Your go-to products for when a massive spot pops up at the most inconvenient of times
As you well know, there’s never ever a good time for a gigantic spot to pop up. It’s always the most inconvenient time – when you’re going to a party, a wedding, or seeing friends you haven’t seen in ages; that’s when an angry red spot decides to appear. Enter the best spot treatments that money can buy.
It doesn’t matter how clean you eat or how well you look after your skin, sometimes getting a spot is beyond your control. It’s always terrible timing, so it’s good to have one of the best spot treatments to hand to get rid of it as quickly as possible – find some of the best by taking this quiz. Be sure to check out our guide to getting rid of acne scars, too.
The key ingredients to look for when shopping for spot treatments are salicylic acid and glycolic acid. These two pack a real punch when it comes to banishing unwelcome spots.
Salicylic acid helps to unclog your pores, while also exfoliating the skin by breaking down the bond that binds dead skin cells together.
Glycolic acid, on the other hand, dissolves unwanted substances on the skin, and also helps to remove dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. It’s often used as an ingredient in face peels.
Those of you with maturer skin will love Skinceuticals’ Blemsih + Age Solution. It’s a must-have toner, helping to fight any pesky blemishes while also preventing your skin from ageing too quickly.
If it’s a spot-fighting moisturiser you’re after, look no further than Clinique’s Anti-Blemish Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment. This light cream will soothe your skin while also treating any uncomfortable breakouts.
For a gel treatment that won’t break the bank, Soap & Glory’s Dr Spot is a winner. If it’s something a little higher end you’re after, Cloud 9’s Skin Clearing Spot Gel won’t disappoint, and Vichy’s Normaderm Hyaluspot is also a great buy.
There are plenty more excellent products out there that you need to know about, too – scroll through our gallery for your new spot treating heroes.
Rest assured, you’ll leave here feeling less stressed about any future breakouts.
Murad’s brand new spot treatment is a game-changer for your handbag. A maximum strength salicylic acid formula, it’ll reduce down your spot’s size and redness within four hours.
Fun fact: It can be used under or over make-up, so you don’t need to wait until you’re bare-faced to zap that zit.
This wonder overnight solution is a must-have for your bathroom cabinet, eliminating bacteria and dead skin cells while you sleep. If you break out during the day, you can rest knowing you’ve got this to fix you at night.
A super spot solution from Origins that’ll clear your skin in no time. As well as salicylic acid, this one contains caffeine and red algae to help reduce redness.
This light moisturiser is the perfect addition to your skincare routine if you need to banish the blemish. It also prevents future breakouts from happening and controls excess oil. Winner!
This serum packs a punch: creating an invisible, protective film over the skin, it fights against spots thanks to salicylic acid and LHA. And it’s the perfect size for your handbag, too!
A spot gel that won’t break the bank – Soap & Glory’s wonder gel treats your spots and refines your pores with salicylic and lactic acids, as well as witch hazel and vitamins A, C, E and B3. Your purse (and skin) will thank you for choosing this one.
This calming solution is another must-have, banishing blemishes, unclogging your pores and refining your skin’s texture, thanks to LHA and antioxidant Vitamin E.
A great anti-ageing buy, this toner leaves your skin feeling firmer and smoother, as well as minimising any blemishes.
This fast-absorbing spot gel combines spot-busting salicylic acid with cucumber and lily of the valley, combatting those pesky blemishes in no time.
This gel helps to reduce redness and soothes the skin, as well as combatting blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads. Unlike many skin clearing treatments, it doesn’t contain salicylic acid, so it’s a great choice if you struggle with dry skin too. What more could you ask for?
The Mahonia Clear Skin Formula is a lovely herbal blend of Mahonia, Calendula, Schisandra and Gotu Kola that clears up any irritating spots in no time.