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Ellen and Hannah have acne, and they want to shout it to the world! With a sprinkle of humor and a dash of cynicism, they'll share conversations with dermatologists, influencers and possibly their moms about the genetic curse of adult acne.
28 Episodes
Hi Zitties! We took a week off from publishing, but now we're back with an episode on 🦠THE MICROBIOME🦠To cover this topic, we're leaning on the 2020 book Clean: The New Science of Skin. There's a vast ecosystem on your face that affects your health and appearance, and it's a beautiful thing. We'll talk about prebiotics, probiotics and the new Wild West of microbiome-targeting skincare, PLUS a chat about why skincare isn’t well-regulated in the United States. Finally, if you don't already love ceramides, we'll give you another reason! Support the show (
Doo doo doo doo! Today, we're talking about 🌱clean beauty🌿 and the overwhelming number of skincare products on the market that promise prettiness, hope and a "natural" lifestyle. To discuss this topic, we're leaning on the excellent research by James Hamblin, M.D., in his 2020 book Clean: The New Science of Skin. With this book as our guide, we're excited to bring you the first in a lovely little two-part series about the skincare industry and the skin microbiome. Digressions include: showering as a coping mechanism, Glossier and r/Skincareaddiction.Support the show (
Accutane, AKA Isotretinoin, is a controversial drug in the skincare world. WHyyyy? Well, it's a super-powered retinoid for treating severe acne, and it has some pretty wicked side effects. Ellen's enduring this treatment in real time after getting her first prescription in January, and in this episode she shares her experience so far. Support the show (
The Scars We Carry

The Scars We Carry


CW: Discussion of surgery, injuries and a car accident.Scars: whether from a surgery or an accident, these physical reminders of trauma contain emotion, pain and history. In this episode, we chat with Liz Sexton, a dear friend and badass woman, about the scars she carries from a car accident in 2015. She shares how she's crafted a powerful, personal narrative about her experience, and has developed greater empathy for other people in the process. Often, scars are permanent reminders of painful times, but they can also be points of proof for the very real struggles we've overcome. And that's pretty incredible.(Alternative title: It was an Honor 😊)Support the show (
About a year ago, we recorded our first episode for Pretty Zitty, detailing our struggles with "problem skin." We sat on the interview for awhile, afraid to put our most personal and embarrassing stories out into the ether. But! Lucky for you (lol, jk) we did, opening up a dialogue about the intersection of acne, self-care and pop culture. This week, we're re-releasing that episode to re-introduce ourselves to our newer listeners, and to take a look back on where we were a year ago 🥺  Be sure join us next week for a brand-new episode about scars. Support the show (
You Gotta Be Proactiv

You Gotta Be Proactiv


In the words of Diddy, "It preserves my sexy."  Yep, we're talking about Proactiv, the famous infomercial skincare regimen. Truth be told, neither of us have actually used their products, but we nevertheless did a deep dive into their products, history and long legacy of celebrity endorsements. Here's what you can expect from this episode:Why Proactiv was kind of revolutionary in 1995A breakdown of the active ingredients (hello, bleached pillows, thanks to benzoyl peroxide)Juicy bits about all the celebrity endorsementsEllen’s love for Sean John Combs, a.k.a. P. DiddyA hearty Kendall Jenner discussionA brief note on deregulation thanks to Reagan 🙄JT and Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl (he owes a better apology to her AND Britney)Support the show (
Ever get a nice nine hours of sleep and STILL have dark or puffy under eyes? We feel ya. Fortunately, dark under eyes are apparently cool now according to Tik Tok, where youths are using makeup to get that sleepy, overworked look. We break down this trend...and push it further, considering sad girl aesthetics of Tik Tok 2021 and Tumblr 2013. We'll also examine previous forms of fashionable dishevelment, and come to the sweet conclusion that all insecurities have the potential to come into fashion. Digressions include: Heroin chic, sleepy girl culture, Igari blush and Aegyo-sal. Support the show (
Join us for a little skincare pop culture potpourri featuring Hannah's sister, Ivy 💛 We basically go on a ton of cute digressions that we PROMISE tie back to skincare, including Tik Tok, scarring, and why apricot scrub is great for sanding down table edges. Plus, Skincare with Hyram. Emma Chamberlain. Tina Fey. Just a few of the names we are DROPPING in this episode. Also, does anyone else bathe three times per day? Asking for a friend. No? Ah. No problem. Support the show (
Skin Goals

Skin Goals


It's 2021! Wow. Dang! So we're not necessarily thriving as we crawl into the new year with our few remaining shreds of dignity, but we have not lost hope that we can spark some joy in the new year with some SKINCARE GOALS. Because honestly? As frivolous as it might seem, channeling our energy into taking better care of ourselves this year is the best we can do in these pandemic times. So in this episode we're giving you all of our skincare resolutions. Digressions include Hannah's coronation as the Google Doc Queen, a tiny No Doubt reference, plus one WEIRD trick from Ellen – doctors hate her!Support the show (
Here's the link to our Patreon, where we have bonus stuff for youuuuuu! "Oh you have [insert any health concern]? Have you tried drinking water?" Why, yes, we HAVE! In fact, we took it to the next level in this episode by assigning ourselves a two-week water challenge. Was the frequent urination worth it? Did guzzling all the H2O give us baby-smooth skin? Does asking three questions in a row like this make you more enticed to actually listen? Hard to say! Listen and find out, you cute little snail. Support the show (
Want to throw us a couple of bucks a month to keep making a show you clearly LOVE? Click here! And if not, that's cool too, we love you for listening 💜 "Spots are in, but not on your skin!" 🙄 That's a quote from a 1965 ad for an acne cleanser, just one of the vintage advertisements we'll discuss in this episode. Acne is nothing new, and neither are rude advertisements that try to convince pimple-faced people to buy products for a clearer complexion. We rifled through these ads from the turn of the century until the sixties to 1) make fun of old-timey acne "cures" and 2) understand the historical tapestry of how companies marketed these products over time by promoting Eurocentric ideals of beauty and preying on the very natural human desire to be loved.  The vintage ads discussed in this show are posted on our instagram, so you can follow along: the show (
This is the part where we ask you to reach into your pockets and toss us some coin! If you have any. This is the link to our Patreon! Lol!CW: Discussion of diets and restriction (specifically, old-fashioned diets that were prescribed for acne).Urine. Honey. X-Rays. What on God's green earth do these things have in common? Well, they've all historically been used as ACNE TREATMENTS. Today, we're stepping into our time-traveling-mobile and whisking off to ancient Egypt, sixteenth century France, the Roaring Twenties and more. Our mission? To traverse time to uncover the  history of acne diagnoses and treatments. ---Works Referenced:Carusillo, C. (2016, November 15). The history of acne. Repeller. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from, R. N. R. (1951). The History of Acne. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine, 44(8),647–652., N. F., & Shipman, A. R. (2016). The age-old problem of acne. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from International journal of women's dermatology, 3(2), 71–76., S., & Magnes, M. (2012, September 12). Acne cures through the ages. The Awl.Retrieved November 24, 2020, from, L. (2020, November 11). The fascinating history of acne treatments (R.Souhleris Grous,  Ed.). Byrdie. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from the show (
Makeup for Acne

Makeup for Acne


This is the link to our brand-new, farm-fresh Patreon! Support us if you feel so inclined. We love you. In this episode, we chat about makeup coverage – from our first forays to our unprofessional tips and tricks. We also underscore the point that acne affects ALL genders, and makeup is genderless. Wear it if you want! Don't wear it if it's not for you! We love you. Digressions include Parks and Recreation, Corpse Bride, Daylight Savings and Bobbi Brown. Here's the link to Lisa Eldridge's educational and soothing acne coverage tutorial ❤️ Products Hannah uses today:Tarte Shape Tape™ ConcealerDermablend Intense Powder Camo® Mattifying FoundationTarte Amazonian clay full coverage foundation SPF 15Products Ellen uses today:Colourpop Matte Full-Coverage ConcealerKVD Vegan Beauty Lock-It FoundationMILK MAKEUP Blur + Set Matte Loose Setting PowderEllen's recommendation for a good starter coverup: Colourpop Hyaluronic Tinted MoisturizerSupport the show (
It's the end-all, be-all for acne treatments. The drug you try after your dermatologist prescribed pretty much everything else already. It's ACCUTANE, also known as Isotretinoin. On this episode of the PimpleCast, we chatted with our pimple pal Karina Hillman about the soul-sucking and also life-changing properties of Accutane. This is 100 percent NOT dermatologist approved – just our personal perspectives :) Support the show (
What is the zest of life, you ask? Why, it's ZITS of course! In this delightful installment of our Skin Stories series, we chat with Karina Hillman. We cover the many varieties of pimples: backcountry acne, one night stand acne and acne that doesn't hide well under makeup (ugh). But it's OK, because that is life, and Karina's lovely attitude about acne conferring empathy is soooo on point. Karina also broaches the subject of skin picking and scarring – common enough experiences, but certainly something we don't talk about enough. So, whip out your headphones, lace up your shoes, strap on your face mask and go for a crisp fall walk while listening to this episode packed with Karina's funny and self-accepting perspective on her skincare journey. 🍂 🎃 Support the show (
Frosted Tips 🥶

Frosted Tips 🥶


We’re going to give you vocab. We’re going to give you winter-weather tips. We’re going to give you a long spiel about a cult celebrity product that costs way too much money, and we know way too much about. Welcome to our cold weather, moisture-rich episode! Support the show (
This week, we are sharing a lovely conversation with Virgo queen Jordan Ormond Foster as part of our skin stories series - a series within our that features conversations with real people who have struggled with their skin in some way.  We connected with Jordan via Instagram, baybee! But Ellen actually knows Jordan from way back in high school. We dig into those high school memories...apparently Ellen was COOL in high school?!? Plus, Jordan guides us through three trendy skincare ingredients, and why they are worth a closer look: hyaluronic acid, niacinamides and retinols/retinoids. These ingredients are in TONS of skincare products today, so it was helpful to hear Jordan’s masterclass on each of them. Just call her Martin Scorsese, one of the most important directors of all time, but like, the skincare version of that. Support the show (



Lights, camera, ZITS! In this special celebrity episode, Ellen and Hannah chat about their favorite celebrities who have been open about skin troubles. Plus, some shot-by-shot analysis of the iconic 2005 remake of Pride and Prejudice, featuring a Judi Dench impression by Ellen. Celebrities...they're just like us! Support the show (
This episode is all about MASKS! The skincare kind AND the global pandemic kind! Come hang out with us as we chat about the following things: Men's Warehouse, Sports Durst, where you come first, Origins is not cruelty free, Hannah's favorite DIY mask, why Ellen hates DIY masks, Emotionally Scarred by Lil Baby, why you should be proud of your maskne, PROPERTY BROTHERS and how homeownership feels out of reach. 1 subscribe = 1 happy faceSupport the show (
Pay Attention!

Pay Attention!


This episode is another installment in our skin story series, this time featuring the lovely guest Aubrey Seader. This episode is RAW and REAL about where we put our attention. Does putting negative attention on our skin help us? LOL no! It does not. We think on all the time spent on getting concealer perfect, or staring at our pimples in the mirror when instead we could’ve been just CHILLIN, or paying attention to something cool, like Pride and Prejudice (2005), a fantastic film with a fantastic soundtrack. Aubrey speaks candidly in this episode about her own struggles with shifting her attention from her looks to living life, and it's truly inspiring. Plus, she talks about the warm and fuzzy feeling of finding out that other people have flaws too. Basically, we all just want to know that other people are just as weird and gross and imperfect as we are. And that’s LOVE, baby! 👶 🍼 I think for both of us (Ellen and Hannah), we are still working on feeling comfortable with our acne, and we hope through our skin stories series, we can learn how other people are finding skin acceptance – and we hope that resonates with you 💜 Support the show (
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