Vicky Pattison goes completely make-up free to share 50p way she reduces the size of spots

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We love the honesty of Vicky Pattison’s Instagram feed. She often goes make-up free to prove her life isn’t just glitz and glamour – and her newest bare-faced snap is something we can all relate to.

Posting on her Instagram Stories, Vicky gave fans a close-up view of two large blemishes that seem to have frustratingly taken up residence on her face.

The spot on her forehead has been obscured by a layer of white paste – and the star explains this is actually a paracetamol-based concoction she’s used ever since a friend passed on this helpful blemish-fighting tip.

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“Harold Casey London told me to put a paracetamol in hot water, and when it forms a paste, whack it on the second head that has appeared on me giant forehead today,” she writes.

Vicky also asks fans if they’ve ever heard of this slightly bizarre-sounding spot solution.

Harold is Vicky’s hair stylist, so it’s likely he’s picked up this tip from his many years working with models – known for having the best beauty secrets.

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This paracetamol paste method, which comes in at a very purse-friendly cost of around 49p, isn’t unheard of, and it’s popped up in popularity over the years. A quick glance through any acne forum online will show at least one person suggesting a crushed painkiller as a way of shrinking the size of a pimple.

Though it’s not suggested by dermatologists, who prefer to recommend spot products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, there is some truth to a tablet being able to fight a blemish. However, it’s usually aspirin and not paracetamol.

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This is because aspirin is derived from salicylic acid, which is commonly used by those with acne-prone skin because of its ability to dry spots out and reduce redness and inflammation.

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There are plenty of low cost blemish-busting products available to buy, so we’d recommend looking at Nip + Fab’s Salicylic Fix range, £10.95 here for the spot patches, which are loved by Zara McDermott.

Or, opt for The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution,£6.30 here, which has won the hearts and skin of basically every single person on TikTok.

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