Let's face it, no one likes getting blemishes or having to deal with a breakout. Luckily, there are a million and one products around which promise to banish and prevent them, but in my experience, I find many simply don't work in the long term or have a bad habit of leading to other skin problems (e.g drying it out too much etc). So here are four anti-blemish / spot fighters which do work exceptionally well for me, and are ones which I always recommend trying out.
This is an 'on the spot' treatment which you apply whenever you feel that first sign of a blemish threatening to emerge. The serum uses a blend of 99% natural ingredients such as aloe vera, chamomile, may chang, lavender and eucalyptus to help calm everything down, and clear up the skin. It's a light, non-greasy, petroleum free gel formula which feels so cooling and soothing - one I'd suggest trying if your skin finds tea tree oil too irritating.
Results? - Whenever I use this, I notice a big reduction in the size of blemishes over night, so it's great to use before going to bed. It's also really good for calming down any red inflammation, so you can easily use it underneath your make-up too (just allow it to dry fully first).
Tisserand Anti-Blemish Stick (8ml, £4.50, link)
Winner of a Beauty Bible Beauty Steals Award, Tisserand's Anti-Blemish Stick is a clever blend of antibacterial organic tea tree and kanuka pure essential oils in a gel base. Why clever? Well, you get all the spot fighting benefits of tea tree oil, but because it's combined with other oils, it's much more gentle on the skin.
Results? - This comes with a doe-foot applicator so I'd suggest dabbing it onto a clean finger and then applying it to blemishes so not to spread the bacteria around your face. When used this way, I find it reduces the size of spots over night, and helps to clear them within a few days.
Laidbare Spot The Difference Problem Skin Treatment Cream* (30ml, £6.99, link)
If I'm unlucky enough to experience the beginnings of a proper breakout, I'll reach for this straight away. Being a cream, it's ideal for covering larger areas of the face that need some special attention, so if you have a problematic t-zone for example, you should give it a go. It smells lovely, and feels incredibly gentle on the skin, making full use of its natural ingredients like horse chestnut oil, chrysanthemum and fennel.
Results? - Inflammation is reduced within a matter of hours, and if used early enough, I find 9 out of 10 times, it stops breakouts from fully erupting. Can also be used a preventative spot treatment in your daily routine if you have oily/combination skin.
Tea Tree Oil
And last, but by no means least, we have good old fashioned, pure tea tree oil. It's cheap, you only need a tiny amount each time to dab onto blemishes with, and it helps considerably to clear them up. It does however have a tendency to sometimes irritate or upset the skin, especially if it's on the sensitive side, so always make sure to do a test patch beforehand. If it doesn't annoy your skin, then you'll reap the rewards of it immediately.
Results? - I always find pure tea tree oil to be very effective, especially when left on over night. I usually see most blemishes completely disappear within 2-3 days of usage.
What are your favourite anti-blemish, spot fighting products?