These Pimple Patches Are The Best Cure For Period Zits

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I like to joke around about the fact that I sold my soul to Accutane (isotretinoin), mostly because I suffered for six straight months while I was taking it. I, like so many people I know, used Accutane to get rid of my cystic acne, putting up with some serious bullshit for six months (like having terribly dry skin and lips and taking monthly blood tests) all in the hopes of having clear skin. And it wasn't just my skin that got parched: I actually permanently damaged my singing voice because the medication made my throat so dry. (Accutane is literally my Ursula).

But: Accutane did get rid of the painful cystic zits I got as a teenager, although it definitely did not make my skin as clear as I thought it would. Especially when I'm on my period, I get gnarly flare-ups on my face and back that make me question if Accutane was really, actually worth it. How I answer that question definitely fluctuates with my skin.

Recently, I was on the verge of my period, meaning that my monthly quota of pimples was about to come in all at once when a package of ZitSticka found its way to my desk. This new brand of pimple patches, claiming to get rid of zits before they even appear, felt like it had been sent to me by the gods—or at least someone who knows my cycle very well. I threw one on a developing zit as soon as I got home.

ZitSticka is different from most, if not all, other acne treatments on the market because it's not a topical cream or cleanser with acne-fighting active ingredients. Instead of fighting pimples on the surface of the skin, these patches target the affected area at the source. Each patch contains 24 "microdarts" on its surface, which penetrate the skin once you've applied them. The darts are filled with acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, niacinamide, oligopeptide-76, and hyaluronic acid, and dissolve right into your skin when you press them in.

This technique supposedly lets the medicine get right to the problem area much faster than would something like a topical cream (most of which smears onto your pillow at night, anyway). And then, too, the masochist in me really loved the slight tinge of pain that came when I first stuck a patch on a developing zit.

But the only thing that really matters here is: Does ZitSticka work? The answer is a resounding yes. When I say these patches delivered, I mean it. I placed a patch on a developing zit that I could feel was coming, and when I took the patch off a few hours later, the spot had significantly reduced. I also tried one on my extra-stubborn bacne with the same killer results.

As you could probably guess from my commitment to Accutane at the expense of my singing voice, getting rid of acne has always been a priority for me, not least because it's long been a source of personal shame. And this goes beyond the fact that zits make me feel embarrassed—even treating them makes me feel self-conscious. That's why I really appreciate that ZitSticka beautifies the process of treating acne. The packaging is something I'd be happy to show off in my next shelfie, and I've gotten to the point where I want another pimple to come so I have an excuse to use the product again.

But it doesn't just look good on my shelf; it also looks fine on my face. I've never used other pimple patches before, feeling too self-conscious to wear a visible patch on my face. ZitSticka, though, is almost completely clear and made of matte material—once it was settled on my skin and the slight pinch from the targets stopped, I didn't even notice that it was there. For someone like me, who is super-uneasy when a breakout forms, this was a welcome relief. Though I haven't worked up the courage to wear one to work or to an event, I had no problem sticking one on before going to the gym or the grocery store.

I now carry a patch or two with me everywhere I go, so I'm prepared for a flare-up. If I still had a soul to sell, I'd offer it to ZitSticka at a discount.

ZitSticka, Killa Kit, $29, available at ZitSticka.

Photo courtesy of Helen Sloan/HBO

"And now our watch has ended"

In a thoughtful tribute on Instagram, actress Emilia Clarke said goodbye to Game of Thrones, and her character, Daenerys Targaryen.

Clarke posted a gallery of photos including some group shots with the rest of the cast, as well as a closeup of Dany's intricately braided hair, and a still from the show. "Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me," she wrote, continuing to say that "Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor, and as a human being."

"The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart," she wrote. "I've sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice." She also gave a nod to her father, who died in 2016, saying that she wishes he was still alive "to see how far we've flown."

Clarke finished by thanking her fans, telling them that "without you there is no us... I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we've made and what I've done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams," she said. "And now our watch has ended."

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Don't reusable cups exist in Westeros?

Apparently, no one could keep their drinks off-set during the final season of Game of Thrones. The show, which has been known for its meticulous editing, has featured a Starbucks coffee cup in an episode, and now, a plastic water bottle. Someone get these characters a reusable cup!

Yes, in the final episode of the series, there's a disposable water bottle hidden in plain sight in one of the scenes. If you look closely enough, you'll see the bottle peeking out from behind Samwell Tarly's leg in a scene where many characters were arguing about the fate of Westeros.

Another water bottle was spotted by someone else, hiding behind Ser Davos Seaworth's foot.

It seems that everyone was too parched on the set of the final episode to worry about a misplaced water bottle making it into the final shots. Some are speculating that the team left them in on purpose as payback to the writers for the series' ending.

We just really hope that everyone in the series recycles. If there are disposable cups and plastic bottles available in the fictional world, we hope that there's an ethical way of disposing of them. Otherwise, well, it might be more disappointing than the series finale itself.

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It's so good

Lana Del Rey released a cover of Sublime's 1997 song "Doin' Time," and she made it completely her own. That means it's the perfect combination of trippy melancholia and full-out lust.

According to Rolling Stone, the cover will appear in an upcoming documentary which will "[outline] the history of the iconic California band." In a statement, Del Rey said, "Not a day goes by that I don't listen to at least one Sublime song. They epitomized the SoCal vibe and made a genre and sound totally their own."

Bud Gaugh, a member of the band, "We are so excited to be collaborating with Lana on this. The smoky, sexy, and iconic sound of her voice breathes new life into one of our favorite singles." It certainly does.

My personal favorite part of the cover is the fact that Del Rey doesn't change the gender of the person the song is about, like so many musicians often do. Instead, Del Rey's intonation of "me and my girl, we got this relationship/ I love her so bad but she treats me like shit" is gay rights.

Listen to Del Rey's cover of "Doin' Time," below.

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Sounds fake, but okay

In a new interview for Australian Vogue, Kendall Jenner makes the claim that being associated with the Kardashian name was a setback in her modeling career. Hmmm, that's funny, because power and influence usually works in their holder's favor.

In the interview, Jenner addresses skeptics who doubted that she would make it as a professional model. "A lot of people assumed that because I came from a 'name' that it was a lot easier for me to get to where I got, but actually it's the completely opposite," she says.

"I've always been the person to prove [critics] wrong, even when I was younger," she says. "I've always been a hard worker: that's in my blood. My parents raised me and my little sister to be that way and the rest of my sisters, too." In the profile, it's revealed that Jenner used to attend castings "simply as 'K' or 'Kendall' to distinguish herself from her famous family."

But keeping her name off her portfolio wasn't going to fool anyone, really. Her face has been on television for years, and it seems unlikely that a casting agent wouldn't know who she was even if Kendall didn't come out and say it. Perhaps Jenner was more closely examined and more readily criticized by people who doubted her, but I'm not sure I believe that she had a harder time gaining a modeling platform or booking big jobs, even if she didn't use her last name.

After all, Jenner was likely able to get into those big casting rooms right away because of her family's connections, and she was able to devote her time to pursuing that career because of the wealth they have. She would've had a much harder time making a name for herself if she didn't come from an influential family. She probably wouldn't get to be so selective about which shows she walks, and she definitely wouldn't be the highest paid model in the world.


She shares her experience with 'The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change'

Nina Nesbitt has "experienced every possibility" when it comes to putting music out into the world, and she's better for it. With her recent album The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change, she put out her most personal work yet, digging into some of the best and messiest moments of life. Previously, she'd lent these stories to other voices as she wrote for a variety of artists, but this time she wanted to have a project just for her—and clearly, the fans did as well, as it's gotten over 150 million streams and counting.

Watch the video above to get a taste of Nesbitt's journey and sound.

Produced by: Alexandra Hsie
Camera: Dani Okon and Charlotte Prager
Edited by: Madeline Stedman