|MY TOP 5 ACNE SPOT TREATMENTS|
I have tried many acne-fighting products. This is a post dedicated to my favourite spot treatments!
Spot treatments are concentrated super-acne fighting gels and creams that you can use to target acne before it shows itself, and once it has appeared on your face. I am sure many of you can tell when and where you might be getting acne- it might start to swell a little bit or become sore. If you notice this, start treating your acne with a spot treatment RIGHT AWAY! Sometimes this early intervention will make the acne disappear completely, but not always.
I have 5 different spot treatment products that I use on a regular basis to fight acne:
DDF Acne Control Treatment is actually a sample that I got from Sephora with my 100 point redemption. It is small, but acne spot treatments last forever because you only need a dab! I like this product because it has a high % of salicylic acid (1.5%). This is a cream that goes on your skin white. It will absorb if you use it sparingly, and can be used during the day as such, or as a thicker cream for over-night treatment. This product will dry out the treated areas, but will reduce inflammation if used generously on spots over night.
SHISEIDO Pureness Blemish Clearing Gel is also salicylic acid based, but with only 0.5%. Pictured is a full-sized bottle which may look tiny, tiny but it usually lasts me a year. I get a new one every Christmas. I love this product because it is not overly drying. It also goes on completely clear and soaks right in, leaving behind no residue. It is perfect for using during the day to treat pimples because you can dab some on, leave it a minute and then apply your make up!
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil is a great natural way to combat acne! It smells quite strong, and it will dry out your skin. However, it is very cheap compared to the salicylic acid based spot treatments I use! I will lather this oil all over my shoulders if I am breaking out on my back-- since it is so cheap I do not feel bad being generous with it! It diminishes inflammation very nicely.
Proactiv's Refining Mask is a godsend! I will wear this overnight on spots and when I wake up, they've either disappeared or shrunken drastically. This would be my #1 suggested spot treatment, although you cannot use it during the day with makeup. It is best used as a night treatment or as a facial mask. It smells like rotten eggs because it is sulfur based.
Retin-A can be used as a spot treatment, or an all-over treatment for problem zones as a preventative measure. It is very drying and could irritate sensitive skin. It is a prescription product that you cannot get unless a doctor prescribes it to you. I consider this a miracle product! It prevents acne, heals current spots much quicker, and helps fade acne scarring.
All of these products work. All of them are drying. I would say the Shiseido gel is the least drying, and probably the best one for sensitive skin. The refining mask and retin-A are the harshest on the skin as far as drying goes, but also the most effective. I use all five of these products continuously to combat my acne.
I do not want to jinx it, but I've been cystic acne free for a month now. I attribute this to the following:
3. If I feel a pimple coming on, I treat it with proactiv's refining mask at night, and one of the other three spot treatments during the day.
My vigilance is definitely helping me. When you are battling acne, you cannot be lazy in your routine- it has to be something you dedicate some time to. However, it is so worth it when you see results!!
Sadly I still cannot go makeup free because my chin has tons of scars from the last year of torturous acne I've endured. However, retin-A also helps skin regenerate faster so I am hoping it'll fade my scars quickly if I stop developing new acne!!!
Tell me about your fave spot treatments- I know you have one? ;)
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