the honey “soothe[s] irritation.”
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At least one dermatologist approves of this ad-hoc treatment. “The combination of baking soda, lemon juice and honey contain natural ingredients that may help an angry pimple,” Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told Allure. “Baking soda absorbs oil; acids in the lemon juice will exfoliate dead cells from the skin’s surface; and honey will both calm and soothe inflamed skin and may help kill acne-causing bacteria on the skin.”
Sam Bunting, a cosmetic dermatologist based in London, disagrees, however. “There’s isn’t much basis for using this potion and ‘drying a spot out’ is a bit of a myth,” she told the Telegraph.
She added: “Lemon juice contains citric acid, which will have an exfoliating effect on skin, but it’s not fat-soluble and won’t penetrate into the oily pores, so will have a modest effect at best.”
Citric acid could also cause irritation in sensitive skin, Bunting warned.
Both doctors agreed that stubborn pimples call for “tried-and-tested” anti-inflammatory standbys like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.
“It really works wonders,” Hanson said.