Why is it that spots just seem to appear from nowhere right before a big event? It is the story of our life. And being self-conscious about spots is an awful feeling.
So, we thought we would take a look at some of the best spot treatments that actually work.
From budget buys that are widely available, to Kylie Jenner’s fav spot treatment, to some impressive new technology. We have all the info that you need to help sort your skin out once and for all. And how to deal with a last-minute spot emergency.
Kylie Jenner swears by this spot treatment and so does Lili Reinhart, so it must be good! This Drying Lotion is a blend of Calamine and Salicylic Acid, which clears up and soothes unsightly whiteheads overnight without irritating the surrounding skin. You simply dip a cotton bud in the powdery substance at the bottom of the bottle and apply over spots at night-time. If you’ve ever resorted to using Sudocream on spots, it kinda resembles that. This is especially good for those with sensitive skin. This is great for drying spots out, but not the best in a spot emergency. This really does what it says and drys out the spot, but that can mean it’s a bit tougher to hide with concealer. This is the one to use if you’re still a few days away from an event when a spot erupts.
Sometimes it’s easy to become cynical of the humble spot treatments on offer in a chemist BUT this Clean & Clear Spot Treatment Gel is wonderful at taking the redness out of those spots that just won’t seem to come to a head. It’s said that this can start to clear spots in only 4 hours, meaning it’s great when you need to get rid of a spot ASAP. This probably isn’t the recommended advice, but when it’s an emergency…apply this a few times a day if you need to get a giant spot down as quickly as possible. Definitely the one to have on standby in the run up to the Debs!
Another great drug store treatment for spots is the Witch Naturally Clear Blemish Stick. This helps to break-down excess oils and fights the bacteria that cause spots. It’s also oil free. You can feel this working almost instantly as there’s a slight tingling sensation. This is particularly good for bringing down those angry, red spots. This is also handy for popping into your bag while you’re on the go and for applying over makeup when you feel like the spot might be getting bigger.
One of the most prominent ingredients in spot treatments is Salicylic Acid. What is Salicylic Acid? Well, it has anti-inflammatory properties, so helps to tone down redness and inflammation of acne. So, why not just use Salicylic Acid on its own? The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution exfoliates the surface of skin, clearing away dead skin cells, and penetrates into the inside walls of pores to clear excess oils that can lead to clogging. It also helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes and clarifies the skin. It can even help to regulate sebum production so skin becomes more balanced over time. Sounds like the business, right? Well it’s only €5.30! Not only can it be used as a spot treatment, you can also use it as a more general treatment to exfoliate and clear pores to help prevent spots in the first place.
A new spot treatment on offer is the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Targeted Acne Spot Treatment. Light Therapy is similar to what dermatologists use to treat acne. The blue light targets acne causing bacteria while the red light penetrates deeper to reduce inflammation. You simply use the pen-like light on a spot to help reduce the inflammation. There’s a built-in timer that switches off once the 2 minutes are up. This is probably best when you feel like there might be a spot starting to come up, but if you’re looking to get rid of spots we’d recommend one of the above spot treatments.
If you are suffering from persistent spots or cystic-acne you may need something stronger prescribed from your G.P. If it’s concerning you go get it checked out. Also, sometimes your skin can become a bit immune to spot treatments after a certain while. If you feel like something has suddenly stopped working for you try mix it up with another product for a while.
What spot treatments do you swear by? Let us know in the comments below!
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