Consider these your go-to products for banishing an angry pimple
We don’t need to tell you that there’s never a good time for a giant, angry spot to pop up on your face. They always appear at the most inconvenient of times, like before an important work event or social occasion. This is exactly why you need the best spot treatments to hand in order to get rid. Fast.
We should stress that these zit-zappers differ from the best acne treatments. The best spot treatments are a different kettle of fish – these are specifically designed to be applied only to angry, red pimples that pop up randomly, rather than as an all-over treatment for skin that’s susceptible to bigger, prolonged breakouts. If this you, whether you’re suffering from teenage acne or adult acne, we feel your pain. Speaking to a dermatologist might ease your stress and in the meantime you should choose a foundation for acne-prone skin.
The best spot treatments – hormones
Have you ever wondered why get that one spot that always appears in the same place just before that time of the month? Hormonal changes can cause the skin’s sebaceous glands to over-produce oil, which can bind with dead skin cells and clog your pores, resulting in a spot or spots. Hence that monthly visitor on your chin, forehead or nose.
So, how do the best spot treatments work to erase an angry pimple, exactly? You’ll notice that the active ingredient in spot treatments is usually salicylic acid, which is a type of beta-hydroxy acid (BHA). This wonder ingredient is a particularly good spot-buster as its structure can penetrate deeper into your pores to loosen any oil or dead skin cell build-up. And what’s more, its anti-inflammatory properties can calm particularly angry spots to stop them hurting like hell.
While a lot of the best spot treatments can be stashed in your handbag for on-the-go application, some formulas work to form a protective, invisible barrier over the spot to treat it all day long. The best bit? Make-up can be applied over the top to disguise any angry blemishes.
Arm yourself with one of the best spot treatments by shopping our top picks below, and rest assured that any flare-ups won’t bother you for long.
A super spot solution from Origins that'll clear your skin in no time – it may be pint-sized (the thimble of solution will last you ages), but you'll feel it getting to work as soon as you've applied it to the affected area. As well as salicylic acid, this one also contains red algae to soothe and calm red, inflamed skin, and dries as a clear protective film over your spot.
Murad's brand new spot treatment is a game-changer for your handbag. At 2% concentration, this is 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.
As well as oil and dead skin-sloughing salicylic acid, Skyn Iceland's formula contains hydrating ingredients to prevent skin from drying out. Dab a little onto an existing blemish or slather some over an area you know you're prone to break out as a preventative measure.
This wonder overnight solution is a must-have for your bathroom cabinet, eliminating bacteria and dead skin cells while you sleep with a 2% concentration of salicylic acid. If you break out during the day, you can rest knowing you've got this to fix you at night.
Household name Clinique has been churning out excellent spot treatments for years now, and the Clinical Clearing Gel has gained something of cult status among Clinique lovers thanks to the results it achieves time and time again. If you have oily skin that's prone to clusters of breakouts or spots all over your face, the entire Anti-Blemish range is worth checking out; they've got you covered with everything from cleanser to BB cream.
A spot gel that won't break the bank - Soap and Glory's wonder gel treats your spots and refines your pores with salicylic acid, with the addition of lactic acid as a surface exfoliant, as well as witch hazel and vitamins A, C, E and B3. Your purse (and skin) will thank you for choosing this one.
We thank our lucky stars every day that Kate Somerville products are now available in the UK. We love them all, but this one stands out for its efficacy. The mixture of salicylic acid, zinc and highest possible level of sulphur (10%) helps reduce the size of the spot, rids the area of bacteria, controls the oil and prevents any further blemishes.The key to this product is to not shake the bottle - you want the separation. Dip a cotton bud into the bottle, ensuring you go all the way to the bottom to pick up the pink sediment and dab a small amount onto the zit.
Natalyia Robinson is a whiz with skin. If you have a skin issue, she'll sort it. So hooray for her skincare line. This spot treatment is filled with active ingredients, which reduce inflammation. This is particularly good on hormonal spots that pop up once a month.