Pretty Zitty

Pretty Zitty

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.

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May 5, 2021 35 min

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 cha...

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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...

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March 24, 2021 26 min

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. 

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March 10, 2021 27 min

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 peo...

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March 3, 2021 16 min

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...

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February 17, 2021 28 min

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 1995
  • A breakdown of the active ingred...
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    February 3, 2021 18 min

    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 co...

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    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? Ask...

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    January 6, 2021 24 min

    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...

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    December 23, 2020 20 min

    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 enti...

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    December 9, 2020 27 min

    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-...

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    November 25, 2020 31 min

    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-tr...

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    November 11, 2020 32 min

    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, Da...

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    October 28, 2020 22 min

    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 :) 

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    October 14, 2020 36 min

    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 s...

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    September 30, 2020 33 min

    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! 

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    September 16, 2020 36 min

    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?!? Plu...

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    September 2, 2020 17 min

    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! 

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    August 19, 2020 38 min

    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 ...

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    August 5, 2020 38 min

    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, ...

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