Tried And Tested: The Best Spot Treatments To Get Rid Of Blemishes Fast

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Whether you suffer from hormonal acne or the occasional breakout, there’s nothing worse than waking up to find a pimple has pushed its way to the surface of your skin. Fortunately, there are a range of topical spot creams on the market that can quickly and effectively aid in the skin’s healing process, shrinking existing pimples and preventing acne scars from forming. Here’s our roundup of the best tried and tested spot treatments.

Indie Lee

Indie Lee Blemish Lotion,

For spot-stricken complexions, this hard-working yet all-natural Blemish Lotion sets to work soothing and clarifying skin, thanks to its super-charged cocktail of purifying acids, detoxifying mineral clay and calming camphor. It also repairs blemish-scarred skin to diminish pigmentation, and is suitable for those suffering from sensitivity.


Dermalogica Breakout Control,

Dermalogica’s Breakout Control is a fast-absorbing gel that contains natural antibacterial agents, including lactobacillus ferment, to help clear and prevent breakouts without over-drying the skin. It can be used as a spot-treatment or all over the face to absorb oiliness, loosen early-stage impactions (before they become infected), and soothe inflammation.


Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel,

This ultra-powerful daily treatment gel is powered by Clinique’s four-in-one clearing complex with salicylic acid to start clearing blemishes instantly and help prevent new ones from forming. The fast-drying, oil-free formula also contains caffeine and sucrose to help reduce surface redness.

Allies of Skin

Allies of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Facial,

This nightly leave-on treatment mask from Allies of Skin works double-time as a curative and preventative measure to keep skin clear. Formulated with a powerful blend of alpha hydroxy acids, enzymes and probiotics, it works to unclog pores and nourish with clean hydration for a more even, less congested complexion.

Eve Lom

Eve Lom Dynaspot Treatment,

This Dynaspot treatment quickly eliminates blemishes and soothes irritation with a well-balanced combination of natural antiseptic extracts and salicylic acid. The fast-acting formula is tinted with a universal skin-matching tone and is suitable for use under or over makeup.

Mario Badescu

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion,

Mario Badescu’s best selling Drying Lotion is a fast acting, effective acne spot treatment. Formulated with salicylic acid, calamine and other quick-drying ingredients, it will shrink whiteheads virtually overnight while you sleep. The gentle, non-irritating formula is safe for sensitive skin.

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  • Words by Gracie Stewart