Instagram can be a really weird place for beauty inspo, and just about everything else too. Right now, beauty IGers are using everything (and聽we mean everything 鈥 like using deodorant on your face)聽to primp. But amidst the really bad beauty advice (seriously, DO NOT use聽baking soda for聽dark under eye circles), there are some聽hacks that make you think, 鈥淗mm, that just might be kooky enough to work,鈥 like getting flawless foundation application with a sock. Yes, a gym sock. That鈥檚 exactly what I thought when聽vlogger Arzo聽suggested using onion juice to get rid of those annoying pimples that pop up around your mouth and achieve totally blemish-free skin 脿 la聽your fave celebs.

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How to use an onion as a zit-zapper

Toronto-based Arzo uses the juice of an onion as a zit zapper in this vid, and it seems to work. Just to be sure I didn鈥檛 end up with some serious pimple scars, I asked聽Julie Clark, holistic skincare specialist and the founder of organic skincare line聽Province Apothecary, for her expert advice.

Unlike聽baking soda or Mr. Clean products (this is an actual hack on IG 鈥 yikes!), onion extract is actually safe for your face. Onions contain a one-two-three punch as a beauty product: The juice of the onion聽has聽antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory qualities that help reduce redness and swelling, while the sulphur in聽onions is great for treating skin diseases and the extract has a healing effect on scars, due to its ability to control collagen production (AKA no scarring on your pretty face).

To tap into this zit-zapper, grate a sliver of聽onion to release the extracts and apply liberally to your pimple throughout the day (Arzo applied the onion juice six times).

Other natural pimple hacks you should try

If applying onion juice multiple times聽sounds like聽a lot of work, and you鈥檙e looking for a simpler remedy, Julie recommends Province Apothecary鈥檚 new Clear Skin Advanced Spot Treatment ($28). It contains turmeric, the latest hip skincare ingredient, which zaps pimples.

鈥淚f you don鈥檛 have an essential oil spot treatment, try using a small amount of honey on your pimples. It also has antimicrobial and聽antiseptic properties,鈥 says Julie. 鈥淚 also love using clay to help calm pimples. Clay is mineral-rich and it helps draw out any infection and oil build up, as well as calm the redness and inflammation.鈥

Julie also recommends whipping up your own turmeric and honey spot treatment聽or bentonite clay spot treatment.

And while these after-the-fact remedies are聽great, preventing pimples from popping up in the first place is even better. 鈥淚 suggest washing your face every night and exfoliating every three days to help prevent pimples,鈥 says Julie. Well, that sounds simple enough. Now we鈥檙e off to rummage through our fridge and spice drawer.

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