Your math teacher is breaking down polynomials on-screen, but your eyes are glued to the giant volcano in the middle of your forehead. It’s red, it’s angry, . . . and it looks like it might blow any minute. You’re so busy worrying about what to do—pretend you’re having a Zoom malfunction and disable your camera? Try to pull off the indoor ski cap look?—you miss the entire class. Even worse, you’re convinced your classmates were equally transfixed by your massive zit. You’ll never make it through the semester like this. You need help— fast.
We’re here for you. First of all, relax: Acne is normal, and no one’s staring. Still, pimples can be a pain—and even painful—so it’s understandable if you’re desperate for a fix. But before you can clear up your skin, you need to clear up the confusion. Stop before you pop, and read this.