What the Heck is an ‘Acne Eraser,’ and How Do You Use it?

Put it on, rub it in, sigh in relief.


Now that so many of us have largely settled into spending much of our work lives in virtual meetings where the only thing to look at is one another’s faces, it’s a better time than ever to take care of your skin. By which of course we mean getting rid of that massive red pimple which always seems to be lurking millimeters underneath, ready to appear at the worst possible time.

So if pimples are a problem, then our Acne Eraser must be the solution! “Uh, what the heck is an ‘acne eraser’?” you’re probably asking yourself right now. Well, Kyle Zimmerman, Dollar Shave Club’s resident product guru, has the answers. “Acne Eraser is what the skincare industry calls an ‘acne spot treatment,’” Zimmerman explains. “That is, it’s a product that you apply only to the trouble spots on your face and rub it in. The workhorse active ingredient is salicylic acid, which is one of the best-known acne treatment ingredients. It goes into the pore to remove all of the residual oil and dirt that lie at the root of pimples, helping to ‘erase’ them away.”

Sounds cool, but is it better than popping a zit, like most of us have been doing since time immemorial? Well, yeah, duh: Doing so is an open invitation for red, splotchy skin and infection, says dermatologist Rajani Katta. In fact, it’s so bad for your skin you should never, ever do itimmensely satisfying though it may be.

Besides, why pop when you can erase? “Not to toot our own horn, but we had clinical testing done that shows that the Acne Eraser helps reduce the appearance of a zit in just two hours,” Zimmerman says. That means a pimple could end up less girthy, less red and less likely to make your boss on the other end of your video call think you lied about your age on your work application.

Not only that, but unlike other products that purport to take care of pimples — like pimple patches — you can use it whenever you want, like right before a big meeting. “The Acne Eraser can be applied any time of day, and is fast absorbing so people won’t know you have it on,” Zimmerman says. “Pimple patches are a dead giveaway, and you wouldn’t want to wear one of those on Zoom or on a date.”

So whether you’re a teenager trying to survive high school, or a Serious Professional™ trying to survive on your computer’s webcam, why stress out about a pimple when you can just “erase” it?