Spot Treatments: Love, Like, Leave

As someone who has had acne since age 12, I've been through many spot treatments. Today, I thought I'd round up the ones that I've got in my stash and tell you what's worked for me. As a disclaimer, while some of these work for me, they may not work for you. Likewise, the ones that I didn't like may be miracle products for you. Obviously you know your skin best, so go with what works for you.

The Loves
One of the first spot treatments I ever tried was the Mark Get Treatment Anti-Acne Overnight Fix, and I've had it in my stash ever since. This comes out as a thick white cream and dries to almost look like toothpaste on the skin. You may look ridiculous, but it does an amazing job of drying out large, painful spots. This doesn't work as well on little spots, but if you've got cystic acne this one works wonders.

Another spot treatment I always have is a salicylic acid gel- my favorite is the CVS Acne Spot Treatment. This is a thin, clear gel that I put on spots of all sizes and find that they are greatly reduced by morning. It's also thin enough that I can use it on spots before makeup without it peeling or looking obvious.

The final love is one that isn't necessarily a spot treatment- but works as one for me. Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil , which I bought from Amazon, is great at putting sore spots in their place. I like to really massage this into my skin well, and find that with continued use my spots disappear and my hyperpigmentation fades.

The Likes
Another spot treatment reserved for overnight is the Formula 10.0.6 Overnight Spot Minimizing Patches. These clear stickers have tea tree oil on them, and you are meant to put them on spots overnight and wake up to smooth skin. While these aren't the most effective spot treatment I've tried (I prefer pure tea tree oil, which isn't pictured as I've just run out), these do work on smaller spots and are convenient for travel.

Origins Super Spot Remover is something I tried on a whim. I apply this clear gel with a q-tip and it forms a protective layer over the spot. While this one isn't bad, it's nothing to write home about, and for the price I prefer my CVS Acne Spot Treatment.

The Leaves
Evologie Stay Clear Cream is one that just didn't work for me. I got this as a sample in my Birchbox a few months back, and eagerly tried it, only to have it cause a giant breakout. While I know this product has worked for many, for whatever reason my skin didn't like it.

Boots Expert Anti-Blemish Serum is one that I'd put firmly in the leave category. While this isn't necessarily bad, and I know that this product has good reviews on the internet, I just didn't think it did anything. It didn't make me break out, but it also didn't help clear up my acne...and it dried my skin out, which I was not a fan of.

So there you have it... 7 spot treatments that I've tried. Let me know if you love any of these products as well, if there's anything I should try, or if I'm using one of the likes/leaves products wrong...I'd love your input!

1 comment :

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