The acne treatments that really do banish spots for good
EridiKate Acne Treatment, £22, Kate Somerville
The cult US brand has only recently landed in the UK and it’s already proving to be a hit. It contains 10% sulfur that dries out spots, alpha hydroxy acids that reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and zinc oxide that absorbs excess oil. Perfect for those bumps you can feel but can’t yet see.
Overnight Clearing Gel, £46.50, Dermalogica
Pricey but spot sufferers swear by this stuff that contains salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid and tea tree that helps clear spots, calm redness and stop bumps from re-appearing, all while you sleep.
Clear Skin Clearing Treatment, £37, Paula’s Choice
If your spots are leaving unsightly marks, this formula works hard to not only fight blemishes but also fade any existing marks without being too drying,
10% Sulfur Paste, £19, Malin + Goetz
This magic potion also contains the ingredient-of-the-moment, sulfur, along with salicylic acid to calm, dry and exfoliate skin.
The Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch, £4.40, Look Fantastic
These handy little patches from Korea can be popped on at night and are designed to pull out puss from pimples. The weightless patches help target spots and breakout-causing bacteria, whilst minimising the appearance of blemishes, redness and inflammation to leave skin clear, fresh and soothed. People who have tried the purse-friendly stickers can’t stop raving about them.
Effaclar Duo + Anti-Blemish Moisturiser, £16, La Roche Posay
No one understands skin like the experts at La Roche Posay, who have relied on their skin-loving thermal spring water to remedy problematic skin for years. This wonder product is able to moisturise, control oil production and correct dark spots all at once. Genius.
Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment Pads, £44.50, ZO Skin Health
Heralded as the king of the chemical peel, Dr Zein Obagi’s at-home treatment regime is cosmecuetical skincare at its finest. These acne-fighting pads contain salicylic acid to hinder oil production and glycolic acid to enhance exfoliation, resulting in clearer, more radiant skin from first use.
Salicylic Acid 2%, £4.20, The Ordinary
Believe it or not, the best thing about this product isn’t the price (although, it’s pretty great, right?). The hybrid of salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid proven to both prevent and treat blemishes) and witch hazel to reduce redness makes this serum a great product to add to your anti-acne arsenal.
Dynaspot, £22, Eve Lom
Pop this cult classic on top of any spot and watch it disappear thanks to the combination of chamomile, tea tree oil and salicylic acid, allowing the formula to treat the blemish without drying out the skin around it.
Blemish + Age Defense, £85, Skinceuticals
The fact that this oil-free serum targets the signs of ageing as well as pesky blemishes makes it an instant favourite. Containing a potent wrinkle-reducing blend of acids, it works to detox congested pores and boost cell turnover.
Acne On The Spot Superstar Serum, £105, Skin Design London
Patented anti-microbial ingredients, precious botanical complexes and high-grade salicylic acid makes this serum a powerful solution to your acne woes.
Detoxifying Clay Mask, £45, DCL
Showcasing activated volcanic ash and clay, this results-driven mask loosens stubborn blackheads and inhibits oil production, while tea tree oil and peppermint keeps skin calm.
Drying Lotion, £16, Mario Badescu
Your new go-to for on-the-spot treatment, this concentrated salicylic acid treatment dries up spots in a flash.